Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Stanford finishes 5th at the Prestige at PGA West in La Quinta, CA

gostanford.com - Final Round Results:

LA QUINTA, Calif. - Stanford shot one over par in the final round on Wednesday of the Prestige at PGA West on the Greg Norman Course.
The Cardinal (285-290-285) finished fifth at eight-over 860 (9 shots behind Washington and USC who tied for 1st).
Stanford frontrunners Cameron Wilson (67-72-74) and Andrew Yun (72-68-73) tied for seventh at an even-par 213, 8 behind Pedro Figueiredo of UCLA.
Wilson opened the tournament with a solid 67 after making four birdies and no bogeys. Despite the windy conditions, he shot one over in the second round to stay in contention for the title. The junior, however, fell a few spots n the third round after a three-over finish.
As for Yun, his best round in the tournament came with the winds. The senior shot a 68 in the second round after carding five birdies. His one-over and two-over finishes in the second and third rounds kept him on par.
Sophomore Patrick Rodgers (70, 76, 69) came in two strokes behind his teammates at 215, tying for 15th. He had three birdies and an eagle in the final round.
Rounding out the lineup senior Steve Kearney (76-79-69) finished tied for 51st at 224 while freshman David Boote (76-74-78) tied for 65th at 228.
Freshman Dominick Francks (77-73-74) led the Cardinal individuals for the final two rounds, tying for 51st at 224. Andre DeDecker (73-80-76), a redshirt junior, finished tied for 69th at 229. At 78th was sophomore Patrick Grimes (71-87-76) at 234 and tied for 81st was Shane Lebow (76-91-73) at 240.

gostanford.com - Round Two Results:
LA QUINTA, Calif. - Stanford stands in fifth place at six-over-par 290, after the second round Wednesday morning at the Prestige at PGA West on the Greg Norman Course.
Due to darkness, Tuesday's second round finished Wednesday morning after eight groups teed off at 7 a.m.
Under very windy conditions, Washington and UCLA were the only two teams to shoot under par, sharing a first-place lead at 565. The Cardinal trails by 10 strokes.
Senior Andrew Yun led Stanford in the second round after recording a three-under-par 68. Yun birdied the second, eighth, 10th, 11th, and 14th holes.
"The conditions were tough," said Yun (72-68), who currently ties for sixth at 140. "I practiced hitting some low shots, keeping it underneath the wind and trying to manage my game as best as I can. Luckily I executed all of the shots I wanted to hit and kept it in play, which was really key."
Cardinal frontrunner Cameron Wilson (67-72) shot one over to tie for fourth at 139. An early double bogey derailed the start of his front nine but the junior made a birdie on the eighth, 11th, and 12th to keep his lead.
Shooting five over, sophomore Patrick Rodgers (70-76) finished the second round tied for 26th.
Freshman David Boote (76-74) tied for 52nd while senior Steve Kearney (76-79) finished in 73rd.
The Cardinal individuals were led by freshman Dominick Francks (77-73) who shot two over to tie for 52nd. Redshirt juniorAndre DeDecker (73-80) finished tied for 63rd. Tying for 77th was sophomore Patrick Grimes (71-87). Junior Shane Lebow (76-91) finished at 87th in the second round.
More winds greet the 15-team field on Wednesday.
"You just have to keep the ball down and take the spin off of it," said Yun. "For the most part, the hardest thing to do is keeping the ball in play off the tee because the driver goes the farthest so it's the most likely to get off line especially in the wind."

gostanford.com - Round One Results
LA QUINTA, Calif. - Stanford is tied for seventh place at one-over-par 285, after the opening round on Tuesday morning at the Prestige at PGA West on the Greg Norman Course.
Monday's first round was halted due to darkness and play resumed Tuesday morning. The remaining 10 groups teed off at 8 a.m. and finished soon after the first group in the second round began at 10 a.m.
Junior Cameron Wilson led Stanford with a four-under-par 67 after four birdies and no bogeys, tying for first.
"I got off to a good start and made a bunch of putts on the front nine," said Wilson who birdied the second, fifth, eighth, and 13th holes. "In the back nine, I hit the ball much better but I couldn't make any birdie putts. I made a lot of good decisions and I didn't put myself in too much trouble."
Under ideal conditions, five teams shot under par in the first round with TCU in first with a 278, seven strokes ahead of the Cardinal.
"All in all it was a decent start," said The Knowles Family Director of Golf Conrad Ray. "I think the tournament will get a little interesting based on the weather forecast. It's supposed to get a little windy in the next couple of days and the course changes a lot with the wind. We'll just wake up tomorrow and see what it brings, and keep working hard."
Sophomore Patrick Rodgers carded two consecutive birdies on the eighth and ninth holes to head one over into the back nine where he made two more birdies on the 16th and 18th. Rodgers finished the round with a 70, tying for 11th.
Andrew Yun, the senior from Chandler, Ariz., recorded a 72 for a tie in 28th. Rounding out the field are freshman David Booteand senior Steve Kearney, tied for 64th at 76.
"The course is fairly simple in many terms until the wind gets up so the guys should try to keep it in the fairway and plan to play two under par," said Philip Rowe, Stanford Enlight Foundation Assistant Coach, about a good team score on the Greg Norman Course. "That adds up to eight or 10 under par as a team. When the wind gets up, though, that's when the scores start separating."
For the individuals competing for the Cardinal, sophomore Patrick Grimes leads with 71, tying for 21st. Redshirt junior Andre DeDecker finished at 73 for 47th. Junior Shane Lebow tied for 64th at 76 and freshman Dominick Francks tied for 72nd at 77.
With the second round comes another test.
"I think today one key for me was being very patient," said Wilson. "There's so many birdie holes that if you leave a couple out there, you can get frustrated so just trying to stay as patient as I can be."

gostanford.com Stories: Pre-Tournament
LA QUINTA, Calif. - Stanford, up one spot to No. 14 (Golfweek), takes on a 15-team field on Monday at the 13th annual Prestige at PGA West, a tournament co-hosted by the Cardinal and UC Davis on the Greg Norman Course.
This 54-hole event is the 13th annual Prestige at PGA West. There will be three rounds from February 18-20. Live scoring will be available on GameBook.
Eleven teams return from the Amer Ari Invitational, including No. 4 Washington and No. 6 UCLA, who tied for first at 22-under-par 842. No. 13 Texas Christian took third at 849, while No. 8 USC carded an 850 tying for fourth. Stanford placed seventh at 852.
"We talked a lot about dialing in our wedge games and proximity to the hole with scoring clubs," said The Knowles Family Director of Golf Conrad Ray about the practice week leading up to the Prestige. "[We] talked about treating each day as a mini tournament in itself."
Ray starts a lineup featuring sophomore Patrick Rodgers, senior Andrew Yun, senior Steve Kearney, junior Cameron Wilson, and freshman David Boote.
Junior Shane Lebow, freshman Dominick Francks, redshirt junior Andre DeDecker, and sophomore Patrick Grimes compete as individuals for the Cardinal.
"For this week I'm trying to hit a fade (left to right) on almost every shot," said Rodgers. "This course sets up for that shot especially off the tee, and ball control around here is critical for success."
Stanford won the team event in 2006 and has produced two individual champions, Zach Miller (2006) and James Lee (2000).
"My goal this week is to have great balance and a positive attitude," said Yun. "My key words are "slow flow.'"

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