Friday, April 7, 2017

Famed Pasatiempo course challenges 7 Cardinal players

Teams and Stanford players - click to enlarge

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Bradley Knox, Maverick McNealy and Isaiah Salinda finished among the top five individuals and Stanford placed second in the Western Intercollegiate, which wrapped up Sunday at Pasatiempo Golf Club. Stanford (351-347-370) was 18-over in one of the longest-running men’s golf championships in the United States, with Pac-12 Conference foe USC winning the event at even-par.

The 54-hole event spanned two days, with team scores calculated by a play-six, score-five format. The tournament featured an incredible five holes-in-one, including one buried in consecutive rounds by Cal’s William Aldred.

McNealy, who won the tournament in 2016, made a run at medalist honors this year but took a step back by going 3-over during his final three holes. McNealy (68-68-74) was fourth at even-par and USC’s Justin Suh bested the field at 5-under to take home the title.

Salinda (69-66-76) and Knox (71-70-70) tied for fifth at 1-over, with Knox moving up six spots from his standing through 36 holes. Salinda punctuated his outing with an eagle on the par-4, 378-yard fourth hole.

Franklin Huang (71-71-74) held it down in 24th at 6-over, and Brandon Wu (72-72-76) was 44th. Jeffrey Swegle (74-75-72), competing as an individual, was 11-over and took 47th.

Viraat Badhwar (77-74-76) was 17-over.

Stanford turns it attention to the Pac-12 Championships (April 28-30) in Boulder, Colorado. The three-time defending champion is seeking an unprecedented fourth straight league crown.

A final scoreboard showing the top 9 teams and individual scores are shown below - click on image to enlarge.
Final scoring for top 8 teams - click to enlarge
Western Intercollegiate - Pasatiempo Golf Club (Par-70 * 6,615 yards) - Santa Cruz, Calif.
Saturday-Sunday, April 8-9

Lineup * Maverick McNealy, Franklin Huang, Brandon Wu, Viraat Badhwar, Isaiah Salinda, Bradley Knox, Jeffrey Swegle (Ind.)

The Lowdown
* Stanford looks to defend its team title at the Western Intercollegiate (April 8-9) in Santa Cruz, California. Held at the renowned Pasatiempo Golf Club, the Western Intercollegiate is one of the longest-running men's golf championships in the United States. The tournament is hosted by San Jose State.

* Maverick McNealy set a Western Intercollegiate record in 2016 with a 16-under 194, breaking the 54-hole tournament's best mark by five strokes. Runner-up Aaron Wise's 14-under 196 would have been a tournament record, yet Wise lost by two strokes to McNealy. Trailing Oregon's Wise by one shot entering the final round, McNealy played hole Nos. 6-10 in 5-under to pull ahead. He wrapped up with a 6-under 64 for his 10th collegiate victory. The individual title helped Stanford post its first team victory on the season. The Cardinal shot 9-under 1,041 in the play-six-count-five format.

* Along with defending individual champion McNealy, the former champions list includes such notable players as Johnny Miller, Peter Jacobsen, Mark O'Meara, Duffy Waldorf, Bobby Clampett and Patrick Rodgers.

The Course
* 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 Field
* The 15-team field includes No. 8 Stanford, Arizona, No. 20 Arizona State, Cal, Hawaii, No. 10 Oregon, Pepperdine, San Diego State, San Jose State, No. 15 Texas, UC Irvine, UCLA, No. 2 USC, UTEP and Washington.

The Format
* The 54-hole tournament spans two days (36 holes on Saturday, 18 holes on Sunday). Team scores will be calculated by a play-six, score-five format.  

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Cardinal enters 10 players while hosting The Goodwin at Stanford

The Goodwin field and Stanford competitors

STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford punctuated a wire-to-wire lead by holding off No. 1 USC to claim the team title Saturday at The Goodwin, its first win on the season and 15th overall in the 49th edition of the event.

The Cardinal men’s golf team took a 1-shot lead into the final round of the 54-hole tournament at Stanford Golf Course, and received under par scores from Franklin Huang, Viraat Badhwar and Isaiah Salinda to go 7-under Saturday.

Stanford (276-288-273) was 3-under overall, nine shots better than second-place USC (+6). UNLV (+10) took third and Oregon (+14) was fourth.

Stanford winning team scores - click to enlarge
Medalist honors went to BYU’s Rhett Rasmussen (-4).

“It was great to pick up the first win of the year against the No. 1 team in the country and a field that included a lot of really good teams,” said Conrad Ray, Stanford’s Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf. “More than anything, the guys played the course well. They used some of their home course knowledge to their advantage, and controlled the golf ball pretty well today. We avoided some of the bigger numbers that other teams were fighting.

“Big props to superintendent Ken Williams and his staff for getting this course in world-class shape. It was really hard and fast, and that helped our cause.”

The victory came after seven top-10 finishes in as many events this season.

“We’ve been knocking on the door a lot this year and continued to work hard,” said Ray. “To get some reward for that hard work will hopefully give us momentum heading into the final stretch of the season.”

Huang (67-74-66), who tied for 2nd overall, was on fire in the final round, recording a 4-under 66 to place second at 3-under. He moved up seven spots Saturday, thanks largely to four birdies on a five-hole stretch in the middle of his round.

Maverick McNealy (67-71-72), who took seventh, had an up-and-down front nine that included four birdies and three bogeys. He turned at 1-under, and went 3-over on the back for a 72. He was even-par for the tournament.

Badhwar (73-71-67) capped off one of his better showings this season with a 3-under 67, including an 18-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole. He tied for eighth.

“It usually takes me three rounds to get going,” Badhwar chided.

Brandon Wu (69-72-75) was 25th at 6-over for the tournament. Salinda (74-76-68) had six birdies Saturday to card a 2-under, and placed 36th overall with an 8-over.

Stanford returns to action April 8-9 at the Western Intercollegiate in Santa Cruz, California.

Originally named the United States Intercollegiate, Stanford’s home tournament was renamed The Goodwin prior to the 2014 edition in honor of former Cardinal head coach Wally Goodwin. Goodwin coached at Stanford from 1987-2000. His tenure was highlighted with the 1994 national title. Goodwin was named national coach of the year in 1992 and 1994.

Full team results and Stanford final round scorecards are shown below - click on image to enlarge.
Final team and 3rd round Stanford scoring - click to enlarge
The Stanford men’s golf team shot 8-over in the second round of The Goodwin at Stanford Golf Course on Friday, maintaining its lead over the 24-team field heading into the final day of the 54-hole event.

The Cardinal (276-288) leads No. 1 USC (285-280) by one stroke, as the Trojans shot a second-round best even-par on the par-70 track. Stanford held a seven-stroke cushion heading into Friday’s round.

The two teams will battle for the tournament crown when play resumes Saturday, with live results available at Stanford will tee off at 1:10 p.m. PT. UNLV (+13) is third and Washington (+14) is fourth, and given the course conditions over the past two days, still could contend for the title.

“It’s good for us to be in a position to have a great final round and make a run at the trophy,” said Conrad Ray, Stanford’s Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf. “USC is a very talented team and had an incredible round today. The course and conditions will be prime for scoring tomorrow, and we feel good about our chances.”

Stanford got a lift from Maverick McNealy’s 1-over 71, as the senior carded three birdies over the final six holes to finish 2-under on his back half. Mcnealy, who is seeking a school-record 12th career win, is in a four-way tie for second among individuals. BYU’s Rhett Rasmussen shot 6-under to lead the pack at 4-under through 36 holes.

Franklin Huang (74) and Brandon Wu (72) are tied for 12th at 1-over. Viraat Badhwar (71) is tied for 19th at 4-over, and Isaiah Salinda (76) is 68th at 10-over.

Competing as individuals, Jeffrey Swegle is 16th at 3-over and Bradly Knox is 19th at 4-over.

Top team team scoring and Stanford scorecards are shown below - click to enlarge
Round 2 team and Stanford scores - click to enlarge
Franklin Huang and Maverick McNealy each shot 3-under Thursday to open The Goodwin at the par-70 Stanford Golf Course, putting the host Cardinal in first place through 18 holes. Huang and McNealy are tied for second among individuals.

With former Cardinal head coach Wally Goodwin, the tournament’s namesake, watching among the gallery, No. 12 Stanford teamed for a 4-under to take a seven-stroke lead over second-place Washington (+3). Southern Methodist (+4) is third and No. 1 USC (+5) is fourth.

The 24-field team includes five ranked programs.

“We’re excited about today’s start against a good field,” said Conrad Ray, Stanford’s Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf. “The conditions were very testy, and we’re happy that the guys were able to control their ball flight and maintain their composure. We got through the first six holes in good shape -- it was a tough stretch into the wind on a tough part of the golf course. We’re looking forward to another tough test tomorrow.”

Huang was even through 13 holes despite already having three birdies on his scorecard. He didn’t hit a great shot off the 14th tee, but got lucky with a shot that settled 15 feet below the hole. Huang made the putt to start a streak of three straight birdies.

On the 15th, he played his drive just off the fairway and placed his next shot short and to the right, leaving him an uphill putt toward a dicey pin. He drained the putt to go to 2-under.

The par-5 16th started with a drive into the rough, which Huang laid up before going up-and-down from 90 yards to finish the trifecta.

McNealy’s only blemish came on the par-5 first hole, on which he scratched out a bogey. He was 4-under through the next 17 holes, including back-to-back birdies after the turn on holes 10 and 11.

Brandon Wu eagled the par-5 seventh during his round of 1-under, good for seventh. Viraat Badhwar had bookend birdies for a 3-over 73, and Isaiah Salinda had a pair of birdies to finish at 4-over.

Round 1 team & Stanford scoring - click to enlarge
The Tournament
* Stanford will play host to The Goodwin (March 30-April 1) at Stanford Golf Course.

* The event will span three days and features 54 holes of stroke play. Team scores will consist of the cumulative total of its four best scores out of five per round. For the purposes of tournament honors and awards, ties will be split per NCAA Championship tie-breaking procedures.

* 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, and his tenure was 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, Joel Kribel and current Stanford head coach Conrad Ray, among many other stars from Stanford's proud golfing tradition. 

* Stanford has claimed 14 team victories and 15 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), Rob Grube (2006-07) and Patrick Rodgers (2014).

* The Cardinal holds the event's longest team winning streak at six (1970-1975).

The Field
* The 24-team field is comprised of No. 12 Stanford, No. 1 USC, No. 10 Oregon, No. 17 UNLV, No. 18 Colorado, BYU, Cal Poly, Chico State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Marquette, Nevada, Northern Colorado, Oregon State, Pacific, Pepperdine, San Jose State, Southern Methodist, St. Mary's, UC Davis, UCLA, USF, Washington and Wyoming.

* The field includes Stanford's Maverick McNealy, who won the 2015 event with a 13-under 197.

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.

* The par-70 course will play at 6,727 yards for The Goodwin.

* Designed in 1930 by renowned architects William Bell and George Thomas, the 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 Championships, NCAA Regional Championships, 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 Start Times
Round 1 - Hole 1
7:30-8:14 a.m. - Cal Poly, UC Davis, Oregon State
8:25-9:09 a.m. - Wyoming, USF, Nevada
12:15-12:59 p.m. - USC, Stanford (Cardinal), Oregon
1:10-1:54 p.m. - Pepperdine, Colorado, UNLV

Round 1 - Hole 10
7:30 a.m. - Stanford (Individuals)
7:41-8:25 a.m. - Northern Colorado, Marquette, Fresno State
8:36-9:20 a.m. - San Jose State, Pacific, Chico State
12:15 p.m. - Stanford (Individuals)
12:26-1:10 p.m. - Washington, BYU, UCLA
1:21-2:05 p.m. - St. Mary's, Southern Methodist, Colorado State

Round 2 - Hole 1
7:30-8:14 a.m. - Washington, BYU, UCLA
8:25-9:09 a.m. - St. Mary's, Southern Methodist, Colorado State
12:15-12:59 p.m. - Northern Colorado, Marquette, Fresno State
1:10-1:54 p.m. - San Jose State, Pacific, Chico State

Round 2 - Hole 10
7:30 a.m. - Stanford (Individuals)
7:41-8:25 a.m. - USC, Stanford (Cardinal), Oregon
8:36-9:20 a.m. - Pepperdine, Colorado, UNLV
12:15 p.m. - Stanford (Individuals)
12:26-1:10 p.m. - Cal Poly, UC Davis, Oregon State
1:21-2:05 p.m. - Wyoming, USF, Nevada

Round 3
* Tee times will be based on scores after first two rounds.
* Teams will tee off from holes 1 and 10 in two waves starting at 7:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
Conrad Ray '97

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Stanford competes in Las Vegas against an elite field

Southern Highlands Field
Final Results
Playing a challenging course against a strong field, a tough final round of 10-over par 298 dropped the Cardinal into a tie for 4th, 20 strokes behind the winning USC team.  All 5 starters were over par in the final round and only Viraat Badhwar managed an under par nine as he closed with a 1-under 35 on the back nine.

“It was a disappointing day, but you learn a lot of lessons in situations like these,” said Conrad Ray, Stanford’s Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf. “It was a challenging golf course, and the setup was as close as you’d find to an NCAA setup. There’s a lot of golf left this spring for our team.”

He remained optimistic on how the experience could benefit the team going forward, adding, “It was a challenging golf course, and the setup was as close as you would find to an NCAA setup. There’s a lot of golf left this spring for our team.”

Maverick McNealy (67-73-75 215) finished 5 strokes behind the individual leaders and in 16th place, followed by Brandon Wu who tied for 18th on rounds of 71-70-76 217.  Next low was Isaiah Salinda who tied for 25th at 220 with rounds of 70-75-75 followed by Viraat Badhwar with rounds of 75-76-73 224 to tie for 37th and Franklin Huang scoring 73-77-75 225 to tie for 42nd.

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

The Cardinal returns home to host The Goodwin on March 30-April 1st begins a stretch run to NCAA championship competition.

Round 2 Results (by
LAS VEGAS - No. 10 Stanford overcame less than ideal scoring conditions Tuesday to remain in contention for the men’s golf team title at the Southern Highlands Collegiate. A very severe test of golf awaited the Cardinal, and the team made enough good decisions while facing challenging pin locations on the par-72 track.

Stanford teamed to record a 6-over 294, and currently stands in second behind clubhouse leader USC. Through 36 holes, Stanford is 1-under while USC is 7-under. Oklahoma State is tied with the Cardinal at 1-under.

The 54-hole tournament at Southern Highlands concludes Wednesday with live results available at

Brandon Wu, tied for fifth (71-70 141 T5), finished with a 2-under 70 to pace the Cardinal. He had three straight birdies while making the turn on holes eight, nine and 10. Wu was three strokes better than third-place Maverick McNealy (67-73 140 T3), who was 1-under through 14 before back-to-back bogeys on 15 and 16. McNealy finished 1-over on the day and is 4-under through 36 holes.

McNealy is chasing clubhouse leader Collin Morikawa of Cal, who leads the field at 7-under. A win would be the 12th of McNealy’s college career, breaking the school record he shares with Tiger Woods and Patrick Rodgers.

Isaiah Salinda (70-75 145 T21) is tied for 21st at 1-over after he carded a 3-over 75. Franklin Huang (73-77 150 T42), tied for 42nd at 6-over, birdied 18 for a 5-over 77. Viraat Badhwar (75-76 151 T49) had two birdies during his 4-over performance.

Team standings and Stanford scoring is shown below - click on image to enlarge:

Round 2 - team and Stanford scoring - click to enlarge

Round 1 Results (by
LAS VEGAS - No. 10 Stanford received red scores from three student-athletes Monday in the opening round of the Southern Highlands Collegiate. Maverick McNealy (-5), Isaiah Salinda (-2) and Brandon Wu (-1) each rank among the top-13 individuals after stellar rounds on the par-72 track.

The Cardinal, which finished second in last trip to the event in 2014, sits at 7-under after teaming for a 281. Stanford is second overall and USC (-10) leads the 15-team field. Cal’s Collin Morikawa (-6) set the pace in the medalist race.

"You’re doing alright when you can get out to a good start and among the top few teams at Southern Highlands," said Conrad Ray, Stanford’s Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf. "It’s a strong field and really challenging golf course. Only one player on the team has seen the golf course before, and we had a tough, windy practice round.

"I feel like our guys are still learning their way around. We dropped a few shots at the end, then picked up a few. We’re looking forward to a good day tomorrow."

McNealy, one shot off the lead, didn’t strike the ball particularly well, but his putting game was on point. Six birdies and one bogey led to a 5-under 67. He was 3-under on the back nine, including near chip-ins on 16 and 18.

Salinda burned through the front nine at 4-under, recording a stretch of three birdies on holes five, six and seven, and another on the ninth for good measure. Sitting at 5-under through 13 holes, he gave a few shots back to card a 2-under 70.

Salinda, McNealy and Huang each birdied the 359-yard fifth hole, a drivable par-4.

Salinda is tied for seventh and Wu is 12th after a steady 1-under 71.

Franklin Huang closed with a birdie on 18 to finish at 1-over, and Viraat Badhwar managed a pair of birdies on the front nine to finish at 3-over.

First round team and Stanford scoring is shown below - click to enlarge

Round 1 scoring - click to enlarge

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Cardinal sends 9 players to the Prestige in La Quinta, CA

Field and Stanford players - click to enlarge

Final Results:
Stanford struggled in round 3 to a 7 over par 291 total to finish tied for 4th, 9 strokes behind the winning LSU Tigers.  Despite the struggles overall, two players stood out with solid performances, Franklin Huang (67-69-74 210) and Isaiah Salinda (69-71-70 210), with Isaiah playing as an individual, who tied for 6th overall with 3-under par 210 totals.

Maverick McNealy (68-74-72 214) ended tied for 18th, Viraat Badhwar (71-74-74 219) tied for 30th, Brandon Wu (78-72-71 221) tied for 39th and Bradley Knox (75-75-77 227) tied for 61st.

Other individual scores for Stanford included Jeff Swegle (71-77-72 220) tying for 32nd, Chris Meyers (74-80-72 226) tying for 59th and Dakota McNealy (77-88-80 245) finishing 77th.

Final round team and Stanford individual scoring is shown below - click to enlarge:

Round 2 Results:
After a  5-over par 289 team total in round 2, Stanford sits in 2nd place, one stroke behind leading LSU.  Franklin Huang again led the way with a fine 69 and is in 2nd place overall, 2 strokes out of the lead with his 67-69 136 total.  Maverick McNealy's 74 left him tied for 15th with his 68-74 142, Viraat Badhwar's 74 (71-74 275) leaves him tied for 27th while Bradley Knox (75-75 150) and Brandon Wu (78-72 150) are tied for 53rd.

Stanford's four individuals were led by a very strong showing by Isiah Salinda who is tied for 6th on rounds of 69-71 140.  Jeff Swegle is tied for 39th after rounds of 71-77 148, Chris Meyers is tied for 70th with 74-80 154 and Dakota McNealy is 78th with 77-88 165.

Second round team scores and Stanford scorecards are shown below - click to enlarge:

Round 1 Results:
Stanford finished tied for 1st with Pepperdine in round 1 after a 3-under team total of 281.  Franklin Huang was 4-under at 67 to tie for 1st, Maverick McNealy shot 68 and tied for 3rd, Viraat Badhwar's 71 puts him tied for 17th, Bradley Knox with 75 tied for 52nd and Brandon Wu's 78 leaves him tied for 71st.

Playing as individuals, Isaiah Salinda shot 69 to tie for 3rd, Jeff Swegle had a 71 to tie for 17th, Chris Meyers shot 74 to tie for 41st and Dakota McNealy shot 77 to tie for 65th in his first collegiate round.

Team scoring plus Stanford scorecards are shown below - click to enlarge:

Stanford sends 9 players into The Prestige at PGA West including Maverick McNealy, Franklin Huang, Viraat Badhwar, Brandon Wu and Bradley Knox plus the following individuals:  Chris Meyers, Dakota McNealy, Isaiah Salinda and Jeff Swegle.

• Stanford and UC Davis will co-host The Prestige at PGA West, as the 17th edition of the event will take place Feb. 20-22.

• The Cardinal has won the event twice (2006 and 2014). Maverick McNealy (2015), Patrick Rodgers (2014), Andrew Yun (2010), Zach Miller (2006) and James Lee (2000) each brought home medalist honors.

The Course
• The Greg Norman Course at PGA West is the fifth site at which the tournament has been contested, following in the path of Desert Willow Golf Course, La Quinta Resort Mountain Course, TPC Stadium Course and Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course (PGA West).

The Field
• Eighth-ranked Stanford will be joined by No. 5 Texas Tech, No. 11 Oklahoma, No. 14 San Diego State, No. 16 LSU, Arizona State, East Tennessee State, Iowa State, Pepperdine, St. Mary’s, San Diego, UC Davis and Scotland's University of Stirling.
Live scoring | PGA West Norman Course

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Stanford sends 6 players to compete in Hawaii

A strong field of 21 teams is competing in this year's American Ari Invitational, hosted by Hawaii-Hilo University.  The field includes 7 Pac-12 teams and several national powers such as Oklahoma State and Texas.

Stanford's six players include #1 ranked amateur and senior Maverick McNealy, junior Franklin Huang, sophomore Brandon Wu, freshman David Snyder, senior Viraat Badhwar plus sophomore Chris Meyers playing as an individual.  This will be David Snyder's (see photo at right) first collegiate tournament.  David is from Texas.

The weather forecast is favorable with sunny skies, temperatures in the low eighties and light to variable winds topping out at 15 mpg, so scoring should go low.

Final Results:
Stanford finished in 6th place with an  21 under par 843 team total, 23 strokes behind the winning Texas Tech team.  The Cardinal was led by its two seniors as Maverick McNealy (68-66-68 202) finished 4th with his excellent 14 under par 202 total while Viraat Badhwar (69-67-70 206) finished T7 with his 10 under par 206 total.  Maverick finished 2 strokes back of a trio of winners.

Brandon Wu (71-74-71 216) finished tied for 56th, Franklin Huang (71-74-74 219) was tied for 66th and David Snyder (70-76-75 221), playing in his first collegiate event, finished tied for 75th.  Chris Meyers (75-73-80 228), playing as an individual, finished tied for 107th.

Next up February 2-4 will be The Prestige played in La Quinta in an event co-hosted by Stanford.  Top ten team results and Stanford's final round scorecards are shown below.

Final standings and round 3 scorecards - click to enlarge

Round 2 Results:
Despite strong rounds from Maverick McNealy and Viraat Badhwar, Stanford fell 19 shots behind leading USC after a 6-under 282 second round.  McNealy's second round 66 (68-66 134 T5) included 9 birdies leaving him 4 shots behind the individual leader while Badhwar's 67 (69-67 136 T8) included 6 birdies and an eagle on the 601 yard 14th.

Franklin Huang (71-74 145 T61), David Snyder (70-76 146 T68) and Brandon Wu (71-75 146 T68) all struggled in round 2 while Chris Meyers (75-73 148 T79) improved with his round that included an eagle on 18.

Top team results and individual Stanford scorecards for round two are included below - click to enlarge.
Round 2 Stanford scorecards and top team results - click to enlarge

Round 1 Results:
Stanford finished in 3rd place after a 10-under par 278 total for round one, 8 shots behind leading Texas Tech.  The Cardinal was led by Maverick McNealy's 4-under 68 (4 behind the individual leaders) followed by freshman David Snyder's 69, Viraat Badhwar's 70 and 71s by Franklin Huang and Brandon Wu.  Playing as an individual, Chris Meyers had an opening 75.

Team and Stanford scoring is shown below - click to enlarge.
Round 1 scoring

Monday, November 7, 2016

Stanford sends 6 players to compete at Silverado in the Gifford Championship

Teams and Stanford Players --- Click to enlarge

Stanford sends six players to compete in The Gifford hosted by UCLA and played at Silverado Resort's North Course in the Napa Valley, which hosted October's PGA TOUR Safeway Open.  A unique format combining stroke and match play will be used this year.

Stanford's team includes Maverick McNealy, Viraat Badhwar, Brandon Wu, Franklin Huang, Jeff Swegle and Isaiah Salinda.

The Gifford Collegiate, which in the past had featured 54 holes of stroke play, will be played under a new format this year. The eight-team field will play 36 holes of stroke play on Monday to seed into Tuesday and Wednesday's match play. Tuesday will feature the match play quarterfinals in the morning and the match play semifinals/consolation in the afternoon, followed by the Wednesday championship and consolation bracket matches. Each team will play three match-play contests.

Stroke Play Results:

The two rounds of stroke play ended with Stanford finishing 2nd to USC, 17 strokes behind in the 6 team field.  Stanford was led by Maverick McNealy's (67-69 136 3rd) 3rd place result followed by Franklin Huang (69-68 137 T4) tying for 4th, Brandon Wu (69-69 138 T6) tied for 6th, Viraat Badhwar (74-69 143 T18) tying for 18th, Isaiah Salinda (74-71 145 T25) and Jeff Swegle (77-71 148 T33) tying for 33rd.  

See the top three team and individual scoring results below --- click on image to enlarge.

Match Play Results:
Match 1 - Stanford was paired with the 7th seed South Florida in the first round of match play with the Cardinal winning a close math 3-2-1.  The individual match results are show below - click to enlarge.

Match 2 - Stanford went up against 6th seeded Washington and won 3-2-1 in the second round of match play.  Swegle and Salinda each won 6 & 5, Wu won 4 & 3, Badhwar won his final hole to tie his match and McNealy lost his final 3 holes to lose 1 down.  Full results of match 2 are shown below - click to enlarge.

Final Match - Stanford and USC battled to a tie in the finals with each team winning 2, tying 2 and losing 2 matches.  A tie breaker based on the holes won in each match of the finals was won by USC  with 7 versus Stanford with 6.  Badhwar and McNealy won, Swegle and Huang tied and Salinda and Wu lost.  Full results of the finals are shown below - click to enlarge.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Cardinal compete in the US Collegiate in Georgia against a top field

The field - click to enlarge

Stanford sends Maverick McNealy, Franklin Huang, Brandon Wu, Isaiah Salinda and Viraat Badhwar to compete against a top national field in the US Collegiate played at the Golf Club of Georgia outside Atlanta.  The event is hosted by Georgia Tech.

Salinda and Badhwar will be in their first event of the new season after sitting out the first tournament played at famed Colonial CC where the Cardinal tied for 6th and McNealy won individually for his record-tying 11th career collegiate win.

The strong field of 17 teams is shown above includes 6 of the nation's top 10 teams, Oklahoma State (2), Auburn (3), LSU (6), Virginia (7), Oklahoma (8) and Wake Forest (9).  Stanford comes in ranked 13th.

Final Results:
Temperature at the start of round 3 was 43 degrees, winds light (3mph). Forecast is for clear skies all day, high temperature 72 degrees around 4pm.

The Cardinal made a charge up the leaderboard with a final round 10-under 278 to finish tied for 3rd, only 1 stroke behind Texas and Virginia.  The team's 278 final round was second best of the tournament, only behind a 277 finishing round by Texas.

Final team results shown below - click to enlarge.

Stanford individual three round scoring below - click to enlarge.

Stanford's day included three rounds in the 60s led by Viraat Badhwar's excellent 68 featuring 4 birdies and no bogies, while Brandon Wu's 69 was also bogey free and Maverick McNealy also had a 69.  Franklin Huang finished with an even par 72 and Isiah Salinda had a 77.  

Wu (73-68-69 210 T4) finished tied for 4th, Bahwar (75-70-68 213) tied for 12th, Huang (70-74-72 216) tied for 19th, McNealy (75-74-69 218) tied for 29th and Salinda (80-77-77 234) tied for 82nd.

Round 3 scorecards are shown below - click to enlarge.

Round 2 Results:
Round 2 began in temperatures around 50 degrees and winds averaging 10 mph, gusting to 17. Forecast high today is 63 degrees with bright sunshine all day.

Stanford remained tied for 7th after round two but the scoring gap has narrowed to 5 shots behind leading Oklahoma in a tightly bunched field.

Sophomore Brandon Wu's fine 4-under 68 (73-68 141 T7) led the way on the day, followed by Viraat Badhwar's 70 (75-70 145 T18) while 74s were posted by Franklin Huang (70-74 144 T16) and Maverick McNealy (75-74 149 T52).  Isaiah Salinda's 77 (80-77 157 T77) completed the team scoring.

Below is the top 10 team leaderboard and Stanford scorecards - click on image to enlarge.

Round 1 Results:
Round 1 began with temperatures in the upper 50s and winds from the NW at 13 mph, gusting to 22. Forecast high is 65 degrees today, sunny all day.

Stanford tied for 7th after the first round a 5 over par 293.  Top team and Stanford scoring is shown below as Franklin Huang led Stanford with a fine 2-under par 70 putting him in a tie for 6th, Brandon Wu had 73, Maverick McNealy and Viraat Badhwar shot 75 and Isaiah Salinda an 80 to leave Stanford 10 strokes behind leading Oklahoma.  

The course was challenging as the low round was a single 67 turned in by Jimmy Stanger of Virginia.  

Round 1 scoring - click to enlarge