Saturday, March 10, 2012

Cardinal competes in Las Vegas vs an elite field

The Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters hosted by UNLV brings together 7 of the nation's top 15 teams in an event played on a top notch Robert Trent Jones (Sr. and Jr.) designed golf course, the Southern Highlands golf course.  See further background below.

Stanford finished 5th sixteen shots behind the winning host UNLV team after a final round 305 total on a day with difficult scoring conditions.  Cal finished 2nd, UCLA 3rd and Texas A & M 4th.  Stanford finished ahead of top-ranked Texas and 3rd ranked Alabama.  Complete scoring was provided by Golfstat.

Senior co-captain David Chung led the Cardinal in scoring finishing tied for 15th (75-71-75 221), followed by Patrick Rodgers (75-70-77 222) and Cameron Wilson (70-77-75 222) who tied for 23rd, Andrew Yun (72-75-81 228) who tied for 46th and Steven Kearney (76-75-78 229) finishing 48th.  The low round of the final day was a 3-under 69 by Blake Biddle of host UNLV who won the individual title with a 212 total, 2 shots ahead of two players.
David's steady final round 75 included 2 birdies and 5 bogies while Cameron's 75 started with a scorching 34 front nine followed by a back nine marred by 5 bogies.  Andrew's final round of 81 was actually very steady except for a disastrous 10 on the par 5 9th hole and a triple bogey 6 on the par 3 17th hole.

Next up for the Cardinal will be to host the US Intercollegiate at Stanford March 30 thru April 1st.  Final round scorecards can be found below -- click to enlarge.

3rd round scorecards - click to enlarge

Stanford (ranked 12th) finds itself tied for 4th with UCLA (ranked 5th) after two rounds, 10 shots behind the leader Cal (ranked #10) and 1 shot ahead of nationally top ranked Texas.  Host UNLV (ranked 11th) is in 2nd 6 shots behind Cal and Texas A & M (ranked 15th) is in 3rd another stroke behind.  Third ranked Alabama is 4 strokes behind Stanford.

Patrick Rodgers leads the way at 1 over 145 total after rounds of 75-70 ( T17) followed by David Chung (75-71 146 T26), Andrew Yun (72-75 147 T32), Cameron Wilson (70-77 147 T32) and Steven Kearney (76-75 151 T48).  Second round scorecards are shown below.  The Cardinal will be paired with Texas and UCLA in the final round.  The field is tightly bunched as 12 teams are within 10 shots of the Cardinal.
2nd round scorecards - click to enlarge

Stanford is tied for 5th place after round 1 in the Southern Highlands Collegiate played in Las Vegas and hosted by UNLV.  Cameron Wilson led the way with a 2-under 70, followed by Andrew Yun's 72, Patrick Rodgers and David Chung at 75 and Steven Kearney at 76.  Round 1 scorecards can be found below -- as always click to enlarge.  Five of the nation's top 10 schools are competing.  The dramatic Southern Highlands golf course was co-designed by the late Robert Trent Jones Sr. and his son Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
Rnd 1 scorecards - click to enlarge

Background by on 3/8/12
STANFORD, Calif. -- - Stanford resumes its spring schedule this weekend at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters in Las Vegas, Nev., where five of the top-10 teams in the nation highlight one of the spring's most elite fields.
Teams will play 18 holes over three days beginning on Friday at the Southern Highlands Golf Club (par-72; 7,510 yards), teeing off on holes No. 1 and 10 at 8:00 a.m. each day.
Stanford, currently ranked 12th in Golfweek's/Sagarin rankings, will be joined in the field by No. 1 Texas, No. 3 Alabama, No. 4 USC, No. 5 UCLA, No. 10 California, No. 11 UNLV, No. 15 Texas A&M, along with squads from Arizona State, Duke, Florida, New Mexico State, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas Tech.
Knowles Family Director of Golf Conrad Ray is expected to start a lineup consisting of (in order) Patrick Rodgers, Andrew Yun, David Chung, Cameron Wilson and Steve Kearney.
Rodgers has secured five top-10 finishes in six events this season and continues to lead the team in stroke average at 70.8. He is currently ranked No. 5 among the nation's top individuals, according to Golfweek.
Jordan Spieth and Dylan Frittelli of Texas, ranked No. 1 and 2 by Golfweek, along with No. 4 Justin Thomas of Alabama and No. 7 Julien Brun of TCU, are also expected to be entered in the field.
Oklahoma State won last year's event with a score of 863 (-1), while Cowboy Morgan Hoffman earned medalist honors with a 54-hole score of 206 (-10).

The Cardinal is coming off an eighth place finish at the San Diego Intercollegiate, which was held Feb. 12-14 at the San Diego Golf Club in Chula Vista.
Following the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, Stanford will return to action on March 31, playing host to the U.S. Intercollegiate at Stanford Golf Course.

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