Friday, October 18, 2013

Cardinal competes in the US Collegiate in Georgia

The same Stanford 5 (Rodgers, Wilson, Boote, Liu and McNealy) who just won at Erin Hills compete in what some have called the Masters of College Golf, the US Collegiate Championship held in Alpharetta, Georgia.  The strong field of 15 teams includes host #2 Georgia Tech, #4 Washington, #6 Oklahoma State, #7 UCLA, #11 Stanford, #16 Texas A&M, #19 Kent State, #20 Auburn, #23 USC and #25 Duke plus Virginia, Clemson, Iowa, Wake Forest and East Tennessee State.

FINAL RESULTS (article by Alan George of - recommend reading the excellent recap by the Stanford Daily.
A two-over-par 290 on the third and final day of the United States Collegiate Championship earned the ninth-ranked Stanford men’s golf team a tie for seventh. The three-day event at The Golf Club of Georgia’s Lakeside Course saw the Cardinal post collective scores of 288-288-290 (866).
Final Team Results - click to enlarge
Patrick Rodgers started the third round tied for 41st, but was the low man Sunday with a 67 to finish 2-under on the weekend. Rodgers (75-72-67, 214) tied with Cameron Wilson (69-71-74, 214) for 15th overall.

“We struggled a bit with big numbers and a lack of birdies on the par-fives, but we did a lot of things well,” Stanford’s Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf Conrad Ray said. “Cameron and Patrick played solid and both were close to having another chance to win. We’re looking forward to a quick turnaround at next week’s event.”

Stanford will travel to the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate (Oct. 28-29) in Dallas to wrap up its fall season.

David Boote (69-74-74, 217, +1) tied for 29th as Jim Liu (79-71-75, 225, +9) and Maverick McNealy (75-74-76, 225, +9) tied for 60th through three rounds on the par-72, 7,017-yard course.

Round 3 scorecards - click to enlarge
Rodgers final round 5-under was without a bogey. The All-American was 4-over on the front nine to open the tournament and responded with respective front nine performances of 2-under and 3-under on his way to the top-15 finish.

Wilson was 4-over through 11, but rolled in birdies on three of the next seven holes to close his final round with a 2-over 74.

Fifth-ranked Oklahoma State captured the team title by one stroke over defending champion Georgia Tech.

The Cowboys nearly were tied at the finish by the second-ranked Yellow Jackets, but Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans missed an eight-foot birdie putt at the 18th hole, giving Oklahoma State the win at 15-under 849.

Schniederjans was the individual champion at 10-under 206.  The victory also earned him a tournament exemption for Tour’s Air Capital Classic next June.

Virginia’s Ben Rusch was second in the individual race at 6-under 210, followed by Georgia Tech’s Anders Albertson at 5-under 211.

Wake Forest finished third at 2-under 862, followed by No. 14 Virginia (863). Third-ranked Texas A&M and No. 17 UCLA shared fifth place at even-par 864.

The Cardinal moved up one spot to 7th, 9 strokes behind Oklahoma State after a 2nd even par 288 total.  The tightly bunched leader board finds Stanford only 3 behind 3rd place UCLA.

Round 2 Team Scores - click to enlarge

Cameron Wilson and Jim Liu led the way with 1-under par 71s while Patrick Rodgers had 72, David Boote and Maverick McNealy each shot 74.  Patrick's round was marred by a double on the par 5 finishing hole while Maverick had a triple on the par 3 13th hole.  Cameron is tied for third overall (69-71 140), David is tied for 20th (69-74 143), Patrick is tied for 41st (75-72 147), Maverick is tied for 51st (75-74 149) and Jim is tied for 59th (79-71 150).  The individual leader from OSU is 5 strokes ahead of Cameron at 9-under 135 after rounds of 66-69.
Round 2 scorecards - click to enlarge
FIRST ROUND RESULTS (by Alan George for
Stanford used the efforts of David Boote and Cameron Wilson to put itself in the middle of the 15-team pack Friday through the first round of the United States Collegiate Championship.

The Cardinal pair each notched a 3-under 69, while Stanford sat in eight place after its first trek through the 7,017-yard, par-72 Lakeside Course.

Boote was even heading into the par-5 ninth, and then came away with an eagle on the 540-yard closer. Boote also birdied the par-5, 564-yard 18th.

Wilson had a pair of birdies on both the front and back nine. The lone bogey came on the par-4, 432-yard 14th. Wilson birdied two of the next three to end the day.

Defending champion Georgia Tech exploited perfect scoring conditions at The Golf Club of Georgia and grabbed the first-day lead of by five shots over Oklahoma State.

The host Yellow Jackets compiled a 9-under 279, led by Ollie Schniederjans, whose 6-under 66 shared the individual lead with Virginia’s Ben Rusch.
Round 1 Team scores - click to enlarge
Despite rain-softened greens and windless conditions, defending individual champion Patrick Rodgers recovered from a 4-over front nine to close with a bogey-free back half. Rodgers nabbed a 3-over 75 while tying for 38th with Maverick McNealy.

Jim Liu logged a 7-over 79, hindered mostly by a triple bogey on the 12th hole. Liu started the round 1-under through three with the assistance of looper Conrad Ray.

The first-round stroke average was 73.33, with 34 players at par or better.

The final two rounds of the 54-hole tournament will be streamed live starting at noon (PT) on Saturday and Sunday at

Round 1 scorecards - click to enlarge

QUOTES from --- Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf Conrad Ray previews the U.S. Collegiate Championship …“We’re excited about where this team is headed. They have been working hard and the results will follow. We have had some great contributions across the lineup this fall and we’re looking for that to continue.  “We’ll be on the road this weekend against a good field for an excellent test of golf.”  Defending champion in this event at 7-under 209 Patrick Rodgers says --- “Playing out here, with the difficulty of the golf course, the crowds, the skyboxes around the 18th green, it really is like playing in a PGA Tour event,” said Rodgers after winning the 2012 title.

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