Stanford junior Rachel Heck out indefinitely with shoulder injury

If Stanford is to repeat as NCAA champion, it may have to do so without one of its best players.

Junior Rachel Heck, the 2021 NCAA individual champion and player of the year, missed the Cardinal's first two events of the spring and their fall finale because of thoracic outlet syndrome, a shoulder condition in the area between the first rib and the collarbone.

Stanford head coach Anne Walker told that Heck's return is "up in the air" as she continues to be evaluated by doctors.

Heck last played for the Cardinal at their home event in October, the Stanford Intercollegiate, where she tied for 22nd. She was also T-3 at the Stephens Cup earlier that month, and she began the spring on the watch list for the Annika Award, which she won as a freshman.

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Heck also is no longer listed in the field for next month's Augusta National Women's Amateur.

The Cardinal, who also are missing senior Brooke Seay because of a concussion, are ranked No. 1 in Golfstat and also boast the top-ranked amateur and college player in sophomore Rose Zhang. They return to action March 6-7 at the Juli Inkster Invitational.

"Fair to say we aren't the same team we were in the fall," Walker said, "but still have a lot of fight."