Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Pac-12 Championship played in Southern California

FINAL RESULTS: in part by Gostanford.com
Senior Jeffrey Swegle paces Cardinal with a tied for 8th finish
ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, Calif. – Displaying a strong finishing kick, four players broke par to help No. 12 Stanford finish fourth Wednesday at the 59th Annual Pac-12 Conference Championships.
The Cardinal combined for a score of 8-under 348 -- tied for second-best on the day – to wind up at 18-under 1,402 in the 12-team, 72-hole regular season finale at Rolling Hills Country Club.
Host USC posted a wire-to-wire win at 31-under 1,389, four shots ahead of Colorado (1,393).
"Proud of how the guys bounced back and everyone shot around par or better," said Conrad Ray, the Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf. "The course got harder and faster each day, so we had a solid day with the conditions."
Senior Jeffrey Swegle paced Stanford with a tie for eighth. He shot rounds of 67-65-74-69 to conclude at 10-under 275.
On Wednesday, Swegle holed a sand wedge for eagle at the par-4 eighth and also drove two short par-4s, adding three birdies.
He has now had two top 10 finishes in his last 3 events (2nd and T8) and  placed 16th or higher in four of his last five starts and is a combined 20-under.  He 
Senior Franklin Huang registered his third top 10 of the season by tying for 10th at 7-under 277 (65-69-71-72). Sophomore David Snyder (74-69-70-69) recorded a career-best tie for 19th (74-69-70-69) with a score of 2-under 282, carding birdies on three of his last four holes Wednesday.
Junior Brandon Wu (68-72-72-72) was steady all week and tied for 27th at 1-over 284, while junior Isaiah Salinda saved his best for last, closing with a 3-under 68. He forged five birdies and only one bogey to earn a share of 48th at 5-over 289. Senior Bradley Knox also turned in his best performance of the tournament with a 70 and tied for 52nd at 6-over 290.
Justin Suh of USC captured medalist honors with a score of 16-under 268, with four players sharing second at 272.
Stanford now awaits word on the NCAA Regionals, May 14-16. Teams and sites will be announced on the Golf Channel next Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. PT. All are shooting for spots in the NCAA Championships, May 24-29 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
"We've got some good, positive momentum," Ray said. "Excited to hear about our next assignment."
Final Results - click to enlarge

Stanford lost ground and looks to make it up Wednesday in the final round of 59th Pac-12 Championships at Rolling Hills Country Club near Los Angeles.

After opening with 9-under totals of 346, the third round was a struggle, as the Cardinal compiled a 7-over 362. Stanford slipped from second to fifth with a 54-hole score of 11-under 1,054.

Host USC continues to set a torrid pace at 27-under 1,038, five strokes ahead of Arizona State (-22). The Cardinal is eight strokes out of third place.

Seniors Franklin Huang and Jeffrey Swegle remained in the top 10 individually. Huang made three birdies and three bogeys on the links-style layout to post an even-par 71 and is tied for fourth at 8-under 205. Swegle (75) is a shot back at 206 and knotted for ninth.

Junior Brandon Wu (72) has a share of 24th at 1-under 212, while sophomore David Snydernotched the team's best round with 1-under 70 and is tied for 28th at even par 213.

Senior Bradley Knox (76) is at 7-over at 220, followed by junior Isaish Salinda (75) at 221.

Justin Suh of USC leads in the medalist race with a three-round score of 16-under 197, six shots in front of George Cunningham of Arizona (203).

Below are the first 3 round standings and individual scoring for the top 8 teams - click on image to enlarge.

ROUND 1 & 2 RESULTS: by Gostanford.com
Three players posted 36-hole sub-par totals Monday to lift the 12th-ranked Stanford men's golf team into second place after two rounds of the 59th Pac-12 Championships at Rolling Hills Country Club in southern California.

Counting the best five out of six scores, the Cardinal tallied a pair of 9-under 346's to finish at 18-under 692. Host USC holds the lead at 23-under 687 (347-340).

Senior Jeffrey Swegle led the way with rounds of 67-65 to conclude at 10-under 132 and shares the individual top spot with Justin Suh (68-64) of USC. Senior Franklin Huang (65-69) is tied for third at 8-under 134, and junior Brandon Wu (68-72) secured a share of 19th at 2-under 140.

Swegle, coming off two consecutive strong showings, collected six birdies in the morning and seven in the afternoon. Huang shot a bogey-free 6-under 65 in the morning, blitzing the back nine in 5-under 31, and fashioned 10 birdies on the day.

David Snyder (74-69) is tied for 36th, followed by Bradley Knox (73-71) and Isaiah Salinda(73-73).  See top 7 team and player scoring for round one and two below - click on image to enlarge
Round 1 and 2 Scoring - click to enlarge

Stanford starts third round play Tuesday at 9 a.m. PT. The final round will be contested Wednesday.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Stanford sends 7 players to compete in Western Intercollegiate at Pasatiempo CC

Stanford players in Western Intercollegiate

FINAL RESULTS: by gostanford.com
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Stanford posted the second-best final round on Sunday to earn a share of sixth place with Oregon in the 72nd Annual Western Intercollegiate at Pasatiempo Golf Club.

The No. 18 Cardinal tallied a score of 3-under 347 to finish at 8-over 1,058 in the 15-team, 54-hole tournament. North Carolina closed with 346 to capture the team championship at 14-under 1,036.

"Proud of the guys that we were able to shoot one of the lowest team rounds of the day," said Conrad Ray, the Knowles Family Director of Golf.
Final results for top 6 teams - click on image to enlarge

 Prior to starting the third round on Sunday, players had to complete the second round, which was suspended Saturday evening due to darkness. Stanford started the final round in eighth place.

Teeing off on the back nine, the Cardinal racked up birdies to make a move and maintained the strong play on the front side.

For the second consecutive event, senior Jeffrey Swegle paced the squad with a 4-under 66 and tied for 16th at 1-under 209. Last week, he recorded a career-best runner-up showing at The Goodwin at TPC Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco.

On Sunday, Swegle chalked up six birdies, making three straight on holes 8-9-10 - see the team's final round scorecards below.

Brandon Wu fired a 69 to tie for 20th at even-par 210, while David Snyder (72) tied for 31st at 3-over 213. Isaiah Salinda (71) earned a share of 37th at 4-over 214; Franklin Huang (71) tied for 46th at 6-over 216; and Henry Shimp (70) tied for 50th at 7-over 217.

Senior Bradley Knox (70), competing as an individual, produced Stanford's highest finish by tying for 13th at 2-under 208. Last year, he tied for fifth at the Western.

Norman Xiong of Oregon backed up last week's win at The Goodwin by claiming medalist honors in a playoff against George Cunningham of Arizona and Collin Morikawa of Cal. All finished at 10-under 200.

Stanford concludes the regular season on April 23-25 at the Pac-12 Championships at Rolling Hills Country Club in Los Angeles.

"We will need to work on our putting," Ray said. "But I think we are still in a good spot and building the right way."

Final round scorecards are shown below - click on image to enlarge:
Final round scorecards - click to enlarge

FIRST DAY RESULTS: - by Gostanford.com
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – The Stanford men's golf team sits ninth midway through the second round of the 72nd Annual Western Intercollegiate at Pasatiempo Golf Club.

On Saturday, play was delayed 90 minutes due to heavy overnight rain. As a result, the 15-team field was unable to complete the scheduled 36 holes before play was suspended by darkness.

The second round will resume at 8:30 a.m. PT. Immediately afterward, the final round will begin and there will be no repairing.

North Carolina is the current leader at 9-under, while Stanford is 7-over.

George Cunningham of Arizona and Scottie Scheffler of Texas share the individual lead at 7-under.

In first round play, the Cardinal combined for a score of 6-over 356 and was in the eighth place, nine strokes behind frontrunner Texas (347).

David Snyder paced Stanford with an even-par 70, followed by Henry Shimp and Brandon Wu with 71s, Isaiah Salinda and Franklin Huang with 72s and Jeffrey Swegle with a 73. Competing as an individual, Bradley Knox shot 72.  

Day one team standings and Stanford's first round scorecards are shown below:
Day 1 team plus Stanford round one scorecards - click to enlarge
All Cardinal players have completed at least 12 holes in the second round. Knox (-3) is tied for 17th, Snyder (even) is tied for 21st, Wu (+1) is tied for 28th, Swegle (-1) is tied for 35th, Salinda (+1) and Huang (+1) are tied for 41st, and Shimp (+6) is tied for 68th.    

BACKGROUND - by Gostanford.com
Coming off a strong third-place showing at The Goodwin, No. 18 Stanford looks to continue the positive momentum this weekend in the 72nd Annual Western Intercollegiate at Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, California.

Fifteen teams will compete in one of the oldest collegiate tournaments in the country. The 54-hole event features 36 holes on Saturday and 18 on Sunday.

"It's a phenomenal golf course," said Conrad Ray, the Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf. "It's an exercise in who can keep the ball below the hole and hit it in the fairway. It's just a great test of golf."

Last year, the Cardinal (+18) finished second to USC (E). Senior Maverick McNealy, the 2016 medalist, led the way with a fourth-place finish. Stanford also received strong performances from Isaiah Salinda (t-5), Franklin Huang (t-24), Brandon Wu (t-44) and Jeffrey Swegle (t-47).

"We've had some great success there through the years," Ray said. "It's treated us well. Hopefully, last week was something we can build on and more to come."

All but McNealy, now playing professionally, will return this weekend. They will be joined by sophomore Henry Shimp.

Swegle, a senior, earned a career-best second-place showing at The Goodwin. He fired an 8-under 63 in the second round at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, equaling the fifth-lowest score in program history.

72nd Annual Western Intercollegiate
Saturday and Sunday, April 7-8
Pasatiempo Golf Club, Santa Cruz, Calif.
Par-70, 6,615 yards

 The Field

• The 15-team field is comprised of Arizona (33), Cal (9), Colorado State (42), Hawaii (240), North Carolina (20), Oregon (25), Pepperdine (32), San Diego State (50), San Jose State (103), USC (21), Stanford (18), Texas (14), UC Irvine (128), UTEP (80) and Washington (66).

 The Format
• 54 holes, stroke play, counting top five of six scores each round. The field will play 36 holes on Saturday and 18 on Sunday.

Tee Times
• 8:30 a.m. PT shotgun start each day. Stanford and Texas will play together the first two rounds and start on #10 and #11. New pairings will be made Sunday based on team scores.

The Lineup
• Jeffrey SwegleFranklin HuangHenry ShimpBrandon WuIsaiah Salinda and David Snyder

The Course
• Designed by 1921 U.S. Women's Amateur champion Marion Hollins and legendary English architect Alister MacKenizie, whose masterpieces include Augusta National and Cypress Point Club, this sprawling layout opened in 1929 and features elevation changes, side-hill lies, strategically-placed bunkers, winding valleys, tight, tree-lined fairways, contoured greens and spectacular views of Monterey Bay. MacKenzie considered the course his finest creation and owned a home adjacent to the sixth fairway. Following his death in 1934, his ashes were spread around the course. The great Bobby Jones played in the first group to play the course. Pasatiempp has long been ranked among the top 100 courses in the U.S.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Stanford hosts the Goodwin at famed Harding Park in San Francisco

FINAL RESULTS: by gostanford.com
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Senior Jeffrey Swegle posted a career-high second place showing to help
Jeffrey Swegle
Stanford finish third on Saturday in the  49th edition of The Goodwin at chilly TPC Harding Park Golf Course.  Of special note is that Swegle first round tournament low score of 63 leaves him only trailing 4 other lower rounds in the history of Stanford men's golf - behind only rounds of 61 by Tiger Woods, Maverick McNealy and Cameron Wilson and a 62 by Notah Begay.

No. 8 Oklahoma won the tournament with an impressive 54-hole score of 24-under 828, while No. 10 Cal claimed second at 21-under 821.

Jamie Cheatham celebrated his birthday by helping the Bears clinch the runner-up spot with a hole-in-one at the par-3 17th.

The Cardinal concluded at 16-under 836, combining for an 8-under 276 on Saturday, the low score by two shots.

"A super-positive day," said Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf Conrad Ray. "I thought it played pretty tough and was the hardest day we had. Our guys all turned up and it was a team effort. That's what I challenged the guys with, to try and have their scores count and be competitive with each other."

The Stanford White team tied for 21st at 35-over 887.  Final round finishes and Stanford team scoring is shown below:
Final results - click to enlarge
Norman Xiong of Oregon (65-65-68) won individual medalist honors by six strokes over Swegle with a score of 15-under 198.   

 After two unseasonably warm days that enabled many of the 26 participating teams to play in shorts, the fog rolled in and the sun was a distant memory. Layers were the order of the day.

The Cardinal didn't mind. All five players broke par, led by junior Isaiah Salinda, who fashioned a 67 thanks to five birdies and only one bogey.

Starting the final round in fourth place, 12 strokes behind Oklahoma, the No. 18 Cardinal got off to a fast start as all five players turned under par. Salinda led the way with a 4-under 32, while Henry ShimpFranklin Huang and Swegle added 34s.

"We had a great front nine today," Ray said. "We gave a couple back on the back, and it got pretty cold and windy. Hats off to Oklahoma. They've got a good team and they're well-seasoned."

Swegle's previous top finish on The Farm was a tie for ninth in 2016 at the NCAA Regional Championships. He began the tournament with a scintillating 63 on Thursday, matching the fifth-lowest score in program history.

"Neat to see him finish second," Ray said. "I walked with him today and he was really solid. Hopefully, there's some good things to build on."

Swegle closed with a 70 to garner his third top 20 of the season.  See Swegle's three round scorecards below resulting in his career best finish.
Swegle's excellent three rounds to finish 2nd overall - click to enlarge

Salinda tied for 10th at 4-under 209, while Huang (70) tied for 15th at 2-under 211. Shimp (70) earned a share of 20th at 1-under 212.

Competing with the White team, Brandon Wu (71) tied for 27th at even par 213. David Snyder (70) and Ashwin Arasu (77) tied for 65th, followed by Bradley Knox (74), who tied for 92nd. Christopher Meyers (82) tied for 130th and Dakota McNealy (79) finished 135th.

The Cardinal returns to action next Saturday and Sunday in the 72nd annual Western Intercollegiate at Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, California. Hosted by San Jose State, it is one the longest-running collegiate events in the country. Fifteen teams will compete, playing 36 holes on Saturday and 18 on Sunday.

"Pasatiempo is a phenomenal golf course," said Ray. "We look forward to it every year."

ROUND 2 RESULTS: by gostanford.com
SAN FRANCSCO, Calif. – The 18th-ranked Stanford men's golf team needs a Saturday charge to successfully defend its crown in the 49th Goodwin tournament at TPC Harding Park Golf Course.

TPC Harding Park, renovated in large part through the efforts of Stanford Hall of Famer Sandy Tatum, has hosted a President's Cup event and will host the PGA Championship in 2020. 
The Cardinal surrendered its first-round lead to No. 8 Oklahoma on Friday, posting a best four-out-of-five player score of 1-under 283. It took a resilient finish to do it.

"I'm happy for the guys," said Conrad Ray, the Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf. "They hung in there. They played some hard holes pretty well. At one point, I think we were 5 or 6 over. We're still in it."

The Sooners combined for a 15-under 269, as four players broke par in calm, partly cloudy conditions. Oklahoma has a 36-hole total of 20-under 548, followed by No. 10 Cal (553), Oregon (558) and Stanford (560).

"It's out there," Ray said of another low team total. "You saw that with the scores Oklahoma and Cal (-13) put up today. I'm glad there are three rounds."

The Cardinal White team (287-299) is tied for 22nd at 586.  Click on the image below to see round two scoring:
Round 2 scoring - click to enlarge
The event is named after long-time Stanford golf coach Wally Goodwin. Twenty-six teams are competing in one of the strongest men's fields of the season.

Norman Xiong of Oregon recorded his second straight 6-under 65 and grabbed the individual lead by four strokes over Cardinal senior Jeffrey Swegle (63-71) at 12-under 130

 Swegle's career-best round on Thursday matched the fifth-lowest in program history.

Junior Isaiah Salinda and freshman Ashwin Arasu tallied sub-par scores for Stanford with 1-under 70s. Salinda forged a team-high six birdies and Arasu added four. They are tied for 27th at even-par 142 with teammate Brandon Wu (73).

Franklin Huang (70-71) is tied for 18th at 1-under 141.

Henry Shimp (72-71) is knotted for 41st at 1-over 143, while David Snyder (74-75) and Bradley Knox (72-77) are tied for 92nd at 7-over 149. Christopher Meyers (74-79) is tied for 118th and Dakota McNealy (80-81) is 134th.

ROUND 1 RESULTS: by gostanford.com
San Francisco, Calif. – Jeffrey Swegle didn't see it coming.
Struggling with his game coming into the 49th Goodwin tournament, the Stanford senior blazed a career-best 8-under 63 on Thursday at sun-baked TPC Harding Park Golf Course. He fashioned nine birdies and one bogey – a three-putt on the par-4 first hole – then played flawlessly the rest of the way, hitting 17 greens in regulation.
"I've honestly been playing terrible for the last three weeks," said Swegle, whose previous low was a 7-under 64 at the 2016 Pac-12 Championships. "Franklin (Huang) and I were just laughing because we played three days ago with two other guys and they were concerned I wasn't going to break 75 this week."
That's golf.
"I started hitting it better yesterday," Swegle said. "I really love this course. It's my senior year and I really hadn't been playing that well the last couple months. My mindset was just to go out and enjoy my last home tournament."
Swegle hit it close a few times and also buried several putts from 20 feet or longer. He capped the day by flagging a 9-iron to 10 feet at the tough par-4 18th hole and drained the birdie putt. 
His inspired performance lifted the No. 20 and defending champion Cardinal into the first day lead with a 7-under total of 277, one stroke ahead of Northwestern and two in front of Oklahoma and Oregon in the 26-team, 54-hole event.
"I'm happy for the guys," said Conrad Ray, the Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf. "There's a lot of golf left on a demanding course. Jeff played great, but the guys felt they left some shots out there, so hopefully there's better golf ahead."
Making the most of the 75-degree, mostly windless day, Swegle earned the individual lead by one shot over Norman Xiong of Oregon. Forty-four players shot par or better.
The Stanford White team combined for a 3-over 287 and is tied for 10th.
Brandon Wu shot 69 and is tied for 10th, while Huang (70) is knotted for 16th. Isaiah SalindaHenry ShimpBradley Knox and Ashwin Arasu posted 72s and are tied for 45th, while Christopher Meyers and David Snyder added 75s and are tied for 75th. Dakota McNealy (80) is tied 133rd.

Round one team scoring is shown below including Stanford scorecards.

Round 1 scoring with Stanford scorecards - click to enlarge

Monday, March 5, 2018

Stanford competes in Mexico in the Querencia Cabo Collegiate

Final Results:
The Cardinal moved up two places and finished 11th, 36 strokes behind the winning Oklahoma State team after a final round, 5-over par 289 total.  Stanford was led by sophomore Isaiah Salinda who finished tied for 29th 4-over par with rounds of 73-73-71 217.  Cal's Morikawa was the individual champion with an impressive 16-under par 197 total.
Stanford scoring - click to enlarge
Franklin Huang tied for 36th totaling 219 on rounds of 76-71-72, Henry Shimp tied for 42nd at 221 with rounds of 71-75-75, Brandon Wu finished 59th at 225 with rounds of 78-76-71 and freshman Ashwin Arasu ended tied for 67th at 229 on rounds of 70-80-79.

Team scoring and Stanford's final round scorecards are shown below - click on image to enlarge.

Round 2 Results:
A disappointing second round 295 team total (11 over par) slid Stanford from a tie for 8th to 13th.  Franklin Huang (76-71 147 T45) was the team's low man on the day with an even par 71 as his four birdies offset four bogeys.  Isaiah Salinda with 73-73 146 and Henry Shimp with 71-75 146 left them tied for 33rd individually.

Cal's 278 total on the day was the best in the field and they trail leader Oklahoma State by one.   Look for a strong final round from the Cardinal to finish with some positive momentum.  Second round scoring is shown below - click on the image to enlarge.
Second round team and Stanford scorecards - click to enlarge

Round 1 Results:
There is work to be done after round 1 is in the books with Stanford 14 strokes behind leading Oklahoma State.  The Cardinal was led by freshman Ashwin Arasu with a fine 70 to put him in a tied for 8th overall.  Sophomore Henry Shimp followed with a solid 71 leaving him tied for 15th.
Round 1 scoring with Stanford scorecards

Monday, February 19, 2018

Stanford sends 10 players to The Prestige in La Quinta, CA

Stanford A Team
Stanford B Team

FINAL RESULTS: by Stanford Daily
Stanford finished in 5th place, 6 strokes behind Oklahoma State as the event was shortened to two rounds following the first day cancellation due to high winds.  Second and final round scoring is shown below including scorecards for all 10 Stanford players who competed.  Top finisher was Isaiah Salinda with 72-69 141 to finish tied for 7th.

Isaiah Salinda and Franklin Huang each finished among the top 10 and the 12th-ranked Stanford men's golf team finished fifth in The Prestige at PGA West Resort, which was completed Wednesday.

Co-hosted by the Cardinal and UC Davis, the tournament was reduced to 36 holes after the first round was cancelled due to high winds.

Sixteen teams and 15 schools competed in the event.  Stanford started strong Wednesday at the Greg Norman Course and surged into the lead midway through the back nine but couldn't sustain it. The Cardinal closed with a 3-over par score of 287 to conclude at 5-over 573.

The Stanford B squad tied for 10th at 28-over 596.

Second-ranked Oklahoma State rallied for a one-shot victory over Pepperdine, combing for a 36-hole total of 1-under 567.  Clay Feagler of Pepperdine claimed the individual title with a score of 7-under 135, closing with a 66.

Fueled by two eagles, Salinda recorded a 2-under 69 and tied for seventh at 1-under 141. He made treys at the par-5 eighth and 16th holes, and added two birdies to match his best finish of the season.

After opening with a 3-under 68, Huang followed with a 75 and earned a share of 10th at 1-over 143. It marked his second top 10 of the season.

Junior Brandon Wu toured the front nine in 2-under and birdied 10 and 11 to reach 4-under. He tallied five birdies and shot 69 to tie for 18th at 2-over 144.

Sophomore Henry Shimp (77) tied for 36th at 6-over 148, while senior Jeffrey Swegle collected the last of four birdies at the par-4 18th hole to shoot 74 and tied for 42nd at 7-over 149. 

The B team was led by freshman Ashwin Arasu, who made four birdies Wednesday and posted his second straight 73 to finish at 4-over 146, tying for 28th. Senior Bradley Knox shot 72-76 and tied for 36th at 6-over 148.

Sophomore David Snyder (77-73) tied for 46th, junior Chris Meyers (76-76) tied for 57th, and sophomore Dakota McNealy placed 83rd. 

Stanford returns to competition March 4-6 in the Cabo Collegiate at Querencia in Los Cabos, Mexico.
2nd and final round scoring - click to enlarge

Round 1 delayed due to high winds when scheduled.  Full scoring including Stanford scorecards are shown below.
Round 1 scoring & scorecards-click to enlarge