Thursday, November 20, 2014

Three top recruits, Meyers, Salinda and Wu, are coming to the Farm in 2015

Chris Meyers, Isaiah Salinda, Brandon Wu
Three Choose Stanford 
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics plus added photos, videos, links and content 
Release: 11/18/2014
STANFORD, Calf. – The Stanford men’s golf team will add three extraordinary student-athletes to its 2015-16 roster, as Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf Conrad Ray announced Tuesday that Isaiah Salinda (South San Francisco, Calif./Junipero Serra), Brandon Wu (Danville, Calif./Deerfield Academy [Mass.]) and Chris Meyers (Oro Valley, Ariz./Canyon del Oro) each signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Cardinal family.

Salinda, Wu and Myers will begin their academic and athletic careers at Stanford beginning in the fall of 2015.

“We are extremely excited about our 2015 recruiting class,” said Ray. “All three student-athletes are tremendous golfers based on achievements to date, but also have many of those intangibles that we look for in our prospects including strong character, work ethic, and team first attitude. All have enjoyed local, state, and national success, and we believe those level achievements will translate and continue well into their time at Stanford.”

The class offers a wealth of national and international experience, competing with the game’s best at every level.

Chris Meyers making double eagle to win 2014 First Tee Open
The Meyers File
• Prepped at Canyon del Oro (Ariz.)
• First at 2014 Nature Valley First Tee Open
     • Won with albatross on 18th at Pebble Beach
     • Only double-eagle recorded on 18th in tournament history
• Represented Arizona at 2013 Eddie Hogan Cup
• Represented Arizona at 2014 Junior America’s Cup
• First in five 2014 Junior Golf Association of Arizona events
• 2014 Arizona state champion
• Team placed second at 2014 state championship
• Team placed first at 2014 sectional
• 2013 Southern Arizona Player of the Year
• Full name is Christopher Jacob Meyers
• Born in Tucson, Ariz.
• Son of Daniel and Susan Meyers
     • Mother and father both golfed for Arizona
     • Mother played on LPGA Tour
• One sister, Carly
• National Honor Society
• AP Scholar with Distinction
• The First Tee mentor and coach

Isaiah Salinda

The Salinda File
• Ranked 39th in 2015 class
• Prepped at Juniper Serra (Calif.)
     • First student-athlete school’s history named varsity team MVP as a freshman
• 2014 West Catholic Athletic League Championship runner-up
• 2013 West Catholic Athletic League individual champion
• 2013 West Catholic Athletic League Player of the Year
• 2013 Central Coast Section Championship medalist
• 2013 AJGA HP Scholastic Honor Roll
• 2013 Mercury News Boys Golfer of the Year
• Second at 2014 AJGA Junior at Centennial
• Second at 2014 AJGA Junior at Mayacama
• Tied for fourth at 2014 Callaway Junior World Championship
• Third at 2014 California Junior Amateur
• Tied for ninth at 2014 Hogan Cup
• Second at 2013 San Francisco City Championship
• Third in 2013 AJGA Stockton Convention and Visitors Bureau Junior Open
• Second in 2008 Golf Channel’s “Drive, Chip and Putt” competition
• Three-team first team all-West Catholic Athletic League
• Full name is Isaiah Ruben Salinda
• Born in San Francisco
• Son of Antonio and Debbie Salinda
• One brother, Daryl
• National Honor Society
• AP scholar
• California Scholarship Federation
• Enjoys basketball, swimming, watching football and reading

The Wu File
• Ranked 60th in 2015 class
• Prepped at Deerfield Academy (Mass.)
• Earned four varsity letters in golf and swimming
• Led team to 2013 New England Championship in golf and swimming
• Four top-10 AJGA finishes
• Five top-5 AJGA finishes
• Second in 2014 NCGA Stroke Play Championship
• Born in Danville, Calif.
• Son of Yichun Wu and Xiaobing Zhang
• Two brothers, Evan and Michael
• Enjoys attending baseball, basketball and hockey games
• Plays recreational hockey
• Lived in Beijing for five years
• Allergic to grass

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Stanford finishes 3rd with three top 10 individuals as it sent 8 players to the Gifford Collegiate

Live Scoring | CordeValle GC
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Final Results:
Stanford finished strongly in 3rd place overall with the tournament's lowest scoring round at 8-under par 347, and the only tournament round with 4 players shooting in the 60s (the next best was several teams with two players shooting in the sixties in a given round).

“I’m happy the guys hung in there and ended on a high note with the best round of the day,” said Conrad Ray, the Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf. “The fall was a productive campaign for us, with everyone seeing action and picking up valuable experience. We have a lot of work to do in the offseason, but we are excited about this team and our potential.”

Stanford was one of two teams (the winner UCLA being the other) with three players finishing in the top 10 individually.  The day's best round was posted by freshman Franklin Huang firing 7 birdies and one bogie to finish with a sparkling 66 leading to his excellent tied for 8th finish (73-71-66 210).  Overall Stanford was led by Viraat Badhwar's 7th place finish on rounds of 69-71-69 209 followed by David Boote, who also tied for 8th on rounds of 68-73-69 210.

Maverick McNealy overcame a triple bogey 7 to post a fine 68 in round 3 and tied for 21st with rounds of 75-73-68 216.  Patrick Grimes tied for 56th on rounds of 77-72-75 223 and Bradley Knox  tied for 63rd shooting 79-70-78 227.  Playing as individuals, Jeffrey Swegle finished tied for 28th on rounds of 74-68-76 218 and Dominick Francks tied for 51st shooting 73-76-74 223.

Final round team and individual scoring, plus scorecards are shown below --- click on image to enlarge.
Top 5 team and individual scoring - click to enlarge
Final round scorecards - click to enlarge
Round 2 Results:
It was a very steady round for all 8 players as the Cardinal moved into 4th place but 21 strokes behind USC and 18 behind UCLA.   The three freshmen led the way in round 2.   Low man with a sparkling 3-under par 68 was freshman Jeffrey Swegle playing as an individual in only his first collegiate event.  Jeffrey's round included 5 birdies and two bogies and moved him into 17th place (74-68 142).

Freshman Bradley Knox, playing as an individual) had a solid 70 on the day moving him to a tie for 49th (79-70 149), Viraat Badwar shot 71 and is tied for 6th (69-71 140), freshman Franklin Huang shot 71 and is tied for 26th (73-71 144), Patrick Grimes shot 72 and is also tied for 49th (77-72 149), David Boote is tied for 13th after his 68-73 141 and Maverick McNealy is tied for 41st on rounds of 75-73 148.

All scorecards and team scores for round two are shown below --- click on the image to enlarge.
Round 2 scorecards and team scores
Round 1 Results:
Stanford finished round 1 in 5th place with a 7-over par total of 362, 9 strokes behind USC.  David Boote led the way with a 68 to tie for 4th, followed by Viraat Badhwar's 69 which left him tied for 7th.  Franklin Huang finished 2-over at 73, Maverick McNeal was 4-over at 75, Patrick Grimes shot a 77 and Bradley Knox finished at 79.  Dominick Francks and Jeffrey Swegle, playing as individuals, had solid opening rounds of 73 and 74 respectively.

Team scorecards and standings for round 1 are shown below --- click on the image to enlarge.
Round 1 scorecards and team standings
Stanford brings 8 players to the Gifford Collegiate played at a tour caliber venue, the CordeValle GC which has hosted both senior events and the PGA Tour's Fry's tournament.  CordeValle is located only 45 miles south of the Stanford campus.  Stanford last played in this event in 2012 when the team finished 2nd led by Cameron Wilson's course record 61 in his opening round.

Six players (sophomores Maverick McNealy and Viraat Badhwar, junior David Boote, senior Patrick Grimes and freshmen Franklin Huang and Bradley Knox) will compete in the championship with five scores counting each of the three rounds.  In addition, two individuals will be competing, junior Dominick Francks and freshman Jeffrey Swegle (who will be making his collegiate debut).

The field of 10 teams includes 5 ranked in the top 25:  #4 Texas, #10 UCLA (hosting the event), #14 Stanford, #16 South Florida and #21 UCLA.