Thursday, September 17, 2009
Stanford picked as pre-season #1 by Golfweek
Golfweek Magazine has chosen Stanford as pre-season #12008-09 Golfweek rank: 5
Go-to guy: Steve Ziegler
Can win national title if . . . Joseph Bramlett has a successful return from last year’s wrist injury and Sihwan Kim finds the form that made him a first-team All-American in 2008. Bramlett resumed practicing in July, then qualified for the U.S. Amateur later that month; Kim had a strong amateur summer, with top 5s at the Porter Cup and Northeast Amateur.
The Cardinal’s top returning player is Ziegler, a junior who finished last season No. 17 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings and was a member of the U.S. Palmer Cup team.
Incoming freshman Andrew Yun and sophomore David Chung, the North & South champion, also had strong summers.
“We’ve got the makings of exciting stuff, especially if Joseph (Bramlett) is healthy,” head coach Conrad Ray said.
Any of these players has the ability to play No. 1 for the Cardinal. That kind of depth excites Ray, who likes to note that a low throw-out score was key to the Cardinal’s 2007 NCAA title.
The complete rankings can be found here: http://www.golfweek.com/news/2009/sep/09/college-preview-mens-teams/