Thursday, October 18, 2012

Cardinal finishes 5th in US Collegiate at the Golf Club of Georgia behind Rodgers' win!

Patrick Rodgers' 2nd win of the season - click to enlarge
Final Results
Stanford fights back from its first round and finishes 5th, only 7 strokes behind host Georgia Tech, after the final day's low round of 2-under 286.  The strong final round completed a great comeback after being in 15th and last position when day one ended.  The Cardinal was led once again by another spectacular tournament win by Patrick Rodgers (70-72-67 209 1st) who had a final round 5-under 67 that included 6 birdies and only one bogey.  This is Patrick's 2nd win of the young season and 4th of his short career at Stanford.  Patrick's 4 wins places him tied for 4th with Notah Begay on the all-time career wins list for a Stanford player, training only Tiger Woods with 11 wins, Joel Kribel with 9 wins and Rob Grube with 5 wins.  Patrick's 3 round scorecards are included below.

Patrick Rodgers' winning 3 scorecards - click to enlarge

Freshmen David Boote and Dominick Francks turned in strong even par 72s on the final round while Cameron Wilson, despite an 8 on the par 5 9th hole shot 75 and Steven Kearney improved to a 77.   David's steady round included only one bogey and birdie.
 Team results and finishes are included below (click to enlarge).
Team and individual finishes - click to enlarge
Final round scorecards can be found below (click to enlarge)
Final round scorecards

Comments from Coach Ray and a Palo Alto Online article:
"We were happy with the last couple days, but we dug ourselves a big hole on the first day," said The Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf Conrad Ray. "Our play Friday was lackluster, and we need to be better than that. I'm proud that the guys hung tough and posted two good scores. Today, our goal of the day was to be the low team of the day, and we accomplished that."

Patrick Rodgers continued his elite level of play as a Cardinal golfer, taking the individual title for the fourth time in 15 collegiate events in a run of 12 top-10 finishes in just over a year. Starting the day in fourth place after rounds of 70-72, Rodgers fired a tournament-best final round 67 (209, -7) to win the event going away. Oklahoma State's Talor Gooch and Auburn's Michael Johnson tied for second, four shots behind Rodgers who made six birdies on Sunday and 15 on the weekend.

"Patrick really impressed me today picking up his second win," said Ray. "He played great this week and stayed patient and hit a lot of quality shots under pressure today, which was impressive. He just continues to get better."

"Today we saw a great showing by Dom Francks, shooting an even-par round after a couple higher rounds earlier," said Ray. "He got better each day, which is a sign of a guy trying hard and he's doing all the right things."

Second Round Results
The Cardinal had a solid 2nd round with a 1-over 289 total that was the 2nd best team score of the day leaving them tied for 9th, 15 strokes behind the leader UCLA.  The 2nd round was a 17 stroke improvement over round one (306-289). The team is within striking range of 3rd place, back by only 7 strokes, as several squads are bunched just ahead of Stanford.

Cameron Wilson (79-69 148 T26) led the way in round two with a 3-under 69 that included 5 birdies and only 2 bogies.  Patrick Rodgers (70-72 142 4th) had a steady 72 and is in 4th place overall and only 3 strokes behind the individual leader.  David Boote (75-72 147 T21) also played well with his 72 despite three late bogies, Dominick Francks (82-76 158 T71) showed good  improvement and Steven Kearney (83-80 163 T76) had to settle for an 80.

Second round scorecards are included below:

First Round Results
It was a tough day on the links for the Cardinal as they ended in 15th place, 17 shots behind the leader Southern California.  The bright spot was the strong play of Patrick Rodgers who shot a 2-under par 70 and is tied for 4th.  Patrick got off to a blazing start with birdies on his first 3 holes as he went out in 34 and after birdies on 11 & 12 went to 4-under on the day.  Only a double bogie on 14 marred an otherwise superb round.  David Boote had a 75 and is tied for 34th while Cameron Wilson had a 79 (T63), Dominick Francks an 83 (7th) and Steven Kearney an 83 (T76).

Scorecards from round 1 are included below (click to enlarge):

Stanford competes once again in the US Collegiate hosted by Georgia Tech against 12 of the nation's top 25 teams.  The traveling squad welcomes junior Cameron Wilson to the lineup for the first time in the  2012-13 season, as he returns after extended rehab of a cranky back.  The remaining squad includes All-American Patrick Rodgers, freshmen David Boote and Dominick Francks and senior Steven Kearney.

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