Monday, March 1, 2010

Stanford finishes 8th at USC Collegiate in Bramlett's comeback event

Stanford finished a disappointing 8th at the USC Collegiate but the big news was the return of senior captain Joseph Bramlett, who led the team in scoring, in his first event since the fall of 2008. Joseph had rounds of 68-73-71 to tie for 16th at 1-under par. The team led after the first round by 1-shot firing a 278 total behind Joseph's 68 and all four other Cards shooting 1-under 70s. The 2nd round was 14 shots higher at 292 as Stanford slid to 8th and a final round 285 total kept them in 8th position, 24 shots behind the red-hot Oregon Ducks.

Stanford's lineup also included Sihwan Kim, Steve Ziegler, Andrew Yun and Graham Brockington. Playing as a freshman was Andre De Decker from South Africa. Andrew had rounds of 70-73-71 (T25), defending individual champion Steve Ziegler shot 70-74-71 (T31), Graham shot 70-72-73 (T31) and Sihwan shot 70-74-73 (T33). Andre shot 82-77-71 (77th).

A healthy Bramlett gives hope for an even stronger, deeper team for the 2nd ranked Cardinal. Missing from action for the first time since he came to the Farm, was sophomore David Chung who came down with strep throat.

The USC Collegiate was played at North Ranch CC in Westlake Village. Live scoring by Golf Stat is provided. Stanford won last year's tournament by 10 shots with a record score and Steve Ziegler captured the individual title for his first collegiate win shooting a 65 in his final round -- a summary of last year's tournament can be found here.

The 14-team field includes Arizona State, BYU, California, Fresno State, Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine, San Diego State, Stanford, UC Davis, UCLA, UNC Charlotte, USC, San Diego.

Play begann with 36 holes Monday with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m., followed by 18 holes on Tuesday, starting at 7:30 a.m. (with starting times off both nines). The course plays to a par 71 at 6,869 yards. General info on the tourney is provided on the host website by USC.

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