Friday, September 12, 2014

Cardinal finishes 4th and McNealy 1st again at famed Olympia Fields in Chicago against a strong field

The Illini Invitational welcomed Stanford and a top field to famed Olympia Fields in Chicago, site of several major championships.

Stanford comes into the Illini Invitational off a 15-stroke win at the SW Intercollegiate hosted by USC.  The same 5 players, Maverick McNealy, Jim Liu, Viraat Badhwar, Patrick Grimes and Dominic Francks who competed recently are representing the Cardinal.

The field is strong with 8 of the top 20 teams entered including #1 Alabama, #3 Stanford, #7 Illinois, #13 Texas, #18 Texas A & M and #19 Arkansas.

Final Results (provided by
Maverick McNealy picked up his second win in as many outings Sunday by claiming top honors at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational.

McNealy, who collected the first win of his collegiate career earlier this week at the Southwestern Intercollegiate, fired three consecutive rounds of 71 to finish 3-over at the par-70 Olympia Fields Country Club. He shared the top billing with host Illinois’ Dylan Meyer.

Stanford’s Cameron Wilson also shared medalist honors at the same tournament in 2013 with Robby Shelton of Alabama.

Stanford (294-299-289) was fourth overall among the 15-team field at 42-over. Illinois (+21), Florida State (+32) and Baylor (+36) claimed the top three spots.

Final Team scores - click to enlarge
Maverick's 3 winning rounds - click to enlarge

“I’m happy with how the guys hung in there, but we’ve got much to work on,” said Conrad Ray, Stanford’s Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf. “It’s early in the year, so it was good for us to play a challenging course to see what we have team-wise.

“Maverick has been very solid these last two weeks, and two medals in a few strong fields is a great start to his year with added confidence. Jim Liu has had two great weeks, too. It’s good to see him playing better and on the right track.”

Liu’s even-par third round was the best score of any Cardinal during the 56-hole event. He was 4-under on the front but had four bogeys on the back, eventually finishing 12th overall at 8-over.

Patrick Grimes (+11) squeezed into the top-20, taking 19th with rounds of 74-73-74.

Viraat Badhwar (+20) tied for 54th and Dominick Francks (+31) tied for 71st.

Round 3 scorecards - click to enlarge
The Cardinal has a few weeks off until traveling to Forth Worth, Texas, for the Swoosh Invitational (Oct. 6-7).

Round 2 Results:
On another cool, windy but sunny day when scoring improved, the Cardinal failed to keep up with the leaders and fell 17 strokes behind Baylor and 9 behind host Illinois.  Stanford's 2nd round total of 299, or 19 over par, only beat 3 other teams in the field.  Team standings are included below:
Round 2 team scoring - click to enlarge

Stanford was once again led by Maverick McNealy who shot another 71 and is tied for 1st overall.  Patrick Grimes posted a 73, Jim Lie a 76, Viraat Badhwar a 79 and Dominic Francks an 80.  Round 2 scorecards are shown below:
Round 2 scorecards - click to enlarge

Round 1 Results:
In cool, rainy conditions at this demanding venue, Stanford completed round 1 at 14 over par  and is tied for 3rd, 3 behind Virginia Tech and 1 behind Florida State.  Team standings are shown below:

Round 1 Team totals - click to enlarge

“It was a really hard day to play,” CU head coach Roy Edwards said.  “The golf course is really long and tough to begin with, and they're using the same hole locations they used for the U.S. Open, and those are never easy.  Plus it played longer because it was cold (low 50s) with constant rainfall.  It made it tough for everyone to play; there wasn’t a single hole out here today where par wasn’t a good score.”

Coming off an individual win last week, Maverick McNealy led the way with a 1 over 71, Jim Liu finished with a very steady 72, Patrick Grimes shot 74, Viraat Badhwar shot a 77 (despite two triple bogies) and Dominick Francks an 84.  Scorecards for each player are shown below:
Round 2 scorecards - click to enlarge

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

2014-15 season begins with a dominating win at USC Invitational by the team and Maverick McNealy

Stanford wins by 15 strokes - click to enlarge

The 2014-15 season began at the USC Invitational at North Ranch CC in Thousand Oaks, CA.  Stanford's team included 3 returning sophomores Maverick McNealy, Jim Liua and Viraat Badhwar plus junior Dominic Francks and senior Patrick Grimes.  David Boote, a junior and top player from last year is in Japan representing Wales in the world amateur team championships.

Final Round Results:
The new season began with a resounding 15-stroke victory by the young Stanford Cardinal team led
Sophomore Maverick McNealy leads Stanford to a victory with his 5-stroke win
by a 5-shot individual win for sophomore Maverick McNealy and a 2nd place finish by sophomore Jim Liu.  Including last season's finish of 5 stroke play wins, this victory was the 6th straight team scoring title.  The top 4 team and individual scores are shown below (click to enlarge):
Team and individual scoring - click to enlarge
The final round showed impressive depth from all 5 players including a 66 by Maverick, 70 by Jim Liu, another 1-under 70 by Dominick Francks, a 71 by Patrick Grimes and a 72 by Viraat Badhwar leading to the tournament's lowest team score of 8-under par 276.  And this big win was done without David Boote, a top returning junior from last year who's in Japan playing in the World Amateur championships.

Maverick's final round 65 matched his Stanford low while his 203 total was his best as a Cardinal as he captured the first collegiate title of his young career.  His 65 included 7 birdies and a lone bogey on his final hole.  Maverick's scorecards are included below (click to enlarge):
Maverick McNealy's winning scorecards - click to enlarge
Jim's 2nd place finish and 208 total were his best as a Cardinal and his fine scoring is shown below:
Jim Liu ties for 2nd with these 3 rounds - click to enlarge
The team moves  on to play at Olympia Fields in Chicago in the Illini Invitational September 12-14.

Round 1 and 2 Results: provided by
Cardinal Leads at Fall Opener ---McNealy, Liu tied for first

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. – Stanford started the fall portion of its 2014-15 schedule right where it left off at the end of its previous regular season -- on top of the leaderboard.

The Cardinal is first among the 12-team field at the Southwestern Intercollegiate, as 36 holes of the three-round event at the par-71, 6,964-yard North Ranch Country Club were contested Monday.

At 4-over, Stanford (280-292) is six strokes ahead of second-place Washington (578). The Huskies fired a tournament-best 2-over in the second round of competition. Host USC (580) is third overall.
Round 1 & 2 Results - click to enlarge
Stanford, which collected six wins during the 2013-14 slate, closed its prior regular-season schedule with back-to-back wins. In fact, the Cardinal has not trailed through each of its last 14 days of stroke-play competition, a streak that originated March 28, 2014. Stanford last trailed on such an occasion at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters (March 9), when it finished second.

Maverick McNealy (66-72) and Jim Liu (69-69) are tied for first among individuals, with Viraat Badhwar (70-73) in seventh. Patrick Grimes (75-79) is tied for 54th and Dominick Francks (78-78) is tied for 58th.

McNealy was 6-under on the back nine of his opening round, tacking on an eagle on the par-5 15th.

The final 18 holes will be played Tuesday beginning at 8 a.m. (PT).

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Stanford loses a heart-breaker in the semi-finals of the national championship while Cameron Wilson wins individual title

The Cardinal rolled into the NCAA national championship event with the momentum of having won its last 4 tournaments and 5 of the last 6 events.  One of 7 Pac-12 teams competing, Stanford comes in as the #3 seed in a 30-team field behind only #1 Alabama and #2 Oklahoma State.

Stanford is led by two of the nation's top 5 players, Patrick Rodgers, the Ben Hogan Award winner after 6 season wins tied him with Tiger Woods for a Stanford career best 11 victories, and Cameron Wilson, Ben Hogan Award finalist after his 2 season wins and 10 top ten finishes in 11 events.

The NCAA Championship is being hosted by one of the nation's finest courses, the par 70, 6,941 yard Prairie Dunes GC in Hutchinson, Kansas.  Prairie Dunes, designed by Perry Maxwell, has hosted many top events including the US Women's Open and the US Senior Open.

After a number of weather delays due to rain and lightning, the unique tournament format has been changed with three rounds (not four) determining the individual champion and the 8 teams moving to match play.  The 8 teams in match play are seeded with #1 vs #8, #2 vs #7, etc.  Two matches are to be played on one day and the final match on the last day.

After playing brilliantly during the 3 rounds of stroke play and leading the field by 9 strokes and earning the #1 seed, the top 8 teams moved into match play.  Cameron Wilson ended up becoming the 3rd Stanford player to ever win the individual NCAA title (Tiger Woods and Sandy Tatum were the others to do so) with his 71-63-70 204 total.  David Boote finished with a flourish and finished tied for 2nd with rounds of 73-67-65 205.

Match Play - Semi-finals vs #4 seed Oklahoma State
Stanford's remarkable season ended in heart breaking fashion with a 3 & 2 loss to Oklahoma State in the semi-final match.  The televised match went back and forth with all matches tied at the turn except for Patrick Rodgers' match in which he was 1 down after 9 holes.  As late as the 15th hole Stanford was up in three matches and down in two matches.

Cameron Wilson's match ended first, as he came from being 1 down through 6 and rolling in a 30-foot par putt on #7 to keep from going 2 down to crush his opponent, Ian Davis, down the stretch to win 4 & 2.  Next came David Boote's match that was tied through 11 holes and had him 1 down after 14 before losing holes 15 & 16 led to a 3 & 2 defeat.

“Yesterday, I was excited to be in that position, and of course you wanted to win desperately, but I had to put the team on my back this afternoon and it was staring me in the face,” Wilson said. “If I didn’t win it was my last few holes in college golf."  Wilson completed a wonderful Stanford career with two match wins and the individual national title which was bittersweet in the end.

Stanford's excellent freshmen, Maverick McNealy and Viraat Badhwar, were matched against the two top players for OSU by season scoring averages, redshirt freshman Wyndham Clark and senior Talor Gooch in the matches that would determine the outcome.  Playing in the first group, Maverick's match went back and forth and was tied after 16 holes.  After a loss to a birdie on 17, Maverick squared the match at 18 with a solid par as they moved on to play extra holes.  The first two extra holes were parred by both players as Maverick made a clutch up and down from a bunker on the 2nd playoff hole finishing with a solid 5-foot putt.  The final par 4 hole found Maverick putting for birdie from 25 feet, about 10 feet inside Gooch's birdie putt as both hit the green in regulation.  The long, curling 35-foot putt by Gooch went in and Maverick's just missed and their match suddenly ended.

Next came Viraat's match against OSU's top player Clark.  After being tied after 10, Viraat lost the next 3 holes to move 3 down with 5 to play.  Viraat fought back to win the next two holes and after halving hole 16 he moved to the par 5 17th 1 down in what became the crucial match.  Clark reached the par 5 in two some 20 feet away and Viraat next hit a brilliant long-iron second shot that covered the flag, rolled by the cup and ended about 5 feet away.

Clark two-putted for birdie and Viraat aggressively slid his eagle putt by on the right and needed to make a 4 footer to keep the match alive which he did.  On to the par 4 18th hole where Clark played well hitting his 2nd shot to about 20 feet above the hole.  Viraat, needing birdie to extend the match, hit another brilliant second shot that landed about 2 feet from the flag and spun back to about 10 feet below the hole.  After Clark barely missed his birdie putt, Viraat solidly struck his key birdie putt but it slid by the hole to end his match and give OSU their winning 3rd point.  The brilliant season had finally ended.

Playing in the final group, Patrick Rodgers, was paired against fellow Walker Cupper Jordan Niebrugge who played in this year's Masters due to his win at the US Public Links last year.  Patrick played very well with a 2-under 33 at the turn, making several saving putts to move 2 up through 10.  The match was evened through 12 but Patrick regained his 2-up lead and closed out the win 2 & 1.  Patrick's final match of his storied Stanford career was a 4-under 66 total.

Stanford ended tied for 3rd as another #1 seed failed to win the national championship as match play proved fickle for the best teams since it began in 2009.  No doubt in medal play format Stanford would be this year's champion as it carried a 9 stroke lead after 3 rounds of play.  Still it was a season for the ages as Stanford won 6 times, won the stroke play portion of the finals and finished tied for 3rd, had 9 individual titles (6 by Patrick and 3 by Cameron), won the Pac-12 Championship for the first time in 20 years, saw their top two players break the single season scoring average record while Patrick won the Ben Hogan award as the nation's top player.

Semi-final scorecards can be found below:
Semi-final scorecards vs OSU - click to enlarge

Match Play - Quarterfinals vs #8 seed Illinois
Stanford ordered it's 5 players in traditional fashion except having red hot David Boote coming off his superb 65 leading off with Rodgers and Wilson anchoring the team while Illinois strategically reversed its order so it's top players were matched against Stanford's younger players.

Stanford wins a hard fought back and forth match 3 & 2 behind wins by Viraat Badhwar 1 up, Patrick Rodgers 3 & 2 and Cameron Wilson 1 up.

Match Play results are shown below:
Quarterfinals win vs Illinois 3 & 2 - click to enlarge
After trailing much of the match, Cameron birdied the par 5 17th hole and parred the final hole to clinch the match for the Cardinal.  Viraat's close match turned on the 16th when Viraat moved 1 up and he finished birdie-par to wrap up the win.  Patrick was 2-down early but turned up the heat on the back nine to post his solid match win.

Round 3 - Stanford wins stroke play & #1 seed.  Cameron Wilson wins NCAA individual Championship in playoff
Stanford wins the stroke play portion of the competition by 9 strokes behind solid play from all 5 players to claim the #1 seed heading into match play.  David Boote led the way on round 3 with a brilliant 65 as he moved to a tie for 3rd in the individual competition which was won by Cameron Wilson in a 3-hole playoff against Georgia Tech's Ollie Schiederjans.  Round 3 scorecards and Cameron Wilson's winning 3 round scorecards can be found below.
Wilson leads Nerd Nation to NCAA Individual title
The Cardinal will face the #8 seed Illinois team.  The top 8 qualifying teams with their player scoring is shown below:
Top 8 Finish in Stroke Play Competition released the following story about Cameron's win:
HUTCHINSON, Kansas – Cameron Wilson won the 2014 NCAA men’s golf individual title Monday, prevailing by sinking a decisive birdie putt on the third playoff hole. Wilson edged Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans to win the championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club.

Wilson joined Sandy Tatum (1942) and Tiger Woods (1996) as individual champions from Stanford.

Earlier in the team tournament, Wilson fired a 63 during the second round on Saturday. The 63 was the second-best NCAA score ever by a Cardinal golfer, trailing only Notah Begay’s 62 in the 1994 finale.

He had rounds of 71-70 in the first and third rounds for a three-round total of 204 on the par-70 course.

“I really didn’t stray from my plan that much, and I didn’t beat myself up,” Wilson said. “Then when we got to the playoff, I was just thinking how cool it was. The sun was setting and the fescue was everywhere. We had the American flags out, and I’ve known Ollie for a while. He’s a friend … It was a really cool scene.”

The title gives Wilson bookend wins for his senior season on The Farm, as he was victorious at the season-opening Fighting Illini Invitational in September. Wilson added a third win at the Western Intercollegiate in April, and the NCAA title gave Stanford an individual medalist in each of the last seven events.

Wilson birdied the par-5 17th and bogeyed 18 to put himself in the playoff. He and Schniederjans matched shots over the first two holes – 18 and 10 – of sudden death.

On the third extra hole, Wilson knocked his third shot to within 10 feet on the 17th and sank the birdie putt to claim the national championship.

“It’s incredible, so glad I made that putt, this is surreal,” Wilson told the Golf Channel moments after clinching the win. “I’ve got to mention my team first. I’ve got to say how proud I am of my guys so far.  There is a lot of golf left, but I am really happy for all of the guys.”

Wilson, the fifth-ranked amateur golfer in the world, will now turn his attention along with the Cardinal contingent on another trophy. Stanford will be matched up against Illinois in the quarterfinals of the match play portion of the tournament to determine the team champion. The teams tee off Tuesday morning at 7:50 a.m. (CT).

Golf Channel will begin its coverage of match play with Golf Central pregame coverage from 2 to 4 p.m. (CT), with Golf Channel coverage of semifinal match play from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday’s coverage will re-air on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

“I think we’re really fired up,” said Conrad Ray, Stanford’s Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf. “I think to see the contributions across the board from all of our guys today in some really tough conditions, and the wind came up, we felt fortunate to have a good draw.

“We know that this is just the start of a lot more golf. It’s neat to see them all fired up and ready to go for the matches tomorrow.”
At 13-under through 36 holes, third-seeded Stanford (281-267-279) was 1-under on the day and nine shots clear of second-place Alabama and LSU.

David Boote (73-67-65) was in the zone throughout the final round with a 5-under 65. Boote tied for third at 5-under overall and ripped off three straight birdies before making the turn to go to 3-under. He nailed a 16-foot birdie putt on 16 and followed with a winding birdie conversion on 17.

Patrick Rodgers (67-68-73) entered the day in second at 5-under. He found himself at 1-under in his third round with back-to-back birdies on seven and eight. The back nine did not treat him as well and was plagued by four bogeys.

Rodgers, who ends his Stanford career knotted with Tiger Woods with 11 victories, placed in a tie for 15th. Rodgers had six wins on the season and tallied victories in five of six tournaments entering the NCAA Championships.

With the efforts of Wilson, Boote and Rodgers, Stanford had three players in top-20 for first time since 2007. That squad would go on to win the national title at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va.

Maverick McNealy (73-69-72) was 1-under on the back and carded a 2-over 72 to tie for 55th. Fellow freshman Viraat Badhwar (70-76-72) was 10-over for the tournament and notched three birdies in his final round.

Round 3 Scorcards
Cameron Wilson's Winning 3 Rounds - click to enlarge

Rounds 1 & 2 - Stanford takes the lead
After several weather delays on the first day suspended play, most of the field including Stanford started play on day 2.  After a mediocre first round 281 score left the Cardinal in a tie for 13th place, Stanford vaulted into 1st place to lead by 4 strokes with a brilliant tournament best 267 score (13 under par) in round 2 led by an equally brilliant 63 by Cameron Wilson.

Cameron's 63 was the 2nd best score ever by a Stanford player in the NCAA championships, bested only by Notah Begay's 62 in 1994.  In fact in the history of Stanford men's golf, only three other rounds were ever shot lower than the 63, a 61 by Cameron and Tiger Woods and Notah's 62.  The 267 team total was the second best team round of the season, only 1 stroke behind Stanford's 266 score at The Goodwin played at Stanford's home course.  Cameron's round left him 7-under par and in the individual lead on rounds of 71-63 134.  Patrick Rodgers was in 2nd overall after his rounds of 67-68 135 and there were several tied for 3rd one stroke further back. provided the following reporting about Cameron's great round:

“I had some good looks at the beginning of the round that I didn’t make, but I felt good about my game and knew that I would have a chance to shoot a low score,” Wilson said. “The soft greens today really helped out everyone.”

They certainly helped Wilson and Rodgers, who combined for 15 birdies and one eagle.

Wilson pulled off the shot of the day on his second time playing the lengthy 534-yard par-4 11th. After his drive found a left-side fairway bunker, he cracked a blind 8-iron from 192 yards away that landed three inches past the hole and pulled back into the cup for an eagle.

“I think it went it in,” he said as he made his way out of the bunker and around the corner to view the green. The cheering gallery confirmed in glee.

Wilson later chipped in for birdie on 15 and buried a round-ending birdie on 18.

David Boote 2nd round 67 followed an opening 73 to leave him at even par and tied for 28th overall. Maverick McNealy's 2nd round of 69 came after an opening 73 to leave him tied for 54th.  Viraat's solid opening 70 was followed by a 76 in round two to leave him tied for 92nd.

Round 2 scorecards are included below:
Round 2 scorecards include Cameron's 63 - click to enlarge

Friday, May 16, 2014

Cardinal wins the NCAA Eugene Regional advancing to the NCAA Championship led by Patrick Rodgers' record-tying 11th career victory

Final Results
The Cardinal completes a wire-to-wire NCAA Regional win at the Eugene CC, its 6th of the year, to advance to the NCAA Championship at Prairie Dunes GC in Wichita, Kansas next week.  This win makes it 5 tournament wins in the team's last 6 events including 4 wins in a row.  Stanford beat Oregon by 1 shot, besting the Ducks who were playing on their home course.  Once again Patrick Rodgers (66-67-71 204 6-under) led the way winning his 6th title of the year and his record-tying 11th career win pulling even with Tiger Woods for that honor. Patrick was the only player in the field to finish under par as he won by 6 shots over Oregon's Thomas Lin.

A total of six Pac-12 teams advanced to the NCAA Championship from the six NCAA regionals with their regional finishes shown - top 5 teams advanced from each regional:  Stanford (1st), Oregon (2nd), Washington (2nd), Cal (T4), USC (T4), UCLA (5th).  ASU (6th) and Colorado (12th) failed to advance.

Final team scoring is shown below:
Final Team Leaderboard - click to enlarge
Final round scorecards are shown below:
Final round scorecards - click to enlarge
Cameron Wilson, one of 3 finalists with Patrick for the Ben Hogan Award which recognizes the nation's finest collegiate golfer, once again was a strong contributor with his rounds of 71-68-74 213 to tie for 5th individually.  Viraat Badhwar (70-73-73 216 T14) had a tie for 14th finish, David Boote (69-74-77 220 T22) tied for 22nd and Maverick McNealy (73-82-79 234 T64) tied for 64th.

Patrick Rodgers' winning scorecards are shown below:
Patrick Rodgers' winning scorecards - click to enlarge provided this final recap of the event --- See recap article with video
Patrick Rodgers won the NCAA Eugene Regional Championships in convincing fashion Saturday, and in doing so tied Tiger Woods’ Stanford record with 11 career victories. Rodgers’ effort also made it a daily double for the victorious Cardinal, as the team has produced a medalist in each of its six wins this season.

Despite shooting a final-round 15-over, its highest score to par since its first round of the season at the Fighting Illini Invitational on Sept. 13, Stanford held on to win its third NCAA Regional crown since 1996 by one stroke over host Oregon. The last NCAA Regional win for the Cardinal came in 2010.

The trip to the NCAA Championships is the seventh for Stanford in the last 10 seasons under Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf Conrad Ray.

Stanford (276-282-295) was 13-over for the tournament. Oregon (+14) was second ahead of Oklahoma (+20), Houston (+35) and South Carolina (+40).

The low five teams will advance to the NCAA Championships, which will be contested May 23-28 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas. Wichita State is the host institution.

Rodgers (66-67-71) was 1-over in his final round at Eugene Country Club to finish the 54-hole event at 6-under. He was the only player to finish in the red on the par-70 course, as Oregon's Thomas Lin was second at even-par.

Rodgers, the Pac-12 Conference champion, has won two straight and four of his last five outings. His only tournament without a win during that stretch was a runner-up finish to teammate Cameron Wilson at the Western Intercollegiate.

Wilson was third with a 3-over, including a 4-over 74 in his final circuit. It was the eighth straight top-10 showing for the Ben Hogan Award finalist.

Viraat Badhwar (70-73-73) placed in the top-20 for the second time in as many tournaments, checking in with a tie for 14th at 6-over. David Boote (69-74-77) tied for 22nd at 10-over.

Maverick McNealy (73-82-79) tied for 64th in his NCAA Regional Championships debut.

Round 2 Results
Stanford widened it's lead to 9 strokes over Oklahoma and 11 strokes over Oregon.  The Cardinal is 25 strokes ahead of those tied for 5th, the cutline to determine who advances to the NCAA Championship next week.

Patrick Rodgers continued his brilliant play as he widened his individual lead to 6 strokes on rounds of 66-67 133.  Cameron Wilson with rounds of 71-68 139 is one of those tied for 2nd overall.

“Our guys fought hard after another slow start on the first five or six holes,” said Conrad Ray, Stanford’s Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf. “The hole locations and course setup were very demanding, as they should be at this time of year. We stuck to our game plan and we’re happy with how we played to the very end. There is one more day and a ton of golf left.”

The 2nd round team leaderboard is shown below:
Round 2 Team leaderboard - click to enlarge

David Boote (69-74 143) and Viraat Badhwar (70-73 143) are tied for 14th overall and Maverick McNealy struggled (73-82 155) and is 64th overall.

Round 2 scorecards are included below.
Round 2 scorecards - click to enlarge

Round 1 Results
The Cardinal took the first round lead by 4 shots over Oklahoma firing a 4-under 276 team total led by Patrick Rodgers' tournament leading 66, followed by David Boote's 69, Viraat Badhwar's 70, Cameron Wilson's 71 and Maverick McNealy's 73.  The team leaderboard is shown below after the first round:
Round 1 Team Leaderboard

The individual scorecards for Stanford's team are shown below:
Round 1 scorecards - click to enlarge posted the following comments about the first round.
EUGENE, Ore. – A barrage on the back nine of Eugene Country Club put the Stanford men’s golf team in the driver’s seat of the NCAA Eugene Regional Championships Thursday.

Stanford’s four scoring players combined to go 5-under after making the turn to give the Cardinal a 4-under 276 and four-stroke lead over second-place Oklahoma.

“We started a bit slow, but played the middle holes really well,” said Conrad Ray, the Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf. ““The course was perfect and the greens were fast. Our guys need to understand that we need to stick to our game plan, and there is still a lot of golf left.”

The 13-team field continues the three-day event Friday with live results available at The low five teams will advance to the NCAA Championships.

Clubhouse leader Patrick Rodgers was 4-under with six birdies, four coming on the back nine. Rodgers was 1-under heading into the back and added birdies on 10, 12, 13 and 14. He bogeyed the par-4 17th and punched in a par on 18 for his 66.

David Boote is tied for sixth after a 69 on the par-70 course. Boote was 2-over through eight but stormed back with four back-nine birdies.

“Patrick did a nice job leading us today, and it was nice to see Boote turn in a red number,” Ray said.

Viraat Badhwar birdied three of the first five holes on the back nine to move to 2-under. A double bogey on 18 put him at even-par for a share of 11th. Cameron Wilson tied for 14th at 71.

Maverick McNealy was even on the back nine and signed a 73. 

NCAA Regional Background by
The Lowdown
• No. 3 Stanford enters the NCAA Eugene Regional Championships as the top-seeded squad while seeking the third regional title in program history. Stanford won the title in 1996 and 2010.

• The regional bid is the 16th consecutive for the Cardinal, and Stanford has advanced to the NCAA Championships in six of the last nine seasons.

• Stanford enters the event as winners of three straight tournaments – and four of its last five – along with claiming the program’s first Pac-12 Conference title since 1994. Stanford’s only event without a win was a two-stroke setback to host UNLV at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters (March 7-9).

• The Cardinal has won five times this season. In the last 17 seasons, only one team surpassed four wins (the 2007 national champion team had seven victories). In 10 tournaments on the season, Stanford has not finished lower than seventh and placed fifth or higher eight times.

• Stanford has won eight national titles and twice been the NCAA runner-up. The Cardinal will be playing for a chance at its first title since 2007.

The Course
• The event will be played at the par-70, 6,990-yard Eugene Country Club, one of six 54-hole regional tournaments conducted May 15-17.

The Field
• Top-seeded Stanford will be joined by Houston, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Baylor, Big South champion Liberty, host Oregon, Tennessee, North Florida, East Tennessee State, UT-Chattanooga, Missouri Valley champion Wichita State and Big Sky champion Northern Colorado.

Last Time at the NCAA Regional Championships – May 16-18, 2013
• Stanford finished seventh at the 2013 NCAA Columbus Regional Championships and failed to advance to the national finale.

• New Mexico won the team title at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course and Stanford was five shots behind fifth-place Texas Tech.

• Patrick Rodgers tied for 18th at 7-over 220.

One Team, Two Ben Hogan Award Finalists
• Cameron Wilson and Patrick Rodgers were named two of three finalists for the Ben Hogan Award, as announced May 7. Rodgers and Wilson are just the second teammates ever named finalists in the same season, joining Peter Uihlein and Kevin Tway of Oklahoma State (2011).

• Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans is the third finalist, and all three players rank among the top 10 in each of the four ranking systems (the World Amateur Golf Ranking, Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking, Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings and Golfstat Rankings).

• The trio will attend a black-tie banquet at Texas’ Colonial Country Club on May 18, prior to the start of the PGA Tour’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. The winner will be crowned at the banquet, which will be streamed online beginning at 6 p.m. (PT).

• Rodgers is a finalist for the second time in his collegiate career, having previously received an invitation to the Colonial Country Club as a freshman in 2012. The native of Avon, Ind., is the world’s top-ranked amateur golfer according to both the World Amateur Golf Ranking as well as the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking.

• Rodgers is the fourth player ever to earn two trips to Fort Worth as a finalist, joining Georgia’s Chris Kirk (2006, 2007), Oklahoma State’s Rickie Fowler (2008, 2009) and UCLA’s Patrick Cantlay (2011, 2012).

• Heading into the NCAA Regional, Rodgers has five collegiate victories to his credit in 2014 to pull within one of Tiger Woods’ all-time Stanford record for career wins (11). In his last five events, Rodgers has four wins and a runner-up finish. His victories came at the Erin Hills Invitational, The Goodwin, Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, Prestige at PGA West and Pac-12 Championships.

• Rodgers, the Pac-12 Player of the Year, is currently ranked second in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and third according to Golfstat. In 10 tournaments this year, he boasts eight top-10 finishes and a stroke average of 69.55. On the amateur circuit, he was a member of the winning United States Walker Cup and Palmer Cup teams last summer and finished with a 5-1-2 record.

• Wilson, who hails from Rowayton, Conn., is ranked second in the Golfstat rankings and fifth by Golfweek/Sagarin. He corralled his first two collegiate wins this season, opening the campaign with a victory at the Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields and then taking medalist honors at the Western Intercollegiate this spring. For the year, he placed among the top 15 in all 10 events, with six of those finishes in the top five.

• The first-team All-Pac-12 selection carded a season average of 69.81 and helped lead Stanford to its first conference title in two decades and a No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCAA West Regional in Eugene, Ore. He was a finalist for the Byron Nelson Award, given to a graduating senior based upon golf and academic achievements as well as character. In addition, he finished first in the U.S. Palmer Cup rankings and will represent the country in June at Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England.

• The Ben Hogan Award is presented annually to the top men’s NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or NJCAA college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during the 12-month period dating from the previous award’s banquet.

League’s Top Coach and Player
• Patrick Rodgers was named the Pac-12 Conference Men’s Golfer of the Year and Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf Conrad Ray was tabbed Pac-12 Coach of the Year in a voting by the league’s head coaches on April 28.

• Rodgers is the fourth different Stanford golfer to earn Golfer of the Year honors, and the first since Rob Grube shared the award with Arizona State’s Alejandro Canizares in 2006. A semifinalist for the Hogan Award given annually to the nation’s top collegiate golfer, Rodgers has finished in the top five in six events this season and has placed outside the top 10 just twice in 10 events.

• Ray, in his 10th year as head coach, led Stanford to its eighth Pac-12 Championship and first since 1994. It’s the second time Ray earned league coach of the year honors, having also earned the distinction in 2007.

The Last Time Out
• For the first time in 20 years, Stanford hoisted the Pac-12 Conference Championship trophy.

• Taking a 21-stroke lead into the final round of the 72-hole event at The Gallery Golf Club, the third-ranked Cardinal put it in cruise control with a 2-under 1,438 (362-354-367-355) for the eighth title in program history and first since 1994. In fact, the 1994 title was won 20 years ago just 13 miles south at Tucson National Golf Course.

• Stanford’s showing was 15 strokes better than second-place Washington. It was the largest margin of victory at the Pac-12 Championships since 2009 when Washington won by 18 strokes.
Stanford became the seventh different Pac-12 school to win the conference title since 2004.

• Patrick Rodgers accounted for the program’s 21st individual league medalist honor, the most of any team in the Pac-12. Rodgers finished at 7-under to win by two strokes over Washington’s Cheng-Tsung Pan and has won 10 times in his career, including four this spring.

• Cameron Wilson (72-71-73-68) was third after a spectacular 4-under with five birdies to close the senior’s final conference tournament.

The Next Time Out
• The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals. The NCAA Championships will be contested May 23-28 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas. Wichita State is the host institution.

-- #GoStanford --

Friday, April 25, 2014

Stanford wins the Pac-12 Championship for 1st time in 20 years and Patrick Rodgers is medalist

Final Results
After starting the day with a 21 stroke lead, Stanford cruised to a 15 stroke victory over Washington to capture its first Pac-12 Championship in 20 years.  California finished a distant third 29 strokes behind the Cardinal.  Stanford now has won 4 of its last 5 events and has a total of five wins on the season, the most since the 7 tournaments won by the 2006-7 national championship team.

Stanford was led by its superlative duo of Patrick Rodgers, who won his 5th individual title this season (and 10th in his 3 year career, only topped by Tiger Woods' 11 wins), and Cameron Wilson who finished third, 3 strokes behind Patrick.

“This is a special group and they’ve had an unbelievable run this spring,” said Conrad Ray, Stanford’s Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf. “Patrick has been an incredible leader, and having both Patrick and Cameron finish in the top-5 together consistently is hard to beat. The freshmen have stepped up and contributed, which has helped carry us.

“I’m happy for these guys and happy for the program. This means a lot to all of us.”

The top three team and individual scores are shown below:
Final top 3 team and individual results - click to enlarge
Patrick fashioned a steady even-par 72 to win the individual title by 2 shots over Washington's Cheng-Tsung Pan who closed the gap with a 68 in his final round.  Patrick had rounds of 71-65-73-72 281 to finish 7 under par under tough conditions throughout --- his 65 was the lowest score by 3 shots in the tournament highlighted by 3 eagles on his final 9 holes. In his last 5 tournaments, Patrick has won four and finished second to teammate Cameron Wilson in one event.

“I couldn’t be happier for our team,” said Rodgers. “We’ve worked hard all year for this, and it goes back much further than the start of this season. All the guys who have put so much blood, sweat and tears into this program for the last 20 years dating back to our last conference title deserve a piece of this win. So many guys have worked their tails off and have put so much work into this program. Everybody is a huge part of this, and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of the Stanford program.”

Cameron continued his brilliant play firing a final round 68 that included 5 birdies and only 1 bogey.  In his last 7 events, Cameron has won once, finished third 3 times and been in the top 10 in every tournament.  Cameron had rounds of 72-71-73-68 284 to finish alone in 3rd place.
Patrick Rodger's winning scorecards - click to enlarge
Although led by the dynamic duo, this year's team is marked by strong depth of quality play from David Boote and the three freshmen, Maverick McNealy, Viraat Badhwar and Jim Liu.   In the final round Maverick contributed a 70, Liu a 72, Boote a 73 and Badhwar a 74.  Each of the four played integral roles in the team's success throughout the late season run of success as the team has won 4 of the last five events and finished 2nd by 2 shots in the other.  

Round 3 Results
Playing in gusting winds that sent scores higher for everyone, Stanford had the lowest team score for the third straight round, a 7-over par 367 total, and widened their lead to 21 strokes over California and 24 over Washington.  This year's team is showing excellent depth with all players making contributions and including the nation's top twosome of Patrick Rodgers and Cameron Wilson.

A steady final round would give the Cardinal their first Pac-12 championship in 20 years.  The high winds raised the average score for the field in round 3 to 77.32, compared with 74.72 and 75.91 for rounds two and one respectively.

The top 3 team and individual scores are shown below.
Round 3 team & individual scores - click to enlarge
Patrick Rodgers (71-65-73 209 1st) continued his excellent play with a 73 which left him 5 strokes ahead of the field.  Patrick played his final 12 holes in 1-under par.  Cameron Wilson (72-71-73 216 T4) also shot a 73 in a round that included an eagle 3 on the 2nd hole and a steady even par back nine.  Stanford best round on the day was a 72 by Maverick McNealy (75-75-72 222 T17) as he was 2-under par for his final 13 holes.

“The putter was feeling good today,” McNealy said. “I missed a lot of putts yesterday and worked on a few things before today’s round to change that. We’ve been prepared very well for this. I got over my nerves after the first couple of holes yesterday. Playing with Cal and Washington made it a big day today. We did what we wanted to do by extending our lead, and we’d like to do that again tomorrow.”

David Boote (72-75-74 221 T15) with a 74 was next low for the team, followed by Jim Liu's 75 (DQ-73-75) and Viraat Badhwar's 78 (72-70-78 220 T11).

Round 1 and 2 Results
Led by Patrick Rodgers' amazing 3 eagles on his final 9 holes, after two rounds played on day 1, Stanford is in 1st place, 6 strokes ahead of California in what is looking to be a two team race, as the next closest team, Washington, is 21 strokes behind.  Scoring conditions were tough as the course is challenging and made much more difficult due to the gusting winds that led to high scoring for most of the field.  The top three team and individual scores are shown below:
Round 1 & 2 team and individual scores for top 3 teams - click to enlarge

The forecast is for even stronger winds of 20-30 mph for the third round, with gusts over 40 mph expected.  The winds are supposed to pick up in the afternoon which will increase the challenge facing the top 3 teams who tee off together, late in round three, starting at 11 am.

Stanford is led by a surging Patrick Rodgers (71-65 136 1st) who finished 8-under par and 6 ahead of his nearest competitor.   A dramatic eagle 2 on the par 4 8th and two other eagles on the front nine par fives led to a sparkling 31 (5-under) back nine for Patrick.  Viraat Badhwar (72-70 142 T2) has played solidly in the windy conditions and is tied for 2nd overall.  Cameron Wilson (72-71 143 T7) also played steady to continue his strong play throughout the season.

“It was fun playing some good golf with some good guys,” Badhwar said. “I holed a few, missed a few, but overall my game was good today.”

David Boote (72-75 147 T21) is tied for 18th despite a triple bogey on the par 5 15th hole, Maverick McNealy (75-75 150 T31) had a solid first round going until he double bogied the same par 5 15th and Jim Liu (DQ-73) contributed a solid 2nd round after being disqualified in the first round, a round that would not have been used anyway.

Background by
Pac-12 Conference Championships Friday-Sunday, April 25-27
Gallery Golf Club • Marana, Ariz.
Television • Pac-12 Network (tape-delayed at 11 a.m. PT on May 11)
Cardinal Contingent • Patrick Rodgers, Cameron Wilson, David Boote, Viraat Badhwar, Maverick McNealy, Jim Liu
Social Hour • • • • #GoStanford

The Lowdown
• Winners of two straight events and three of its last four, the third-ranked Stanford men’s golf team eyes its first Pac-12 Conference Championships title in 20 years when it travels to The Gallery (April 25-27) in Marana, Ariz. With five teams ranked among the top 20 in the nation, the competition should provide for an exciting weekend.

• Stanford is paced by the nation’s top-ranked golfer (Golfstat individual ranking) in junior Patrick Rodgers (69.58 stroke average, four medalist honors) and senior Cameron Wilson (69.93 stroke average, five top-5 finishes). Rodgers has won nine times in his career, including three straight tournament victories this spring. He trails the school record of 11 victories by Tiger Woods.

• Wilson, a recent selection for the Palmer Cup, is currently second in the latest Golfstat rankings. He enters the Pac-12 Championship coming off a victory at the Western Intercollegiate.

• Stanford will feature each of its three freshmen in this weekend’s lineup – Maverick McNealy, Viraat Badhwar and Jim Liu.

• The Cardinal has won four times this season. In the last 17 seasons, only one team surpassed four wins (the 2007 national champion team had seven victories).

• Arizona will serve as host of the 55th Annual Pac-12 Men’s Golf Championship.

The Tournament
• The 72-hole event will be held at the par-72, 7,349-yard Gallery Golf Club in Marana, Ariz. It will be the second time the tournament has been contested at Gallery Golf Club, the last coming when Arizona took team honors at the 2004 event. Tucson National was site of the 1994 event, while Tucson Country Club was site of the 1984 tournament.

• The top five individuals from each team with the lowest scores for any 18-hole round constitute the scoring members of the six member team for that given round. The team championship will be awarded to the squad with the lowest total combined score for all rounds.

Stanford at the Pac-12 Championships
• Despite earning the Pac-12 Conference team title trophy seven times, the league crown has eluded Stanford since 1994. For the 2014 edition, Stanford returns to Southern Arizona and the Gallery Golf Club in Marana, Ariz. The last Cardinal title was won 20 years ago just an hour south at Tucson National Golf Course.

• Stanford holds claim to 20 individual league medalists, tied with USC for the conference lead. The Pac-12 champions to wear the cardinal and white include Pete Choate (1960, 1962), Sandy Adelman (1969), Mike Peck (1977, 1978), Jack Skilling (1980), Don Walsworth (1986), Christian Cevaer (1989, 1992), Tiger Woods (1996), Jim Seki (2002) and Andrew Yun (2012).

• Stanford clinched the inaugural Pac-12 title in 1960 and has since won the conference championships in 1968, 1970, 1974, 1977, 1992 and 1994.

1994 • Tucson National Golf Course (Tucson, Ariz.)
1992 • Trysting Tree Golf Course (Corvallis, Ore.)
1977 • Stanford Golf Course (Stanford, Calif.)
1974 • Stanford Golf Course (Stanford, Calif.)
1970 • Mira Vista Country Club (Richmond, Calif.)
1968 • Los Angeles Country Club (Los Angeles, Calif.)
1960 • Stanford Golf Course (Stanford, Calif.)

• In 1996, Tiger Woods’ 61 at the par-72 Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach, Calif., was the second-lowest single round score in the history of the Pac-12 Championships. Only Paul Casey’s collegiate-record 60 in the 1999 league meet was lower. Woods was a Pac-12 Championships record 11-under in his round.

Last Time at the Pac-12 Championships - April 29-May 1, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Stanford edged Arizona State by two strokes to finish fourth at the Pac-12 Championships held at Los Angeles Country Club.

Heading into the final round, Arizona State had an eight-stroke lead but Stanford came back and fired 12-over while the Sun Devils shot 22-over to finish in fifth.

No. 8 Stanford (366-361-365-362-1,454) started and finished in fourth, carding a 54-over.

Throughout the tournament, the top three teams on the leaderboard remained the same. Cal took the title at 6-over, No. 5 UCLA was second and No. 7 Washington finished third.

Cameron Wilson (71-70-69-73) finished in ninth. First-round leader Patrick Rodgers (68-72-73-74) tied for 11th.

Steve Kearney tied for 24th overall. Two shots behind Kearney was defending tournament champion Andrew Yun, who tied for 29th.

David Boote tied for 45th while junior Shane Lebow tied for 66th.

The Last Time Out
• Cameron Wilson donned the blue letter jacket awarded to the Western Intercollegiate (April 12-13) champion after winning the event by two strokes over teammate Patrick Rodgers.

• Wilson’s second win on the season propelled No. 6 Stanford (-10) to the team title by 16 strokes over second-place No. 17 Washington. No. 3 Cal (+8) was third and San Diego State (+15) was fourth among the 14-team field.

• The lefty Wilson (67-67-69) was 7-under through three rounds at the par-70 track designed by Alister MacKenzie, the mastermind behind the famed layout of Augusta National Club. Rodgers (65-69-71) took silver honors with a 5-under and Maverick McNealy (71-69-67) tied for sixth.

• Wilson ended his final regular season as a Cardinal with birdies on the final two holes for a come-from-behind win over Rogers, who was riding a three-tournament winning streak heading into the finale at Pasatiempo Golf Club.

The Next Time Out
• The NCAA Regionals will be held May 15-17. The NCAA Men’s Golf Committee will select 81 teams and 45 individuals for regional competition including automatic qualifers (28) and at-large teams (53). Three of the six regionals will have 13 teams and ten individuals while the other three regionals will have 14 teams and five individuals. Five teams and the low individual not on an advancing team from each regional shall advance to the finals. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Stanford wins the Western Intercollegiate at famed Pasatiempo and Cameron Wilson is individual champion

Stanford competitors
Team and Cameron's individual win photo - click to enlarge

Final Results
Stanford continued its strong late season run with another big win, its fourth of the season and second in a row, by 16 strokes over Bay Area rival Cal and by 18 over Washington.  In the last 17 seasons, only one team surpassed 4 season wins and that was the national champion 2006-07 team which had 7 season victories.  The Cardinal blitzed the field with a tourney low 6-under par 344 displaying strong depth by getting solid contributions from all 6 players.
Top 3 team and individual scores - click to enlarge

And once again as in so many tournaments the past two years Cameron Wilson (67-67-69 203 1st) and Patrick Rodgers (65-69-71 205 2nd) competed for an individual title, and this time Cameron birdied the final two holes to take the title by two shots over Patrick, giving Cameron his second win of the season. reported on the two man competition:

“It was kind of bizarre battling for the title with one of my teammates,” Wilson said. “Usually, I’m rooting for Patrick so hard and I still found myself rooting for him all day. It was an unusual situation with Patrick being one of my good friends and someone who I have so much respect for. He told me after the round how happy he was for me and how proud he was of my round today.”

Wilson ended his final regular season as a Cardinal with birdies on the final two holes for a come-from-behind win over Rogers, who was riding a three-tournament winning streak heading into the finale at Pasatiempo Golf Club.

“It was a really up and down round, and I made some fortunate pars on the first couple of holes,” said Wilson, who hooked his first two tee shots to opposite fairways. “I played steady for the next 10 or 11 holes and missed a few birdie looks inside 10 feet.”

Wilson dropped a couple iron shots on 14 and 15, three-putting each of those holes. A 10-foot downhill putt on the three-tiered 16th green saved par from the back rough, but his next two holes would seal the deal.

A chip-in on 17 for birdie came before draining a 14-footer to birdie the par-3 18th.

“The 17th was the turning point. I knew I had to chip that in to have a chance to win,” Wilson said.

Rodgers nearly sank his birdie putt on 17 to even things heading into the final hole. Rodgers bogeyed three of his last four holes.

Cameron Wilson's winning scorecards - click to enlarge

Freshman Maverick McNealy (71-69-67 207 T6) had another impressive result highlighted by a final round 67 as he tied for 6th to follow up his tie for 4th at the recent Stanford hosted Goodwin event.  David Boote (70-71-70 211 T15) was solid once again while Jim Liu (82-73-67 222 T60) finished strongly with a final round 67 which included a sparkling 31 on his front nine.  Viraat Badhwar had rounds of 74-75-73 222 to tie for 60th as well.

Playing as individuals, Dominic Francks had a fine tournament with rounds of 70-71-74 215 to tie for  33rd and Patrick Grimes improved after his first round 79 with rounds of 72-72 to total 223 and tie for 68th.
Final round scorecards - click to enlarge

Next up in two weeks is the Pac-12 championship played at the Gallery GC in Arizona where the Cardinal will look to continue it's winning ways when the format will once again including 6 players with 5 scores counting each round.   

First and Second Round Results
The Cardinal took over first place by 6 strokes over Washington and 8 over California after the first 36-hole day of play in this event which includes 6 players from each team competing with 5 scores counting.  Team scoring is shown below.
Team scoring - first two rounds (click to enlarge)
Once again All-Americans Patrick Rodgers (65-69 134 T1) and Cameron Wilson (67-67 134 T1) led the way as they are in a 3-way tie for first place at 6-under par 134.  Maverick McNealy (71-69 140 T14) is at even par 140, David Boote (70-71 141 T18) one-over at 141, Viraat Badhwar (74-75 149 T66) is tied for 66th and Jim Liu (82-73 155 86th) sits in 86th place.

Patrick is looking for his 4th straight individual title and 5th on the season while Cameron is looking for his 2nd win of the year.  Their scoring averages on the season are nearly identical at 69.58 and 69.88 with Patrick having a slight edge.

Playing as individuals Dominic Francks (70-71 141 T18) had an excellent first two rounds to tie for 18th and Patrick Grimes is tied for 79th after his rounds of 79-72 151.

“The guys played well today, and it’s nice to have a lead going into the final round in this very competitive field,” said Conrad Ray, the Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf. “I was proud of the way that we hung in there and eliminated big mistakes today. We dropped a few shots on the last hole, but nonetheless are happy with how the day turned out. There is a lot of golf left.

“We had solid contributions from everyone on the team, and it will be neat to see Cameron and Patrick fight it out for the individual title.”

Round two scorecards are shown below.
Round Two Scorecards - click to enlarge

The Tournament
• Hosted by San Jose State, the Western Intercollegiate is the longest running college golf tournament west of the Mississippi River. Returning to the famed Alister MacKenzie-designed Pasatiempo Golf Club for the 68th year, this season’s edition boasts a field with five of the nation’s top-20 teams, including No. 6 Stanford and No. 3 Cal.

• The 88 players representing 14 schools will play 36 holes Saturday and 18 holes on Sunday. Team scores on the 6,615-yard, par-70 course will be calculated by a play-six, score-five format. 

• Stanford has won eight team titles, third behind San Jose State (12) and Fresno State (9).

• Cal won the 2013 Western Intercollegiate for its first title since 1950.

• Patrick Rodgers, who won the event in 2012, has a chance to join Joel Kribel (1997, 1999) as the only Cardinal to win multiple crowns.

• The Western Intercollegiate was originally conceived by the Northern California Golf Association as a means to give college players around the Bay Area an opportunity to play and gain tournament experience during Spring Break.

The Field
• The 14-team field includes No. 6 Stanford, No. 3 Cal, No. 17 Washington, No. 19 Texas, No. 20 USC, San Jose State, SMU, Arizona State, Memphis, Oregon, San Diego State, UC Irvine, UTEP, and Hawaii.

The Course
• Located in Santa Cruz, Calif., Pasatiempo Golf Club is regarded for its breathtaking scenery and deep-rooted golf history. Bobby Jones was one of the first players to hit from the first tee when the course opened in 1929.

• The course was designed by the famous English architect Alister MacKenzie, who claimed Pasatiempo was his best layout, ahead of even Cypress Point and Augusta National.

The Quote
• Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf Conrad Ray previews the weekend …
“The team is eager to participate in the Western Intercollegiate this weekend. We are all appreciative of the rich history of the event and the amazing test of golf that Pasatiempo Golf Course provides. The event also features a 6-count-5 format and hopefully the depth of our team will shine though and speak for itself with the extra score each round. The team has been focusing on the important shots in practice that they will see in competition as well as tuning up their speed control on the greens which is always very important at Pasatiempo. We look to keep the momentum rolling from a rewarding week at The Goodwin and would love to win two events in a row for the first time this season.”

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Stanford dominates "The Goodwin" led by Patrick Rodgers' 9th career win

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Team win honoring former Coach Wally Goodwin - click to enlarge
Final Results:
The Cardinal finished with a brilliant final round 14-under par 266 total, the low round of the event, to dominate the first Goodwin (previously named the US Intercollegiate) with a 20 shot victory.  The team and individual win was a fitting tribute to former great coach Wally Goodwin, for whom the event is named.

Stanford was led by the record-setting Patrick Rodgers who recorded his third straight individual win and the 9th of his incredible career, a total that puts him in sole possession of 2nd place all-time at Stanford behind only Tiger Woods who had 11 wins in his two seasons on the Farm.  Patrick set the tournament record 196 total (14 under par) on rounds of 63-69-64 to finish 6 strokes ahead of the 2nd place finisher, Rico Hoey from USC.  This record came despite playing in difficult rainy and windy conditions in round #2.  Stanford's team win was their third of the season.  Patrick's final round 64 included a one-stroke penalty he called on himself when his ball moved before putting at the 9th hole for his only bogey.

It's worth reviewing the Stanford Record Book to see where Patrick's season and career place him among the all-time greats at Stanford.  Also showing up now in the Stanford record book are the the individual 65s shot today by Cameron Wilson and Jim Liu - Cameron happens to be tied with Tiger Woods for the all-time low tournament low round of 61 in any event.  The team finishes and the top five teams with player scores are shown below - note that the Pac 12 had the top five teams in the event.
Final Team Results - click to enlarge
Final Team and individual results for top 5 teams - click to enlarge

Stanford's win was a great team effort as Cameron Wilson finished in 3rd place individually to continue his great season on rounds of 69-70-65 204, with his final 5-under round including 5 birdies and no bogeys.  Freshman Maverick McNealy had a great tournament as he tied for 4th overall on rounds of 66-69-70 205 while freshman Viraat Badhwar (who co-holds the Stanford course record of 61) finished strong with a final round 67 as he tied for 16th overall on rounds of 70-73-67 210.  David Boote struggled after his opening round to finish with 70-74-79 223.

Stanford's third freshman, Jim Liu, had a fine tournament playing as an individual as he tied for 28th on rounds of 71-77-65 213 - his final round 65 included 4 birdies and an eagle on 16 and only one bogey.  Also playing as individuals, Patrick Grimes tied for 61st on rounds of 73-74-73 220 and Dominic Francks tied for 73rd with his rounds of 76-75-72 223.

A final congratulations to Patrick Rodgers for winning his 4th event of the season which places him in solo 2nd place on the all-time Stanford single season career wins category, behind only Tiger Woods' 8 wins in the 1995-96 season.  Patrick's scorecards are included below.

Patrick Rodgers winning 3 scorecards - click to enlarge

Second Day Results:
Stanford expanded it's lead to 6 strokes over UCLA and 9 strokes over Oregon with a 281 second round total.  Washington in 4th place had the day's best score of 7-under 273, followed by UCLA's 2-under 278 to improve their positions.  The playing conditions were difficult when the Cardinal teed off as steady rains and swirling winds challenged the field.  Play was suspended at about 12:30 for more than an hour as many of the greens had ponding water.  After the suspension, players returned to light, intermittent rain and light winds and mid-50s temperatures.

Patrick Rodgers increased his individual lead to 3 strokes (63-69 132 1st) with his 1-under 69 that included a 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole.  In reviewing the Stanford record books, Patrick's first round 63 was the lowest tournament round ever at Stanford, besting Rob Grube's 64 when he won the US Intercollegiate in 2007 and Ass't Coach Phil Rowe's 64 when he won the US Intercollegiate in 2002.  Patrick's 2nd round included some clutch par putts on the back nine on 10 and 12 after a frustrating short miss on the 9th hole.  Birdies on #11 and 18 finished off a good round given the conditions.  Team and individual scores for the top 5 teams in included below.
Top 5 team and individual scores - click to enlarge

Maverick McNealy's round of 69 left him tied for 2nd overall (66-69 135 T2).  It was a pretty remarkable back nine of 34 despite a triple bogey on the short par 4 15th hole when his tee shot went out of bounds to the right.  At that point he was two-over on the back nine after his earlier birdie on 13 but Maverick bounced back strongly with birdies on 16, 17 and 18.  The birdie on the par 5 16th was routine with a long drive and long iron to the front of the green and two putts from there but the birdie on the 17th was nothing short of spectacular.  After pushing his tee shot into a horrible lie that seemed plugged in the deep grass, he hacked it out and watched it trickle into the hole from about 50 feet.  He followed that up with a 20 foot birdie putt on 18.

Cameron Wilson's steady even-par 70 left him tied for 12th individually (69-70 139 T12) and included a birdie on the tough 12th hole and a two putt birdie on 16 to offset a double bogey on #6.  Viraat Badhwar's 73 (70-73 143 T32) looked promising after an eagle on the par 5 7th from 20 feet put him 2-under on the day.  He struggled with the conditions from there though with bogies on the 9th and a double bogey on #10 and two more coming in for a back nine of 39.  David Boote's (70-74 144 T38) day started well with a birdie on #1 but a tough 10-hole stretch starting at the 3rd hole included two double bogeys and a bogey leading to his 74.

Playing as individuals, Patrick Grimes (3-74 147 T53), Jim Liu (71-77 148 T62) and Dominic Francks (76-75 151 T78) all struggled with the tough conditions.

Second round scorecards for the 5 team members are included below.
Round 2 scorecards - click to enlarge

First Day Results:
Stanford took the first day lead by 3 over St. Mary's and 5 over Oregon with a 12-under team total of 268 behind an exceptional 63 by Patrick Rodgers and a fine 66 by freshman Maverick McNealy.  The partly sunny weather began in the low fifties and ended in the mid-sixties with light winds so a good day for scoring.  Team scores are shown below.
Round 1 team scores - click to enlarge

“We’re excited about this start, but it’s a long tournament with a lot of golf left to be played,” said Conrad Ray, the Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf. “The guys managed the ball well early in the round and we kept the momentum going. We’re hoping for good things tomorrow.”

Patrick's 7-under 63 put him two ahead in the individual competition as he had 8 birdies and a lone bogey.  The 63 was Patrick's lowest collegiate score (previously 65 was his low at the 2012 Pac-12 championship) and his round tied for the 4th lowest Stanford competitive round behind 61s by Tiger Woods and Cameron Wilson and a 62 by Notah Begay (in the 1994 NCAA championship).

Maverick put his local knowledge to work (he's a 3-time Stanford Club Champion) firing a 66 that included two eagles at the par five 1st and 7th holes and an near-eagle lip out on the par 5 16th.  Cameron's 69 included 4 birdies offset by 3 bogeys and David and Viraat checked in with 70s on the day.  Individual scorecards are included below.
Round 1 scorecards - click to enlarge
Playing as individuals Jim Liu had a 71, Patrick Grimes a 73 and Dominic Francks a 76.

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On the Web •
Live Results • Live results will be available via
Cardinal Contingent • Patrick Rodgers, Cameron Wilson, David Boote, Viraat Badhwar, Maverick McNealy
Patrick Grimes (Ind.), Jim Liu (Ind.), Dominick Francks (Ind.)
Tee Times • Start time off #1 and #10 tees – Friday (8 a.m. PT), Saturday (8 a.m.), Sunday (8 a.m.)

The Tournament
• The event will span three days and features 54 holes of stroke play. Groups begin from holes 1 and 10. All players will be re-grouped before each round based on scores. For the purposes of tournament honors and awards, ties will be split per NCAA Championship tie-breaking procedures.

• Along with 17 teams from around the nation, the Stanford men’s golf team will compete in The Goodwin at Stanford Golf Course from March 28-30.

• Originally named the ‘United States Intercollegiate’, the event was renamed ‘The Goodwin’ prior to the 2014 edition in honor of former Cardinal head coach Wally Goodwin. Goodwin coached at Stanford from 1983-2000, highlighted by winning the 1994 national title. Goodwin was named national coach of the year in 1992 and 1994.

• Goodwin recruited and coached standouts such as Tiger Woods, Casey Martin, Notah Begay, current head coach Conrad Ray and Joel Kribel among many other stars from Stanford’s proud golfing tradition.

• Defending team champion Stanford has claimed 13 team victories and 13 individual titles at the event, the most of any program in each category. The Cardinal captured the first team and individual titles in 1968 during the inaugural year of the tournament.

• Stanford alumni who have won the event include Sandy Adelman (1968), Gary Vanier (1970), Tom Watson (1971), Conrad Nilmeier (1973), Dave Baskins (1974), Mike Peck (1976), Mike Milliken (1990), Casey Martin (1995), Joel Kribel (1996-97), Philip Rowe (2002) and Rob Grube (2006-07).

• The Cardinal holds the event’s longest team winning streak, at six (1970-1975).

The Field
• The 18-team field is comprised of host Stanford, UAB, Northwestern, Colorado State, San Jose State, Fresno State, Washington, TCU, Oregon, UC Davis, USC, St. Mary’s, UCLA, USF, Washington State, San Diego State, UNLV and Loyola Marymount.

• The field includes TCU’s Paul Barjon, who won the 2013 event with an 11-under 199.

The Course
• Located in the foothills overlooking Stanford’s campus, Stanford University Golf Course is consistently rated as one of the finest courses in the world.
• Designed in 1930 by renowned architects William Bell and George Thomas, the par-70, 6,727-yard course is steeped in tradition. Throughout the years, Stanford has hosted many intercollegiate and non-collegiate events, including the Stanford Intercollegiate, Peg Barnard Intercollegiate, Pac-10 Championship, NCAA Regional, NCAA Women’s Championship, USGA Junior Amateur Qualifying, U.S. Open Qualifying and The Gathering at the Farm, a former Senior PGA Tour event.

• Stanford University Golf Course seen many influential golfers on its grounds throughout the years. Such notables include Tom Watson, Tiger Woods, Bob Rosburg, Notah Begay III, Casey Martin and former USGA presidents Sandy Tatum, Grant Spaeth and Walter Driver.

The Last Time Out
• Patrick Rodgers defended his title at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters (March 7-9) by holding off UCLA’s Jonathan Garrick and UNLV’s Kurt Kitayama for his second straight win and eighth collegiate victory. Rodgers shot a 2-over 74 on his final round Sunday for the two-shot victory.

• Host UNLV (886) won the team title at Southern Highlands Golf Club, two shots ahead of second-place Stanford (297-297-294) and Oklahoma State (888).

The Next Time Out
• Stanford wraps up its regular season by traveling to the Western Intercollegiate (April 12-13) in Santa Cruz, Calif.

The Goodwin Background  - March 26, 2014 by
Stanford Renames Home Tournament
Program pays tribute to legendary coach Wally Goodwin

STANFORD, Calif. – The Stanford men’s golf program announced Wednesday that its annual spring tournament, formally known as the United States Intercollegiate, will be renamed ‘The Goodwin’ in honor of former head coach Wally Goodwin.

Goodwin coached at Stanford from 1983-2000, highlighted by winning the 1994 national title. Goodwin was named national coach of the year in 1992 and 1994.

“Coach Goodwin put Stanford golf back on the map, and we’re happy to name this event in his honor on the 20th anniversary of the 1994 national championship,” said Conrad Ray, Stanford’s Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf. “Wally has done so much for the program, and brought many great golfers to Stanford. We wanted to find a fun and unique way to recognize him in perpetuity, and being that this is our only regular season home event, it’s a fitting tribute to his legacy.”

Goodwin recruited and coached standouts such as Tiger Woods, Casey Martin, Notah Begay, Conrad Ray, Joel Kribel among many other stars from Stanford’s proud golfing tradition.

After playing on the PGA Tour in 1959, Goodwin began coaching high school basketball in Colorado. Following a stint at a prep school in Ohio and a spell as the athletic director at Robert Louis Stevenson in Pebble Beach, Calif., he became an assistant basketball coach at Stetson. While at Stetson, Goodwin coached against Larry Bird’s Indiana State teams as well as other major programs like Ohio State and Michigan.

Goodwin received a call from Northwestern in 1981 and accepted the task of starting its golf program, a project that started with recruiting All-American and PGA Rookie of the Year Jim Benepe.

Goodwin came to The Farm in 1983, turning the program in a national powerhouse during his stint at Stanford.

In 1994, the year before Woods came to Stanford, Goodwin led the Cardinal to the NCAA title, defeating Texas on its home course to claim the program’s first championship since 1953.

Stanford finished second in 1995 after losing a playoff with Oklahoma State, and Woods went on to win the 1996 individual championship before going pro one season later.

Goodwin retired from Stanford in 2000. He served as the head coach for Northern Colorado from 2003-07.