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.