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

Round 3 scorecards

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 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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Saturday, February 13, 2021

2021 Season Begins with the Prestige at La Quinta, CA

LA QUINTA, Calif. - Stanford men's golf fired a field-best 8-under 276 in Wednesday's final round at The Prestige, moving up 12 spots to finish the event in sixth place. It was the Cardinal's first even in nearly a year, since the 2020 Cabo Collegiate (March 1-3). Stanford was one of just two teams in the entire 24-team field under par on Wednesday. The team's 276 was tied for the best round of any team the entire week, 16 strokes better than the Cardinal's Monday round and 21 strokes better than Tuesday.

Sophomore Barclay Brown led four Cardinal under par on Wednesday, firing a 3-under 68 to jump 35 spots on the leaderboard. it was Brown's fourth career round in the 60s and his ninth career round (out of 18) at par or better. Senior Ashwin Arasu matched his best career round with a 69 on Wednesday, marking his fourth career round in the 60s.

Freshmen Karl Vilips, who shot a 2-under 69 for the second time in the tournament, paced all Cardinal in finishing tied for 12th. He totaled a 1-over 214 for the tournament, followed closely by fellow classmate Michael Thorbjornsen, whose 1-under 70 on Wednesday was his first round at Stanford under par. Thorbjornsen improved from 56th before the day to a tie for 21st to close the tournament.

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LA QUINTA, Calif. - Playing in its first tournament in nearly a year, Stanford men's golf completed the second round of The Prestige on Tuesday. The tournament is being played on the Greg Norman Course at PGA WEST. The Cardinal shot a 13-over 297 on Tuesday and moved up two spots.

Fifth-year senior Henry Shimp led the way on Tuesday, firing a 1-over 72 with five birdies in the round. He sits at 6-over, third on the team, and behind two freshmen in Karl Vilips (+3) and Michael Thorbjornsen (+4). Stanford will once again tee off at 6:45 a.m. on Wednesday.

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LA QUINTA, Calif. - Stanford men's golf, the defending NCAA champions, returned to the course on Monday for the first time in 349 days. The Cardinal last competed on March 3, 2020 at The Cabo Collegiate. Stanford shot a first-round, 8-over 292 to begin the 2021 season at The Prestige, being played at the par-71, 7,100-yard Greg Norman Course at PGA WEST. 

Stanford debuted two highly-touted freshmen in Karl Vilips and Michael Thorbjornsen, while rounding out the lineup with Ashwin ArasuBarclay Brown and Henry Shimp. Both lived up to the hype in their debut rounds, with Vilips firing a 2-under 69 to lead the way with five birdies. He currently sits in a tie for seventh heading into the second round on Tuesday. Thorbjornsen tallied four birdies in the round and sits tied for 25th following his even-par 71. 

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The season uncertainly caused by the Covid Pandemic remains but the official start begins at The Prestige in La Quinta, CA played at the Greg Norman course at PGA West.  Stanford comes into the season as the defending national champions from the 2018-2019 season, as not championship was held in 2020.

The Cardinal brings an exciting new chapter to the team with the arrival of the #1 recruiting class in the country, led by two top five recruits, Karl Vilips and Michael Thorbjornsen.  Karl and Michael will be in the starting lineup along with sophomore Barclay Brown and two seniors, Henry Shimp and Adwin Arasu.

The strong field includes a total of 24 teams.  Among the teams, as ranked by the Golf Channel, are preseason #1 ranked ASU, #18 Arizona, #19 Stanford and #28 North Carolina.  

As individuals, the field will include the preseason #5 ranked Kevin You, senior from ASU, #6 ranked William Mouw, sophomore from Pepperdine, #13 ranked sophomore David Puig from ASU, #19 ranked freshman Karl Vilips from Stanford and #21 ranked freshman Michael Thorjornsen, also from Stanford.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Stanford competes in Los Cabos, Mexico against 14 other teams

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LOS CABOS, Mexico – Highlighted by freshman Barclay Brown's second-place finish, Stanford Men's Golf placed sixth at the 2020 Cabo Collegiate. The Cardinal finished the tournament at 1-over, as No. 9 Arizona State won the event. The field consisted of 14 teams ranked inside the Top 50, with the Cardinal besting No. 25 Oklahoma State, No. 29 California, No. 30 LSU, No. 32 Ole Miss, No. 39 Houston, No. 42 Alabama, No. 47 Florida State and No. 50 Arkansas. All five teams who finished in front of the Cardinal are ranked inside the Top 20.
"It was another solid week by the guys," The Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf Conrad Ray said. "It was great to see Barclay (Brown) have a really nice week and lead us individually. The conditions were very tough on the back nine yesterday, as well as today, and our guys hung in there with some of the top teams in the country. We've made a lot of progress the last six weeks and we're excited to get back out there again in our match against Illinois (March 21) and then host The Goodwin (March 26-28)."
A week after finishing third at The Prestige Individual, Brown registered the best finish of his young career, tying for second. Brown shot even-par 71s in Sunday's first round and again in the final round Tuesday, sandwiched around a seven-under 64 on Monday.
6. Stanford +1 (289-270-294=853)
T2. Barclay Brown -7 (71-64-71=206)
Totaled five birdies and five bogeys on Tuesday … tied for sixth, playing the par 5s at 7-under during the tournament … tied for the seventh-best score on par 3s, playing them at even-par … played the par 4s at even par … tallied 13 birdies to go along with an eagle.
T29. Ethan Ng +2 (75-68-72=215)
Had four birdies against five bogeys in the final round … played the par 5s at 6-under during the tournament … tallied 36 pars and nine birdies on the week.
36. Daulet Tuleubayev +3 (68-69-79=216)
Had two birdies but finished with an 8-over 79 … finished the tournament with 32 pars and 11 birdies to go along with an eagle.
T37. Henry Shimp +4 (75-69-73=216)
Had three birdies against five bogeys … played the par 5s at 3-under and the par 3s at just 1-over during the week … tallied 32 pars and 10 birdies this week.
T77. Ashwin Arasu +25 (83-77-78=238)
Had two birdies to highlight his final round.
The Cardinal now breaks for final exams before a dual versus Illinois on Saturday, March 21, in southern California. Stanford then hosts The Goodwin, March 26-28, at Stanford Golf Course.

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LOS CABOS, Mexico – Stanford Men's Golf moved up seven spots on Monday at the Cabo Collegiate, shooting a 14-under 270. The 14-under was tied for the eighth-best round to par in school history and was the third-best round in tournament history. It was also the best round in the field on Monday by four strokes.
Stanford is now tied for fourth (-9) heading into the final day of action on Tuesday, just six strokes off Arizona's lead.
A week after shooting a seven-under 65 at The Prestige Individual, freshman Barclay Brown fired a seven-under 64 on Tuesday on Cabo del Sol Ocean Course. The 64 was tied for the 11th-best round in school history and the second-best round in tournament history. Brown is now tied for the individual lead with Baylor's Johnny Keefer and Arizona's Trevor Werbylo heading into the final round on Tuesday.

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T4. Stanford -9 (289-270=559)
T1. Barclay Brown -7 (71-64=135)
A sparkling 7-under 64, tying for the 11th-best round in school history … now tied for the lead after firing his second round of 7-under in the last four rounds … 5-under 30 on his front nine, with three birdies and an eagle at No. 16 … had birdies at No. 4 and 5 on the back nine.
T6. Daulet Tuleubayev -5 (68-69=137)
Fifth straight round under par … five of last seven rounds in the 60s … started with a birdie on No. 9 … birdied No. 12 before an eagle at No. 13 … tallied two birdies, two bogeys and a double in the last 14 holes.
T37. Ethan Ng +1 (75-68=143)
Moved up considerably with a seven-shot improvement over the first round … tallied four birdies and one bogey in the round.
T45. Henry Shimp +2 (75-69=144)
Improved by six strokes from Sunday's round with five birdies, including four in his first seven holes.
78. Ashwin Arasu +18 (83-77=160)
Highlighted his round with birdies at No. 1 and 11.

The third and final round will begin on Tuesday at 7 a.m. PT.

LOS CABOS, Mexico – Stanford Men's Golf began play at the Cabo Collegiate on Sunday, shooting a 5-over 289 to sit in 11th following the first round. The field is bunched, as Arizona, Oklahoma State and Baylor all lead the way at 6-under.
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Sophomore Daulet Tuleubayev continues to play well, as he is tied for third following a 3-under 68. Arizona's Trevor Werbylo leads the way at 5-under.
11. Stanford +5 (289)
T3. Daulet Tuleubayev -3 (68)
Continues to play well with his fourth straight round under par … coming off a T6th finish at The Prestige … six of seven rounds have been under par … four of last six rounds in the 60s … had five birdies, including four on the front nine.
T25. Barclay Brown E (71)
Coming off finishing third at The Prestige Individual … five of his last six rounds have been even-par or better … started on 17 and birdied No. 18 … had two birdies and two bogeys on each side.
T60. Henry Shimp +4 (75)
Birdies at No. 3 and 13 highlighted Shimp's first round on Sunday.
T60. Ethan Ng +4 (75)
A birdie at No. 1 highlighted the day, as Ng also had 14 pars.
T76. Ashwin Arasu +12 (83)
Birdies at No. 2 and a long putt at No. 6 highlighted Arasu's first round.
The Cardinal begins the second round on Monday with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. PT. Tuleubayev will go off No. 9, Brown No. 10, Shimp No. 11, Ng No. 12 and Arasu No. 13.