Monday, October 2, 2017

Cardinal competes at the Nike Collegiate at Pumpkin Ridge GC in Oregon



Final Results:
The Cardinal finished in 2nd place, 3 strokes behind Oklahoma, after a final round 3-under par 281 team total.  Stanford had team totals of 274-273-281 828 resulting in a strong 24-under par final result. The 828 team total was lower than all but one tournament in the prior 2016-17 season.  The 24-under par finish was lower than any tournament last season.

No. 7 Oklahoma (-27) won the three-day, 54-hole tournament at the par-71, 7,017-yard track, as the defending national champions traded leads with Stanford throughout the final round. Stanford (-24) was six strokes clear of third-place No. 12 Vanderbilt.

"It was an honor to go toe-to-toe with the defending national champions today," said Conrad Ray, Stanford's Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf. "We had a chance on a really good golf course against a very strong field, and that's all we can ask for. Winning as a team takes experience, and I think these guys this year are up for more to come."

Among the 15-team field, Stanford (274-273-281), which led after two rounds, also outplayed the likes of No. 3 Wake Forest, No. 5 Florida, No. 17 Duke, No. 20 Texas and No. 23 USC.


Brandon Wu led the way with an outstanding tournament finishing 1 stroke out of the first place individually to tie for 2nd at 12-under par with rounds of 65-66-70 201 (T2).  Brandon's 201 total was lower than any tournament score by a Stanford player in the 2016-17 season.  Isaiah Salinda also had a solid tournament as he tied for 7th overall on rounds of 66-69-70 205 (T5).  Isaiah's 205 total was bettered only one time by a Stanford player last season.

Bradley Knox finished strong to tie for 27th overall on rounds of 73-71-68  212 (T27), Jeffrey Swegle finished tied for 33rd with rounds of 70-69-75 214 (T33) and freshman Ashwin Arasu had a fine start to his college career tying for 38th place after rounds of 73-69-73 215 (T38).

The Cardinal travels next to Georgia for the US Collegiate held October 20-22.

Final team finishes and 3rd round scoring is shown below - click on the image to enlarge.
Final team results and 3rd round Stanford scorecards - click to enlarge
Round 2 Results:
Stanford moved into the 2nd round lead by two over Oklahoma firing the low round of the day, an 11-under par 273.  Brandon Wu again led the way with a 66 (65-66 131 1st) to take the individual lead.  Three other Cardinal teammates shot 69 on the day, namely Isiah Salinda (66-69 135 T5), Jeffrey Swegle (70-69 139 5th), and freshman Ashwin Arasu (73-69 142 T31).  Bradley Knox had an even par 71 (73-71 144 47th) to complete the scoring.

Brandon Wu's 2nd round included 7 birdies and 2 bogies while Isaiah Salinda included a brilliant 29 on the back nine to offset a 40 on the front nine.

Stanford scores and team standings are shown below - click on the image to enlarge.
Round 2 scoring - click to enlarge
Stanford scorecards for round 2 - click to enlarge


Round 1 Results:
Stanford finishes round one of the Nike Golf Collegiate Invite in second place at 10-under par 272, trailing Oklahoma by two strokes.  The Nike event is being played at the acclaimed Pumpkin Ridge GC Witch Hollow course outside of Portland, a course that has hosted national competitions over the years.  

The Cardinal was led by hot rounds by Brandon Wu with a 6-under par 65 (tied for 2nd) and Isaiah Salinda's 66 (tied for 4th).  Jeffrey Swegle is tied for 23rd after his 1-under par 70 and Bradley Knox and freshman Ashwin Arasu each had 73 and tied for 46th.  Arasu's round was his first as a collegiate golfer.

Brandon Wu's round included 6 birdies and no bogies while Isiah Salinda nearly matched that with 5 birdies and also no bogies.

A total of 5 Pac-12 teams are entered as well as several other highly ranked teams from around the country.