Saturday, May 16, 2009
Stanford moves on to NCAA Finals with 4th place finish at Texas regional
Stanford will be moving onto the NCAA Finals to be played at the Inverness Club in Toledo, OH, after finishing 4th at NCAA Regional play in Austin, Texas.
FINAL RESULTS: Battling a tough course and 6 other teams with a chance to make the top 5 and qualify for the NCAA Championship, the Cardinal came thru with the day's 2nd best round of 11 over par. For the 2nd straight day Stanford was led by senior Dodge Kemmer with another 1-under 70 as he finished tied for 4th individually. All-American sophomore Sihwan Kim fired a 1-over 72 to finish tied for 12th, while freshman David Chung bounced back from two higher rounds with a 73 to finish tied for 56th overall. All-Pac-10 sophomore Steve Ziegler struggled to a 79 to finish tied for 37th and senior Daniel Lim carded an 81 to also finish tied for 56th.
Congrats to the team for a hard fought tournament in which everyone made significant contributions. Joining Stanford from this regional were Florida, Texas Tech, host Texas and Michigan. Cal finished in 9th place 8 shots off the cut-line to qualify.
Full tournament scoring is available by GolfStat.com at
DAY TWO RESULTS: After a tough 2nd round, the Cardinal is in a battle for one of the top 5 spots to move on to the NCAA finals. Stanford sits in 5th position at 25 over par --- there are six other teams within 9 shots of Stanford's score so almost the entire field is still alive. The top three teams have a clear lead with Florida in 3rd at 12-over par and UNLV at 17-over, or 8 shots better than Stanford. 2nd round play included Kemmer's 70, Kim's 74, Ziegler's 77, Chung's 78 and Lim's 79. No doubt play will need to improve on the last day for Stanford to move on.
ROUND ONE RESULTS: Stanford finished the day in 4th place at 10-over par, a total of 12 shots behind Texas Tech. Steve Ziegler had a 1-under 70 to tie for 3rd, while Daniel Lim had a 73, Sihwan Kim a 75, Dodge Kemmer a 76 and David Chung a highly unusual for him 82. Only one team played there way out of the chance to finish in the top 5 and move on to the NCAA championship finals.
A total of 7 Pac-10 have advanced to the final stage of the NCAAs from the six different regionals including Washington, ASU, Arizona, Oregon, USC and UCLA. Regional results can be found at http://www.golfstatresults.com.
PRE-TOURNAMENT REPORT: Stanford earned a top seed in the Austin regional in Texas. One of 9 Pac-10 teams moving on to 6 regionals around the country, the Cardinal join USC and Washington as top seeds in the tournament reflecting the recent dominance of the NCAA championship in recent years. Cal will be joining Stanford in the Austin regional. Stanford's team includes sophomores Steve Ziegler and Sihwan Kim, freshman David Chung and seniors Dodge Kemmer and Daniel Lim.
Play began at the University of Texas golf course May 14 and continued thru May 16 with the low 5 teams out of 13 teams in the region moving on to the NCAA Championship Finals to be held May 26-30 in Toledo, Ohio. Stanford comes off a national championship finish in 2007 and a runner-up finish in 2008. A total of 81 teams in 6 regionals around the country will be competing for a total of 30 spots in the finals, with 5 teams from each region moving on.
Here are the teams competing with Stanford in the Austin Regional:
University of Texas Golf Club – Austin, Texas
Hosted by the University of Texas
Teams (seeded in the following order):
3. Texas Tech
7. Lamar (Southland Conference)
10. Virginia Tech
11. Mississippi State
12. New Mexico State (Western Athletic Conference)
13. Jackson State (Southwestern Athletic Conference)
Click here for a complete recap of the NCAA regionals around the country.