The No. 13 (Golf Week) Stanford men's golf team heads back on the road this weekend to compete in the Pac-12 Preview hosted by the Oregon State. The 54-hole event will be held at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club's Witch Hollow Course in North Plains, Ore. The field is exceptional including six teams ranked in the top 30 in the most recent Golfweek rankings: California (1), Washington (5), UCLA (6), Stanford (13) Oregon State (27) and Colorado (30).
Stanford finished 8th in this strong field of 12 teams, a total of 32 strokes behind the winning California team. Leading the way for Stanford in his 2nd collegiate event was freshman David Boote who tied for 3rd at 8 under par on rounds of 69-69-70 208. David finished tied for 7th in his first event in Chicago the prior week. Over 3 rounds David only had 6 bogies against 14 birdies. His 3 scorecards are included below:
|David Boote's 3 rounds - click to enlarge|
Next up was Patrick Rodgers who tied for 22nd on rounds of 73-71-71 215. In his first collegiate start, freshman Dominick Francks had a good tourney as he tied for 33rd with rounds of 76-71-73, followed by Andrew DeDecker at 77-77-73 227 T48 and Patrick Grimes with 87-74-83 244 59th.
The final team scores are included below:
|Final team scoring|
Featuring all 12 conference members, play on the 7,017-yard, par-72 course begins with 36 holes Monday and concludes with 18 Tuesday.
"The team is excited to compete in the Pac-12 Preview at Pumpkin Ridge next week," said Knowles Family Director of Golf Conrad Ray. "The conference is very strong this year and we will have our work cut out for us. I think we have some good momentum coming off a solid event at Olympia Fields, and I am eager to see how we play up there. The event should be a good measuring stick on where we stand at this point in the season."
Coming off a victory in his first event of the season at Olympia Fields, sophomore Patrick Rodgers is a strong contender to challenge for the individual title. Rodgers fired rounds of 72-68-67 (-3) at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational last week to win by five strokes.
Fellow sophomore Patrick Grimes will see his first action of the season. The Atherton native competed in nine events last season, carding a stroke average of 74.8.
Junior Andre DeDecker is coming off a solid performance at Olympia Fields where he tied for 39th after rounds of 73-74-78 (225, +15).
Freshmen David Boote and Dominick Francks will round out the lineup for the Cardinal. Boote had an impressive showing last week in his first collegiate competition, tying for seventh at Olympia Fields (214, +4). Francks, a highly regarded recruit from Olympia, Wash., is making his first collegiate start.