Friday, March 1, 2019

12 Top teams compete in the Southern Highlands Collegiate in Las Vegas

Field and Stanford players - click on image to enlarge

FINAL RESULTS: by - includes several videos
LAS VEGAS – Hanging tough against a talented field that included seven of the top-25 teams in the country, Stanford pocketed its best finish of the season Tuesday by placing third in the Southern Highlands Collegiate at Southern Highlands Golf Club.
The Cardinal closed with an even-par score of 288 to conclude at 10-under 854. Oklahoma won the event at 14-under 850, while Texas took second at 851.

"Nice finish against a very strong field," said Conrad Ray, the Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf. "We got off to a slow start but hung in there and had a chance to win with five or six holes left."

Senior Brandon Wu and junior Henry Shimp collected top-10's for Stanford. Wu fired a 2-under-par 70 in the final round to secure third at 8-under 208, and Shimp shot 73 to garner a tie for ninth at 3-under 213.
It marked Wu's second consecutive top-3 showing. Last month, he matched his career-best finish by securing second at The Prestige Presented by Charles Schwab.

"Another close call for Brandon and a solid week for Henry," Ray said. "It was great to see both play well and lead us."

Cole Hammer of Texas and Jack Trent of UNLV tied for medalist honors at 10-under 206. Trent won the title on the third playoff hole.
Cardinal senior Isaiah Salinda saved his best for last. He blitzed the back nine in 4-under 32 and posted a 70 to tie for 14th at 2-under 214, notching five birdies on the day. Salinda and Shimp birdied the par-5 18th hole.
Junior David Snyder (77) tied for 44th at 5-over 221 and sophomore Nate Menon (75) tied for 63rd at 11-over 227.

Final Round Scoring below - click on image to enlarge.

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The Cardinal returns to competition on March 28-30 when it hosts the 50th edition of The Goodwin at Stanford Golf Course. Named after former head coach Wally Goodwin, who was inducted into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame last year, 26 teams will compete in the 54-hole event. 

Seniors Brandon Wu and Isaiah Salinda bettered par to help Stanford maintain second place on Monday in the second round of the Southern Highlands Collegiate at Southern Highlands Golf Club.
Wu posted a 4-under-par 68 and Salinda a 69 to help the Cardinal shoot 6-under 282, a two-stroke improvement from Sunday's strong opening round. Both registered five birdies.
Stanford has a 36-hole score of 10-under 566 and trails Georgia Tech by one shot in the 15-team tournament. Oklahoma is third at 568.
The final round is Tuesday.
Wu blitzed the front nine with a 4-under 32, fashioning consecutive birdies at No. 2, 3 and 4. He finished strong, sinking a lengthy right-to-left birdie putt at the par-5 18th hole.
Wu and Parker Coody of Texas share second individually at 6-under 138, three strokes behind Jack Trent of host UNLV.
Salinda had three birdies on the front side, going back-to-back at No. 8 and 9 to forge a 2-under 34. He's tied for 20th with teammate David Snyder (73) at even par 144.
Junior Henry Shimp continued his outstanding play. He followed up Sunday's 68 with a 72 and is tied for sixth at 4-under 140.
Sophomore Nate Menon (74) is tied for 66th.    
The final round will be live streamed on starting at noon PT.

Second round scoring is shown below:
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LAS VEGAS – Sparked by junior Henry Shimp's career-best 4-under-par 68, Stanford is second after
Henry Shimp
Sunday's opening round of the Southern Highlands Collegiate at Southern Highlands Golf Club.

The Cardinal combined for a score of 3-under 285 in the tough, 15-team field. Georgia Tech leads at 5-under 283.
Shimp collected three birdies on each side and posted a pair of 2-under 34's, going back-to-back at No. 3 and 4 and 14 and 15. He is third individually. His previous low score was 69 last year in the second round of the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate.
Junior David Snyder recorded five birdies and senior Brandon Wu had three to shoot 1-under 71's and they share seventh. Senior Isaiah Salinda (75) is tied for 45th and sophomore Nate Menon (78) is tied for 69th.
Noah Norton of Georgia Tech and Jack Trent of UNLV lead the medalist race after posting 67's.
The second round will be played on Monday, followed by the final round Tuesday. Live streaming begins at noon PT at

First round scoring is shown below:
First round scoring - click on image to enlarge

Monday, February 18, 2019

Stanford sends 10 players to compete and hosts the Prestige in La Quinta, CA

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LA QUINTA, Calif. – Senior Brandon Wu matched his career best finish by placing second on Wednesday at The Prestige Presented by Charles Schwab at the Greg Norman Course at PGA West.

He carded three back nine birdies in cool, pressure-packed conditions and closed with an even-par 71, but came up one short to Victor Hovland of Oklahoma State, who closed with a 66. Wu completed the 54-hole tournament with a score of 7-under 206 to collect the fifth runner-up showing of his Stanford career.
Hovland is the second-rated college player in the country and No. 4 in Official World Golf Ranking. Wu is No. 48 on the collegiate circuit and No. 36 in the World Golf Ranking.
Stanford shared sixth in the 16-team event with a total of 24-over 876, combining for a strong last day total of 7-over 291. The Cardinal B squad claimed 13th at 40-over 892, shooting 308 on Wednesday.
LSU won the overall crown with a 14-under total of 838, six shots clear of Oklahoma State.
David Snyder (74) also snagged a top-20 for Stanford, finishing at 5-over 215. Isaiah Salinda(75) tied for 24th at 6-over 219, while Henry Shimp fired the team's best final round with a 69 and tied for 33rd at 8-over 221.  
Freddie Lee (79) tied for 47th at 11-over 224, followed by Nate Menon (77), who tied for 55th at 13-over 226. Christopher Meyers (78) and Daulet Tuleubayev (76) tied for 71st at 19-over 232, while Dakota McNealy (80) tied for 73rd at 20-over 233 and Ethan Ng (84) placed 78th at 26-over 239.  

Final round Stanford scorecards and team finishes are shown below - click on image to enlarge
Final round scoring - click on image to enlarge
Next up for the Cardinal is the Southern Highlands Intercollegiate, March 3-5 in Las Vegas.

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Brandon Wu seeks his first collegiate title on Wednesday in the final round of
Co-leader Brandon Wu
The Prestige Presented by Charles Schwab at the Greg Norman Course at PGA West.

Wu backed up Monday's pacesetting 6-under-par 65 with a 70 on Tuesday and is tied for the lead with Thomas Hutchison of host UC Davis at 7-under 135.
 Wu, a senior, birdied the first two holes and carded four in the second round. He has four runner-up finishes during his Stanford career.
Competing with two teams, the Cardinal B squad is sixth among the 16 schools with a score of 16-over 584. The A team is seventh at 17-over 585.
LSU leads the team competition at 9-under 559, five shots ahead of top-ranked Oklahoma State.
Isaiah Salinda (71) and David Snyder (70) share 17th at 2-over 142. Salinda forged four birdies on Tuesday and Snyder had three.
Freddie Lee (72) is tied for 24th at 145, while Nate Menon (76) is tied for 44th at 149. Henry Shimp (75) is knotted for 56th, followed by Dakota McNealy (82) in 60th, Christopher Meyers (75) in 65th, Ethan Ng (80) in 70th and Daulet Tulebayev (78) in 73rd.

Stanford scorecards and full team scoring is shown below - click on image to enlarge:
Click on image to enlarge - 2nd round Stanford scorecards and team totals

The final round will be played Wednesday. The Cardinal A team starts on No. 1 at 8:25 a.m., while the B unit goes off No. 10 at 9:31.
Golfweek will provide live streaming at 9 a.m.

Senior Brandon Wu shot a blazing 65 in his opening round to take the individual lead by 3 strokes.  Brandon's 6-under par round included 5 birdies, an eagle and only one bogey.

Both Stanford teams are tied for sixth place with 7-over 291 totals.  Dakota McNealy, in his first round of the season, shot an even par 71 to tie for 15th position.  Dakota's round also included 5 birdies.

All 10 Stanford scorecards and the team totals are shown below --- click on the image to enlarge.
Stanford round 1 scorecards and team totals - click to enlarge

BACKGROUND - By Stanford Athletics
The Stanford men's golf team swings back into action on Monday at The Prestige Presented by Charles Schwab at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif.
Fifteen teams and seven individuals will compete in the 19th annual tournament at the Greg Norman Course, including four top-20 schools, headed by defending NCAA champion Oklahoma State.
For the first time, Golfweek will host live streaming coverage of the Tuesday and Wednesday rounds, with Will Haskett and Steve Scott calling the action and Lance Ringler adding analysis.
The Cardinal lineup will consist of Brandon WuIsaiah SalindaHenry ShimpDaulet Tuleubayev and Ethan NgDavid Snyder, Christopher Meyers, Nate MenonFreddie Lee and Dakota McNealy will participate as individuals.

Click to enlarge - Competing as Stanford B Team
Stanford tees off Monday morning on the first tee from 8:25 a.m. to 9:09  a.m. and is paired with Oklahoma State and host UC Davis. Cardinal individuals start on the 10th tee and go from 9:31 a.m. to 9:53 a.m.
Other participating teams are No. 12 Pepperdine, No. 17 LSU, No. 18 Arkansas, East Tennessee State, Iowa State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oregon, San Diego State, Stirling (Scotland), UCLA and Utah.

The Norman Course measures 7,100 yards and plays to a par-71.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Paradise revisited as Stanford competes in Hawaii's Amer Ari Invitational

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Junior Henry Shimp earned the second-best finish of his college career to spark Stanford at the 28th

Junior Henry Shimp
Amer Ari Invitational.
After opening with scores of 71 and 68 on the Kings' Course, Shimp added an even-par 72 in Saturday's last round and tied for 22nd at 5-under 211. His top showing for the Cardinal is a tie for 20th last year at The Goodwin.
Stanford placed 13th in the strong 18-team field, improving one spot from Friday. The Cardinal registered scores of 290-284-292 to conclude at 2-over 866 in its first tournament of the spring season.
Top-ranked Oklahoma State won with a 47-under total of 817.
"We didn't have our best stuff this week but the guys hung in there until the very end," said Conrad Ray, the Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf. "We have been working hard so the results will come."
Shimp was Stanford's most consistent performer. On Saturday, he made three birdies and three bogeys.
Senior Brandon Wu had his best round of the tournament with a 3-under 69 and tied for 30th at 3-under 213. He fashioned a team-best five birdies.
Sophomore Nate Menon (78) tied for 75th at 6-over 222, followed by senior Christopher Meyers (74), who earned a share of 81st at 7-over 223. Senior Isaiah Salinda (77) recorded his second eagle of the event on Saturday and placed 81st at 8-over 224.
Competing individually, freshman Freddie Lee (72) tied for 72nd at 4-over 220.
Matthew Wolff of Oklahoma State was the medalist at 18-under 198.
Stanford resumes competition in La Quinta, Calif. on Feb. 18-20 at The Prestige Presented by Charles Schwab. The 15-team tournament includes three of the last four NCAA team champions: Oklahoma State (2018), Oregon (2016) and LSU (2015). All three rounds will be televised on live stream.
"Playing in warm weather against a top-flight field was a great way to knock some of the rust off," Ray said. "We're looking forward to competing at The Prestige."

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Stanford recorded three sub-par scores Friday and improved two places in the standings after two rounds of the 28th Amer Ari Invitational.
Competing on the Kings' Course against a talented 18-team field, the Cardinal combined for a 4-under 284, six strokes better than Thursday. Stanford has a two-round total of 2-under 574 and is 14th.

Team and Cardinal scorecards for round two are shown below - click on image to enlarge:
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Henry Shimp leads the way
The Cardinal made an early charge, moving inside the top-10 behind a flurry of birdies and an eagle on the par-5 18th hole by senior Isaiah Salinda.
Top-ranked Oklahoma State leads the team race at 36-under 540, five strokes ahead of USC.
For the second consecutive day, junior Henry Shimp paced the Cardinal with a 4-under 68, collecting five birdies and one bogey. He toured the front nine in 3-under 33 and is tied for 20th at 5-under 139.
Senior Brandon Wu and sophomore Nate Menon contributed 1-under 71s. Wu rebounded from a rough start to post five birdies and the duo is knotted at 56th, even par for the tournament.
Seniors Salinda (74) and Christopher Meyers (76) are tied for 75th and 86th, respectively.
Participating as an individual, freshman Freddie Lee (76) is tied for 82nd.
Cole Hammer of Texas is the individual leader at 13-under 131.
The final round will be played Saturday, beginning with a 9:30 a.m. PT shotgun start.

Junior Henry Shimp posted a 1-under-par 71 to spark Stanford on Thursday in the first round of the 28th Ari Amer Invitational at the Kings' Course.
The Cardinal produced a score of 2-over 290 and is tied for 16th in the 18-school, 54-hole event, its first of the spring campaign. No. 1 Oklahoma State blazed a 21-under total of 267 to pace the field.
Shimp recorded three birdies and is tied for 41st. The remaining four starters – Isaiah SalindaBrandon WuNate Menon and Christopher Meyers carded 1-over 73s and are deadlocked for 65th.
Freshman Freddie Lee, competing individually, fashioned a squad-best five birdies to shoot 72 and is tied for 53rd.

Team results and Stanford scorecards are show below - click on image to enlarge:
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WAIKOLOA, Hawaii – The Stanford men's golf team begins its spring season in paradise on Thursday by participating in the 28th Amer Ari Invitational on the Waikoloa Kings' Course.
Eighteen teams will compete in the 54-hole event.
Other participating schools include Auburn, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Hawaii, Hawaii Hilo, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Oregon State, Osaka Gakuin, Pacific, San Jose State, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, UC Davis, USC and Utah. Oklahoma State is ranked No. 1 in the country and won the 2018 NCAA title.

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Last year, the Cardinal finished 10th behind senior Franklin Huang's 13th-place showing.
Three current team members played last year and will represent No. 28 Stanford. Seniors Brandon Wu and Isaiah Salinda tied for 37th and 41st, respectively, and junior Henry Shimptied for 51st. They will be joined by sophomore Nate Menon and senior Chris Myers, while freshman Freddie Lee will compete as an individual.
Wu led the Cardinal during the fall campaign with a 71.11 scoring average, followed closely by Salinda at 71.33. In the latest World Golf Ranking men's amateur ratings, Salinda is No. 22 and Wu is No. 34.
Lined by palm trees, the par-72, links-style course will play 7,074 yards and trade winds are often a factor. Lakes, pot bunkers and lava outcroppings put a premium on accuracy.  
A 7:30 a.m. (local time) shotgun start will be held each day, with the final round set for Saturday.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Cardinal competes in the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate

FINAL RESULTS - Sparked by senior Brandon Wu's sixth-place showing, No. 28 Stanford concluded its fall season by placing ninth Sunday at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate Invitational.
Wu fired rounds of 70-67-73 to wind up at 6-under 210 at the Lakeside Course at The Golf Club of Georgia, eight strokes behind winner Justin Suh of USC who shot 14-under 202.
The Trojans captured the team title with a 54-hole total of 22-under 842, one better than Clemson. Stanford (288-281-299) finished at 4-over 868.
"We had a tough final round but there were some very good moments," said Conrad Ray, the Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf. "Our consistency needs to be improved during the off-season and we need to work on production throughout the lineup."

Final round team scores and Stanford scorecards - click on image to enlarge.

Wu recorded three front nine birdies and earned the outright lead early on the back nine but was overtaken. He registered five birdies to collect his ninth career top-10 finish. Wu finished second in event as a sophomore and 12th last year.
Junior Nate Menon had a strong tournament, putting together rounds of 71-72-73 to claim a share of 21st at even-par 216. He eagled the par-5 ninth hole and added four birdies.
Senior Isaiah Salinda (73-70-78) tied for 45th at 5-over 221, while freshman Ethan Ng (77-72-77) tied for 59th at 8-over 224. Fellow frosh Freddie Lee (74-74-80) shared 65th at 12-over 228.  
"We have a lot of work to do with a relatively young team and the guys are up for the task," Ray said.
Stanford resumes competition at the Amer Ari Intercollegiate, February 7-9 in Kona, Hawaii.

 ROUND TWO RESULTS - Stanford improved three spots on Saturday in the second round of The Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate Invitational at The Golf Club of Georgia.
The Cardinal combined for a 7-under-par score of 281 – tied for fourth-lowest on the day – and moved from 10th to seventh heading into Sunday's final round. Stanford has a 36-hole total of 7-under 569, 13 strokes behind pacesetter Clemson at 20-under 556.
Fourteen teams are competing.

  Team scoring is shown below - click on image to enlarge.

For the second consecutive round, senior Brandon Wu led the Cardinal with a 5-under 67. He forged six birdies and is tied for third in the individual competition at 7-under 137. Justin Suh of USC leads at 10-under 134.
Stanford also received a sub-par round from senior Isaiah Salinda, who tallied six birdies to shoot 70 and is tied for 21st with teammate Nate Menon (72) at 1-under 143. Menon, a junior, added four birdies.
Freshmen Freddie Lee (148, +4) and Ethan Ng (149, +5) are tied for 53rd and 57th, respectively.

Stanford round two scorecards are show below - click on image to enlarge.
Stanford scorecards - round two


On Sunday, the Cardinal plays with Virginia and Texas A&M. Ng leads off at 8:30 a.m. ET, followed by Lee (8:41 a.m.), Menon (8:52 a.m.), Salinda (9:03 a.m.) and Wu (9:14 a.m.).

ROUND ONE RESULTS – Stanford combined for a first-day score of even-par 288 on Friday and sits in 10th place at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate Invitational.

The No. 28 Cardinal is one of 14 teams competing in the 54-hole event at The Golf Club of Georgia.

Host Georgia Tech earned the early lead with a score of 18-under 270.

Playing in the final tournament of the fall season, the Cardinal got off to a fast start, sparked by freshman Ethan Ng's eagle on the par-5 first hole. Stanford reached 9-under on the front nine but was unable to sustain its torrid pace.

Senior Brandon Wu paced the Cardinal with a 2-under 70 and is tied for 15th. Two of his six birdies came at the 15th and 18th holes.

Junior Nate Menon used four birdies to shoot 71 and is tied for 25th, while senior Isaiah Salinda posted a 73 to gain a share of 36th. Freshman Freddie Lee (t-43) and Ng (t-59) shot 74 and 77, respectively.

Round one scorecards for Stanford are shown below - click on image to enlarge.
Stanford Scorecards in Round 1 - click to enlarge

Noah Norton of Georgia Tech is the individual leader after firing a 65.

Monday, October 8, 2018

8 Teams Compete in the Jack Nicklaus Collegiate Match Play at Muirfield Village GC

In a rain shortened event between 8 teams, Stanford ended with a split of its two matches.  The Cardinal lost the first match against South Carolina 4 & 2 and swept the second match against Kent State 6-0.  The second match was started on day one but rain ended play for the day, and the match was finalized on day two.  Sophomore Henry Shimp and sophomore Ashwin Arasu led the way by each winning both of their matches.  The other four team members split their two matches.

"Great work yesterday afternoon and today by the guys against a quality Kent State Team," said Conrad Ray, the Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf. "We had a better feel for the course in our second match and all of the games got off to a fast start. It was a great learning experience to be able to play this format on a world class course with something on the line."

Stanford's 8 total match points tied for the best finish among the eight teams with Georgia.  The two match results for the Cardinal are shown below.  The final match was called off due to thunderstorm activity in the area.

Muirfield Village Golf Club was designed by Nicklaus, whose 18 major wins are the most in golf history. He is also host of the Memorial Tournament, an elite PGA Tour event played at Muirfield each year.
"We were thankful for the opportunity," Ray said. "It was also an honor to spend time on a course that honors the legacy of Mr. Jack Nicklaus."  
The Cardinal returns to competition on October 19-21 at The Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate Invitational in Alpharetta, Georgia. The 15-team, 54-hole tournament will be contested at The Golf Club of Georgia.

DUBLIN, Ohio – Stanford will compete in its third fall event Monday and Tuesday at the Jack Nicklaus Collegiate Invitational at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Eight teams will participate in the unique match play tournament.
Six players from each school will play, with one point available per match.
The Cardinal oppose South Carolina on Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. ET. The winner will take on either Georgia Tech or Kent State at 1:30 p.m. ET, with the losers facing off at the same time.
The other first-round matchups are Georgia versus Florida State and host Ohio State against Clemson.
Final round matches will be contested Tuesday morning.

Stanford will be represented by Brandon WuIsaiah SalindaDavid SnyderAshwin ArasuHenry Shimp and Ethan Ng.
The course was designed by Hall of Famer Jack Nicklaus. It annually hosts the PGA Tour's Memorial Tournament, hosted by Nicklaus.
Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-80s and there is a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms Monday afternoon.