Monday, February 18, 2019

Stanford sends 10 players to compete and hosts the Prestige in La Quinta, CA

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LA QUINTA, Calif. – Brandon Wu seeks his first collegiate title on Wednesday in the final round of
Co-leader Brandon Wu
The Prestige Presented by Charles Schwab at the Greg Norman Course at PGA West.

Wu backed up Monday's pacesetting 6-under-par 65 with a 70 on Tuesday and is tied for the lead with Thomas Hutchison of host UC Davis at 7-under 135.
 Wu, a senior, birdied the first two holes and carded four in the second round. He has four runner-up finishes during his Stanford career.
Competing with two teams, the Cardinal B squad is sixth among the 16 schools with a score of 16-over 584. The A team is seventh at 17-over 585.
LSU leads the team competition at 9-under 559, five shots ahead of top-ranked Oklahoma State.
Isaiah Salinda (71) and David Snyder (70) share 17th at 2-over 142. Salinda forged four birdies on Tuesday and Snyder had three.
Freddie Lee (72) is tied for 24th at 145, while Nate Menon (76) is tied for 44th at 149. Henry Shimp (75) is knotted for 56th, followed by Dakota McNealy (82) in 60th, Christopher Meyers (75) in 65th, Ethan Ng (80) in 70th and Daulet Tulebayev (78) in 73rd.

Stanford scorecards and full team scoring is shown below - click on image to enlarge:
Click on image to enlarge - 2nd round Stanford scorecards and team totals

The final round will be played Wednesday. The Cardinal A team starts on No. 1 at 8:25 a.m., while the B unit goes off No. 10 at 9:31.
Golfweek will provide live streaming at 9 a.m.

Senior Brandon Wu shot a blazing 65 in his opening round to take the individual lead by 3 strokes.  Brandon's 6-under par round included 5 birdies, an eagle and only one bogey.

Both Stanford teams are tied for sixth place with 7-over 291 totals.  Dakota McNealy, in his first round of the season, shot an even par 71 to tie for 15th position.  Dakota's round also included 5 birdies.

All 10 Stanford scorecards and the team totals are shown below --- click on the image to enlarge.
Stanford round 1 scorecards and team totals - click to enlarge

BACKGROUND - By Stanford Athletics
The Stanford men's golf team swings back into action on Monday at The Prestige Presented by Charles Schwab at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif.
Fifteen teams and seven individuals will compete in the 19th annual tournament at the Greg Norman Course, including four top-20 schools, headed by defending NCAA champion Oklahoma State.
For the first time, Golfweek will host live streaming coverage of the Tuesday and Wednesday rounds, with Will Haskett and Steve Scott calling the action and Lance Ringler adding analysis.
The Cardinal lineup will consist of Brandon WuIsaiah SalindaHenry ShimpDaulet Tuleubayev and Ethan NgDavid Snyder, Christopher Meyers, Nate MenonFreddie Lee and Dakota McNealy will participate as individuals.

Click to enlarge - Competing as Stanford B Team
Stanford tees off Monday morning on the first tee from 8:25 a.m. to 9:09  a.m. and is paired with Oklahoma State and host UC Davis. Cardinal individuals start on the 10th tee and go from 9:31 a.m. to 9:53 a.m.
Other participating teams are No. 12 Pepperdine, No. 17 LSU, No. 18 Arkansas, East Tennessee State, Iowa State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oregon, San Diego State, Stirling (Scotland), UCLA and Utah.

The Norman Course measures 7,100 yards and plays to a par-71.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Paradise revisited as Stanford competes in Hawaii's Amer Ari Invitational

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Junior Henry Shimp earned the second-best finish of his college career to spark Stanford at the 28th

Junior Henry Shimp
Amer Ari Invitational.
After opening with scores of 71 and 68 on the Kings' Course, Shimp added an even-par 72 in Saturday's last round and tied for 22nd at 5-under 211. His top showing for the Cardinal is a tie for 20th last year at The Goodwin.
Stanford placed 13th in the strong 18-team field, improving one spot from Friday. The Cardinal registered scores of 290-284-292 to conclude at 2-over 866 in its first tournament of the spring season.
Top-ranked Oklahoma State won with a 47-under total of 817.
"We didn't have our best stuff this week but the guys hung in there until the very end," said Conrad Ray, the Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf. "We have been working hard so the results will come."
Shimp was Stanford's most consistent performer. On Saturday, he made three birdies and three bogeys.
Senior Brandon Wu had his best round of the tournament with a 3-under 69 and tied for 30th at 3-under 213. He fashioned a team-best five birdies.
Sophomore Nate Menon (78) tied for 75th at 6-over 222, followed by senior Christopher Meyers (74), who earned a share of 81st at 7-over 223. Senior Isaiah Salinda (77) recorded his second eagle of the event on Saturday and placed 81st at 8-over 224.
Competing individually, freshman Freddie Lee (72) tied for 72nd at 4-over 220.
Matthew Wolff of Oklahoma State was the medalist at 18-under 198.
Stanford resumes competition in La Quinta, Calif. on Feb. 18-20 at The Prestige Presented by Charles Schwab. The 15-team tournament includes three of the last four NCAA team champions: Oklahoma State (2018), Oregon (2016) and LSU (2015). All three rounds will be televised on live stream.
"Playing in warm weather against a top-flight field was a great way to knock some of the rust off," Ray said. "We're looking forward to competing at The Prestige."

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Stanford recorded three sub-par scores Friday and improved two places in the standings after two rounds of the 28th Amer Ari Invitational.
Competing on the Kings' Course against a talented 18-team field, the Cardinal combined for a 4-under 284, six strokes better than Thursday. Stanford has a two-round total of 2-under 574 and is 14th.

Team and Cardinal scorecards for round two are shown below - click on image to enlarge:
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Henry Shimp leads the way
The Cardinal made an early charge, moving inside the top-10 behind a flurry of birdies and an eagle on the par-5 18th hole by senior Isaiah Salinda.
Top-ranked Oklahoma State leads the team race at 36-under 540, five strokes ahead of USC.
For the second consecutive day, junior Henry Shimp paced the Cardinal with a 4-under 68, collecting five birdies and one bogey. He toured the front nine in 3-under 33 and is tied for 20th at 5-under 139.
Senior Brandon Wu and sophomore Nate Menon contributed 1-under 71s. Wu rebounded from a rough start to post five birdies and the duo is knotted at 56th, even par for the tournament.
Seniors Salinda (74) and Christopher Meyers (76) are tied for 75th and 86th, respectively.
Participating as an individual, freshman Freddie Lee (76) is tied for 82nd.
Cole Hammer of Texas is the individual leader at 13-under 131.
The final round will be played Saturday, beginning with a 9:30 a.m. PT shotgun start.

Junior Henry Shimp posted a 1-under-par 71 to spark Stanford on Thursday in the first round of the 28th Ari Amer Invitational at the Kings' Course.
The Cardinal produced a score of 2-over 290 and is tied for 16th in the 18-school, 54-hole event, its first of the spring campaign. No. 1 Oklahoma State blazed a 21-under total of 267 to pace the field.
Shimp recorded three birdies and is tied for 41st. The remaining four starters – Isaiah SalindaBrandon WuNate Menon and Christopher Meyers carded 1-over 73s and are deadlocked for 65th.
Freshman Freddie Lee, competing individually, fashioned a squad-best five birdies to shoot 72 and is tied for 53rd.

Team results and Stanford scorecards are show below - click on image to enlarge:
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WAIKOLOA, Hawaii – The Stanford men's golf team begins its spring season in paradise on Thursday by participating in the 28th Amer Ari Invitational on the Waikoloa Kings' Course.
Eighteen teams will compete in the 54-hole event.
Other participating schools include Auburn, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Hawaii, Hawaii Hilo, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Oregon State, Osaka Gakuin, Pacific, San Jose State, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, UC Davis, USC and Utah. Oklahoma State is ranked No. 1 in the country and won the 2018 NCAA title.

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Last year, the Cardinal finished 10th behind senior Franklin Huang's 13th-place showing.
Three current team members played last year and will represent No. 28 Stanford. Seniors Brandon Wu and Isaiah Salinda tied for 37th and 41st, respectively, and junior Henry Shimptied for 51st. They will be joined by sophomore Nate Menon and senior Chris Myers, while freshman Freddie Lee will compete as an individual.
Wu led the Cardinal during the fall campaign with a 71.11 scoring average, followed closely by Salinda at 71.33. In the latest World Golf Ranking men's amateur ratings, Salinda is No. 22 and Wu is No. 34.
Lined by palm trees, the par-72, links-style course will play 7,074 yards and trade winds are often a factor. Lakes, pot bunkers and lava outcroppings put a premium on accuracy.  
A 7:30 a.m. (local time) shotgun start will be held each day, with the final round set for Saturday.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Cardinal competes in the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate

FINAL RESULTS - Sparked by senior Brandon Wu's sixth-place showing, No. 28 Stanford concluded its fall season by placing ninth Sunday at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate Invitational.
Wu fired rounds of 70-67-73 to wind up at 6-under 210 at the Lakeside Course at The Golf Club of Georgia, eight strokes behind winner Justin Suh of USC who shot 14-under 202.
The Trojans captured the team title with a 54-hole total of 22-under 842, one better than Clemson. Stanford (288-281-299) finished at 4-over 868.
"We had a tough final round but there were some very good moments," said Conrad Ray, the Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf. "Our consistency needs to be improved during the off-season and we need to work on production throughout the lineup."

Final round team scores and Stanford scorecards - click on image to enlarge.

Wu recorded three front nine birdies and earned the outright lead early on the back nine but was overtaken. He registered five birdies to collect his ninth career top-10 finish. Wu finished second in event as a sophomore and 12th last year.
Junior Nate Menon had a strong tournament, putting together rounds of 71-72-73 to claim a share of 21st at even-par 216. He eagled the par-5 ninth hole and added four birdies.
Senior Isaiah Salinda (73-70-78) tied for 45th at 5-over 221, while freshman Ethan Ng (77-72-77) tied for 59th at 8-over 224. Fellow frosh Freddie Lee (74-74-80) shared 65th at 12-over 228.  
"We have a lot of work to do with a relatively young team and the guys are up for the task," Ray said.
Stanford resumes competition at the Amer Ari Intercollegiate, February 7-9 in Kona, Hawaii.

 ROUND TWO RESULTS - Stanford improved three spots on Saturday in the second round of The Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate Invitational at The Golf Club of Georgia.
The Cardinal combined for a 7-under-par score of 281 – tied for fourth-lowest on the day – and moved from 10th to seventh heading into Sunday's final round. Stanford has a 36-hole total of 7-under 569, 13 strokes behind pacesetter Clemson at 20-under 556.
Fourteen teams are competing.

  Team scoring is shown below - click on image to enlarge.

For the second consecutive round, senior Brandon Wu led the Cardinal with a 5-under 67. He forged six birdies and is tied for third in the individual competition at 7-under 137. Justin Suh of USC leads at 10-under 134.
Stanford also received a sub-par round from senior Isaiah Salinda, who tallied six birdies to shoot 70 and is tied for 21st with teammate Nate Menon (72) at 1-under 143. Menon, a junior, added four birdies.
Freshmen Freddie Lee (148, +4) and Ethan Ng (149, +5) are tied for 53rd and 57th, respectively.

Stanford round two scorecards are show below - click on image to enlarge.
Stanford scorecards - round two


On Sunday, the Cardinal plays with Virginia and Texas A&M. Ng leads off at 8:30 a.m. ET, followed by Lee (8:41 a.m.), Menon (8:52 a.m.), Salinda (9:03 a.m.) and Wu (9:14 a.m.).

ROUND ONE RESULTS – Stanford combined for a first-day score of even-par 288 on Friday and sits in 10th place at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate Invitational.

The No. 28 Cardinal is one of 14 teams competing in the 54-hole event at The Golf Club of Georgia.

Host Georgia Tech earned the early lead with a score of 18-under 270.

Playing in the final tournament of the fall season, the Cardinal got off to a fast start, sparked by freshman Ethan Ng's eagle on the par-5 first hole. Stanford reached 9-under on the front nine but was unable to sustain its torrid pace.

Senior Brandon Wu paced the Cardinal with a 2-under 70 and is tied for 15th. Two of his six birdies came at the 15th and 18th holes.

Junior Nate Menon used four birdies to shoot 71 and is tied for 25th, while senior Isaiah Salinda posted a 73 to gain a share of 36th. Freshman Freddie Lee (t-43) and Ng (t-59) shot 74 and 77, respectively.

Round one scorecards for Stanford are shown below - click on image to enlarge.
Stanford Scorecards in Round 1 - click to enlarge

Noah Norton of Georgia Tech is the individual leader after firing a 65.

Monday, October 8, 2018

8 Teams Compete in the Jack Nicklaus Collegiate Match Play at Muirfield Village GC

In a rain shortened event between 8 teams, Stanford ended with a split of its two matches.  The Cardinal lost the first match against South Carolina 4 & 2 and swept the second match against Kent State 6-0.  The second match was started on day one but rain ended play for the day, and the match was finalized on day two.  Sophomore Henry Shimp and sophomore Ashwin Arasu led the way by each winning both of their matches.  The other four team members split their two matches.

"Great work yesterday afternoon and today by the guys against a quality Kent State Team," said Conrad Ray, the Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf. "We had a better feel for the course in our second match and all of the games got off to a fast start. It was a great learning experience to be able to play this format on a world class course with something on the line."

Stanford's 8 total match points tied for the best finish among the eight teams with Georgia.  The two match results for the Cardinal are shown below.  The final match was called off due to thunderstorm activity in the area.

Muirfield Village Golf Club was designed by Nicklaus, whose 18 major wins are the most in golf history. He is also host of the Memorial Tournament, an elite PGA Tour event played at Muirfield each year.
"We were thankful for the opportunity," Ray said. "It was also an honor to spend time on a course that honors the legacy of Mr. Jack Nicklaus."  
The Cardinal returns to competition on October 19-21 at The Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate Invitational in Alpharetta, Georgia. The 15-team, 54-hole tournament will be contested at The Golf Club of Georgia.

DUBLIN, Ohio – Stanford will compete in its third fall event Monday and Tuesday at the Jack Nicklaus Collegiate Invitational at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Eight teams will participate in the unique match play tournament.
Six players from each school will play, with one point available per match.
The Cardinal oppose South Carolina on Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. ET. The winner will take on either Georgia Tech or Kent State at 1:30 p.m. ET, with the losers facing off at the same time.
The other first-round matchups are Georgia versus Florida State and host Ohio State against Clemson.
Final round matches will be contested Tuesday morning.

Stanford will be represented by Brandon WuIsaiah SalindaDavid SnyderAshwin ArasuHenry Shimp and Ethan Ng.
The course was designed by Hall of Famer Jack Nicklaus. It annually hosts the PGA Tour's Memorial Tournament, hosted by Nicklaus.
Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-80s and there is a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms Monday afternoon.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The Cardinal compete in the Nike Collegiate at famed Colonial Country Club

FORT WORTH, Texas – Isaiah Salinda recorded his second-straight top-20 showing on Tuesday to pace No. 20 Stanford to an eighth-place finish at the Nike Collegiate Invitational at Colonial Country Club.
A senior from South San Francisco, California, Salinda registered rounds of 70-67-70 to conclude at 3-under 207. He tied for 16th in the season-opening OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational.
"Guys hung tough today in some very challenging conditions," said Conrad Ray, the Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf. "The greens were faster and the rough was thick. There was a huge premium for hitting the fairway, which we could have done more of in the tournament."
Competing against a stellar, 15-team field at historic Colonial, the Cardinal posted rounds of 288-283-289 to complete play at 20-over 860. Duke won the team title with a score of 2-under 838.
Chandler Eaton of the Blue Devils captured medalist honors at 6-under 204.
Salinda carded three birdies and three bogeys in the final round. It marked the seventh top-10 finish of his career and 12th top-20.
"Isaiah was a strong leader for us this week and had a great chance to win individually," Ray said.

View Isaiah's three scorecards below to finish 4th overall - click on image to enlarge
Isaiah Salinda's scorecards - click to enlarge

Senior Brandon Wu (73-71-70) also performed well, earning a share of 23rd at 4-over 214. After slipping 2-over through five holes, he played the last 12 in 2-under.
Junior David Snyder (75-71-72) tied for 34th at 8-over 218. Freshmen Ethan Ng (71-76-77) and Daulet Tuleubayev (74-74-77) tied for 59th and 65th, respectively, at 14-over 224 and 15-over 225.
Next up for Stanford is the Jack Nicklaus Collegiate Invitational, October 8-9 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. The course annually plays host to the PGA Tour's Memorial Tournament.
"With some good work the next few days, we are eager to get to Muirfield and put it back to the test next week," said Ray.

Final Top 8 Team & Individual Results

FORT WORTH, Texas – Senior Isaiah Salinda matched par with a 70 to spark Stanford in the opening round of the Nike Collegiate Invitational on Sunday at Colonial Country Club.

The No. 20 Cardinal is tied for ninth in the 15-team, 54-hole event.

Salinda carded two birdies and two bogeys to earn a share of eighth place. Freshman Ethan Ng (71) is tied for 19th, senior Brandon Wu (73) is 37th, junior David Snyder (74) is 47th and freshman Daulet Tuleubayev (75) is 55th.

Vanderbilt, paced by individual leader Mason Greenberg (66), is the first-round front-runner in the team competition at 1-over 281.

Friday, September 14, 2018

2018-19 Season Starts at Famed Olympia Fields

OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. – Sparked by senior Isaiah Salinda's 1-under-par 69, Stanford forged the third-best final round total and finished eighth on Sunday in the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational at challenging Olympia Fields Country Club.
Competing in the first tournament of the 2018-19 campaign against a talented 14-team field, the No. 11 Cardinal posted three consecutive scores of 9-over 289 to conclude at 27-over 867.
Stanford began the final round in 10th place.
Salinda led the surge by tying for 16th, the 11th top-20 showing of his career, at 4-over 214. He captured 19th at last year's event.
"Nice to see the guys hang in there," said Conrad Ray, the Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf. "We had a few bumps and bruises, but it was one of the strongest fields we will see all year on one of the toughest courses. To have three first-year players qualify into our top-five bodes well for the future."
Oklahoma State won the team title by 18 strokes over USC with an impressive 11-under 829. The Cowboys' Matthew Wolff claimed medalist honors at 6-under 204, edging Colin Morikawa of Cal by one.
Four Stanford players placed 31st or higher.
Senior Brandon Wu shot 73 on Sunday and tied for 22nd at 6-over 216. Freshman Daulet Tulebayev (75) earned a share of 27th at 8-over 218, while fellow frosh Freddie Lee (72) tied for 31st at 9-over 219. Sophomore Nate Menon (78) tied for 60th at 18-over 226.
Competing individually, sophomore Ashwin Arasu (79) came in 69th at 23-over 233.  
The Cardinal returns to action on Thursday in the first Big Match at Menlo Country Club in Woodside, California. Combined men's and women's teams from Stanford will face Cal in an 18-hole match play competition.
"The guys learned a lot and we're eager to see how they play," Ray said. "We're excited about this unique event and really look forward to participating."

STANFORD, Calif. – The No. 11 men's golf team starts its 2018-19 campaign on Friday at the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Illinois.

Hosted by the University of Illinois, 14 teams will compete in the 54-hole event, including Oklahoma State, the defending national champion and ranked No. 1 in the Bushnell Golfweek Preseason Coaches Poll. The elite field includes 10 schools ranked in the top 25.

Last year, the Cardinal finished 11th at Olympia Fields, posting a three-day total of 28-over 868. Junior Brandon Wu paced Stanford with a sixth-place showing, shooting rounds of 72-67-67 to conclude at 3-under 207.

Texas A&M won the team title with a score of 3-under 837.

Friday-Sunday, September 14-16
Olympia Fields Country Club • Olympia Fields, Illinois

The Tournament

• OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational

The Field

Oklahoma State (1), Alabama (2), Texas A&M (4), Stanford (t-11), Cal (t-11), Baylor (14), Illinois (16), USC (20), UNLV (23), Florida State (25), Purdue, South Carolina, Air Force and Indiana.

Cardinal Contingent

• Stanford will be represented by senior Brandon Wu, senior Isaiah Salinda, freshman Freddie Lee, sophomore Nate Menon and freshman Daulet Tuleubayev. Sophomore Ashwin Arasu will compete individually.

The Format

• Three days of stroke play. Each team will compete with five players and count the best four scores each day.

The Schedule

Stanford will play the first round on Friday with Indiana and UNLV in threesomes starting on the 10th tee from 9:15 a.m. to 9:51 a.m. CT. The second round is scheduled to begin on Saturday at 8 a.m. CT, followed by the final round Sunday at 7:30 a.m. CT. 

The Lowdown

• Stanford qualified for the 2018 NCAA Championships for the 11th time in the last 14 years.

• The Cardinal is led by seniors Brandon Wu and Isaiah Salinda. Wu was an All-Pac-12 first team selection in 2017-18 and registered a team-best three top-five finishes and 70.61 scoring average. Salinda earned honorable mention and sparked Stanford at the NCAA's, where he secured a squad-best tie for 15th and was chosen PING All-American honorable mention by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

• True freshmen Fred Lee from Churchlands, Australia and Daulet Tuleubayev from Almaty, Kazakhstan, will make their collegiate debuts at Olympia Fields.

The Course

• Teams will play the North Course, one of two at the club. It measures 7,200 yards and plays to a par-70. Designed by Willie Park Jr. in 1919, the course has been ranked among the top 100 in the country by Golf Digest for 20 consecutive years and has hosted many important professional and amateur championships, including the 1928 and 2003 U.S. Open, 1925 and 1961 PGA, five Western Opens, and 2015 U.S. Amateur.