Friday, May 24, 2019

Stanford competes in the NCAA Championship in Arkansas

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MATCH PLAY RESULTS: Stanford wins it's 9th national championship!
For match play details with videos, quotes and tweets go to https://gostanford.com/news/2019/5/29/mens-golf-spring-to-remember.aspx


"I'm just so proud of these guys," said Ray. "We battled all week. It is the longest week in golf and to play that fine Texas team and do what we did today, I can't say enough about my guys."

First-year assistant coach Matt Bortis competed for Arkansas for three years and the Blessings Golf Club was his home course. He transferred – wait for it – to Texas and played for the Longhorns his senior season.

"Pretty special," he said.

The Cardinal utilized his home course knowledge to full advantage.

"I give a ton of credit to Coach Bortis," said Shimp, who clinched the title on 17 with a 2 and 1 victory against Spencer Soosman in the leadoff spot. "He does a great job of keeping me calm out there. I just stayed confident and tried to hit good shots."

The win was especially satisfying for seniors Salinda and Wu, who competed for Stanford for the last time. Both went 3-0 in match play.

"I couldn't think of a better way to end," said Salinda.

Added Wu, "It's crazy. You can't script a better ending to your career. This whole week we knew that every round could be our last so to end up on a high note is great."

"It is unbelievable," said Shimp, who rebounded from a 2-down deficit. "To win with this group of guys is so cool. Two of my teammates who weren't even on the trip (Chris Meyersand Ethan Ng) flew in last night and bought their own tickets. It's amazing to do it with your teammates like this."

The team relished its underdog role and it provided added incentive.

"Once you get here, you have to think you have a chance," Salinda said. "Once we made match play, I thought we could win. It was pretty cool."

Ray thinks this team has worked harder than any team he has coached, on and off the course. The effort paid off big, along with the steady play of Salinda and Wu.

"They were rock solid all year, so we lean on them a lot," he said. "They left a strong legacy of leadership. I'm happy they could end their career like this because they are a huge part of our success."

Stanford has won six NCAA championships in 2018-19, also claiming titles in women's volleyball, women's swimming, men's gymnastics, women's water polo and women's tennis. The six NCAA titles matches the most for an academic year, with the Cardinal also winning six in 1996-97.

Men's golf becomes only the fourth men's program in the last 15 years to win an NCAA title, joining men's gymnastics (2009, 2011, 2019), men's volleyball (2010) and men's soccer (2015, 2016, 2017).
Final match play win over Texas 3 & 2 - click to enlarge
Semifinal match play win over Vanderbilt 3 & 2 - click to enlarge
Quarterfinal win over Wake Forest  3 & 2 - click to enlarge

ROUND FOUR RESULTS: Stanford advances to match play as the 6th seed
For full round details go to https://gostanford.com/news/2019/5/27/mens-golf-match-play-secured.aspx.

For the third time in 11 years, the Stanford men's golf team has advanced to match play in the NCAA Championships.
 
Weathering a shaky front nine on Monday at demanding Blessings Golf Club, the No. 12 Cardinal steadied on the final nine and finished sixth in the 30-team field.
 
Sixth-seeded Stanford will face No. 3 seed Wake Forest in the quarterfinals on Tuesday at 5 a.m. PT.
 
"Really proud of the guys," said Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf Conrad Ray. "Any time you get a chance to play match play at the national championship, you're happy. Our guys ground it out."

Final stroke play round standings - click to enlarge
Cardinal 4 round scoring - click to enlarge
4th round Stanford scorecards - click to enlarge

ROUND THREE RESULTS: Cardinal are tied for 2nd headed into final round
For full round details go to https://gostanford.com/news/2019/5/26/mens-golf-moving-on.aspx.

"It was tough out there early," Said Conrad Ray, The Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf. "We had a short night with the tornado drill, and it took the guys a little while to get their bearings and lock and load. We could have played better. My experience is there's always going to be one day you have to weather the storm and I think we just had that day."

After avoiding a big mistakes the first two days, Salinda made two double bogeys on the back nine and finished with a 74. He is tied for fifth at 2-under.
 
"I made a few bad swings, but that's going to happen on this golf course," he said.
 

"Henry is hitting it great and really manages himself well," said Ray. "He could have made a few more putts. Give coach (Matt) Bortis credit for walking with him today."

"One step at a time," Ray said. "Tomorrow is a new day and I think our guys will be ready for it."
 
Ray will confer with Bortis to determine his lineup.
 
"We've hung our hat all year on depth, so we decided to stick Nate in there and see if that would add a little bit of spark and if he could manage the course," said Ray. "What we preach all year is that this is a team game and when your sixth man can beat the other team's sixth man, you've got something good. We'll figure it out, but it was nice to see Nate answer the call."



Third round standings - click to enlarge


Stanford scoring - click to enlarge
Stanford round 3 scorecards - click to enlarge
ROUND TWO RESULTS:  Solid 2nd round keeps Stanford in 2nd place
For full round details go to https://gostanford.com/news/2019/5/25/mens-golf-standing-tall-in-the-ozarks.aspx.

"Any time you can get around this course in under par as a team, you've done well," said Conrad Ray, the Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf. "The guys got off to a solid start and we just kind of hung in there. Great contribution by Henry Shimp going under par and Daulet Tuleubayev was great from the get-go."

"We've kind of told the guys all year that we're trying to have five No. 1's," Ray said. "All of those guys can step up at any time and play well and you saw that today. Everyone is in a good spot; now the goal is to get some rest. That's a heckuva hike."

"Playing yesterday helped me understand the course," Salinda said. "I think the more you play this course, the more you get comfortable with it. There's a lot of shots where, if you don't have that much experience with the course, you'll be uncomfortable. So yesterday helped for sure."

"We know it's a long week," said Ray. "But if you can improve your position every day – and hats off to Oklahoma State, that's a great round. We're excited to see what happens tomorrow."
Round two standings - click to enlarge
Stanford scoring - click to enlarge
Stanford 2nd round scorecards - click to enlarge

ROUND ONE RESULTS: Strong Start led by Isaiah Salinda has Cardinal tied for 2nd
For full round one details including videos and quotes go to https://gostanford.com/news/2019/5/24/mens-golf-strong-start.aspx.

"The guys did a nice job and really hung in there," said Conrad Ray, the Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf. "We knew it would be a challenge and it was."


Round one standings - click on image to enlarge
Round one Stanford scorecards - click to enlarge view

BACKGROUND: Cardinal is hot heading into the National Championship
The Stanford men's golf team returns to the NCAA Championships for the sixth-straight season and 12th time in 15 years, May 24-29 at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Cardinal owns eight national titles, capturing the last in 2007.

Ranked No. 12 and seeded 10th, Stanford enters as one of the hottest squads in the country. The Cardinal has won four consecutive tournaments and posted an 11-stroke victory last week at the NCAA Stanford Regional. During that span, the Cardinal is an accumulative 48-under par.

"There's a reason we picked hard courses to play on this season," said Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf Conrad Ray. "By all accounts, this will be the hardest we've seen. I think our team manages themselves well on hard courses. We have to keep hitting our drivers in the fairway. I'm confident the guys will be ready for the challenge."

The championships begin Friday with the first of four stroke-play rounds. The top eight teams advance to match play next Tuesday, with quarterfinal matches in the morning and semifinal matches in the afternoon. The winners play for the national title on Wednesday.

NCAA Men's Golf Championships
May 24-29
Blessings Golf Club • Fayetteville, Arkansas
7,550 yards • Par-72 (36-36)

 
The Coverage
 
• Live results will be available throughout the event at GoStanford.com and Golfstat.com, with updates available on Twitter (@StanfordMgolf), Facebook (StanfordMgolf) and Instagram (@StanfordMgolf).

• The Golf Channel will provide live coverage on Monday, March 27, from 4-8 p.m. CT, March 28 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 and 4-8  p.m. CT, and March 29 from 4-8 p.m. CT.
 
 The Field

• 30 teams and six individuals.
 
• Teams by seed: Oklahoma State (1), Arizona State (2), Wake Forest (3), Vanderbilt (4), Texas (5), Oklahoma (6), Georgia Tech (7), Duke (8), USC (9), Stanford (10), Auburn (11), Cal (12), Clemson (13), Georgia (14), BYU (15), South Carolina (16), LSU (17), Texas A&M (18), North Florida (19), Pepperdine (20), Louisville (21), Liberty (22), Baylor (23), Illinois (24), North Carolina (25), TCU (26), UNLV (27), Ohio State (28), Georgia Southern (29) and SMU (30).
           
 The Format
 
• Four rounds of stroke play, with top eight teams advancing to match play. Following the third round of stroke play, the top 15 teams and nine individuals not members of an advancing team qualify for the final round and the overall stroke play championship. Quarterfinal and semifinal matches are on May 28 and the final is on May 29.

In stroke play, each team will count best four-of-five scores. A substitute can be inserted each day.

The Schedule

• Stanford begins first-round play on Friday at 1:27 p.m. CT (11:27 a.m. PT) on the first tee with Auburn and Cal. The Cardinal is scheduled to start its second round on Saturday at 8:07 a.m. CT on the 10th tee with Auburn and Cal. Third-round pairings will determined after the second round.

The Forecast

• Partly cloudy all week with high's in the low-to-mid 80's. Humidity will be in high 60's and there is a  chance of rain and thunderstorms.
 
Cardinal Contingent
 
• Stanford will be represented by senior Isaiah Salinda, senior Brandon Wu, junior David Snyder, junior Henry Shimp and freshman Daulet Tuleubayev. Sophomore Nate Menon is the substitute.

Last year

• The Cardinal qualified for the NCAA Championships at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Oklahoma but failed to reach match play. Salinda sparked Stanford by tying for 15th, while Wu and Snyder also competed. 

Coming in Hot

• The four-consecutive wins are the most by Stanford since 2013-14, when it claimed six overall victories behind the play of NCAA individual champion Cameron Wilson and current PGA Tour veteran Patrick Rodgers.

This season's win total is the highest since 1995-96, when sophomore Tiger Woods and Joel Kribel sparked the squad to five triumphs. Since then, the most team titles recorded in a season was seven in 2006-07. Woods won the NCAA individual title.

Dynamic Duo

• Wu and Salinda have enjoyed stellar seasons and earned All-Pac-12 first team honors. They are No. 11 and No. 29, respectively, in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. Both have competed in 10 stroke-play tournaments and rank 1-2 in scoring average at 69.97 and 70.68, respectively.

• Wu has six top-10 finishes in his last eight starts. He scored his first collegiate victory at The Goodwin on March 30 at Stanford Golf Course and has a second and third. During that span, Wu is a combined 36-under par and has posted seven rounds in the 60's, including a pair of 65's. He has broken par in nine of his last 13 rounds – six in the 60's – and has finished outside the top-23 once all season.
 
• After registering his first collegiate victory last month at the Western Intercollegiate, Salinda has been on a tear. He earned his second triumph last week at the NCAA Stanford Regional and has finished 14th or better in his last five starts, tallying sixth or higher in four, and is a combined 24-under. Salinda fired a career-best 6-under-par 64 in the first round of the Western Intercollegiate at Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, Calif. and led wire-to-wire for his first collegiate crown on April 1. He has recorded a team-best 11 rounds in the 60's this season.
 
• Snyder has contributed top-20 finishes in four of his last five starts. He's broken 70 in five of his last 10 rounds, topped by a final-round 4-under-par 66 at The Goodwin and is averaging 70.20 in his last 10 rounds and ranks third on the team in scoring with an average of 71.00 in seven events.
 
• In his last four tournaments, Shimp has fired four 68's. His best finish is a tie for ninth at the Southern Highlands Intercollegiate and he earned a share of 11th at the Western Intercollegiate. Shimp has played in seven tournaments and averages 71.77.
 
• Tuleubayev posted a career-best tie for seventh at the Pac-12 Championships and was selected All-Pac-12 second team. He has shot 72 or lower in six of his last 10 rounds. Tuleubayev has participated in seven events and averages 73.14.
 
Trending Up
 
• Playing one of the toughest schedules in the country, Stanford has finished outside the top-10 only once this season. Stanford has come on strong this spring, placing sixth, third, first, first, first and first in its last six starts. The team is a combined 58-under-par during in its last six tournaments.

Local Knowledge

• Cardinal first-year assistant coach Matt Bortis is very familiar with Blessings Golf Club. He was a standout on the Arkansas team from 2004-06 and was a two-time All-Southeastern Conference selection.

The Course

Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. in 2004 and renovated by Kyle Phillips in 2017, Blessings Golf Club is the home course of the Arkansas Razorbacks and will provide a stern test for the top college players in the nation. From the back tees, it carries a 79.1 rating and 153 slope rating, making it one of the toughest courses in the country.

Funded by John Tyson, chairman of Tyson Foods, the rolling layout is characterized by dramatic elevation changes and forced carries over ravines, valleys and wetlands, sidehill lies, and large, undulating greens. The speedy putting surfaces are turtle-backed and require proper spin and trajectory.The fairways are tight and place a premium on accuracy off the tee, especially with the strategically-located bunkers. Patience and good course management are a must. 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

#2 seeded Stanford hosts the NCAA Regional


NCAA STANFORD REGIONAL - MAY 13-15, 2019
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FINAL RESULTS: Stanford wins by 12 strokes making it 4 straight victories

Leading wire-to-wire, No. 12 Stanford made the most of its home course advantage by winning the NCAA Stanford Regional on Wednesday at rainy Stanford Golf Course.
 
The victory was the fourth in a row by clicking second-seeded Cardinal, securing a spot in the NCAA Championships, May 24-29, at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas. It will be Stanford's 12th trip in the last 15 years.
 
The last time the Cardinal won four-consecutive tournaments was in 2013-14. Coming into the regional, the Cardinal prevailed at The Goodwin, the Western Intercollegiate and Pac-12 Championships.
  
In its last four start, the Cardinal is an accumulative 48-under.
 
"We're happy that we picked up our fourth win a row and we just want to keep this momentum going," said Conrad Ray, the Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf. "Now anything is possible when you get a ticket to the big show."
 
Stanford started the final round with a 10-stroke advantage, but Ray knew it wouldn't be easy.
 
"You do this long enough and you see crazy stuff happen," he said. "North Carolina got off to a hot start. But our guys hung in there and they kept fighting. All year we've played well on the back nine."
 
Stanford closed with a field-best 8-under-par 272 to finish the 54-hole, 13-team regional at 23-under 817. It was the sixth regional crown for the Cardinal, who previously won in 1996, 2010, 2014, 2016 and 2017.
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Arizona State and North Carolina tied for second at 11-under 829, while Georgia Southern claimed fourth and LSU placed fifth. All advance to the NCAA Championships.
 
Kyler Dunkle of Utah earned the individual spot.
 
In all, 30 teams and six individuals from six regional sites qualified for the NCAA Championships.
 
Cardinal senior Isaiah Salinda, competing on his home course for the last time, earned medalist honors for the second time in a month. He shot rounds of 67-68-68 to conclude at 10-under 200. Salinda scored his first victory collegiate triumph last month at the Western Intercollegiate.
 
"Perfect way to end it," Salinda said.
 
Salinda broke a three-way with back-to-back birdies at the par-4 15th and par-5 16th holes. He made an eight-footer at 15, then flushed a 221-yard 4-iron on the green with his second shot at 16 and nearly made the 12-foot eagle putt.
 
"It was kind of tough day with the conditions and I knew it wouldn't be easy," he said. "To finish strong like that feels really good."
 
Salinda snapped a three-way tie with back-to-back birdies at the par-4 15th and par-5 16th holes. He made an eight-footer at 15, then flushed a 221-yard 4-iron on the green with his second shot at 16 and just missed a 12-foot eagle putt.
 
"I didn't do any one thing particularly great," said Salinda. "Everything was really solid. I drove it well and when I was out of position, I was able to save pars and keep the momentum going."
 
Junior David Snyder secured his third top-10 in his last four starts by tying for second, posting scores of 67-68-68 to finish at 7-under 203. He was runner-up at The Goodwin in late March.
 
Senior Brandon Wu continued his stellar play and tied for sixth. He shot rounds of 68-67-69 to wind up at 6-under 204 and has finished in the top-10 in five-of-his-last-six starts and hasn't finished lower than 11th.
 
Junior Henry Shimp recorded his best round of the week with a 68 and shared 43rd with freshman Daulet Tuleubayev (74) at 6-over 216.

Final results - click on image to enlarge
ROUND TWO RESULTS:  Stanford stretches its lead to 10 strokes
No. 12 Stanford increased its lead Tuesday after two rounds of the NCAA Stanford Regional at cool and cloudy Stanford Golf Course.
 
Taking full advantage on its home track, the second-seeded Cardinal combined for a 9-under-par score of 271 and has 36-hole total of 15-under 545. No. 3-ranked and top-seed Arizona State and No. 26 and fifth-seed North Carolina share second at 5-under 555.
 
"These guys have really been focused on looking ahead all spring," said Conrad Ray, the Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf. "That was the message we were trying to send today is to get to 20-under par and see if that's good enough to win. The greens were a little bit faster and the north breeze was tough, but I thought our guys did a good job."

Thirteen teams and 10 individuals are participating in the 54-hole regional. At the conclusion of play Wednesday, the top five teams and leading individual not a member of an advancing team qualify for the NCAA Championships, May 24-29 at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

There are five teams under par.

Stanford begins play Wednesday at 8 a.m. on the first tee with Arizona State and North Carolina.
 
Once again, the Cardinal received strong contributions throughout the lineup. Senior Isaiah Salinda followed up Monday's 4-under 66 with a 67 and holds the individual lead at 7-under 133. He has bettered par in five-straight rounds.

Teammates Brandon Wu (68-67) and David Snyder (67-68) are tied for second and two shots back at 5-under 135.
 
Salinda made three birdies during his bogey-free round and closed with nine-consecutive pars. Wu tallied four birdies and played his last 13 holes in 3-under, while Snyder finished strong with birdies at 15, 16 and 18.
 
Snyder has recorded a squad-best 11 birdies in two rounds.
 
Teeing off first, freshman Daulet Tuleubayev gave Stanford a nice lift with a 1-under 69 and birdied two-of-his-last six holes. He's tied for 29th at 2-over 142, while junior Henry Shimpis tied for 62nd at 148.
 
For the second-straight day, three-of-five Stanford players birdied the par-5 first hole.
 
Ray said the goal Wednesday is to "win the day." The dry conditions could change, as the forecast calls for light rain.
 
The Cardinal will seek its fourth-consecutive team victory, previously winning The Goodwin, Western Intercollegiate and Pac-12 Championships. The last time Stanford won four-in-a-row was in 2013-14, when it claimed The Goodwin, Western Intercollegiate, Pac-12 Championships and NCAA Regional.
 
Fans are welcome to attend and there is no admission charge.

Round two scorecards and team standings - click on image to enlarge


ROUND ONE RESULTS:  Stanford takes the lead behind 3 sub-par rounds
Round one team standings and Stanford scorecards- click on image to enlarge
BACKGROUND
STANFORD, Calif. –The 12th-ranked Stanford men's golf team looks to continue its good play next week when it competes in the NCAA Stanford Regional, Monday through Wednesday at Stanford Golf Course.
 
The Cardinal has won its last three starts, prevailing at The Goodwin, Western Intercollegiate and Pac-12 Championships, and is an accumulative 25-under par.
 
"I've tried to characterize our good play as just consistent play," said Conrad Ray, the Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf. "Peak is always a nerve-racking word for a coach because it means there's a valley somewhere else. I still feel like we're on the way up and getting solid contributions from every guy."

Stanford previously hosted NCAA Regionals in 2005, 2012 and 2017. The Cardinal captured Regional championships in 1996, 2010, 2014, 2016 and 2017, and owns eight NCAA titles.

In all, 81 teams and 45 individuals will compete at six regional sites. The top five teams and low individual not a member of an advancing team at each site qualify for the NCAA Championships, May 24-29 at the Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
 
"Obviously, hosting at home is an advantage on a very demanding course," Ray said. "We'll have to be on top of our game."
  
NCAA Stanford Regional
Monday-Wednesday, May 13-15
Stanford Golf Course • Stanford, Calif.
6,727 yards • Par-70 (35-35)

 
The Coverage
 
• Live results will be available throughout the event at GoStanford.com and Golfstat.com, with updates available on Twitter (@StanfordMgolf), Facebook (StanfordMgolf) and Instagram (@StanfordMgolf).
 
 The Field

• 13 teams and 10 individuals.
 
The field includes: No. 1 seed Arizona State, No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 LSU, No. 4 North Carolina State, No. 5 North Carolina, No. 6 South Florida, No. 7 Kansas, No. 8 Virginia, No. 9 Ole Miss, No. 10 Georgia Southern, No. 11 UNC Greensboro, No. 12 Augusta University and No. 13 Denver.

The individuals are: Austin Squires of Cincinnati, Riley Elmes of Loyola Marymount, James Nicholas and Teddy Zinsner of Yale, Kyler Dunkle of Utah, Guillaume Fanonnel of Louisiana-Monroe, Alex Lee of Fresno State, Jack Rhea and Shiso Go of East Tennessee State and Jake Vincent of Southern Utah.
           
 The Format
 
• Three rounds of medal play starting off the No. 1 and No. 10 tees. Tee times run from 8:30-11:04 a.m. PT. Teams have until one hour before each round to insert a substitute.
 
Teams will count four of five scores each day. Schools will be repaired after the first and second round, with leaders teeing off first on off No. 1 on Tuesday and Wednesday. In the event of a tie in the team or individual competition, a playoff will be held. A team and individual winner will be crowned.

Spectators
 
• The Regional is opening to the public and there is no admission charge. Free parking is available at the course, located at 91 Links Road off Junipero Serra Blvd.

The Forecast

• The weather will be mostly sunny on Monday with a high temperature of 73 degrees. It will be partly cloudy on Tuesday and Wednesday, with a high of 72 degrees. Light wind is expected each day.
 
Cardinal Contingent
 
• Stanford will be represented by Senior Isaiah Salinda, senior Brandon Wu, junior David Snyder, junior Henry Shimp and freshman Daulet Tuleubayev. Sophomore Nate Menon is the substitute.
One-Two Punch

• Wu and Salinda have paced the Cardinal and were All-Pac-12 first team selections. They are No. 11 and No. 29, respectively, in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
 
•  In his last seven starts, Wu has finished sixth, 30th, second, third, first, fourth, 11th and seventh while averaging 69.77. He is a combined 30-under par and has posted seven rounds in the 60's, including a pair of 65's. Wu's first career victory came at The Goodwin on March 30 in a playoff against Snyder.  
 
•  Salinda has also been hot. He's finished sixth, first and fifth in his last three starts while averaging 69.20. Salinda fired a career-best 6-under-par 64 in the first round at Western Intercollegiate to help pave the way for his first collegiate win on April 14. He's a combined 14-under in his past four events and has recorded a team-best eight rounds in the 60's this season.
 
• Snyder has contributed top-20 finishes in four of his last five starts. He's broken 70 in five of his last 10 rounds, topped by a final-round 4-under 66 at The Goodwin and is averaging 70.20 in his last 10 starts.
 
• In his last four tournaments, Shimp has four 68's. His best finish is a tie for ninth at the Southern Highlands Intercollegiate and he earned a share of 11th at the Western Intercollegiate.
 
• Tuleubayev posted a career-best tie for seventh at the Pac-12 Championships and was selected All-Pac-12 second team. He has shot 72 or lower in six of his last 10 rounds.
 
Trending Up
 
• Playing one of the toughest schedules in the country, Stanford has finished outside the top-10 only once this season. The team has come on strong this spring, placing sixth, third, first, first and first in its last five starts.

The Course
  
One of approximately 30 college courses in the country, Stanford Golf Course opened in 1930 and was designed by famed architects George C. Thomas and Billy Bell Jr. It underwent a renovation by John Harbottle in 2008. In 2018, Beau Welling Design oversaw a renovation that included reconstruction and relocation of nearly every bunker, new irrigation, and the modification of several holes, notably the par-4 fifth and par-4 11th.  
 
Located on campus below the scenic foothills, the sprawling, championship layout is flanked by majestic oak trees and meandering San Francisquito Creek, the latter coming into play on nearly half the course. Each hole offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains, and San Francisco, about 30 miles north, can be seen from the elevated 18th tee.
 
Home to the nationally-ranked men's and women's golf programs, and the Cardinal cross country teams, Stanford Golf Course was ranked No. 88 in the world in 1993 by Golf Magazine. In a poll of college golf coaches in 2009, the course was ranked No. 3 in the nation. In 2015, Stanford was rated the No. 6 college course in the country by Golfweek.
 
Rich in tradition and history, World Golf Hall of Famers Lawson Little,Tom Watson and Mickey Wright honed their games on the course, as did future Hall of Famer, Tiger Woods, Bob Rosburg, Notah Begay III, Patrick Rodgers and Maverick McNealy. The course was also home to former USGA Presidents Sandy Tatum, Grant Spaeth and Walter Driver.

Stanford Golf Course has been the site of many important tournaments, including men's and women's NCAA Championships, U.S. Open Qualifying, USGA Junior Amateur Qualifying, and The Gathering, a former PGA Senior Tour event. Each year, the course hosts The Goodwin, a top men's collegiate tournament, and two women's events: the Stanford Intercollegiate hosted by Professor Condoleezza Rice, and the Peg Barnard Invitational.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Pac-12 Championship being held at the Eugene CC

Live Scoring | Eugene CC
Stanford is the 2019 Pac-12 Champion - click on image to enlarge
FINAL RESULTS: Make it 3 - Golfers rally to win third-straight at Pac-12 Championship
For the fourth time in six years, Stanford captured the Pac-12 Men's Golf Championships, coming from behind on Wednesday at cold and breezy Eugene Country Club. It marks the 11th conference title for the program.
 
Trailing Cal by four strokes starting the fourth and final round, the Cardinal surged in front early on the front nine and never relinquished the lead. Stanford closed with a 4-over-par 359 in tough conditions to conclude at 7-under 1,413. UCLA earned second at 1,420 and Cal was third at 1,421.


"I think the wind surprised everyone today, but we did a good job all week keeping the big numbers off the card," said Conrad Ray, the Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf. "We had a couple but dodged the bullet and made the birdie putts when it mattered."

Previously, Stanford secured conference crowns in 1960, 1968, 1970, 1974, 1977, 1992, 1994, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
 
Wednesday's win was the third-straight by the No. 15 Cardinal, following triumphs at The Goodwin and Western Intercollegiate. The last time Stanford won three-consecutive tournaments was in 2013-14, when it claimed The Goodwin, Western Intercollegiate, Pac-12 Championships and NCAA Regional.
 
Once again, Stanford received contributions from throughout the lineup, with four-of-six players earning top-10 finishes. Senior Isaiah Salinda closed with an even-par 71 and placed fifth at 3-under 281, while senior Brandon Wu (73) and freshman Daulet Tulebayev (72) tied for seventh at 1-under 283. Junior David Snyder (71) finished at even-par 284 to secure a share of 10th. Sophomore Nate Menon (73) tied for 23rd at 6-over 290 and junior Henry Shimp (75) tied for 37th at 10-over 294.   
 
Wednesday's five counting players recorded 10 birdies during the last seven holes. Tuleubayev reeled off three in a row and Snyder finished birdie-birdie. Salinda and Wu birdied No. 17 and Menon birdied two of his last six.

"All week we kind of made our birdies on the back nine and did that again today," Ray said. "Everyone contributed in a good way and I was happy for the guys to pull it out."

Salinda (51) and Snyder (50) finished first and second in the field in pars made, while Tuleubayev ranked first in par-5 scoring (4.33) and led the Cardinal with 16 birdies.


View final standings and Stanford final round scoring - click on image to enlarge
Final standings and Stanford 4th round scoring - click to enlarge
Collin Morikawa of Cal won the individual title at 12-under 272.
 
Stanford is now a combined 25-under par during its current three-tournament win streak and 35-under in its last four starts. In the last three events, the team has posted the top final-round score.


"Momentum is a real thing in team golf and I think our guys are feeling that," said Ray. "Our guys are motivated to see where we can ride this thing. We have great young team and they are hungry to go win."
 
The Cardinal will host an NCAA Regional at Stanford Golf Course, May 13-15. Participants for all regional sites will be announced next Wednesday at 6 p.m. PT on the Golf Channel.


THIRD ROUND RESULTS:  3 teams at the top with Stanford in 3rd, only 4 shots back
 A strong finish Tuesday enabled Stanford to keep its Pac-12 Championships hopes alive entering Wednesday's final round at Eugene Country Club.
 
The Cardinal scrapped for a 6-under-par score of 349 and stands third at 11-under 1,054 after 54 holes.
 
Cal combined for a 12-under 343 and took the lead at 15-under 1,050, followed by UCLA (348) at 1,053.
 
No. 15 Stanford is coming off consecutive victories at The Goodwin and Western Intercollegiate.
 
"Proud of our guys for hanging in there today on a difficult setup and following a big afternoon yesterday," said Conrad Ray, the Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf. "We are in a good position to make a move, especially considering we are counting five scores out of six. We'll get some rest tonight and I feel confident our guys will be ready to make a run tomorrow."
 
Falling back early on Tuesday, the Cardinal once again flourished on the back nine. Junior David Snyder rebounded from a triple-bogey on the front nine with three-straight birdies and racked up seven on the day to post a team-best 3-under 68.
 
Sophomore Nate Menon birdied three-of-his-last six holes to contribute a 71, while seniors Brandon Wu and Isaiah Salinda continued their sensational play.
 
Playing late in the day, Wu birdied the par-4 17th and 18th holes to record a 70 and is tied for sixth at 3-under 210. He has shot par or better in 10 of his last 12 rounds, has broken par nine times, and is an accumulative 16-under.
 
Salinda toured his last 15 holes in 3-under to finish with a 69 and is tied for eighth with freshman Daulet Tuleubayev (74) at 2-under 211.
 
Salinda has also sizzled. He has registered par or better in nine of his last 12 rounds, bettering par seven times and is an accumulative 13-under.
 
Snyder is even-par through three rounds and shares 16th, while Menon is tied for 31st at 4-over and junior Henry Shimp (71) is knotted for 39th at 6-over.
 
Collin Morikawa of Cal leads the individual race at 11-under 202, one stroke in front of Kyler Dunkle of Utah.
 
The Cardinal begins the final round at 9:06 a.m. and will play with Cal and UCLA. Stanford has captured 10 Pac-12 titles, the last in 2016.



Third round standings and Stanford scorecards - click on image to enlarge


FIRST AND SECOND ROUND RESULTS:  Stanford stays hot and is tied for the lead
Stanford continued its outstanding play Monday on the first day of the Pac-12 Golf Men's Championships at Eugene Country Club.
 
Entering with a two-tournament winning streak, the No. 15 Cardinal played the morning round in 4-over 359, then improved 13 shots in the afternoon with a first-day best 9-under 346 to finish at 5-under 705 to share the lead with UCLA.
 
Freshman Daulet Tuleubayev produced the best showing of his young Cardinal career. After starting with a season-low 4-under-par 67 in the morning – a round that included seven birdies – he added an eagle-aided 70 in the afternoon and is tied for fourth at 5-under 137. Tuleubayev's eagle came at the par-5 sixth.
 
Stanford devoured the back nine to begin the second round. The Cardinal combined for 16 birdies and overtook Cal and UCLA for first. Seniors Brandon Wu and Isaiah Salinda shot 4-under 33's and junior Henry Shimp and sophomore Nate Menon added 35's.
 
Salinda, coming off his first collegiate victory last week at the Western Intercollegiate, fired a 66 Monday afternoon, collecting seven birdies. Menon contributed a career-best 67 and was 4-under his last 11 holes.
 
Wu and Tuleubayev added 70's, junior Henry Shimp shot 73 and junior David Snyder had 74.
 
Wu, who earned his first college title last month at The Goodwin, is tied for eighth at 2-under 140. Salinda is tied for 12th at 142, followed by Snyder at 145 (t-32), Menon at 146 (t-35) and Shimp at 148 (t-49).

Round One and Two Scoring and Standings - click on image to enlarge
Stanford round 1 scorecards - click to enlarge


Stanford round 2 scoring and team standings

 

Justin Suh of USC and Kyler Dunkle of Utah share the individual lead at 8-under 134.
 
The third round is Tuesday and starts at 9 a.m., and the final round is Wednesday.


BACKGROUND:  Stanford comes in hot off two straight wins
Coming off consecutive team wins for the first time since 2016, No. 17 Stanford looks to continue its strong play at the Pac-12 Championships, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore., hosted by Oregon.
 
On Wednesday, the Cardinal captured the 73rd Western Intercollegiate at Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, Calif. by six shots over Cal. Two weeks earlier, Stanford successfully defended its home turf by coasting to an 18-shot victory over USC at The Goodwin.
 
In its last two starts, Stanford is an accumulative 18-under par (-8 Goodwin/-10 Western). In each event, the Cardinal finished strong by posting the best closing-round team total. Stanford shot 6-under in the Goodwin and 10-under at the Western.

The Cardinal recorded a tournament-best 75 birdies at the Western Intercollegiate, registering 33 in the last round. Isaiah Salinda pocketed 16 in the 54-hole event to rank second in the field.
 
Stanford produced the individual medalist in both tournaments, as seniors Brandon Wuand Salinda collected their first collegiate wins – both in playoffs.

At The Goodwin, Wu and junior teammate David Snyder deadlocked at 4-under 206, with Wu prevailing on the first extra hole. At the Western, Salinda birdied the final hole of regulation to tie Sean Yu of San Jose State and defeated him on the fifth playoff hole.
 
Pac-12 Championships
Monday-Wednesday, April 22-24
Eugene Country Club • Eugene, Ore.
7,044 yards • Par-71 (34-37)
 
 The Coverage
 
• Pac-12 Networks will show live coverage of the finishing holes on Wednesday at 2 p.m.
 
The Field

• All 12 Pac-12 schools will compete, headed by No. 2 Arizona State, No. 6 USC, No. 12 Cal and No. 17 Stanford.         
 
The Format
 
• Four rounds of medal play. Each school will play two rounds on Monday starting off the first and 10th tees at 7:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. On Tuesday, tee times start at 9 a.m. off the No. 1 tee. On Wednesday, final round pairings will be decided by order of finish after 54 holes beginning at 8 a.m. off No. 1 and No. 10.
 
• Six players will compete for each school, with the top five counting each day toward the team score. An individual champion will also be crowned.

The Forecast

• The weather will be cloudy on Monday and Tuesday, with high temperatures in the low 70s. On Wednesday, it will be partly cloudy with a high of 67. Light winds are expected each day.
 
Cardinal Contingent
 
• Stanford will be represented by Salinda, Wu, Snyder, junior Henry Shimp, freshman Daulet Tuleubayev and sophomore Nate Menon.

Statistically Speaking 
• Wu has played in seven events (21 rounds) and averages a team-best 70.08. He has three top-10's and six top-25's, twice firing rounds of 65. Named one of 10 semifinalists for the Ben Hogan Award, Wu has been red-hot in his last four starts, posting a second, third, first and tie for 11th. 
•  Salinda has played in all eight events (24 rounds) and averages 71.25. He has three top-10's and six top-25s and registered a career-best 6-under-par 64 in the first round at Western Intercollegiate to help pave the way for his first collegiate win. 
• Shimp has played in five events (15 rounds) and averages 71.27. He has one top-10 and three top-25's, shooting 68 three times. His best finish is a tie for ninth at the Southern Highlands Intercollegiate.
• Snyder has played in five events (15 rounds) and averages 71.67. He has one top-10 and thee top-25's, led by his runner-up finish at The Goodwin. His low score is 66.
• Menon has played in seven events (21 rounds) and averages 73.90. He has one top-25, tying for 21st at Nike Collegiate Invitational, and his low score is 70.
• Tuleubayev has played in five events (15 rounds) and averages 73.93. His top showing is a tie for 26th at the Western Intercollegiate and his low score is 70. 
Trending Up
• Playing one of the toughest schedules in the country, Stanford has finished outside the top-10 only once this season. The Cardinal is peaking at the right time, placing sixth, third, first and first in its last four starts.
Statistically Speaking 
• Wu has played in seven events (21 rounds) and averages a team-best 70.08. He has three top-10's and six top-25's, twice firing rounds of 65. Named one of 10 semifinalists for the Ben Hogan Award, Wu has been red-hot in his last four starts, posting a second, third, first and tie for 11th. 
•  Salinda has played in all eight events (24 rounds) and averages 71.25. He has three top-10's and six top-25s and registered a career-best 6-under-par 64 at Western Intercollegiate to help pave the way for his first collegiate win. 
• Shimp has played in five events (15 rounds) and averages 71.27. He has one top-10 and three top-25's, shooting 68 three times. His best finish is a tie for ninth at the Southern Highlands Intercollegiate.
• Snyder has played in five events (15 rounds) and averages 71.67. He has one top-10 and thee top-25's, led by his runner-up finish at The Goodwin. His low score is 66.
• Menon has played in seven events (21 rounds) and averages 73.90. He has one top-25, tying for 21st at Nike Collegiate Invitational, and his low score is 70.
• Tuleubayev has played in five events (15 rounds) and averages 73.93. His top showing was a tie for 26th at the Western Intercollegiate and his low score is 70

Playing one of the toughest schedules in the country, Stanford has finished outside the top-10 only once this season. The Cardinal is peaking at the right time, placing sixth, third, first and first in its last four starts.

One-Two Punch

• Wu ranks No. 11 and Salinda No. 49 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings. Wu is No. 11 and Salinda No. 33 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
The History
 
• Stanford has secured 10 Pac-12 titles, most recently in 2016. The others came in 1960, 1968, 1970, 1974, 1977, 1992, 1994, 2014 and 2015. The Cardinal has produced 14 Individual champions: Rod Choate (1960, 1962); Sandy Adelman (1969); Mike Peck (1977 and 1978); Jack Skilling (1980); Don Walsworth (1986); Christian Cevaer (1989 and 1992); Tiger Woods (1996); Jim Seki (2012); Andrew Yun (2012); Patrick Rodgers (2014); and Maverick McNealy(2015).

The Course
 
Long regarded as one of the premier courses in Oregon and often ranked among the top-100 in the U.S., Eugene Country Club was originally designed by two-time U.S. Amateur champion H.C. Egan in 1924. Located along the picturesque Willamette River, the course was redesigned by Robert Trent Jones in 1960, who reversed the nines, enlarged the greens and tees, and created more strategic bunkering. The course meanders through towering Douglas firs and has hosted many important tournaments, most recently the 2016 NCAA Men's and Women's Championships, and the 2018 U.S. Senior Amateur.