Monday, March 5, 2018

Stanford competes in Mexico in the Querencia Cabo Collegiate

Final Results:
The Cardinal moved up two places and finished 11th, 36 strokes behind the winning Oklahoma State team after a final round, 5-over par 289 total.  Stanford was led by sophomore Isaiah Salinda who finished tied for 29th 4-over par with rounds of 73-73-71 217.  Cal's Morikawa was the individual champion with an impressive 16-under par 197 total.
Stanford scoring - click to enlarge
Franklin Huang tied for 36th totaling 219 on rounds of 76-71-72, Henry Shimp tied for 42nd at 221 with rounds of 71-75-75, Brandon Wu finished 59th at 225 with rounds of 78-76-71 and freshman Ashwin Arasu ended tied for 67th at 229 on rounds of 70-80-79.

Team scoring and Stanford's final round scorecards are shown below - click on image to enlarge.

Round 2 Results:
A disappointing second round 295 team total (11 over par) slid Stanford from a tie for 8th to 13th.  Franklin Huang (76-71 147 T45) was the team's low man on the day with an even par 71 as his four birdies offset four bogeys.  Isaiah Salinda with 73-73 146 and Henry Shimp with 71-75 146 left them tied for 33rd individually.

Cal's 278 total on the day was the best in the field and they trail leader Oklahoma State by one.   Look for a strong final round from the Cardinal to finish with some positive momentum.  Second round scoring is shown below - click on the image to enlarge.
Second round team and Stanford scorecards - click to enlarge

Round 1 Results:
There is work to be done after round 1 is in the books with Stanford 14 strokes behind leading Oklahoma State.  The Cardinal was led by freshman Ashwin Arasu with a fine 70 to put him in a tied for 8th overall.  Sophomore Henry Shimp followed with a solid 71 leaving him tied for 15th.
Round 1 scoring with Stanford scorecards

Monday, February 19, 2018

Stanford sends 10 players to The Prestige in La Quinta, CA

Stanford A Team
Stanford B Team

FINAL RESULTS: by Stanford Daily
Stanford finished in 5th place, 6 strokes behind Oklahoma State as the event was shortened to two rounds following the first day cancellation due to high winds.  Second and final round scoring is shown below including scorecards for all 10 Stanford players who competed.  Top finisher was Isaiah Salinda with 72-69 141 to finish tied for 7th.

Isaiah Salinda and Franklin Huang each finished among the top 10 and the 12th-ranked Stanford men's golf team finished fifth in The Prestige at PGA West Resort, which was completed Wednesday.

Co-hosted by the Cardinal and UC Davis, the tournament was reduced to 36 holes after the first round was cancelled due to high winds.

Sixteen teams and 15 schools competed in the event.  Stanford started strong Wednesday at the Greg Norman Course and surged into the lead midway through the back nine but couldn't sustain it. The Cardinal closed with a 3-over par score of 287 to conclude at 5-over 573.

The Stanford B squad tied for 10th at 28-over 596.

Second-ranked Oklahoma State rallied for a one-shot victory over Pepperdine, combing for a 36-hole total of 1-under 567.  Clay Feagler of Pepperdine claimed the individual title with a score of 7-under 135, closing with a 66.

Fueled by two eagles, Salinda recorded a 2-under 69 and tied for seventh at 1-under 141. He made treys at the par-5 eighth and 16th holes, and added two birdies to match his best finish of the season.

After opening with a 3-under 68, Huang followed with a 75 and earned a share of 10th at 1-over 143. It marked his second top 10 of the season.

Junior Brandon Wu toured the front nine in 2-under and birdied 10 and 11 to reach 4-under. He tallied five birdies and shot 69 to tie for 18th at 2-over 144.

Sophomore Henry Shimp (77) tied for 36th at 6-over 148, while senior Jeffrey Swegle collected the last of four birdies at the par-4 18th hole to shoot 74 and tied for 42nd at 7-over 149. 

The B team was led by freshman Ashwin Arasu, who made four birdies Wednesday and posted his second straight 73 to finish at 4-over 146, tying for 28th. Senior Bradley Knox shot 72-76 and tied for 36th at 6-over 148.

Sophomore David Snyder (77-73) tied for 46th, junior Chris Meyers (76-76) tied for 57th, and sophomore Dakota McNealy placed 83rd. 

Stanford returns to competition March 4-6 in the Cabo Collegiate at Querencia in Los Cabos, Mexico.
2nd and final round scoring - click to enlarge

Round 1 delayed due to high winds when scheduled.  Full scoring including Stanford scorecards are shown below.
Round 1 scoring & scorecards-click to enlarge

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Cardinal sends 6 players to compete on the Big Island of Hawaii

Final Results:
WAIKOLOA, Hawaii - Behind Franklin Huang’s 3-under-par performance Saturday, Stanford wrapped up its spring opener by placing 10th among 18 teams at the Amer Ari Invitational.

Huang (69-70-69) finished under par in each of his three rounds during the 54-hole event, tying for 13th among individuals on the par-72 Waikoloa Kings’ Course.

Stanford (288-282-282) was 6-under Saturday for the second consecutive round, finishing at 12-under overall.

Top-ranked Oklahoma State (-47) won the event. USC’s Justin Suh (-13) claimed medalist honors.

"I’m proud of our guys and how they hung in there to knock off our winter rust while playing against some of the top teams in the country on Bermuda grass and against Hawaiian winds," said Conrad Ray, Stanford’s Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf. "There were a lot of different variables and challenges on the course, and without question we have a long way to go in all areas, but there were also some very positive signs of improvement. It was fun to see Franklin Huang have a very good week on the individual front and his game is trending the right way. We’re excited to look ahead to the The Prestige at PGA West."
Brandon Wu (75-68-71) tied for 37th at 2-under, logging four birdies in his final round. Isaiah Salinda (74-71-70) improved during each round and tied for 41st at 1-under.

Henry Shimp (72-73-72) tied for 51st and Ashwin Arasu (73-74-72) tied for 64th. Shimp had a pair of eagles during the tournament.

Bradley Knox (70-74-75) tied for 64th.

Final round scorecards and top 10 team scoring are shown below.
Round 3 scorecards and top 10 scoring

Round 2 Results:
WAIKOLOA, Hawaii - Brandon Wu shaved seven strokes off of his opening-round score to help Stanford jump from 12th to 10th on Friday at the Amer Ari Invitational. Wu followed a 75 with a 4-under-par 68 while moving from 75th to 40th in the individual race.

Franklin Huang shot a 2-under-par 70 (69-70 139 T12) to contribute to the Cardinal effort. Huang was 4-under -- and bogey-free -- through 15 before a double-bogey set him back.

Huang is tied for 12th.

Stanford, currently 10th, went 6-under Friday after its opening-round performance of even-par.

Oklahoma State went 21-under to take the team lead, nine strokes clear of second-place Georgia Tech and Texas Tech. Oklahoma State's Hayden Wood leads the medalist race at 10-under.

Henry Shimp (72-73 145 T55) went 1-over, and Isaiah Salinda (74-71 145 T55) was 1-under with the help of an eagle on the par-5 18th.

Ashwin Arasu had four birdies but finished at 2-over. He is tied for 74th (73-74 146 T74).

Bradley Knox (70-74 144 T43) was 2-over.

Second round scorecards and top team scoring is shown below.
Round 2 scorecards and top ten team scoring
Round 1 Results:
WAIKOLOA, Hawaii - The Stanford men's golf team combined to post an even-par 288 Thursday in the opening round of the Amer Ari Invitational to christen the spring season.

Texas leads the 18-team field at 9-under on the par-72 Waikoloa Kings' Course, with Stanford in 11th place.

Franklin Huang recorded only one bogey and added four birdies to pace the Cardinal with a 3-under 69. Huang is tied for sixth.

Ashwin Arasu managed six birdies during his round of 1-over for a share of 48th. Isaiah Salinda tied for 64th at 2-over. Henry Shimp managed an even-par 72 for 36th.

Competing as an individual, Bradley Knox was 2-under through four and finished with a 2-under 70 for a share of 17th. He was 4-under on his final 10 holes.

With a 3-over 75, Brandon Wu is tied for 76th. He eagled the par-5, 601-yard 14th. It was one of three eagles on the day for the Cardinal, as Shimp (par-5 fourth hole) and Knox (par-4 first hole) joined the club with Wu.

Round 1 scorecards & top team scoring
Cardinal Lineup
• Franklin Huang, Brandon Wu, Henry Shimp, Ashwin Arasu, Isaiah Salinda, Bradley Knox (Ind.)

The Lowdown
• No. 11 Stanford starts the spring portion of its 2017-18 schedule this week at the Amer Ari Intercollegiate in Waikoloa, Hawaii. The three-day, 54-hole tournament is hosted by Hawaii-Hilo.

• Stanford’s only win in the event came in 2009, with Notah Begay (1995) claiming the Cardinal’s lone medalist honor.

• Brandon Wu’s 69.32 scoring average ranks fourth nationally heading into the event.

• Stanford posted four top-15 finishes during the fall portion of the 2017-18 season, including a pair of runner-up finishes (Nike Collegiate Invite and St. Mary’s Invitational).

The Field
• Along with No. 11 Stanford, ranked programs among the 18-team field include No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 5 Georgia Tech, No. 10 Auburn, No. 14 Texas Tech, No. 15 USC and No. 19 Texas. Arizona State, San Jose State, UC Davis, Hawaii-Hilo, Oregon, Pacific, Oregon State, TCU, Hawaii, Colorado and Osako Gakuin (Japan) round out the field.

• Five teams have competed at every edition of this tournament since 1991 -- Oregon, TCU, USC, Hawaii-Manoa and Hawaii-Hilo. Numerous future PGA stars have played the Amer Ari Intercollegiate, including Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar and Notah Begay.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Cardinal sends 6 players to the St. Mary's Invitational at Pebble Beach

In the final event of the fall season, Stanford sent 6 players to the St. Mary's Invitational being played at Poppy Hills GC in Pebble Beach against 17 other teams.  Poppy Hills has hosted many top events over the years and is sure to challenge the field.  As the course designer Robert Trent Jones Jr. describes it, "Playing Poppy Hills is as close as you can get to playing a National Park."

The Cardinal team included Brandon Wu, Bradley Knox, Isaiah Salinda, Franklin Huang, Jeffrey Swegle and playing as an individual in his first collegiate event, Nate Menon.

Final Results:
Stanford finished off the fall season with an excellent performance finishing 2nd to USC at 22-under par.  The third round was historic for the Cardinal as it was the first time all 5 players finished under par and with Nate Menon's 70, playing as an individual, all 6 players in round 3 were under par.  This finish bodes well for the depth of the Stanford team headed into the winter and spring season.

Overall Brandon Wu led the way once again to finish in 5th position on round of 70-67-69 206, Franklin Huang finished tied for 8th with his 70-69-69 208, Jeffrey Swegle was tied for 14th with 73-68-67 209, Isaiah Salinda tied for 18th with 72-69-69 210 and Bradley Knox tied for 20th on rounds of 71-72-69 212.  Freshman Nate Menon's individual finish in his first collegiate tournament was tied for 38th with 73-73-70 216.

"It was a close race all day out there, and we fought hard," said Conrad Ray, Stanford's Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf. "USC played a really solid round and were just a little bit better. We had good contributions from everyone on the team, and  think this is good motivation for everyone to get better in the offseason."

Final team standings and 3rd round Stanford scoring are shown below - click on the image to enlarge.

Below is excellent reporting about the event by the Stanford Daily:
“We did a nice job on the par five’s at Poppy Hills,” Stanford head coach Conrad Ray said about his team’s low total. “The conditions were perfect for scoring as well, and after getting out to a solid start in round one, we continued the positive trend.” 
Wu followed the same trend as his team. He started out with a one-under 70 on Monday and then turned in a four-under 67 on Tuesday before finishing with a two-under 69. His seven-under total put him in fifth, but ultimately left him just one shot shy of a tie for second. 
Leading the Cardinal was business as usual for Wu this fall season. He came into the season with tremendous momentum after a big win at the prestigious Porter Cup over the summer. In the fall, he finished first for his team in all four major tournaments, including a tie for second at the Nike Golf Collegiate Invite where he lost by just one stroke to Oregon’s Norman Xiong. The junior had only one over-par round all fall and ended up in the top 12 of every tournament. 
“It has been a huge break out fall for Brandon,” Ray said about his new star. “It is a matter of time before he is in the winner’s circle and neat to see how he has stepped up to be our number-one guy.” 
Though Wu was tremendous, it was the depth and balance of the Cardinal that led them to a high finish at St. Mary’s. All five players recorded top-20 finishes at Poppy Hills. No other school even had five in the top 40. Additionally, the Stanford five all finished within six shots of one another. No other team had less than a nine-shot gap. 
Senior Franklin Huang came in just behind Wu with a five-under total that left him in a tie for eighth. Fellow senior Jeffrey Swegle finished at a four-under tie for 14th, one shot ahead of junior Isaiah Salinda who ended up in a tie for 18th. Rounding out the Cardinal lineup was senior Bradley Knox, who finished in a tie for 20th at one-under.  
“We have the deepest team I have ever had in my years of coaching one to 11,” Ray said about his team’s balance. “Each week, someone new has the ability to win for us and that consistency through the lineup will be a huge factor to take advantage of as the season progresses.” 
The combination of Wu’s consistently solid play at number-one and the team’s strong depth throughout the line-up led to a strong fall season for the Cardinal. Against one of the toughest tournament schedules in Division 1 Golf, Stanford recorded two second place finishes and one tie for sixth. Golfstat has the Cardinal currently ranked 11th in the nation.
“I think our fall results are promising and bode well for a successful spring,” Ray said. “To win, we will need to tighten up our ball-striking and and avoid the occasional big number which plagued some of our guys this fall.”
Final results - click to enlarge
Stanford gets back on the course Feb. 1-3 at the Amer Ari Invitational held in Waikoloa, Hawaii.

Round 2 Results:
Stanford finished round two in 2nd position after a sizzling 11-under par 273 total, 1 stroke behind the leading USC team.  In the second round four Stanford players broke 70 led by a 67 by Brandon Wu (70-67 137 T3), a 68 by Jeffrey Swegle (73-68 141 T22), a pair of 69's shot by Franklin Huang (70-69 139 T10) and Isaiah Salinda (72-69 141 T20) followed by a 72 by Bradley Knox (71-72 143 T26). Playing as an individual, Nate Menon shot a second 73 (73-73 146 T44) and is tied for 44th.

See team and Stanford 2nd round scoring below.
2nd round team and Stanford scoring - click on image to enlarge
Round 1 Results:
Stanford finished round 1 tied for 2nd with a 1-under par 283 total, 2 strokes behind the leading San Francisco team.  The Cardinal was led by a pair of 1-under 70s by Brandon Wu and Franklin Huang who are tied for 8th three shots behind the individual leaders.  Bradley Knox shot an even par 71 to tie for 16th, Isiah Salinda is tied for 26th after a 72 and Jeffrey Swegle's 73 left him tied for 43rd.  Playing as an individual, Nate Menon shot a 73 and is tied for 32nd.

The team started on the back nine and all six players scored much better on their last 9 holes as a team total of 6 birdies on the back nine compared with 14 birdies and an eagle (by Brandon Wu) on the front.  See team scores and Stanford scorecards below - click on the image to enlarge.
Team scores and Stanford 1st round scorecards - click to enlarge

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Stanford competes at the Country Club of Georgia

Stanford joins many of the nation's top teams competing in the US Collegiate hosted by Georgia Tech and played at the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta. Top ten teams include Texas A & M, Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma.

Final Results
Stanford finished tied for 6th against this elite field, 11 strokes behind Oklahoma State at 16-under par after rounds of 285-281-282 and a 848 total.

Brandon Wu led the way with a 5-under par 211 (71-71-69 211) total to finish tied for 12th followed by Franklin Huang who tied for 23rd with his rounds of 68-70-74 212.  Jeffrey Swegle (73-71-72 216) and Henry Shimp (77-69-70 216) tied for 44th and Isaiah Salinda tied for 54th after rounds of 73-75-71 and his total of 219.

Scoring by the top 9 teams and their players is shown below - click on the image to enlarge:
Final team and player results - click to enlarge
Stanford has shown excellent depth on the team after its first three events as 8 different players have competed in the starting 5 including two freshmen, Henry Shimp and Ashwin Arasu.  Next up will be the final fall tournament at Poppy Hills GC in Pebble Beach, CA November 6-8.

Round 1 and 2 Scoring
The Cardinal is tied for 7th after posting two rounds at 10-under par at the Country Club of Georgia Collegiate hosted by Georgia Tech 13 strokes behind the leader Wake Forest.  The team and player scoring for the first two rounds are shown below - click on image to enlarge.  The host course is a par 72 playing at 7,017 yards.

Franklin Huang led the way with rounds of 68-70 138 to tie for 9th at 6-under par.  Brandon Wu followed by a 2-under 142 total on rounds of 71-71 to tie for 32nd.  Jeffrey Swegle is at even par 144 with rounds of 73-71 to tie for 43rd position, Henry Shimp is tied for 53rd after rounds of 77-69 146 and Isaiah Salinda tied for 65th at 148 after rounds of 73-75.
Team scoring - click to enlarge
Stanford player scoring - click on image to enlarge

Monday, October 2, 2017

Cardinal competes at the Nike Collegiate at Pumpkin Ridge GC in Oregon

Final Results:
The Cardinal finished in 2nd place, 3 strokes behind Oklahoma, after a final round 3-under par 281 team total.  Stanford had team totals of 274-273-281 828 resulting in a strong 24-under par final result. The 828 team total was lower than all but one tournament in the prior 2016-17 season.  The 24-under par finish was lower than any tournament last season.

No. 7 Oklahoma (-27) won the three-day, 54-hole tournament at the par-71, 7,017-yard track, as the defending national champions traded leads with Stanford throughout the final round. Stanford (-24) was six strokes clear of third-place No. 12 Vanderbilt.

"It was an honor to go toe-to-toe with the defending national champions today," said Conrad Ray, Stanford's Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf. "We had a chance on a really good golf course against a very strong field, and that's all we can ask for. Winning as a team takes experience, and I think these guys this year are up for more to come."

Among the 15-team field, Stanford (274-273-281), which led after two rounds, also outplayed the likes of No. 3 Wake Forest, No. 5 Florida, No. 17 Duke, No. 20 Texas and No. 23 USC.

Brandon Wu led the way with an outstanding tournament finishing 1 stroke out of the first place individually to tie for 2nd at 12-under par with rounds of 65-66-70 201 (T2).  Brandon's 201 total was lower than any tournament score by a Stanford player in the 2016-17 season.  Isaiah Salinda also had a solid tournament as he tied for 7th overall on rounds of 66-69-70 205 (T5).  Isaiah's 205 total was bettered only one time by a Stanford player last season.

Bradley Knox finished strong to tie for 27th overall on rounds of 73-71-68  212 (T27), Jeffrey Swegle finished tied for 33rd with rounds of 70-69-75 214 (T33) and freshman Ashwin Arasu had a fine start to his college career tying for 38th place after rounds of 73-69-73 215 (T38).

The Cardinal travels next to Georgia for the US Collegiate held October 20-22.

Final team finishes and 3rd round scoring is shown below - click on the image to enlarge.
Final team results and 3rd round Stanford scorecards - click to enlarge
Round 2 Results:
Stanford moved into the 2nd round lead by two over Oklahoma firing the low round of the day, an 11-under par 273.  Brandon Wu again led the way with a 66 (65-66 131 1st) to take the individual lead.  Three other Cardinal teammates shot 69 on the day, namely Isiah Salinda (66-69 135 T5), Jeffrey Swegle (70-69 139 5th), and freshman Ashwin Arasu (73-69 142 T31).  Bradley Knox had an even par 71 (73-71 144 47th) to complete the scoring.

Brandon Wu's 2nd round included 7 birdies and 2 bogies while Isaiah Salinda included a brilliant 29 on the back nine to offset a 40 on the front nine.

Stanford scores and team standings are shown below - click on the image to enlarge.
Round 2 scoring - click to enlarge
Stanford scorecards for round 2 - click to enlarge

Round 1 Results:
Stanford finishes round one of the Nike Golf Collegiate Invite in second place at 10-under par 272, trailing Oklahoma by two strokes.  The Nike event is being played at the acclaimed Pumpkin Ridge GC Witch Hollow course outside of Portland, a course that has hosted national competitions over the years.  

The Cardinal was led by hot rounds by Brandon Wu with a 6-under par 65 (tied for 2nd) and Isaiah Salinda's 66 (tied for 4th).  Jeffrey Swegle is tied for 23rd after his 1-under par 70 and Bradley Knox and freshman Ashwin Arasu each had 73 and tied for 46th.  Arasu's round was his first as a collegiate golfer.

Brandon Wu's round included 6 birdies and no bogies while Isiah Salinda nearly matched that with 5 birdies and also no bogies.

A total of 5 Pac-12 teams are entered as well as several other highly ranked teams from around the country.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

2017-18 season gets underway at Olympia Fields near Chicago

The 2017-18 official season gets underway for Stanford pitting it's preseason ranking at #13 against a very strong national field on the highly acclaimed Olympia Fields Country Club, which has hosted a number of major championships over the years.  The field includes three teams from the Pac-12 and 8 of the top 13 preseason ranked teams.

The traveling squad for this first tournament includes seniors Franklin Huang and Bradley Knox, juniors Brandon Wu and Isaiah Salinda and sophomore Henry Shimp.  After the first round, Stanford is tied for 10th in the 15 team field, 10 strokes behind the 3 co-leaders, Alabama, Oklahoma State and Baylor.

Led by a very solid tied for 6th finish by Brandon Wu (72-68-67 207 T6), Stanford finishes in 11th place 31 strokes behind the winning Texas A & M team.

Henry Shimp completed a good tournament as he tied for 25th on rounds of 70-72-74 216 T25, followed by Bradley Knox with 72-74-77 223 to tie for 53rd.  Franklin Huang was tied for 63rd on rounds of 79-72-77 228 T74 while Isaiah Salinda finished with rounds of 76-77-74 229 to tie for 67th.

Full team results and final round scorecards are shown below - click to enlarge:
Final team results and Cardinal scorecards - click to enlarge
Stanford moved up one spot to 9th after completing a 6-over 286 team total leaving them 16 strokes behind Alabama.  The Cardinal was led by a 2-under par 68 from Brandon Wu (72-68 140 T12) followed by rounds of 72 by Henry Shimp (70-72 142 T21) and Franklin Huang (79-72 151 T58).  Bradley Knox had a 74 (72-74 146 T37) and Isiah Salinda a 79 (76-79 155 T68).

Team results and Stanford 2nd round scorecards are shown below - click to enlarge:
Second round team results and Stanford scorecards - click to enlarge

The first round team standings and Stanford hole-by-hole results are shown below --- click on the image to enlarge.

First round team scoring and Stanford scorecards - click to enlarge