Monday, April 11, 2016

8 players compete at the 70th Western Intercollegiate at famed Pasatiempo

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Stanford sends 8 players to compete in the 70th annual Western Intercollegiate event held at famed Pasatiempo CC in Santa Cruz, California, about an hour's drive south of the Stanford campus.  World renowned architect Alistair McKenzie (Augusta National, Cypress Point are two of his best known works) designed this great course and lived on the signature 16th hole for many years later in his life.

Six players will play in pairs in this unique 14-team event hosted by San Jose State with the best five scores counting each day.  Maverick McNealy will pair up each round with Viraat Badhwar, David Boote with Jeffrey Swegle, and Franklin Huang with Brandon Wu.  Bradley Knox and Dominick Francks will compete as individuals.  Six Pac-12 teams are entered:  #1 ranked USC, #9 Stanford, Arizona, Arizona State, California and Oregon.

Final Results:
Stanford wins the 70th Western Intercollegiate by 10 strokes over top ranked USC led by another brilliant win by junior Maverick McNealy.  McNealy finished 16 under par on rounds of 66-64-64 194 to win by two strokes over Oregon's Aaron Wise.  McNealy's 194 tournament total not only breaks the Western Intercollegiate record by 5 strokes but also is the all-time low for  a Stanford player in any tournament.  Since 2007 the next lowest tournament score was by Patrick Rodgers at  The Goodwin in 2014 when Rodgers shot a 196 total.

“Of the 10 (wins), this was the toughest,” McNealy said. “I played lights out, and I still had my back against the wall.”

“It was a great team effort all the way around for the win,” said Conrad Ray, Stanford’s Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf. “Maverick’s play was superb, and for him to break the scoring record of a tournament that has so much history and on a course that was so challenging is really a feather in his cap.

“Franklin Huang’s play as of late has been stellar and David Boote continues to post solid numbers as our senior leader. We are really looking forward to riding some of this momentum into the Pac-12 Conference Championships.”

Maverick's 2nd 64 included 5 birdies, an eagle and only 1 bogey.  It was his 4th win this season and 10th career win in the past two seasons, leaving Maverick only 1 win behind the all-time school record of 11 wins by Tiger Woods and Patrick Rodgers.  McNealy and Wise were named today to the 2016 Ben Hogan Award semifinal list.

Franklin Huang had a solid tournament finishing tied for 8th on rounds of 68-71-70 209 while David Boote tied for 12th with rounds of 74-66-70 210.  Brandon Wu tied for 28th with rounds of 70-74-72 216 while Viraat Badhwar (70-72-77 219) and Jeffrey Swegle (71-75-73 219) tied for 42nd.

Playing as individuals Bradley Knox tied for 49th on rounds of 75-72-74 221 and Dominic Francks tied for 65th with 78-71-77 226.

Next up is the Pac-12 Championship held in Utah April 29-May 2nd.

Final standings and 3rd round scorecards are shown below:
Final round scorecards and team standings - click to enlarge
Round 2 Results:
The Cardinal moved into 1st place after round 2, 3 strokes ahead of Oregon and 6 ahead of USC with the day's low round of 3-under par 347.  Once again Stanford was led by Maverick McNealy who fired a sparkling 6-under par 64, only 1 shot off the course record.  Maverick's round included 7 birdies and only 1 bogey.  Maverick is 2nd individually (66-64 130 2nd) only 1 stroke behind Aaron Wise of Oregon.

David Boote also had a special round of 66 on five birdies and a lone bogey as he is tied for 14th (74-66 140 T14).  Franklin Huang is tied for 8th (68-71 139 T8) after another solid round, while Viraat Badhwar is tied for 24th (70-72 142 T24).  Brandon Wu is tied for 40th (70-74 144 T40) and Jeffrey Swegle is tied for 47th (71-75 146 T47).  Playing as individuals Bradley Knox is tied for 56th (75-72 147 T56) and Dominic Francks is tied for 60th (78-71 149 T60).

Full team scores and Stanford 2nd round scorecards can be found below:
Round 2 scorecards and team scoring - click to enlarge
Round 1 Results:
Stanford finished the first round in 2nd place, 4 shots behind Oregon, with a 5-under par 345 team total.  The Cardinal was led by Maverick McNealy's 4-under 66, a round that included 5 birdies, an eagle and 3 bogies.  Three of McNealy's birdies came on three of the toughest holes, the par 3 third, the par 4 11th and the signature par 4 16th.  Maverick is 3 strokes behind the individual leader, Aaron Wise of Oregon who tied the course record with a 63.

Franklin Huang's 68 included 4 straight birdies on the holes 6 through 9.  Brandon Wu and Viraat Badhwar shot 70, Jeffrey Swegle a 71 and David Boote a 74.  Playing as individuals Bradley Knox had a 75 and Dominick Francks a 78.

Team standings and Stanford scorecards for round 1 are shown below.
Round 1 scoring - click to enlarge

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