Thursday, April 16, 2009

Stanford hosts 5 of the nation's top 25 teams in the US Intercollegiate

The Cardinal hosted a top field for the US Intercollegiate played on the outstanding Stanford golf course. Among the top 25 teams in the country are USC (3), Stanford (5), Washington (9), Texas (18) and ASU (22) while UCLA (27) and Cal (30) are not far behind.

Washington continued it's scorching play to win Stanford's event by 15 shots at 36-under par on a perfect day for scoring as temperatures reached into the high eighties were combined with low wind. In a highly unusual outcome, three Washington players led by Nick Taylor swept the top three individual places at 12-under, 11-under and 10-under as both Taylor and teammate Darren Wallace fired final round 63s.

Stanford finished 4th overall at 11-under par and was once again by a led by sophomore Steve Ziegler's strong play as he finished tied for 4th individually at 8-under with rounds of 68-66-68. Steve was followed by Dodge Kemmer's 2-under 67-71-70, David Chung's 68-73-69, Sihwan Kim's 69-72-71 and Daniel Lim's 74-70-71. Playing as individuals were Graham Brockington who had a career best tournament with rounds of 67-75-72 and Jordan Cox with 74-69-78.

It was clear throughout this year's event that the Stanford course lacked the teeth to challenge the field as the rough was thin throughout making it easy to reach the greens, and the firm fairways led to unusually long drives. Also, the greens, although firm, were not as fast as in recent years so the number of three-putts was down. The combination led to the record scoring throughout the field as a total of 81 rounds in the 60s were shot, and with a total of six players shooting all three rounds in the 60s, something that has rarely occurred in the past. There were three rounds of 63 shot, one 64, four 65s and eight 66s.

The total team and individual scoring also were record lows. Last year's tournament was won with a total score that was 24 shots higher. Stanford in 2008 finished 2nd at 1 over par, or 12 shots higher than in this year. Complete scoring from GolfStat can be found here.

Day one ended with record low scoring in ideal conditions. Winds were light and temperatures reached the high 70s by mid-afternoon, while the rough was not as tough as in recent years. The combination led to numerous sub-70 rounds as Washington's team took an 8-shot lead at 23-under par heading into the final round with their team members carding 7 rounds in the 60s, led by Tze Huang Choo's 10-under 130 and rounds of 65-65.

Stanford found itself in 5th place at 9-under led by Steve Ziegler's 6-under 68-66 start putting him in 3rd place overall. Next came Dodge Kemmer's 2-under 67-71, David Chung's 68-73, Sihwan Kim's 69-72 and Daniel Lim's 74-70. Playing as individuals Graham Brockington opened with a fine 67 followed by a 75 while Jordan Cox had rounds of 74-69. Freshman Wilson Bowen is redshirting and did not play.

Coach Ray invites the Stanford golf community to come out and enjoy the great play on our wonderful golf course! Here's an audio interview Conrad had with the Bay Area's flagship sports talk station, KNBR ---

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