|The challenging par 4 9th hole at Stanford|
FINAL RESULTS - On a beautiful spring day Stanford fought hard but came up just short of a win on its home course, ending 5 shots behind USC and Oregon and two shots behind UCLA. David Chung finished with a 1-under 69, despite two closing bogies, in a closing round that bodes well for Stanford's NCAA prospects as David in regular form is a force to contend with.
Andrew Yun finished 4th individually (72-70-66-70) closing with a 70 in a round where he couldn't get putts to fall. With the tournament decided, he made one of his few bad swings on the 18th tee to finish with a double bogey. It's been a spectacular year for Andrew, however, one that will certainly earn him All-American honors as Stanford's leading player. He has a remarkable seven top 5 finishes in the ten tournaments this season. I was most impressed by Andrew's course demeanor in his final round, displaying poise and positive body language - and he couldn't have been a better gentleman to his playing partner, freshman Martin Trainer of Palo Alto and USC, who won individual honors in the event.
Senior captain Steve Ziegler tied for 11th individually (69-70-70-75) after a 4-over four hole stretch of holes from 6 thru 9 led to a front nine 39 -- he followed with a 36 on the back in a round that may have been affected by Steve's limited play and conditioning recently due to a bad back coming into the tournament. It was good to see Steve strongly supporting his teammates' good play in front and behind him during the event.
Senior Graham Brockington had his finest hour in his Stanford career finishing tied for 16th overall (70-69-73-73). After limited appearances in his first three season, this final season has found Graham steadily improving to play his best golf in recent weeks. In this event, only some struggles at the end of his final two founds kept him from contending with the leaders.
Steven Kearney, an improving sophomore, contributed three solid rounds to the team's efforts (71-75-72-72) to finish tied for 30th individually. Steven showed a big-time, long-hitting game that was so close to top form only lacking a few putts to fall here and there. His performance bodes well for Stanford's future. Freshman Cameron Wilson started slowly in his final round as he went out in 4-over 39 without a birdie, but came through big-time on the back nine with a 33 including clutch birdies on 13, 16 & 17. No doubt a bright future is ahead for Cameron who has a balanced, fluid swing and great length.
Final round scorecards are included below - click to enlarge:
|Final round scorecards - click to enlarge|
gostanford.com summarized the final round well below:
|Andrew Yun 3rd round - click to enlarge|
David Chung fought back from a bogey-bogey start to post a 1-over 71 in a round that included11 straight pars followed by two birdies, two more pars and a bogey finish. Steven Kearney posted a 2-over 72 in his third round as he birdied two of his last four holes - he's tied for 28th overall at 228 (71-75-72). Cameron Wilson stands at 223 total, in 45th individually carding rounds of 72-75-76. Scorecards from round 3 are below - click to enlarge:
|Round 3 scorecards - click to enlarge|
ROUND TWO - The 2nd round was played on day 1 again under tough, windy conditions. It's a wide open tournament with two rounds left to play. Stanford remains in 3rd place three shots behind USC and one behind Oregon with UCLA a shot behind Stanford in 4th. Seniors Brockington and Ziegler again led the way with 69 & 70 respectively and are tied for 4th individually at 1 under 139 totals. Sophomore Andrew Yun had a solid even par 70 and is tied for 14th individually at 142.
Junior David Chung turned around a tough start with a solid 2-under 33 on the back nine to post a 74 while Steven Kearney and Cameron Wilson both carded 75s. Scorecards for round 2 and 1 can be found below:
|Round 2 scorecards - click to enlarge|
ROUND 1 SCORING:
Playing on a cool, sunny and very windy day Stanford finished round 1 in 3rd place 3 shots behind Oregon and 1 shot behind UCLA. It was a struggle early as Oregon shot out to a large lead over the front nine and Stanford came on strongly to close the gap.
Two seniors led the way, with both struggling early and coming on fast with very strong finishes. Steve Ziegler 1-under 69 had him 3 over par after 5 holes and finishing with four birdies and no bogies thereafter. Graham Brockington also finished strong with four birdies starting on 13 after going 4 over through 12 holes.
Sophomore Steven Kearney played steadily throughout with nines of 36-35 on his way to a solid 1-over 71 while Andrew Yun and Cameron Wilson carded 2 over 72 scores. David Chung struggled to an 82 marred by a triple and two double bogies. Round one scorecards are below - click to enlarge.
|Round 1 scorecards - click to enlarge|
No included in the lineup was senior Sihwan Kim, again due to concerns of aggravating his back. Coach Phil Rowe shares that "the obvious omission is Sihwan. In the end it was a decision that was taken to eliminate any risk that sihwan might aggravate his back on a long 36 hole day. NCAA regionals and nationals are 1 round per day and we want to be absolutely sure that he is able to come through the entire post season."
Here are some useful links for the tournament: Tee times & Pairings | Stanfordmensgolf.org | Official Pac 10 site | Real Time Scoring | Stanford Golf Course website | gostanford.com announcement.
UCLA is the team to beat based on the national rankings by Golf Week shown below. In those same rankings, sophomore Andrew Yun is the ranked 2nd nationally just ahead of UCLA freshman Cantlay. Stanford is looking for strong support from past All-Americans David Chung and Steve Ziegler who have shown signs of returning to form that had each all Pac 10 performers.
Head coach Conrad Ray shares his view on the event: