Sunday, October 4, 2015

Stanford competes in the Swoosh Invitational at Pumpkin Ridge in Oregon

Stanford players and teams - click to enlarge

Stanford freshman Brandon Wu makes his collegiate debut in the Swoosh Invitational played at the  two Pumpkin Ridge golf courses outside Portland, Oregon.  Pumpkin Ridge has hosted many top national events including a US Amateur won by Tiger Woods in the 1990s.  Joining Wu are top-rated amateur Maverick McNealy, senior David Boote, junior Viraat Badhwar and sophomore Jeffrey Swegle.

Final Results:
Stanford finished tied for 4th with Texas, 11 strokes behind Wake Forest.  Maverick McNealy once again led the way with a spotless final round 68 in a round that included 4 birdies and 14 pars as he tied for 5th overall on rounds of 66-72-68 206 T5.  David Boote's final round 70 included 3 birdies and only one bogey as he tied for 19th overall on rounds of 66-74-70 210 T19.

Jeffrey Swegle finished tied for 31st on rounds of 69-69-75 213 T31.  Freshman Brandon Wu finished his first college tournament with a flourish of 5 straight birdies and 31 on his final 9 for a 69 as he ended tied for 34th on rounds of 74-71-69 214 T34.  Viraat Badhwar struggled to a final round 77 to finish tied for 42nd on rounds of 71-68-77 216 T42.

The top 6 team and individual scoring is found below followed by Stanford's final round scorecards --- click to enlarge.
Round 3 scorecards

Round 2 Results:
Stanford stands in 4th place, 6 strokes behind Wake Forest, with an 8-under 280 total on the par 72 Witch Hollow course.  The Cardinal was led by Viraat Badhwar's 68 (71-68 139 T19)  in a round highlighted by 7 birdies.  Jeffrey Swegle had 4 birdies and one bogey in his 69 (69-69 138 T15) while Brandon Wu had a 71 (74-71 145 T50).  Maverick McNealy had a 72 (66-72 138 T15) and David Boote a 74 (66-74 140 T23).  See round 2 scorecards and top team results below --- click to enlarge.
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Round 1 Results:
Stanford tied for 2nd after round 1, 3 strokes behind Wake Forest behind a pair of 5-under 66s from Maverick McNealy and David Boote who are tied for 2nd two shots behind David Womble's 64 in the individual competition.  Jeffrey Swegle had a 69, Viraat Badhwar a 71 and Brandon Wu had 74 in his first collegiate round.  McNealy, Boote and Swegle each had 6 birdies and McNealy added an eagle in their rounds.

Scorecards and top 12 team results are shown below - click to enlarge:

Round 1 scorecards and top 12 teams

Friday, September 18, 2015

2015-16 season starts as Stanford finishes 4th and Maverick McNealy 1st at Olympia Fields vs top field

Stanford's 2015-16 season kicked off at famed Olympia Fields CC outside of Chicago in a field stocked with top teams from around the country.   Olympia Fields hosted this year's US Amateur and in past years has hosted The PGA, US Open and US Senior Open.

Stanford's squad includes junior Maverick McNealy, one of the top ranked amateurs in the world, as well as senior David Boote, junior Viraat Badhwar and sophomores Franklin Huang and Bradley Knox.  The 15 teams and Stanford's starting lineup are shown below:
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Final Results:
Stanford slipped from 1st place after two rounds to finish in 4th place, 10 strokes behind Florida
Maverick wins again - click go enlarge
State.  Maverick McNealy, however, started the final round with a 5 shot lead in the individual competition and with a 71 (67-65-71 203 1st) finished in first place for his 7th career win.

McNealy, the 2015 Division I Player of the Year and ranked No. 1 last week among college players by Golfweek, finished 3 strokes ahead of Illinois' Thomas Detry. Last season, McNealy shared medalist honors at Olympia Fields and wound up winning an NCAA-best six tournaments.

Viraat Badhwar had a solid tournament finishing tied for 16th (71-72-71 214), David Boote tied for 27th (71-73-74 218), Franklin Huang tied for 38th (72-74-75 221) and Bradley Knox tied for 64th (75-77-75 227).

Final team standings and 3rd round scorecards can be found below:

Final team standings - click to enlarge
3rd round scorecards - click to enlarge

Day 2 Results:
The Cardinal moved into the lead by two strokes over two teams (OSU & FSU) as Maverick McNealy surged 5 shots ahead in the individual competition with a brilliant 5-under 65 (67-65 132).  Maverick's round included 6 birdies and a hole in one eagle on the 15th as he had nines of 34-31.

Viraat Badhwar had a 72 (71-72 143 T15), David Boote a 73 (71-73 144 T23), Franklin Huang a 74 (72-74 146 T31) and Bradley Knox a 77 (75-77 152 T64).

Scorecards and top 9 teams scoring is shown below -- click on the image to enlarge.
Round 2 scorecards & top 9 team scoring - click to enlarge
Day 1 Results:
Stanford is in 2nd place after round 1, 8 strokes behind Florida State at a 1-over 281 total.  Maverick McNealy is in 3rd overall with a 67 on a round with no bogies, followed by David Boote and Viraat Badhwar each with 71 (T22), Franklin Huang at 72 (T27) and Bradley Knox at 75 (T52).  See individual scorecards and top 10 team scores below --- click on image to enlarge.
Round 1 scorecards & top 10 teams scores - click to enlarge

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Stanford season ends in 21st place at the National Championship on the tough Concession course in Bradenton, FL

30 Teams and Stanford players - click to enlarge
Third Round Results - by
Stanford finished 21st at the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships, bringing an end to its season Sunday at The Concession Golf Club.

The unit posted scores of 310-297-292 for a 35-over 899. The 4-over 292 in the final round was the team’s best score of the event, and the Cardinal was nine shots away from making the 15-team cut for the fourth and final round of stroke play.

“I’m proud of the round our team posted today,” said Conrad Ray, Stanford’s Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf. “The position we put ourselves in after day one turned out to be too difficult to overcome. Our guys need to be proud of their body of work from the entire year, and it’s unfortunate we didn’t have our best stuff this week.”

Team standings and third round scorecards are shown below:
3rd round team and Stanford scorecards - click to enlarge
That body of work featured two wins in the 2014-15 season, including a second straight Pac-12 Conference title. The Cardinal placed among the top 10 in 11 of 13 events. Even more, player of the year candidate Maverick McNealy tied the program’s second-best total with six single-season wins.

McNealy closed with three birdies in his final seven holes for a 2-under 70, the only red score posted by a Cardinal in three rounds. Appropriately, McNealy drained a 13-foot birdie putt on 18 to close the Pac-12 Player of the Year’s sophomore campaign.

McNealy (78-72-70) tied for 35th at 4-over through 54 holes on the par-72 track.

Franklin Huang (79-75-73), David Boote (79-74-74) and Jeffrey Swegle (74-78-75) each tied for 90th at 11-over. Viraat Badhwar (81-76-79) was 20-over.

Second Round Results - by
Maverick McNealy’s even-par 72 led the Stanford men’s golf team Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Championships. Stanford’s 9-over 297 was 13 strokes better than its opening round at The Concession Golf Club, a par-72 track playing at 7,483 yards.

“We made progress today and played better, but still need to tighten up our games,” said Conrad Ray, Stanford’s Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf. “It comes down to hitting our targets and being more comfortable on the greens.”

The Cardinal is in 26th place at 31-over after 36 holes.  

Team standings and 2nd round scorecards are shown below - click to enlarge
Round 2 Team standings & Stanford scorecards - click to enlarge
The top 15 teams after 54 holes of stroke play will advance to a fourth round of stroke play. Stanford faces a daunting challenge to move into the top 15 spots as it sits 13 strokes off that cut line.  After the fourth round, the top eight teams will head to match play to determine the team champion.

Starting on the back nine, McNealy bogeyed his first and seventh holes and did not fault again. He played his final 11 holes at 1-under for a score that was six shots better than his previous.

McNealy putted much better than his opening round and felt more comfortable reading the ever-challenging greens. His first shot of the day found water down the right side of the first fairway, but he recovered to save bogey.

Viraat Badhwar had three birdies during a round of 76, and Franklin Huang’s 3-over came with one bogey on the back nine.

Stanford received a 2-over from David Boote, highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 third. Boote buried a pitching wedge on the fly from 117 yards out, a shot that required a bit of surgery for the damaged cup.

“My lucky number must be 117,” Boote said after the round.

Jeffrey Swegle, who led Stanford in round one with a 2-over, was 6-over during his second circuit.

First Round Results - by
Jeffrey Swegle was fearless in his NCAA Championships debut and led the Stanford men’s golf team with a 2-over-par 74 Friday at The Concession Golf Club.
Swegle was 2-under through three and 1-under at the turn, adding a birdie with two bogeys and a double bogey on the back nine. His three birdies led the team.
“I didn’t hit the ball that well, but did a great job of managing my ball around the course,” Swegle said. “A couple breaks went my way to help out. Last night, I went through my yardage book and mapped out the easiest ways to get into the fairway and onto the green. That navigation plan worked, since my ball-striking wasn’t at its best.”
Stanford shot a 22-over 310 to finish 29th in the opening round. The only team to shoot under par in the opening round, Illinois, took its place atop the leaderboard.  Fortunately there is a lot of golf remaining to be played to determine the low 8 teams that head into match play.
Individual scorecards for round 1 are shown below:
Round 1 scorecards - click to enlarge
The Illini avoided big numbers on the 7,483-yard, par-72 course, recording just one double-bogey and adding 12 of their 16 birdies on the back nine, shooting 282 and finishing two strokes ahead of second-place Georgia.
Swegle’s classmate, Franklin Huang, was 7-over, including an eagle on the 545-yard, par-5 13th. Aiming at a gettable back pin, he flushed a perfect 56-degree wedge 10 feet past the hole and spun it back into the bucket.
Maverick McNealy could not find his momentum early in the round. He was 5-over through eight and finished at 6-over. McNealy’s only birdies came on the par-5 third and par-5 17th, the latter of which was earned after hitting on the ridge of a water hazard.
McNealy had the team’s longest stretch without a bogey at six straight holes (9-14).
Viraat Badhwar’s consecutive birdies on three and four put him at even. He would not manage another birdie after that point, completing with a 9-over 81.
David Boote saved his lone birdie for the par-5 17th during a round of 7-over.

Background by
• Stanford finished second in the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional, one of six sites used for the tournament proper. The Cardinal has won eight NCAA titles, the most recent in 2007. Last season, Stanford won the stroke-play portion of the tournament, led by individual winner Cameron Wilson, and finished third in match play.

• Conrad Ray, the Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf, is taking his team to its eighth appearance in the NCAA Championships in 11 years at the helm.

• There will be 54 holes of stroke play competition, with the top eight teams advancing to match play

The Field
• This season’s field includes 30 teams and six individuals, including eighth-ranked Stanford.

The Course
• Named the “Best New Private Course of 2006” by Golf Digest, The Concession Golf Club was designed in honor of the 1969 Ryder Cup, where Jack Nicklaus conceded a putt to Tony Jacklin on the 18th green, resulting in the first-ever tie in the competition. The “concession” made by Nicklaus is considered one of the greatest acts of sportsmanship in history.

• Located near downtown Sarasota on a 520-acre site complete with wildlife, wetlands, native oaks, magnolia and pine, the course offers spectacular views. The Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course was designed in association with former British Open champion and fellow World Golf Hall of Famer Tony Jacklin. The course measures 7,474 yards from the back tees (there are five sets overall) and has the state’s highest slope rating by the USGA at 155.

Looking Back on 2014-15
• Sophomore Maverick McNealy won medalist honors six times, including the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional, tying Patrick Rodgers for the second-best total in school history behind Tiger Woods (8).

• McNealy helped the Cardinal capture back-to-back Pac-12 Conference titles for the first time ever by shooting a Stanford-record tying 61 in the final round in Pullman, Washington, and was named Pac-12 Player of the Year. He was a finalist for the Ben Hogan Award.

• Sophomore Viraat Badhwar and freshman Franklin Huang tied for 18th at the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional, while freshman Jeffrey Swegle finished 24th.

• Junior David Boote tied for third in last year’s NCAA Championships.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Stanford advances in the NCAA Regional at Chapel Hill and Maverick McNealy wins his 6th title

Stanford's postseason play begins in the NCAA Regional in Chapel Hill, North Carolina May 14-16.  The top 5 teams in this regional will advance to the NCAA Championship May 29-June 30 in Florida.

The field includes the following teams and their seedings:
University of North Carolina Finley Golf Course – Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Hosted by University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Teams (seeded in the following order):
1. Florida State University
2. Stanford University [Pac-12 Conference]
3. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
4. Kennesaw State University
5. Wake Forest University
6. Clemson University
7. University of Florida
8. Georgia Regents University [Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference]
9. University of North Carolina, Charlotte
10. McNeese State University
11. Pennsylvania State University
12. Miami University (Ohio) [Mid-American Conference]
13. Loyola University Maryland [Patriot League]
Final Results - by
Second-seeded Stanford finished second at the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional Championships at North Carolina’s Finley Golf Course on Saturday, and in doing so punched its ticket to the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships.

Maverick McNealy went from 13th after the opening round to his sixth medalist honor on the season, tying Patrick Rodgers for the second-best total in program history. Tiger Woods holds the school record at eight wins. The win was the sixth of his career, give him sole possession of fourth in the Cardinal record book.

McNealy (70-67-70) was 9-under overall and 2-under in his final round, which included five birdies. He held off Lipscomb’s Dawson Armstrong (-7) and Western Carolina’s J.T. Potson (-7) for the top billing.

The win was the latest item on the resume of McNealy, a Ben Hogan Award finalist and national player of the year candidate. The Pac-12 Player of the Year also is the nation’s top-ranked collegiate player in the Golfstat and Golfweek rankings.

Final team standings and Stanford scorecards are shown below - click to enlarge
Final team standings and round 3 scorecards - click o enlarge
Maverick's 3 round scorecards are shown below:

Stanford received top-20 finishes from Viraat Badhwar (-1) and Franklin Huang (-1), who tied for 18th. Badhwar (73-71-71) recorded Stanford’s lone eagle at the event, which came on the par-5, 564-yard 13th hole during his 1-under finale. Huang (74-69-72) was even-par to finish the freshman’s NCAA Regional debut.

Jeffrey Swegle’s debut yielded a 24th-place finish after rounds of 73-72-72 for a 1-over. David Boote (75-68-75) was 32nd at 2-over.

The Cardinal had an uphill climb to survive the regional showdown, traveling across the country and standing in seventh place through 18 holes. The Cardinal rallied to the top of the leaderboard after the second round and signed off on a collective 14-under 850.

All said and done, Stanford (290-275-285) was five shots behind first-place UNC Charlotte. Florida State (-11), Florida (-9), and Clemson (-4) also advanced out of the regional and into the NCAA finale.

The NCAA Championships (May 29-June 3) will be played at the Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida. Stanford finished first through the stroke-play portion of the 2014 NCAA Championships and took third in match play.

Round 2 Results
In college golf, Round 2 is moving day and Stanford was the team that made the big move from 7th place to the lead behind a tournament low 13-under par 275 second round.  In a tightly bunched field, headed into the final round Stanford is 1 stroke ahead of 2nd place Charlotte and 10 strokes ahead of the two teams in 6th place.  Golf Channel had an excellent recap of round 2.

"I'm proud of the way the guys played today," Stanford coach Conrad Ray said. "The breeze was down and to get off to a good start one through five, it really helped us. We talked about playing boring golf today, hitting a lot of greens and two-putting a lot and taking our birdie opportunities when we can get them."

Each of Stanford's golfers enter the final day among the top 32 individuals in the 75-person field.
"You can't slow down with this field. You have to put the gas pedal down," Ray said. "We've been in this position before, both on the other side of it and leading, so they will handle themselves and believe that every putt you make now is one you don't have to make later. That is the adage we will take."

McNealy relied on his steady putter and made a 15-footer on 14 for a birdie, a three-footer for birdie on 15, and then a 20-footer on 17.
"I woke up today and felt great," McNealy said. "Everything was working and I putted great from the start. It wasn't that pretty coming in, but I feel so much better today physically, and I got a lot of rest yesterday, and I think it's the biggest difference … And I think I'll feel even better tomorrow."

Boote's 4-under 68 included five birdies, three of which came on the final four holes. Boote is tied for 15th along with Franklin Huang, who was even through 10 and finished 3-under on the day.
"I hit a great shot to about seven feet on four, and Boote was on the other fairway, giving me a little clap and a tip of the hat," McNealy said. "I knew he was playing well. It is fun to see your teammates out there and playing well."

Maverick McNealy (70-67 137 T2) led the way behind 7 birdies and 2 bogies.  David Boote's (75-68 143 T15) strong 4-under 68 included 5 birdies and only 1 bogey.  Franklin Huang (74-69 143 T15) had a solid bogey-free second round.  Viraat Badhwar (73-71 144 T22) was 1-under on his second round while Jeff Swegle (73-72 145 T32) was even par on the day.

Team leaders and Stanford second round scorecards are shown below --- click to enlarge.
2nd round scorecards and team leaderboard - click to enlarge
Round 1 Results
Stanford compiled a 2-over-par 290 to in the opening round of the NCAA Regional Championships on Thursday at North Carolina’s Finley Golf Course. The score put the men’s golf team in seventh with 36 holes remaining at the event.

Maverick McNealy was the lone Cardinal to finish in the red, turning in a 2-under 70 at the par-72 course playing at 7,242 yards. McNealy’s four-birdie total was matched by teammate Franklin Huang, who added six bogeys for a 74.

McNealy is tied for 13th among individuals. He was even through 13 holes and finished with birdies on 14, 15 and 17 before leaving the course with a bogey on the final hole.

Jeffrey Swegle and Viraat Badhwar went 1-over, and David Boote finished at 3-over. Badhwar and Swegle are tied for 30th.

UNC Charlotte teamed to go 13-under to lead the field, with four players shooting 4-under. Florida is second at 7-under, followed by Florida State (-4), Clemson (-4), host North Carolina (-2) and Kennesaw State (-1).

North Carolina’s William Register tagged a 6-under 66 for the individual lead.

The top five teams and low individual outside those five teams will advance to the NCAA Championships, which will be played at the Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida.

The NCAA Chapel Hill Regional continues on Friday and concludes with the third and final round on Saturday.  

Round 1 Team leaders  and Stanford scorecards

Monday, April 27, 2015

Stanford repeats as Pac-12 Champion & McNealy dominates to win by 10 in Pullman, WA

Palouse Ridge GC --- Click to enlarge
Repeat Pac-12 Champions for the 1st time ever!  Click to enlarge
Pac-12 Champs - click to enlarge Recap | GolfDigest RecapLive Scoring | Palouse Ridge GC

Final Results - by
PULLMAN, Wash. – Maverick McNealy tied a Stanford record with a 61 in the final round of the Pac-12 Conference Championships, earning himself medalist honors and catapulting the Cardinal men’s golf team to its second straight league title.
Final team scores and round 4 Stanford scorecards - click to enlarge

Stanford has now hoisted consecutive Pac-12 trophies for the first time in program history.
Stanford (362-348-346-340) was 4-under as a unit at the par-70 Palouse Ridge Golf Club, overcoming a 9-shot deficit heading into the final round to win by a 14-stroke margin over Oregon (+10). Arizona State led after the third round and finished third at 11-over.
The Cardinal was sixth after the opening round, tied for third after the second round and trailed only Arizona State by nine shots heading into the final circuit.
McNealy’s bogey-free round put him at 18-under for the 72-hole event, 10 shots clear of second-place Aaron Wise of Oregon. The 61 came after previous posts of 65-68-68, and tied the single-round school record shared by Tiger Woods and Cameron Wilson. It also set the collegiate course record at Palouse Ridge Golf Club.
Maverick's course record 61 - click to enlarge
It was an NCAA-best fifth win on the season for McNealy, who copped the program's 22nd individual league title and third since 2012.
Maverick's brilliant 4 scorecards + top ten finishers - click to enlarge
McNealy had 24 birdies and an eagle during the 72-hole event. He did not record a bogey during his last 30 holes, even while playing through consistent wind gusts eclipsing 20 miles per hour.
McNealy’s 262 strokes to win the individual crown set a Pac-12 Championships scoring record. Arizona State’s Paul Casey needed 265 strokes to win back-to-back crowns in 1999 and 2000.
Franklin Huang (73-70-67-71) tied for 11th, David Boote (75-69-69-70) tied for 15th and Viraat Badhwar (75-70-74-68) tied for 26th. Team captain Patrick Grimes (74-71-74-72) tied for 40th and Jeffrey Swegle, who was disqualified in the opening round, contributed scores of 72-68-70.
Maverick is soaked by Frank the Tank after record setting win - click to enlarge
Quotes from
“It was a team effort today,” said Stanford coach Conrad Ray. “It took six guys today and all of our guys contributed throughout the week, so really proud of the results and happy for them.” 
“It was exciting,” added Ray, as the Cardinal overcame a 16-stroke deficit to pass third round leader ARIZONA STATE. “I knew we had our hands full with ASU. They’ve got a really good team and they’ve won a lot this year and they’ve got some really good players. And to be able to track them down and be able to actually have a little bit of a lead coming down the stretch at 18 was a relief.”
“Our guys got off to a really good start today. That’s something we talked about last night. We knew that the wind was probably going to be in the opposition direction, which was a unique situation. We had that wind in the practice round and I think it really changes some golf holes, so we talked a lot about our strategy and where we wanted to leave our misses and it paid off.”
“The game plan for the start of the day was to be patient and to press my advantage when I got it,” said McNealy. “It felt great from the get go. I was thinking pedal to the metal, because obviously our team was in it and I didn’t really matter how the individual thing was shaking out anymore, but I wanted to get more birdies to help the team.”
“It’s awesome when a guy of his caliber goes out and gets a hot round going like that, on a day like today too, the conditions were really, really tough,” said Ray. “He was playing aggressively all week, and just because you have a lead it shouldn’t change your game plan. I think it’s sometimes easy, when you do have a little bit of a lead you get a glance of the leaderboard, to protect. He was in a spot where he put the gas down. He did that and it was pretty neat to see. Credit to him, he doesn’t play with much fear.”
Round 3 Results - by
Fear the Freshmen --- McNealy leads the way and Huang and Swegle give Cardinal boost

Individual tournament leader Maverick McNealy (65-68-68 201 1st) has a 4 shot lead over his nearest competitor and continues to lead the way for the Cardinal which moved into 2nd place, 9 strokes behind ASU.  

Freshmen Franklin Huang and Jeffrey Swegle joined forces to help carry the load for the Stanford men’s golf team Tuesday at the Pac-12 Conference Championships, with both student-athletes signing off on their first career red scores at the league tournament.

Huang was 1-under through seven and rattled off 10 straight pars before an eagle on the par-5 18th put him at 3-under for the day and even-par through 54 holes. Swegle had three birdies against one bogey for a stellar 2-under 68 at the par-70 Palouse Ridge Golf Club.

“I putted a lot better than my previous rounds, and my speed was really good,” Huang said. “I had 13 tap-ins, which helped my score. The eagle on 18 capped off a fun round. I hit a perfect drive down the middle and had 228 yards into the green. Hit a hybrid to the right and let it funnel down to left of the green. It would have been a tough two-putt from the fringe, but my first one went in.”

Huang and Swegle were two of four Cardinal performers to finish under par, joining Maverick McNealy (-2) and David Boote (-1).

“I didn’t get in the way of my game off the tee and kept it below the hole on the greens,” Swegle said of his round. “I tried to play my game and built off my second round yesterday to help make up some ground.”

Stanford moved up one spot to second in the team standings at 6-over after posting a 4-under 346. Only Arizona State’s 8-under bettered the score posted by the Cardinal. Arizona State is nine shots ahead of Stanford and 13 shots better than third-place USC.

Stanford will start the fourth and final round of the tournament Wednesday at 9:06 a.m. (PT).

McNealy takes the individual lead into the final round. McNealy shot his second consecutive 68 to move to 9-under, four strokes better than Cal’s K.K. Limbhasut and Oregon’s Aaron Wise. McNealy was even on the front and used birdies on 12 and 18 for his 2-under.

Boote bogeyed the par-3 sixth, which was the only blemish on his scorecard. Boote added a pair of birdies to finish at 1-under and tied for 22nd overall.

Viraat Badhwar and Patrick Grimes both shot 74 and are tied for 39th.

Third round Stanford scorecards are shown below - click on image to enlarge:
3rd round scorecards - click image to enlarge
Round 1 and 2 Results - by
Rolling on the Palouse --- McNealy tops leaderboard through 36 holes

Maverick McNealy caught fire early and never cooled down to open the Pac-12 Conference Championships at the par-70, 7,257-yard Palouse Ridge Golf Club. The sophomore with four wins this season signed off on rounds of 65 and 68 to hold the overall lead at 7-under while knocking in an eagle and 11 birdies, the most of any player through Monday’s 36 holes of action.

McNealy gained steamed when the cold morning went to the wayside by posting a 5-under 30 on the back nine. Part of that stretch included four birdies on the first six holes and an eagle on 18. Even more, he had back-to-back birdies to begin his second round.

One of the many consistent aspects of McNealy’s day was cashing in on scoring tries on the 18th hole.

“This morning I hit a three wood off the tee to the right-center of the fairway and had 280 yards uphill to the pin,” McNealy described. “Coach told me to rip one at the grandstand to the right of the green, so I smoked a hot one that got a good bounce left and curled up to about four feet. Made eagle to cap off a solid back nine.

“Smoked another three wood off the tee in the afternoon and had 250 yards to the pin, uphill, and it was playing around 262. I roasted a 3-iron and got a hot bounce forward instead of left. It ran through to the bunker behind the green. I tried to play it out sideways and it got caught on the end of the rough. That left me with a 30-foot downhill putt. I tapped it out of the rough with my putter and it went in for birdie.”

Washington State’s Derek Bayley (69-65) trails McNealy by one stroke.

Stanford (362-348) was sixth after the morning session and 14 shots better on its second circuit. The defending champion Cardinal was one of three teams to shoot under-par in the second round.

USC (-1) leads the 12-team field ahead of Arizona State (+5), Stanford (+10) and host Washington State (+10). Stanford will tee off Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. (PT) alongside Washington and Oregon.

Team standings after 2 rounds - click to enlarge
“I thought the guys struck the ball pretty well overall,” said Conrad Ray, Stanford’s Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf. “We were a little loose on the greens and missed a few opportunities with our chipping and putting. The team battled hard all day. Maverick has been our leader all year and played great today. He showed why he’s one of the best out there.”

Franklin Huang went 73-70 in his league tournament debut for a share of 22nd. His even-par second round included a four-putt.

Viraat Badhwar nearly aced the par-3 fourth from 190 yards out to start the 12-hour marathon.

“I struck a perfect seven iron, and the ball chased the flag before landing a foot short,” said Badhwar. “It bounced up and hit the pin. I had some good things happen after that. It helped, because I started off a bit rough this morning. It was really cold and tough to get the body warm.”

Badhwar is 5-over after rounds of 75 and 70. Senior team captain Patrick Grimes (74-71) is tied for 32nd with Badhwar.

David Boote (75-69) was six shots better in the afternoon and tied for 27th.

“I got off a hot start in the afternoon, and that give me the confidence I needed for the rest of the round,” Boote said of his two birdies through four holes in the second round. “I didn’t hit the ball much better, just played a bit smarter.”

Boote moved up 17 spots in the standings between rounds.  Jeff Swegle (0-72) had his first round discarded for some reason.

Round 1 scorecards - click to enlarge.  Swegle's round was wiped out for some reason
Round 2 scorecards - click to enlarge
The Cardinal brings its young team to Pullman, Washington, to defend it's Pac-12 Championship won last year for the first time in 20 years.  Two freshmen (Jeff Swegle, Franklin Huang), two sophomores (Maverick McNealy, Viraat Badhwar), one junior (David Boote) and one senior (Patrick Grimes) make up this year's team competing against an always strong group of Pac-12 teams that include 6 of the top 16 teams in the nation (ASU #5, Stanford #9, Oregon #13, UCLA #14, Washington #15 & USC #16).

The teams will compete on the home course of Washington State, a spectacular rolling venue designed by the late John Harbottle III.  From the course website --- "Much of Harbottle’s design philosophy was based on his study of courses in Scotland, which fit closely into the lay of the existing land. He strived to make the best use of natural features and to ensure that artificial ones created were indistinguishable from nature. Every effort was made to create a course that is challenging, but also enjoyable for the average player."

Saturday, April 11, 2015

All 8 Cardinal players compete in the Western Intercollegiate at famed Pasatiempo GC

Teams and Stanford players entered - click to enlarge

Final Result
After leading by 5 strokes after the first two rounds, the Stanford men's golf team wrapped up the 69th annual Western Intercollegiate with a third-place finish among the 14-team field at Pasatiempo Golf Club finishing 15 behind a red-hot Texas team.

Stanford (354-353-360) was 10-over on the day and 17-over for the event, which was won by Texas (+2) after the Longhorns went 10-under Sunday.  
Oregon took second after bettering the Cardinal by one stroke. Texas' Scottie Scheffler took medalist honors at 9-under.

"The story of the week was the great test that Pasatiempo provided," Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf Conrad Ray said. "It's as close of a feel in terms of green speeds, firmness and setup that will compare to NCAA Championships. We didn't have our best stuff today. We played a little cautious and tried to protect the lead early. Texas came out playing well and made some birdies. There are lessons to be learned for us in terms of being aggressive, controlling our shots and worrying less about the results.

"In this field, to finish third is an accomplishment, and gives us some good momentum going into the Pac-12 Conference Championships."  The league tournament will take place April 27-29 in Pullman, Washington.

Maverick McNealy birdied three holes on the front and started the back nine with bogeys on three of the first four holes. He finished 1-under par and tied for fourth after nailing a birdie putt on the par-3 18th.  McNealy (68-70-69) was 3-under overall and joined in the top-10 by playing partner Viraat Badhwar. Badhwar's 2-under was good for sixth after rounds of 69-69-70.

Patrick Grimes (73-71-72) tied for 20th at 6-over. David Boote (71-71-76) was 10 spots back at 8-over for the 54-hole event.b Jeffrey Swegle (73-72-75) was 10-over and Franklin Huang (76-76-74) checked in at 16-over.

Playing as individuals Dominick Francks (77-74-74) ended the event at 15-over with Bradley Knox (77-77-74) adding an 18-over.

See Final round scorecards and team standings below - click image to enlarge:
Final Round scorecards & Team Standings - click image to enlarge
Round 1 and 2 Results - Stanford takes the lead by 5 strokes
Stanford finished the first round of the 69th annual Western Intercollegiate tied for second at 4-over and eight shots behind first-place Texas at Pasatiempo Golf Club.

Eighteen holes later, the men’s golf team found itself with a five-stroke lead heading into Sunday’s final round.

Defending champion Stanford (354-353) is 7-over and leads second-place Texas (+12) among the 14-team field. Texas posted rounds of 346-366.

Play was suspended Saturday due to darkness. Twenty-two players will return to their position on the course and resume competition at 7:30 a.m. (PT) on Sunday. After the completion of round two, the field will be paired for the final round which is scheduled to begin at 8:45 a.m. with a shotgun start. 

Rnd 1 & 2 Team Scores - click on to enlarge
Maverick McNealy, the 4-time winning #1 ranked collegiate golfer, shot a team-best 2-under 68 in the opening round and closed with an even-par 70.  Viraat Badhwar had consecutive rounds of 69 to share third with McNealy, giving the Cardinal two performers in the top-10. Five Stanford student-athletes are among the top-25.  Maverick and Viraat are 4 strokes behind the individual leader, Scottie Shuffler from Texas who sits at 6-under par 134.

David Boote’s two cards of 1-over 71 placed him in 15th. Patrick Grimes went 73-71 for a 22nd-place standing, and Jeffrey Swegle (73-72) is tied for 25th.  Franklin Huang's 76-76 leaves him tied for 64th place.

Playing as individuals Dominick Francks shot 77-74 151 and is tied for 60th and Bradley Knox shot 77-77 154 to tie for 75th.  Individual scorecards for round 1 and 2 can be found below.

Round 1 Stanford scorecards - click on image to enlarge
Round 2 Stanford scorcards - click on image to enlarge
Stanford brings its full squad to compete at famed Pasatiempo GC in Santa Cruz, CA, in the Western Intercollegiate.  Another strong field includes 8 Pac-12 teams, highly ranked Texas and host San Jose State.  Seven of the nation's top 16 teams are entered led by #2 ASU, #3 Texas and #8 Washington while Stanford comes in ranked #13.  Teams will play 36 holes on day 1 and a final round on the 2nd day with each team including 6 players and the low 5 scores will count each round.

Individually 5 of GolfWeek's top 10 players are competing led by Stanford Maverick McNealy #1, Washington's Cheng Tsung Pan #2, ASU's Jon Rahn #5, ASU's Max Rottluff #7 and Beau Hossler #10 of Texas.

The Course - Located in Santa Cruz, Calif., Pasatiempo Golf Club is highly regarded for its breathtaking scenery and deep-rooted golf history always ranking among the nation's top courses. 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.  Course conditions have been affected by the ongoing drought that has hit Santa Cruz especially hard --- the rough will not be watered so conditions will be especially firm and fast.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Stanford finishes 3rd and Maverick McNealy 1st in The Goodwin as the full squad competes

Final Results - text mostly by
Maverick McNealy overcame a three-shot deficit to chase down UAB's Will Cannon to win The Goodwin at Stanford Golf Course on Saturday.

The season's fourth win for McNealy came with scores of 67-64-66 (197) to finish at 13-under, one shot shy of matching 2014 winner Patrick Rodgers' tournament-record 196. McNealy's win was the latest of Stanford's 15 individual titles at the event.

McNealy and Cannon signed identical 197 scorecards, with McNealy taking the top honor in a scorecard playoff. McNealy became the first collegiate golfer to reach four individual victories on the season.
Maverick McNealy with Wally Goodwin after the win - click to enlarge
In McNealy's three rounds, the sophomore totaled 20 birdies, one eagle, five bogeys and a quadruple bogey.  

McNealy got his hands on the trophy with a big-time finish on the 18th. His second shot came to rest a few dozen yards beyond the green and the ensuing chip landed on the back fringe. He calmly sank a 17-foot putt for par which stood to help earn the win.  Maverick's win came despite uneven results on the greens in his final round which included three 3-putts leading to his bogies on #8, #12 and #17 --- on the par 3 8th he 3 putted after hitting his tee shot to 3 feet.

"Maverick continues to lead us with an amazing win on his home course," said Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf Conrad Ray. "It was something special."

Cannon, who tied the tournament record with a 62 in round 2 along with SMU's Austin Smotherman, steered his UAB squad to first place at 23-under (272-269-276). UAB and SMU tied for top honors, but the Blazers found the edge courtesy of the applied tiebreaker.

After trailing by 13 in round 1, by 10 after round 2, Stanford finished 6 back in third with a 17-under 823.  The Cardinal was 8-under on its final circuit.

David Boote (67-69-67 203 T6) drained five birdies during his final round of 67, giving him a share of sixth at 7-under for the event. Franklin Huang (74-74-67 215 T64) added a 67 and was 5-over through 54 holes in his home debut. Patrick Grimes (71-68-72 211 T33) tied for 33rd at 1-over.  Viraat Badhwar (71-74-73 218 T80), the course record holder with a 59, was off his normal form as he tied for 80th overall.

Jeffrey Swegle (73-65-67 205 T12) contributed a smooth 3-under 67 to tie for 12th.  Jeff's excellent tournament included a 65 in round 2 and a final round without any bogies. Dominick Francks (74-71-69 214 T50) and Bradley Knox (73-70-71 214 T50) tied for 50th at 4-over. 

Final team scores and individual final round scorecards are shown below - click to enlarge.
Final team scores & Stanford round 3 scorecards - click to enlarge
"I'm happy the guys made a run in the team competition," Ray added. "The course played difficult with some firmer greens and longer rough. It was neat to see Franklin Huang come back to help the team.

"It was extra special to have Coach (Wally) Goodwin here to give Maverick the winner's jacket of his namesake tournament. Everyone at Stanford appreciates what Coach Goodwin has done for the golf program and university."
Maverick accepts the Goodwin jacket from Ass't Coach Graham Brockington
The Cardinal next heads south to Santa Cruz, California, for the Western Intercollegiate (April 11-12).

Round Two Results - text by
Stanford remained in 5th place 10 strokes behind UAB after a 2nd round team total of 5-under par 275.  Stanford was one of seven teams to notch an under-par round Friday at The Goodwin, putting the Cardinal in a prime spot to make a run on the final day of the 54-hole event.

UAB surged to the top of the leaderboard with an 11-under 269 to move to 19-under through 36 holes. UNLV (-15) is second in front of SMU (-13) and TCU (-11), which led the 24-team field after the opening round at the Stanford Golf Course.

The Cardinal tees off between 12:26 p.m and 1:10 p.m. (PT) on Saturday to finish the event.

The top 12 teams and individual scorecards are shown below - click to enlarge:
Rnd 2 scoring - scorecards & top 12 teams
Maverick McNealy put on a show during his round of 6-under 64. McNealy logged seven birdies, four of which came on consecutive holes during his back nine.  Starting at 16 Maverick had a stretch of 7 birdies in 11 holes.

At 9-under through 36 holes, McNealy is tied for third among individuals and trails co-leaders John Oda of UNLV and Will Cannon of UAB by three shots. Cannon posted Friday's best round with an 8-under 62.

David Boote used four birdies to help card his 1-under 69. Boote is tied for 12th, and David Grimes is tied for 21st after his 2-under 68. Grimes was one of two Cardinal to eagle the par-5 seventh, joining Viraat Badhwar for that honor. Badhwar shot a 4-over 74, as did Franklin Huang.

Stanford's individual performers shined with rounds of 5-under from Jeffrey Swegle (Jeff's brilliant round included 8 birdies and 3 bogies), even-par from Bradley Knox and 1-over from Dominick Francks.

Individual scoring for Stanford is shown below:
Stanford individual scorecards
Round One Results - text by
Stanford opened its home tournament Thursday and got through the first 18 holes of competition in fifth place. The opening round of The Goodwin saw TCU go off with a 16-under 264 to lead the 24-team field at Stanford Golf Course, with three players posting a 5-under 65. 

Stanford is 12 shots back at 4-under but only 4 behind 2nd place UAB - see team scoring below.
Round 1 Team Scoring - click to enlarge
UNLV's John Oda recorded the day's best round with a 6-under 64. Oda is one shot ahead of a six-player pack tied for second at 5-under.

"The guys got off to a solid start, and definitely left a few shots out there," said Conrad Ray, Stanford's Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf. "We battled a few big numbers and made a couple of easy mistakes that kept us from being around the lead. I'm confident that the guys will be ready to shoot low tomorrow and work their way back into contention."

Maverick McNealy had six birdies and an eagle, but added a bogey and quadruple-bogey during his round of 67. McNealy eagled the par-5 seventh and hit two out of bounds off the 13th tee.

McNealy is tied for 11th along with David Boote, whose 67 came with five birdies and a pair of bogeys.

Viraat Badhwar was 1-over at 71, as was teammate Patrick Grimes. Franklin Huang carded a 4-over 74 in a round marred by a 4-over 8 on the 2nd hole.

Round 1 scorecards are shown below.
Round 1 scorecards - click to enlarge
Stanford tees off in round 2 between 12:15 and 12:59 pm starting on the 10th hole once again playing with USC and Oregon.

Background - by
The Goodwin
Thursday-Saturday, March 26-28
Stanford Golf Course • Stanford, Calif.

The Tournament
• Stanford will play host to The Goodwin this week 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.

• Defending team champion Stanford has claimed 14 team victories and 14 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. 7 Stanford, No. 11 USC, No. 15 Oregon, No. 24 UNLV, Arizona, Boise State, BYU, Colorado, Colorado State, Denver, Loyola Marymount, Minnesota, Northwestern, Pepperdine, Princeton, USF, San Jose State, Saint Mary's, Santa Clara, Southern Methodist, Texas Christian, UAB, UC Davis and Washington State.

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