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


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


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.

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.

Round 1 scoring is shown below as Franklin Huang led Stanford with a fine 2-under par 70 putting 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


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.  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.

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.

Round 1 scoring is shown below as Huang led Stanford with a 2-under par 70, Wu had 73, McNealy and Badhwar 75 and Salinda an 80 to leave Stanford 10 strokes behind leading Oklahoma.  

Round 1 scoring - click to enlarge


Thursday, September 29, 2016

2016-17 Season Opener at famed Colonial CC vs an elite field

Sanford's lineup and 15 team field



The 2016-17 season opener, the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational is an instant classic being held at the famed par 70 Colonial Country Club, known as Hogan's Alley, including an elite field of 15 teams.  Leading the way for Stanford is the world's  top ranked amateur, Maverick McNealy, who starts his senior season after two consecutive All-American campaigns.  McNealy is joined by juniors Franklin Huang and Bradley Knox, sophomore Brandon Wu and freshman Henry Shimp.

Final Results:
It was an historic final round at famed Colonial CC for Maverick McNealy as he won his school record tying 11th college tournament on rounds of 68-66-68 202, beating the field by 2 shots with his 8-under par total.  His win ties Maverick with Tiger Woods and Patrick Rodgers for the most ever career wins by a Stanford men's golfer.  


Maverick's three scorecards are included below - click on image to enlarge.


Stanford finished tied for 6th with USC, 21 strokes behind Vanderbilt and one behind Oregon.  Franklin Huang tied for 28th on rounds of 70-72-74 216, Brandon Wu tied for 30th with his 72-74-71 217, Bradley Knox tied for 57th with 75-75-79 229 and Henry Shimp finished 73rd on rounds of 80-75-78 233.  


Click below to view the final team standings and round 3 scorecards for Stanford.


GoStanford.com wrote the following recap:
FORT WORTH, Texas – Maverick McNealy earned his 11th career victory Tuesday, matching the Stanford record shared by PGA Tour professionals Tiger Woods and Patrick Rodgers.

In his 2016-17 season debut at the Nike Collegiate Invitational, McNealy (68-66-68) was the only player with three consecutive rounds under par at Colonial Country Club, two shots better than Oregon’s Wyndham Clark. He helped the Cardinal tie for sixth with USC among the 15-team field.

“The Nike Collegiate Invitational was a great way to open the season,” said Conrad Ray, Stanford’s Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf. “The guys learned a lot about their games on a championship track.

“Hats off to Maverick on his 11th individual win, which puts him up there with the all-time greats. Hopefully, there are more wins to come.”

McNealy, the world’s top-ranked amateur, earned the victory against a stacked field. Three of the teams who reached the semifinals of the 2016 NCAA Championships competed in the event, including defending national champion Oregon and runner-up Texas.

McNealy used 14 birdies against six bogeys for his 8-under 202. He was 2-under through 18 holes, and then went 4-under through his next 13, en route to posting a second-round 66. That score lifted him eight spots to share the individual lead heading into the final circuit.

In his final round, McNealy birdied four holes on the front nine while bogeying a pair. He finished with nine straight pars.

Stanford (+20) went 285-280-294 through 54 holes on the par-70 layout. Franklin Huang (70-72-74) tied for 28th, Brandon Wu (70-72-74) tied for 30th, Bradley Knox (75-72-79) tied for 57th and Henry Shimp (80-75-78) was 73rd in his collegiate debut.

The Cardinal resumes the fall portion of its season Oct. 21-23 at the United States Collegiate Championship in Alpharetta, Georgia. 


Round 2 Results:
Stanford posted a 4-over 284 total in round 2 and remained in 7th position, 18 strokes behind  Vanderbilt, on rounds of 285-284 569.  Vanderbilt at 9-under par 551 and Florida at 8-under 552 have separated themselves from the field, as third place Georgia is 3-over par at 563. 

Once again Maverick McNealy led the way with a tournament tying low round of 66 (68-66 134 T1) to tie for first individually at 6-under par.  Franklin Huang shot a 72 (70-72-142 T25), Brandon Wu shot a 74 (72-74 146 T44), Bradley Knox a 75 (75-75 150 T47) as did Henry Shimp (80-75 155 72nd).

Round 2 Team & Stanford scorecards can be found below.

Round 1 Results:
Stanford finished tied for 7th after the first round at 5 over par, 12 strokes behind the leader Oklahoma.  The Cardinal was led by Maverick McNealy's 2-under 68 that left him tied for 9th individually, 2 strokes behind the lead, in a round that included 5 birdies and 3 bogeys.  Franklin Huang followed with a 70, Brandon Wu with a 72, Bradley Knox with a 75 and Henry Shimp with an 80.


Team and Stanford scorecards can be found below - click to enlarge.

Round 2 scorecards and team scores
Round 1 scoring - click to enlarge

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Stanford enters the NCAA Championship at the #1 seed

30 teams compete for national title - click to enlarge

Stanford enters the national championship at Eugene, Oregon, as the #1 overall seed after winning its last three tournaments at the Western Intercollegiate, the Pac-12 Championship and the NCAA Tucson Regional.  Junior Maverick McNealy, 2nd ranked amateur and a 1st team All-American, is joined by senior team captain David Boote, sophomores Franklin Huang and Jeffrey Swegle and freshman Brandon Wu.

A total of 30 teams will play 3 rounds of stroke play to determine the top 15 teams who play a 4th round to set the field of 8 teams entering match play.  Match play will be conducted over two days to determine the national champion.

Round 3/Final Results (by gostanford.com):
The Stanford men’s golf team saw its season come to a close Sunday as it wrapped up the NCAA Championships in 28th place.

Stanford (292-294-298) was 18-over on the day and 44-over through 54 holes at the par-70 Eugene Country Club.

“It’s a team game, and we weren’t firing on all cylinders,” said Conrad Ray, Stanford’s Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf. “We’ll have to go back and see why that was, and hopefully it will make us better in the future. It’s disappointing, considering that our guys are motivated to win and motivated to have high expectations.

“I’m proud of our team. We put in a lot of hard work and preparation throughout the season. Sometimes it’s the way the game goes. Sometimes you do all you can do and it doesn’t go your way. It’s not losing, it’s learning.”


The 2015-16 campaign for the Cardinal featured three team wins, including a third straight Pac-12 Conference title.

Ending his Stanford career was senior David Boote, who led the squad with a 50th-place showing at 6-over. Boote (69-73-74) closed his final back nine at 1-over.

Franklin Huang (75-75-72, +12), Maverick McNealy (76-71-76, +13), Brandon Wu (73-75-76, +14) and Jeffrey Swegle (75-76-76, +19) each finished outside of the top 100.

McNealy matched Boote’s 1-over back nine while Wu was even on the final half. Huang’s 1-under on the front was four shots better than the next Cardinal in line.

Fifteen teams remain in contention after the third round of stroke play. Led by Vanderbilt, the 15 teams to advance to the fourth and final round of stroke play include Texas, Southern California, LSU, host Oregon, Arkansas, Arizona State, California, Oklahoma State, Illinois, Kentucky, South Carolina, Florida, Louisville and Oklahoma.

The Commodores remain atop the leaderboard after shooting a 2-over 282 to sit at 5-over after three rounds. Matthias Schwab carded a 3-under 67 to lead Vanderbilt, while Carson Jacobs shot an even-par 70.

Sitting atop the individual leaderboard is Oregon’s Aaron Wise, as the sophomore posted the lowest round of the tournament so far, firing a 6-under 64.

Drama ensued near the end of Sunday’s round as a five-way tie for 14th came down to the wire. TCU, which had been above the cut line going into the final hole, fell out and needed a birdie from Paul Barjon on the 18th to jump Oklahoma and remain in the field. However, Barjon was only able to make par.

-- #GoStanford --


Round 2 Results:
The Cardinal struggled once again with a 14 over par 294 team total and is tied for 26th out of 30 teams, 11 stokes off the cut line to the top 15 teams after round 3 and 23 shots behind the leading Vanderbilt team.  It will likely take a below par (sub-280 total) third round to make the cut, something only one team (Oregon with a 277 total) has accomplished thus far.  The four other Pac-12 teams competing are faring well in 2nd (USC), 4th (host Oregon) and two tied for 9th (ASU & Cal).

Round 2 was a struggle to make birdies as the 5-man team managed only a total of 6 birdies and one eagle against 3 double bogeys and 22 bogeys.  David Boote is tied for 33rd on rounds of 69-73 142, Maverick McNealy is tied for 98th after rounds of 76-71 147, Brandon Wu is tied for 109th with his 73-75 148 total, Franklin Huang is tied for 128th with 75-75 150 and Jeffrey Swegle is tied for 131st with 75-76-151.

The team leaderboard and Stanford scoring is shown below:
Round 2 standings and Stanford scorecards - click to enlarge
Round 1 Results:
Stanford struggled to a 12-over par 292 team total and is tied for 24th ten strokes behind the leaders after round 1.  Only David Boote managed to shoot a good round of 1-under 69 (T7) despite starting 3 over on his first nine, only to recover with 4 birdies on his last six holes.  The other five players finished no higher than tied for 72nd showing how unusual a day this was for the top ranked Cardinal.

“I didn’t hit the ball great on the front nine,” Boote said. “On the back nine, my putter got hot, which was the main reason for the good finish to the round.”

Brandon Wu shot a 73 (T72), Franklin Huang, with no birdies, shot a a 75 (T103) as did Jeffrey Swegle despite 4 birdies that were offset by two double bogeys and five birdies.  Maverick McNealy struggled to a opening nine of 6-over 40 including two double bogeys and came home with an even par 2nd nine for a 76 total (T126).

Comments from Golf Week's coverage:




Stanford’s Maverick McNealy with volunteer assistant Matt Wilson during the NCAA Championship at Eugene Country Club. - (Golfweek/Tracy Wilcox)
Stanford’s Maverick McNealy with volunteer assistant Matt Wilson during the NCAA Championship at Eugene Country Club. - (Golfweek/Tracy Wilcox)

“It felt like the longest putt I made today was 4 feet,” said McNealy, who has been battling a little cold this week. “I struggled to see the line, hit a lot of good putts that just didn’t go in. It was really just one of those days where – I hate to complain – I couldn’t catch a break.”
McNealy called his round one of the best driving rounds of the season, but it just wasn’t his day – good drives found divots, approaches just caught ridges and rolled back down away from holes and several putts lipped out, including some during a post-round session on the practice green.
“Honestly, I think if I play that round five, six, seven times over, 3 over is the worst I shoot,” McNealy said. “Everyone always says that, but I feel like I played a lot better.”
The good news: McNealy has put together consecutive rounds over par just once this season, at The Prestige. He followed an opening 75 with 65 at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate, and then shot a closing 66 after a 75 at The Goodwin this spring.
McNealy’s score was thrown out Friday, but Stanford still shot 12 over (that included senior David Boote’s 69), which puts the Cardinal, ranked third by Golfweek, 10 shots off the pace at T-24. There is no reason to panic, though, because Stanford will get a morning tee time on Saturday.
Coaches and players agreed that scoring was a bit tougher as the day went on Thursday, as the winds picked up and the greens dried out.
“Between the greens getting a little bumpy and crusty, and the wind, it’s definitely a number of shots harder,” Stanford head coach Conrad Ray said.

Much work remains for the top ranked Cardinal squad.  Round 1 scorecards are shown below:
Round 1 scorecards - click to enlarge