Thursday, May 20, 2021

Stanford finishes 7th in the NCAA Regionals at Albuquerque


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Stanford men's golf saw its season come to a close on Wednesday at the NCAA Albuquerque Regional, finishing in a tie for seventh with an 8-under 856 over 54 holes. The Cardinal, who was missing its top two golfers for the Regionals, tied with the hosts New Mexico.

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"Our guys gave it their all this week," The Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf Conrad Ray said. "The guys battled and did their best. I'm proud of the progress we made as a team in a very challenging year."

Four Cardinal tied for the best round on Wednesday with a 1-under 71: Karl VilipsNate MenonMichael Thorbjornsen and Ethan Ng, but it wasn't enough to move up into one of the five qualifying positions, missing the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2013. 

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Just freshmen, Vilips (T18, -3) and Thorbjornsen (T24, -1) were two of Stanford's top three golfers at UNM Championship Course, with Menon, who will also return next year finishing tied for 21st. 

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The five qualifying teams were Texas Tech, Arizona State, Oregon State, Oklahoma and San Diego, while South Carolina's Ryan Hall was the advancing individual, earning medalist honors at 11-under. 

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Stanford finishes 3rd at the Pac-12 Championship firing a tournament low final round 24 under par

 FINAL RESULTS (by Stanford Athletics - SANTA ROSA, Calif. - It was an incredible final day at the 2021 Pac-12 Championships for Stanford men's golf on Wednesday. Senior Henry Shimp shot a career-best 8-under 64 to force a playoff, while the team fired a 24-under 336 to move to within six strokes of the championship. Ultimately, Shimp would fall on the second playoff hole to Arizona's Brad Reeves, with the Wildcats prevailing for the team title, as well.

Entering the day, Shimp's best career round was a 4-under 66 last time out at the 2021 Western Intercollegiate. He blew past that, overcoming a four-stroke deficit to start the day with his 64, the 11th-best round in school history. On the day, Shimp had seven birdies and an eagle, recording an eagle-three on the 18th hole to move into the solo lead at 16-under. Shimp's 64 tied Zack Miller for the Mayacama Golf Club scoring record.

Round 4 record setting Stanford scorecards

Arizona's Reeves would birdie his 18th and final hole, though, to force the playoff. After playing No. 1 to begin the playoff, Shimp made par on the par-5 18th while Reeves made birdie to win the individual title.
Final team standings

As a team, Stanford's 24-under was the second best score in not only school history, but Pac-12 Championships history, behind a 25-under posted by the Cardinal at the 2020 Championships. Stanford was not only bolstered by Shimp's career day, but also freshman Michael Thorbjornsen's career-best, 7-under 65. Thorbjornsen's previous best collegiate round was a 3-under 67 at the 2021 Goodwin. Sophomore Barclay Brown fired a 5-under 67 for Stanford on Wednesday, a day after a tough 8-over 81.
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All five Cardinal scorers were under par on the day, with Ethan Ng posting a 3-under, while Nate Menon and Karl Vilips came in with 1-under 71s.

Stanford now awaits to learn its postseason fate when the selections to NCAA Regionals are announced on Wednesday, May 5 at 11 a.m. PT on GOLF Channel. 
Round 3 scorecards

Round 1 Stanford scorecards

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Cardinal finishes 2nd in the Western Intercollegiate played at famed Pasatiempo

 FINAL RESULTS: by Stanford Athletics - Final Day Article

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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - Stanford men's golf shot a 3-under 347 on Wednesday to finish second at the 74th Western Intercollegiate at Pasatiempo Golf Club. The Cardinal were led by three finishers inside the top eight: Karl Vilips (tied for sixth), Henry Shimp (tied for sixth) and Barclay Brown (eighth). Stanford's 3-under was the second best round of the day behind team champion, Pepperdine.

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Shimp's final-round 66 (-4) was Stanford's best round of the day as he catapulted into his sixth-place finish. For the fifth-year senior from Charlotte, N.C., his 66 was the best round of his collegiate career, surpassing his previous best of 68, which he'd recorded seven times. His 1-under 209 matched his career-best 54-hole score (2019 Western Intercollegiate) while his T6th finish was a career best.

Vilips, a freshman, registered his best collegiate finish, bolstered by his second-round 65 on Tuesday. Brown shot back-to-back 69s over the final two rounds to earn his eight-place finish. Freshman Michael Thorbjornsen finished tied for 15th, his second Top 15 finish in the last three tournaments (T14th at The Goodwin). Ethan Ng rounded out the Cardinal scorers on Wednesday with a final-round, 1-under 69 to finish tied for 26th. 

On the individual side, Nate Menon led the Cardinal with a career-best finish of tied for 13th. His 2-under 68 on Wednesday was Stanford's second-best round of the day. David Snyder fired a 69 on Wednesday to finish tied for 21st on the individual side.

Stanford now turns its attention to postseason play, which begins with Pac-12 Championships (April 26-28) at Mayacama Golf Club in Santa Rosa, Calif.

ROUND TWO RESULT: by Stanford Athletics - Round Two Article

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - Behind freshman Karl Vilips' 5-under 65, Stanford men's golf moved up into third-place at the 74th Western Intercollegiate at Pasatiempo Golf Club on Tuesday. The Cardinal shot a 2-over 352 with Vilips posting the field's best score.

Vilips began the day tied for 41st, but moved up 39 spots and will begin Wednesday's final round four strokes back of the individual lead. The Cardinal will be paired with BYU, as well as leaders Pepperdine (+2) and Washington (+8). GOLF Channel will have live coverage of Wednesday's final round beginning at 1 p.m. PT. 

ROUND ONE RESULTS: by Stanford Athletics - Round One Article

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - Stanford men's golf began its title defense at The 74th Western Intercollegiate on Monday at Pasatiempo Golf Club and currently sits in fourth place following an 8-over 358. The event, which is a play-six, count-five, saw all five Cardinal scorers inside the Top 28 following the first 18 holes of action.

Playing as an individual, senior Nate Menon fired Stanford's best round of the day with an even-par 70. The highlight of the day came from Jake Beber-Frankel, whose first collegiate ace came with a 52-degree wedge on the 141-yard 15th hole. 

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Barclay Brown wins the Wyoming Cowboy Classic


CHANDLER, Ariz. - Sophomore Barclay Brown fired a 7-under 65 on Tuesday at The Cowboy Classic to earn his first career collegiate win. As a team, Stanford finished fifth out of 23 teams, shooting a 19-under 845, which included identical 8-under 280s in each of the last two rounds.  See full scoring details below including each round scorecards and final team standings.

"I'm mainly relieved to get my first win out of the way so I can try to get some more without the pressure of never having won one," Brown said. "It's nice to have something myself and now hopefully our team can push on for the rest of the season. Everything is moving in a pretty good direction for us and we are excited about that."

"I'm really happy for Barclay," The Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf Conrad Ray said. "He played tremendously and relied on a hot putter today. His game has been trending and he had a little extra confidence this week after making the Walker Cup. Good things are ahead and it's great to see him lead us."

The round, which catapulted Brown to a tournament-best 14-under 202, was his third career round of 65-or-better. The South Yorkshire, England native has now shot in the 60s for 10 of his 28 collegiate rounds. He became the first Cardinal to win individual medalist honors since Isaiah Salinda claimed the 2019 Stanford Regional honors following his win at The Western Intercollegiate that same season.

For the second consecutive tournament, Ethan Ng finished tied for 14th, shooting a 5-under 211 over the last two days. 

The Cardinal will be back in action next Monday through Wednesday for The Western Intercollegiate at Pasatiempo Golf Club. GOLF Channel will have coverage of all three days, in what is scheduled to be Stanford's final event before beginning postseason action at the Pac-12 Championships on April 26.

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Final Team Scores
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Round 2 scorecards

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Saturday, March 27, 2021

The Goodwin at Stanford Golf Course includes 11 Cardinal golfers


By at STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford men's golf shot a one-over 281 on Friday at Stanford Golf Course and will enter Saturday's final round of The Goodwin in second place. The Cardinal is chasing No. 8 Arizona State, whose 7-under 273 on Friday gave them a five-shot lead at 9-under heading into the third round. 

Individually, six Cardinal shot even-par or better on Friday, as conditions were sunny and fairly calm throughout the day. Barclay Brown led the way with a 2-under 68 on the day to move in to the top 20. Overall, freshmen Michael Thorbjornsen (T11, -2) and Karl Vilips (T15, -1) lead the way for Stanford. Vilips shot a 1-under 69 Friday morning.

Playing as an individual, Daulet Tuleubayev has fired back-to-back even-par 70s and is tied for 19th at even-par for the tournament. Freshman Jake Beber-Frankel is 2-over for the tournament and tied for 29th after an even-par 70 on Friday. Senior Nate Menon, playing as an individual, had Stanford's second-best round on Friday, tallying a 1-under 69.

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Sunday, March 7, 2021

Cardinal compete at famed Bandon Dunes Trails course in Oregon


March 7-9

 Team scoring and Stanford scorecards for the each round at famed Bandon Dunes resort are shown below.  This event features the first tournament of highly touted freshman Jake Beber-Frankel's career.  Fellow freshman Karl Vilips, sophomore Barclay Brown, junior Ethan Ng and 5th year David Snyder round out the lineup.

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Final Results

BANDON, Ore. - Stanford's Barclay Brown and David Snyder both fired 2-under 69s on Tuesday at Bandon Trails to move up the leaderboard. For Brown, a sophomore, he finished the week at the Bandon Dunes Championships tied for fifth at 4-under. Snyder finished tied for 16th at 3-over, but was a combined 1-under over the final 36 holes.

As a team, the Cardinal finished tied for sixth, moving up the leaderboard each of the final two rounds. 

For Brown, it was his third career Top-10 finish. He's now played 12 of his 22 collegiate rounds at par or better. For Snyder, his 69 marked his 30th collegiate round, out of 68, at par or better, and his 16th in the 60s. It was also his eighth career Top-20 finish.

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Round Two Results:

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Round 2 - Stanford Scorecards

Round One Results:

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Cabo Collegiate moved to San Antonio this season

TPC San Antonio Oaks Course - home of the Valero Open



Overall, this second of the year tournament had to be a wake-up call for the team in playing a very difficult course, under tough conditions (especially the first day) against an elite field.  Finishing 60 shots  back in 14th place of Oklahoma had to be a disappointment for all involved.  The second day 295 total was the one bright spot but the first and third days were tough for all of our players.

No doubt, though, having a rough outcome clearly shows our players what they need to work on to get back to the form we know they can reach.  Given our talent and depth, we can expect a strong response by our team in the upcoming events.

Next up (March 7-9) in just a few days is going to be another difficult challenge at world famed Bandon Dunes Trails course on the Oregon coast, where wind and unique conditions will face our team.  Notable is that freshman Michael Thorbjornsen had great success at Bandon Dunes in the US Amateur last summer, when he came close to winning it all under high wind conditions.  Will be fun to watch how the team bounces back.


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SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Freshman Michael Thorbjornsen was one of just 12 individuals in the entire 88-player field at The Cabo Collegiate to fire a score under par, highlighting the day for Stanford men's golf with his 1-under 71 on Tuesday. As a team, the Cardinal was 29 strokes better than Tuesday, shooting a 7-over 295 to move up two spots at TPC San Antonio Oaks. 


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SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Stanford men's golf shot a 36-over 324 in the first round of The Cabo Collegiate on Monday, in what was cold and very windy conditions at TPC San Antonio Oaks Course. It leaves the Cardinal with some work to do over the final two days of the tournament, as it currently sits in 16th place. Only one team was better than 9-over on the day, as the conditions made for a tough round of golf. The field features 12 ranked teams, including six of the Top 10 in the Golfstat rankings.

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