Monday, November 5, 2012

Stanford finishes 2nd led by Cameron Wilson's record breaking 61

Final Results
Stanford ended the tournament in 2nd, 8 strokes behind UCLA, following a steady 3rd round played under tougher conditions than the first two days.  The Cardinal was led by Cameron Wilson (61-74-74 209 2nd) who finished in 2nd place individually, only 2 shots behind the winner, Rick Lamb of Tennessee.  As indicated below, Cameron's remarkable 61 in round 1 was a course record and ties for the best round ever shot by a Stanford player in collegiate competition -  Tiger Woods was the other player with a 61 shot in 1996.

Patrick Rodgers (72-70-72 214 T9) and  David Boote (72-71-71 214 T9) both tied for 9th in the event, the 3rd time in 4 tournaments this season that both have had top 10 finishes.  Dominic Francks finished tied for 20th (74-69-75 218 T20), while Steven Kearney (74-77-72 223 T41) and Shane Lebow (79-71-73 223 T41) both tied for 41st.

Patrick Grimes, playing as an individual, had a solid tournament as he tied for 16th (76-66-75 217 T16) highlighted by his fine 66, the tournament's second lowest round, shot in round two.  Freshman Keegan English finished in 67th place (80-78-75 233 67th) in his first event for the Cardinal.  The fall season is over --- next up is the Hawaii tourney in February.  3rd round scorecards are included below:
3rd round scorecards - click to enlarge
Second Round Results
Stanford remained in 2nd place, but fell 11 shots behind UCLA, after a steady even par round led by a solid 2-under 69 by freshman Dominick Francks (74-69 T14).  Dominick's round was unusual in that he had no bogies to go along with 2 birdies.  Cameron Wilson followed up his course record 61 with a 3 over 74, but remains in first place individually at 7 under par (61-74 135 1st).  It's a very common pattern to see an outstanding round followed by a mediocre one so hopefully Cameron can return to form for the final round.

All-American Patrick Rodgers had a 70 highlighted by birdies on his last 4 holes (72-70 142 T9).  Solid even par 71s were shot by freshman David Boote (72-71 143 T14) and Shane Lebow (79-71 150 T50) while Steven Kearney settled for a 77 (74-77 151 T54).  The team scorecards are shown below:
2nd round scorecards - click to enlarge
Competing individually, sophomore Patrick Grimes had a very strong 2nd round firing a 5-under 66 and he stands tied for 9th individually (76-66 142).  Patrick's round included 4 birdies, 1 eagle and only one bogey.  Freshman Keegan English is in 71st place after his 2nd round 78 (80-78 158).  Patrick fine round is included below:
Patrick Grimes shoots 66 - click to enlarge
First Round Results
Stanford is in 2nd place as a team, led by an historic, 10-under 61 recorded by junior Cameron Wilson.  The 61 is a new course record at CordeValle, beating PGA Tour pros Nick O'Hern and John Malinger who both shot 62  at this year's Open.  Cameron ties Tiger Woods, who also shot a 61 in 1996, for the lowest round ever shot by a Cardinal player in a collegiate tournament.

"Cameron's round today was one of the best in Stanford's golf program history," The Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf Conrad Ray told reporters. "Cameron seemed very comfortable from the first tee shot today. This is his third year competing in the Gifford Intercollegiate Golf Championship, and he likes the CordeValle course."  "Cameron carried us today," said Ray. "We know what he's capable of, and he really showed that out there."

Cameron's round included 11 birdies, 7 on the front nine and a lone bogey leading to a 30, and 4 more on the back nine leading to a 31.  Cameron leads the field on the tough CordeValle links by a full 7 strokes.  Cameron's record scorecard is shown below - click to enlarge:
Cameron Wilson's record tying 61 at CordeValle Nov 2012
Patrick Rodgers and David Boote shot 1-over 72s with Patrick's round marred by a double on 15 and bogies on 16 and 17.  Dominick Francks and Steven Kearney each had 74 and Shane Lebow had a 79.  Patrick Grimes shot 76 and Keegan English an 80 playing as individuals.  The team trails UCLA by 3 strokes.

First round scorecards for the team can be found below:
First round scorecards

STANFORD, Calif. - The # 17 (Golfstat) Stanford men's golf team wraps up its fall schedule next week as the team travels to CordeValle to compete in the Gifford Collegiate Championship hosted by UCLA. The Cardinal is part of a 10-team field that includes the # 5 Bruins, # 8 USC, # 12 Arkansas, #13 SMU, # 24 Northwestern, Oregon State, Tennessee, Coastal Carolina and Lamar. 

The event begins Monday, November 5 and concludes on Wednesday, November 7.
This is the eighth annual event, which honors longtime sponsor and UCLA golf supporter Jack Gifford. Six-man teams will compete in the 54-hole stroke play event, with the five best individual scores in each round counting. The Robert Trent Jones, Jr. designed course will play to 7,282 yards with a par-72 layout.

The Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf Conrad Ray will field a lineup of Patrick Rodgers, winner of two events this season, Cameron Wilson, Dominick Francks, Shane Lebow, Steve Kearney and David Boote.  Patrick Grimes and Keegan English will participate as individuals.  Keegan English, a freshman from Milwaukee and son of former Cardinal golfer Pat English '83, is making his first appearance in a tournament for the Cardinal.

Stanford finished sixth at last year's event, with Rodgers tying for tenth. USC won the team competition, and Trojan Steve Lim captured the individual title. 

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