Friday, December 26, 2008

David Chung ties for 7th in the Dixie Amateur played in Florida

While on Christmas break, Stanford freshman David Chung finished in a tie for 7th at 9 under par in the Dixie Amateur completed Dec 23rd at Heron Bay Golf Club in Coral Springs, Florida. He shot rounds of 70-67-73-69 - here are the complete results from this prestigious tournament.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Coach Matt Tight reflects on the Cardinal's Fall season

Hello Fan’s of Stanford Golf,

The holidays are upon us and that means we are in the off season. The fall schedule sure did fly by and as I reflect back I see a lot of good things to look forward too as we approach the spring season and the road to NCAA’s. We capped off the fall with a nice showing at The Cordevalle Collegiate. The course played difficult this year as they added a bit of length but all in all our guys played well and a second place finish to a hot USC team was a fine showing. I feel we will be seeing a lot of the Trojans this year on the final day so vengeance is ours!!!

A highlight to the fall was a visit to Isleworth and the home of Tiger Woods. To be in the presence of greatness and see and hear what it takes to get there was pure magic. He was truly inspirational and I think our guys walked away with a better idea of what it takes to win, not only on the course, but in life as well.

The question I am left with going into the start of the New Year is who our top 5 will be. It’s a great problem to have and exciting to think about and I look forward to see who steps up! There was an epic match for the fifth spot to make the trip to Isleworth this past October and I foresee a lot of that happening this spring. Having the depth and the talent that we have only leads these kids to a much higher level of engagement in which case all boats rise. Its fun to be a part of and it’s what Stanford Golf is all about. Thanks to everyone for all your support and Go Cardinal!

Assistant Coach Matt Tight

Friday, November 21, 2008

Cardinal sign two outstanding recruits for 2009-10

Head Coach Conrad Ray has signed two talented high school seniors to athletic scholarships for 2009-2010. Andre De Decker and Andrew Yun will join the Cardinal on the links next season. The official announcement about these outstanding players by Stanford is included below.

Here are some links to stories about the two highly ranked golfers:
1. Here's an article about De Decker at age 16
2. Interview of De Decker by Golf World-South Africa
3. Here's a YouTube video of De Decker's swing
4. Story of Andrew Yun in ESPN's Rise online high school site
5. July 08 Golf Week article about Andrew Yun
6. Andrew Yun as 2008 first team All-American

Press Release by Stanford Athletics:
Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford men's golf program has signed a pair of talented high school seniors announced Head Coach Conrad Ray today. Andre DeDecker and Andrew Yun will join the Cardinal for the 2009-2010 season.

DeDecker, from Cape Town South Africa, is regarded as the one of the top juniors players in all of South Africa. In 2006 he was the Under 16 National Champion, and the Under 18 Schools Golf Champion at Sun City. We has also been a member of the South African National Team in 2006, 2007, and 2008. In 2007 DeDecker finished 2nd in the South African Amateur, Round of 16 in The Western Province Open, and 14th in The South African Amateur Match Play. In 2008 DeDecker placed 2nd in the South African Boys Stroke Play, 1st in the Dale Hays Classic and 14th in the Rolex Tournament of Champions on the AJGA Tour.

Andrew Yun, from Chandler Arizona, is a four time Junior All-American on the AJGA Tour. He finished 1st in the 2007 Arizona Amateur and 2nd in the 2007 Arizona Public Links Championships. In 2008 he finished 1st in the Verizon Junior Heritage, 6th in the Heather Farr Classic, 3rd in the Ping Invitational, and 5th in the stroke play portion of the US Junior Amateur, eventually losing in the quarterfinal round of match play.

"Andre and Andrew are fantastic additions to our squad. We are very happy that they have chosen Stanford and they will both leave their mark on our program over the next four years. Both share a wealth of competitive golf experience and I would not be surprised if both were able to come in and play a lot in their freshmen campaigns."

The pair will begin at Stanford in the fall of 2009, and help the Cardinal in its quest for the 2010 NCAA title.

Conrad Ray
The Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf
Stanford Athletics

Monday, November 10, 2008

Golf Week's Video Interview with Head Coach Conrad Ray

Stanford photo of Conrad Ray and his daughter Ella at the 2007 national championships where the Cardinal finished 2nd.

Golf Week magazine does a video interview with head coach Conrad Ray, selected as the national coach of the year in 2007. This interview covers a lot of ground in small amount of time touching on the 1994 national championship team that Conrad was a player on and the 2007 national championship team that Conrad coached.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Cardinal finishes 2nd at the CordeValle Collegiate

Stanford finished 2nd in the CordeValle Collegiate played in San Martin, CA, behind a dominant performance by USC which won the team title by 26 shots. Three Cardinal players finished in the top 10 individually with Sihwan Kim tying for 4th at 2-under par, Joseph Bramlett in 6th at even par and Jordan Cox tying for 10th at 2-over playing as an individual.

The unique format had each team including 6 players with the low 5 rounds each day counting towards the team score, instead of the typical event with 5 players on a squad. The four remaining Stanford players who counted for the team included David Chung at 11-over and the trio of players, Kemmer, Lim and Ziegler, all at 12-over.

Stanford's team will now be off until they return to action Feb 4th on the Big Island in Hawaii.

After two rounds Stanford is in 2nd place but finds itself 19 strokes behind a red-hot USC team which has 3 players at the top of the individual leaderboard. Stanford is led by its two All-Americans, Sihwan Kim at 1-under and in 6th place and Joseph Bramlett tied for 7th at even par. An encouraging note is the play of junior Jordan Cox who is in 10th place at 1-over par, although he is playing as an individual so his scores don't count towards team play.

The weather has been on the cool side and the 2nd round was marked by gusty winds throughout the day making scoring conditions tough. The CordeValle course is showing its teeth given the conditions with the average scoring around 76 shots per round and the low round over the first two days was a 68. Only two other rounds were under 70, one being Sihwan Kim's first round 69 that tied him for the individual lead after day one.

In the second round the gusty winds led to erratic play by the entire field, including the Cardinal team. Cox's low team round of 70 included 7 birdies, 5 on the front nine when he made the turn at 3-under 33. Kim's round included a double bogey 7 on the par 5 third hold but he came back to close with an eagle on the par 5 18th hole over water. That 18th hole proved to be tough on two of the Cardinal players as Bramlett and Kemmer both finished with double bogies, in Bramlett's case that led to a still solid 1-over 73. Bramlett offset two double bogeys with five birdies.

The Stanford news service reports the following before the tourney began:

Playing for the Cardinal in the 54-hole three-day tournament will be Sihwan Kim, Joseph Bramlett, David Chung, Steve Ziegler, Daniel Lim, and Dodge Kemmer. Jordan Cox will also be competing as an individual. Kim was last year's CordeValle individual champion, and helped the team to a second place finish.

Four other Golfweek top 50 teams will be joining Stanford in the tournament: Arizona, No. 2 Arkansas, No. 36 Augusta State, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, No. 18 Lamar, Northwestern, Santa Clara, UCLA, USC, and No. 9 Washington.

The Cardinal is paired with Lamar and Lim will be the first to tee off on the first hole at 8 a.m. to begin the tournament.

For more information about the CordeValle Golf Course, please visit

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Stanford finishes 8th against the nation's best at the Isleworth Collegiate

Stanford finished 8th against a strong field at the Isleworth Collegiate in Windermere, Florida. Cold, windy weather greeted the golfers on a day that began in the high 40s and only reached the 60s later in the afternoon. Winds gusted to 20 miles per hour throughout the round and scored soared for all the teams.

Final round scores included three 76s by Joseph Bramlett, Steve Ziegler and Dodge Kemmer while David Chung posted an 80 and Sihwan Kim struggled to a 85.

A final day log can be found at this tournament website.

Stanford sends it's young talented squad back to Tiger's home course in Windermere, Florida. Competing this year are Sihwan Kim, Joseph Bramlett, Dodge Kemmer, Steve Ziegler and David Chung - one senior, one junior, two sophomores and a freshman.

Stanford moved up 6 places to a tie for 8th place among the 18 elite teams playing at the Isleworth Collegiate in Windermere, Florida. Bramlett's (photo below) tournament best 5-under par 67 led the Cardinal who improved by 9 shots under their first day total. Ziegler and Chung followed with 74, while Kemmer had a 77 and Kim a 78. Bramlett's round featured 6 birdies and one bogey over the tough Isleworth course, moving him up to a tie for 13th place individually despite an opening round 77.

Against an elite field of the nation's best teams, it was a tough first round for the Cardinal at the Isleworth Collegiate as the team is tied for 14th place, 14 shots behind the Alabama. Stanford was led by sophomore Steve Ziegler's 1-over 73, followed by freshman David Chung's 75, sophomore Sihwan Kim's 76 and two 77s from junior Joseph Bramlett and senior Dodge Kemmer. With two days remaining there are plenty of holes for the team to get back into contention.

From the main tournament website comes the following summary:

"Play at the nation’s premier men’s college golf tournament began Sunday morning and Alabama (287, -1) paces the
field after one round of action at the Isleworth-UCF Collegiate Invitational. The Crimson Tide’s Matthew Swan and
Indiana’s Jorge Campillo are tied for first in the individual standings at 4-under-par 68."

"Six individuals broke par Sunday, while Alabama is the lone team in the red. Indiana is second at 289 (+1), followed
by Southern California (290, +2)."

Stanford sends it's young talented squad back to Tiger's home course in Windermere, Florida. Competing this year will be Sihwan Kim, Joseph Bramlett, Dodge Kemmer, Steve Ziegler and David Chung - one senior, one junior, two sophomores and a freshman.

From the tournament website: "Eighteen of the best men’s golf teams in the country will compete in the nation’s premier college tournament when play begins at the fifth-annual Isleworth-UCF Collegiate Invitational on Sunday morning . The three-day, three-round tournament at the Isleworth Golf & Country Club in Windermere includes eight of the top-10 squads in the country.

In total, 13 of the 18 teams in this year’s event are ranked in the top-30 nationally, including the host Knights (30). According to the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, Oklahoma State is the top team in the country. Tournament participants Southern Cal (3), Georgia (4), Illinois (5), Stanford (6), South Carolina (8), Texas (9) and Alabama (10) join the Cowboys in the top 10."

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Stanford finishes 3rd in the Prestige played at PGA West

Stanford finished 3rd in the Prestige played at PGA West on the Greg Norman course in a tourney it co-hosts with UC Davis. Leading the way was TCU winning by 10 over 2nd place UC Davis while the Cardinal was another 8 shots behind Davis.

Final results on the surface look good as Stanford had 4 individuals placing in the top 20, but what largely separated the top two teams from the field was the very strong play from the two players who tied for first individually at 6-under par. Stanford's best, Sihwan Kim, finished at two-over par in a tie for 8th place. TCU also had two other players finishing tied for 5th at 1-over par leading to their dominating win.

After Kim, Steve Ziegler's last two solid rounds included a 2-under 70 final round to move him into a tie for 11th with teammate Joseph Bramlett who finished with a final round 75. Freshman David Chung had a top-20 finish with his 3rd round 73 leading to his tie for 15th place overall. Daniel Lim finished with a 76 to tie for 63rd.

Playing as individuals Dodge Kemmer had a 75 last round to finish tied for 30th overall and Jordan Cox had a 73 on his third round and finished tied for 76th place overall.

Next up is a major test against the nation's elite teams in Windermere, Florida, home of Tiger Woods and the Isleworth Country Club, site of the upcoming tournament. Stanford will look to improve its play from all team members in order to compete for this top event.

Desert golf at La Quinta, California, is proving to be a challenge for the teams competing at the Prestige played on the Greg Norman course at PGA West. In the morning round of the 36-hole first day, unseasonably cool temperatures in the fifties to start the day combined with Santa Ana winds that gusted to 30 miles per hour led to very high scores.

Stanford was in 2nd by 3 strokes behind TCU after the morning round 9-over par 597 being led by Joseph Bramlett's 72, Sihwan Kim and David Chung's 74s and Steve Ziegler's 77. Daniel Lim's 78 was not counted as the low four scores are used each round. Dodge Kemmer and Jordan Cox played as individuals shooting 74 and 84 respectively.

The winds subsided a bit though still gusting and the desert heated up into the low eighties but the second round followed the same pattern as Stanford improved to 592 was again lost 3 shots to TCU falling 6-shots behind. Meanwhile UC Davis had a torrid 582 score led by a sparkling 63 from their top player. Stanford scores in the afternoon were Kim 72, Bramlett 73, Ziegler 73, Chung 74, Lim 78, Kemmer 78 and Cox 79 were disappointing with nobody going low.

The pattern of play in the first round for all but Kim and Bramlett was that doubles, triples and quads would mar otherwise decent golf on a day when pars were at a premium. Chung's 74 included a triple, for example. In the 2nd round, again Kim and Bramlett were the only players who managed to avoid a score worse than a bogey.

Individually the Cardinal has three players in the top ten led by Bramlett's tied for 4th.
It will take a solid last round to claim this title but Stanford is certainly very capable of pulling that off.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Stanford finishes 4th in 1st Tourney, the Illini Invitational

Olympia Fields GC. Tournament photos below courtesy of GolfStat.

Stanford finished 4th in first tournament of the 2008-09 season played at the venue of the 2003 US Open, Olympia Fields Golf Club in Illinois. Hosted and won by Illinois, the field was very strong including three of the top ten teams: defending national champion UCLA, Stanford and perennial power Oklahoma State.

Qualifying to make the trip are Sihwan Kim, Joseph Bramlett, Dodge Kemmer, Steve Ziegler and freshman David Chung. Joseph is coming back from his long injury layoff from last year while David Chung, highly touted freshman, is making his collegiate debut.

Here you will find a hole by hole review of the great Olympia Fields North golf course. You can find complete live scoring for the entire field here.

FINAL RESULTS - Stanford finished 4th, 15 strokes behind behind host school Illinois, which was followed by Indiana and Oklahoma State. Bramlett led the way as he tied for 7th at 3-over par, followed Kemmer at 6-over, Ziegler at 7-over, Kim at 13-over and Chung at 15-over par.

Joseph's third round 71 (he finished 4 shots behind the individual leader) was very steady finishing with 2 bogeys and one birdie while Dodge overcame two double bogeys with 3 birdies offsetting one bogey to shoot 72. Steve's 70, Stanford's best final round, had him firing a 33 on the back nine with four birdies and 2 bogeys. Sihwan's 73 included 5 bogeys and two birdies and David 71 resulted from a two birdie, 3 bogey round.

Although the Cardinal may be disappointed to not win their opening event, the best news is that Joseph Bramlett appears back in fine form after his long absence due to injury. That should prove very significant for this deep Stanford team that should only get better as the season progresses

ROUND 2 RESULTS - Although Stanford remains in a tie for 5th place, they have fallen 11 shots behind Oklahoma State. The day included rounds of 71 by Kemmer, three 74s by Bramlett, Ziegler and Kim, and a 75 by Chung.

Joseph is in a tie for 7th individually after two days of play (68-74). His round included 4 bogeys and no birdies while 2 of his bogeys came on his last two holes. Dodge's solid 2nd round included 4 birdies and 5 bogeys while Sihwan had a good round going until he finished bogey, double bogey. Steve managed to avoid any doubles but he had 6 bogeys and 1 birdie. David's round looked promising but was marred by an opening double bogey and a triple bogey on #16.

No question the team will need a very strong round to overcome the lead of the top two teams.

ROUND 1 RESULTS - The Cardinal stands tied for 5th at 10-over par after the first round, led by Bramlett's tournament leading 68 and Kemmer and Ziegler's 73. Kim opened with a 76 and David Chung struggled to a 79. Stanford stands only 2 shots behind a trio of teams tied at the top. Bramlett's strong opening round included 5 birdies and 3 bogeys. Freshman David Chung's collegiate career included a quadruple bogey 8 on his 2nd hole, a tough start indeed. Two other double bogeys followed leading to his 79. Ziegler's solid 73 included a triple bogey on the 4th but he played well thereafter with 3 birdies to post his 3-over round. Kemmer's 73 was steadier with 4 bogeys and 1 birdie. Returning first team All-American Kim struggled early after bogeying 3 of his first 4 holes. He played 1-under par golf thru 15 after the rough start but then had two double bogeys on 16 and 18 to finish at 6-over.

Sihwan Kim was not happy when his tee shot ended right of the bunker on 8. He hit this shot nicely to 5 feet and made the par putt.

Steve Ziegler tees off on the long par 3 eigth hole. He hit a great shot and made the birdie putt.

David Chung with a touchy downhill chip on 8. It ran 4 feet past and left of the hole and he made the par putt.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

2008-09 Player web pages are updated with swing sequences and new stats

We've added individual NCAA tournament statistics for each player who has competed for Stanford. In addition, for all the returning players, their individual web pages include swing sequences such as the one shown below.

For example, here's the updated web page for sophomore All-American Sihwan Kim:

Here's the swing sequence for returning senior Dodge Kemmer which can be found in a larger image on his web page:

Monday, September 1, 2008

Joseph Bramlett finishes 7th in 1st tourney in 9 months

Joseph Bramlett returned to competitive play and finished in 7th place with rounds of 68-66-75, trailing the winner Matt Grush by 6 shots shots. Joseph was only 2 shots back in 2nd after the first two rounds. The final day was blustery and Joseph went out in 39 to move out of contention. Here's an article from the Scramento Bee describing the final round.

All final scores are shown here:

A local Sacramento Bee story had this to say about Joseph after the second round --- "Bramlett is a 20-year-old Stanford junior who was the youngest to qualify for the U.S. Amateur at age 14 and has been a star in the making for years.

'I'm just thrilled to be competing again,' said Bramlett, a Saratoga resident who didn't swing a golf club from January through July of this year after bruising his wrist in a team training exercise."Here's the Sacramento Bee story after the 2nd round.

Joseph hurt his wrist in a training accident with the golf team at the end of 2007 and missed the entire spring and summer golf seasons. After his outstanding freshman campaign at Stanford where Joseph earned 2nd team All-American honors it was a significant loss for Stanford's team that went on to finish 2nd in the NCAA Championship without Joseph.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Sihwan Kim loses in the round of 16 at the US Amateur

Sihwan Kim loses in the round of 16 at the US Amateur on the 23rd hole to Charlie Holland. The two players tied 7 straight holes including the first 4 extra holes before Sihwan lost to a birdie.

8/21/08 Posting:

Sihwan Kim dominated in his 2nd match at the US Amateur winning 5 & 4 to advance to the round of 16 and he will play Charlie Holland of Dallas in another match today. Sihwan was very solid in his play this morning to steadily build up his lead.

Match play results can be found here:

Previous results that were posted are shown below.

Sihwan Kim wins his first match on the 19th hole beating Sam Saunders of Orlando. Sihwan was 3 up with 3 to play before his opponent tied it up after 18 holes. Kim parred the first extra hole to win the match. Sihwan moves on to play Matt Hill from Canada who upset Jamie Lovemark who plays for USC.

The two rounds of qualifying are complete at the US Amateur championship being played at the world famous Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina. Sihwan Kim was able to advance to match play as he shot 68-72 to tie for 10th. In Sihwan's second round he was at 5 over after 13 holes but birdied 3 of the next 4 holes to post a solid 2-over 72. A total of 64 players out of a field of 315 players move into the match play portion of the championship to determine the nation's top amateur player.

Jordan Cox missed the cut by 2 shooting a 73-74 while David Chung shot 73-76 and Steve Ziegler shot 75-75.

Stroke play scoring can be found at The main event website is:

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Ziegler ties for 10th, Lim ties for 36th & Kemmer ties for 60th at the Pacific Coast Amateur in Victoria, BC

Final results are in at the Pacific Coast Amateur and Steve Ziegler ties for 10th with a 4-under 276 after a final round 71. Steve finished 5 shots behind the winner. Daniel Lim again struggled to a final round 74 to finish 6-over at 286 and tie for 36th overall. Dodge Kemmer's final round 71 left him tied for 60th at 14 over par in a disappointing tourney for him.

Steve Ziegler is surging after a 2nd straight 66 (73-66-66) in the 3rd round of play, while Daniel Lim struggled to a 75 (68-69-75) and Dodge Kemmer remained well back after his 71 (73-79-71). The leader is 6 shots ahead of Ziegler.

After two rounds of play, Daniel Lim tied for 11th with his 68-69, 137, Steve Ziegler tied for 20th with a 73-66, 139, while Dodge Kemmer struggle to tie for 74th with rounds of 73-79, 152. The leader is 6 shots ahead of Lim at 131.

In the first round of the Pacific Coast Amateur Daniel Lim tied for 7th with his 68, while Dodge Kemmer and Steve Ziegler tied for 50th after their 3-over par 73s. There are two players from Canada tied for the lead with 5-under scores of 65.

The tournament is being held at the Royal Colwood Golf Club in Victoria, British Columbia.

Here are full tournament results. The tournament website ---contains complete information about the course and event.

A beautiful gallery of photos of this historic course created in 1913 can be found at this website.

US Amateur Qualifying Results: Kim, Cox, Ziegler & Chung are in the Championship

A final list of Stanford qualifiers for this year's US Amateur includes Sihwan Kim, Jordan Cox, Steve Ziegler and David Chung. The event will be played at famed Pinehurst #2 and #4 courses in North Carolina - photo from Pinehurst Resort website.

The last qualifer was Sihwan Kim who shot an even par 69-71 at Hacienda Golf Club in Southern California after returning from the grueling, but successful Western Amateur in Michican. Here are complete scores from Sihwan's qualifier.

In early qualifying both incoming freshman David Chung and rising sophomore Steve Ziegler (large photo) qualified for the 2008 US Amateur championship to be held August 18-24 at the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina. Jordan Cox also qualified based on his earlier qualifying for the US Open.

Here are complete 2008 Sectional Qualifying results from the USGA which will be updated for the next week as new qualifiers are completed.

Steve Ziegler shot 71-69 to lead all qualifying in Colorado by 4 shots. This will be the second time Steve has played in the US Amateur, having qualified in 2006. Steve Ziegler Qualifying Results at Colorado Golf Club.

David Chung shot 141 in his 36-hole qualifier in Hamilton, NY, to qualify as well. David's hometown paper covered the results.

Daniel Lim, a rising senior, failed to qualify as he shot a 73-76 to miss out by 3 shots in a qualifier held at the Peninsula Golf Club in Northern California. Dodge Kemmer failed to qualify as well. Sihwan Kim will play in a qualifier next week.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Sihwan Kim falls in the quarterfinals of the prestigious Western Amateur

One of the nation's top amateur events, the Western Amateur, played in Benton Harbor, Michigan, with three Stanford golfers in the field, Sihwan Kim and incoming freshmen David Chung and Wilson Bowen.

Sihwan Kim had another excellent tournament in the grueling Western Amateur. After four rounds of medal play where Sihwan shot 68-71-67-72 to qualify for the 16-player match play portion of the tournament.

In his first match he beat USC's Rory Hie 5-4 and in an afternoon match lost to a tough French Amateur 2-1, 18 year old Victor Dubuisson.

Here you will find more tournament information through Sihwan's quarterfinal match..

Incoming freshmen David Chung (74-70 and Wilson Bowen (68-75 both missed the cut by one shot.

The low 41 & ties after 36 holes of qualifying will continue play with two more rounds of stroke play with a cut to 16 players who move into match play.

Live scoring at the Western Amateur

Here is the tournament's website for complete information.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Steve Ziegler finishes tied for 10th at the Colorado Open Championship

Rising sophomore Steve Ziegler finished tied for 10th at the Colorado Open behind 8 pros with rounds of 69-71-69-72. Next major compeitition for Steve will be the Pacific Coast Amateur Aug 5-8.

Complete results from the Colorado Open Championship

Friday, July 25, 2008

Sihwan Kim finishes tied for 6th on the Nationwide Tour shooting 72-71-70-69

Sihwan Kim completed his brilliant play at the Nationwide Tour's stop at the difficult Ohio State Univesity Scarlet Course with a final round 69, tying the day's low score. The PGA's Nationwide Tour website reports on Sihwan as follows:

"Kim recorded the best finish of the seven All-American sponsor invitees with his tie for sixth in his first professional event. After an even-par front nine, Kim birdied the 10th and made eagle at the 12th when he holed a 25-foot chip from just off the green. A bogey at No. 13 dropped him back to 2 under where he eventually finished.

Kim came to the United States from South Korea in 2000 and was the second Stanford freshman to be named first-team All-American -- the first was Tiger Woods.

'I tried really hard to prepare for college golf because I saw a lot of guys fading away after they get into college," he said. "I learned from Coach (Conrad) Ray, who used to play on the Nationwide Tour, about game management and the mental game also.' "

Here's a final recap from the Nationwide Tour's website.

Complete Leaderboard of the Nationwide Tour event in Columbus, Ohio.

Prior reports in the event are provided below:

Sihwan Kim continued his outstanding play against the pros in a Nationwide Tour event with a 3rd round 70 leaving him 7 shots out of the lead.

His second round 71, 1-over the very tough Ohio State Scarlet Course in Columbus, left Sihwan 6-shots out of the lead in this Nationwide Tour event.

Continuing his very active summer tournament schedule, Sihwan Kim opened play at a Nationwide Tour event with an even par 72 first round score. You can follow results each day from the leaderboard link below.

Complete Leaderboard of the Nationwide Tour event in Columbus, Ohio.

Sihwan received a sponsor's exemption allowing him to compete with a number of former PGA tour regulars as well as a host of up and coming professionals who will be moving onto the big tour next year. As only the 2nd Stanford freshman to gain first team All-American honors (Tiger Woods was the other one), Sihwan has many opportunities to play in elite amateur and now pro events.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Incoming freshman David Chung finishes 69-68-71-72 to tie for 11th

Incoming freshman David Chung, from North Carolina, completed play at the Porter Cup shooting even par 280 to tie for 11th against an outstanding field of US and international amateurs. David was tied for 7th after his 3rd round 71 left him 7 shots behind the co-leaders against this very strong field.

Chung moved into a tie for 5th place with a 2nd round 68 following up his 69 in the first round at the prestigious Porter Cup amateur event held in Niagara Falls, NY. For complete results click here: Further results in this 4-round medal play tournament will be posted here as they occur.

David was tied for 14th after day one when he shot a solid 1-under 69. The Porter Cup is always one of the nation's top amateur tournaments and this year is no exception.

The Porter Cup website includes a profile of all players including a summary of Chung's outstanding junior career.

According to the Porter Cup website, "over the years, many of today’s top professional players have played here. Past Porter Cup Champions include Phil Mickelson, Scott Verplank, Ben Crenshaw, David Duval and Jay Sigel. Other noteworthy alumni include Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk, Adam Scott, Mike Weir, Mark O’Meara, Curtis Strange, Craig Stadler, Lanny Wadkins and many, many others."

Monday, July 21, 2008

Sihwan Kim has rounds of 71-72-70-74 in Southern Amateur

All-American rising sophomore Sihwan Kim tied for 31st at the Southern Amateur played in Orlando at the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club with a 1-under 287 total. See complete scoring for this outstanding field of amateurs from around the world.

Sihwan will be playing this week in a Nationwide Tour event up against a much stronger level of competition than he has faced in any amateur event. We'll keep you posted on his play on this professional tour.

Looking ahead the Stanford team will have a number of competitors in upcoming amateur tournaments including the following:
qualifying for the US Amateur (July 26-Aug 5 with the event starting August 18th), the Western Amateur (July 28-Aug 3) where Jordan Cox, Sihwan Kim and incoming freshman William Bower and David Chung will also compete, the Porter Cup (July 23-26) where David Chung is entered, and the Pacific Coast Amateur held Aug 5-8.

Monday, July 14, 2008

5 Cardinal golfers led by Sihwan Kim complete play in the Player's Amateur

Final results are in for the Player's Amateur in South Carolina with Sihwan Kim in 6th place overall at 11-under after rounds of 66-67-68-68. Daniel Lim finished at 2-over par with rounds of 72-69-71-70 followed by Dodge Kemmer at 5-over and rounds of 72-74-68-71. Two other Stanford competitors missed the final round cut --- see below for details. Earlier posts of results are included below.

See complete results. Here is the tournament home website.

Three rounds have been completed at the Player's Amateur and Sihwan Kim is tied for 5th at 9-under par with rounds of 66-67-68. Daniel Lim is next at 2-over par shooting 72-69-71 followed by Dodge Kemmer's 4-over 72-74-68. Just missing the final round cut were Jordan Cox at 8-over shooting 72-76-70 and incoming freshman David Chung at 9-over shooting 75-74-70.

First round results at the 8th annual Player's Amateur championship in Bluffton, South Carolina included 5 Stanford players. Sihwan Kim led the way with a 66 and is 1 shot off the lead. A trio of 72s were fired by Dodge Kemmer, Daniel Lim and Jordan Cox while incoming freshman David Chung shot a 75. Incoming freshman Wilson Bowen from Illinois struggled shooting 88-87-79.

Play will continue with 3 more rounds of stroke play with a cut after today's 2nd round. The tournament is being held on the Belfair Golf Club, a Tom Fazio designed course, and it has attracted many of the nation's finest college golfers.

See complete results. Here is the tournament home website.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Sihwan Kim & Daniel Lim Compete in the Sahalee Player's Championship

Sihwan Kim and Daniel Lim competed against a top field at the Sahalee Country Club in the Seattle area. Sihwan shot 77-74-76 to tie for 34th on the tough course while Daniel shot 77-76-81 to finish tied for 51st. See complete results.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Ziegler loses 2nd round match at North & South Amateur

Rising sophomore Steve Ziegler was beaten in his 2nd round match at the North & South Amateur in Pinehurst, North Carolina by Adam Long, a rising junior at Duke. Complete information can be found at the tournament website.

Two other Cardinal players, senior Dodge Kemmer and incoming freshman David Chung, competed but did not make it into match play -- see the recent update below.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Steve Ziegler wins first round North & South Amateur

Stanford sophomore Steve Ziegler wins his first round match over Connor McHenry 3 & 2 to advance to play Adam Long today at the famed Pinehurst #2 course designed by Donald Ross.

File Photo by Julie Ryder of Stanford

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

North & South Amateur Results for Ziegler, Kemmer & Chung

Three Stanford golfers, Dodge Kemmer (right photo), Steve Ziegler and incoming freshman David Chung, competed in the prestigious North & South Amateur played at the famous Pinehurst resort. Ziegler was able to advance to match play with his rounds of 69-75 at the Pinehurst #2 and #7 courses. Kemmer shot 77-72 and Chung 78-72 to miss the qualifying mark by 3 & 4 shots respectively.

Match play for Ziegler starts today with his morning match against Adam Long of Missouri. The full match play tree can be found here:

Qualifying rounds results are available here:

Photos courtesy of Julie Ryder of Stanford University

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Sihwan Kim finishes tied for 24th at Northeastern Amateur

First team All-American Sihwan Kim, soon to be sophomore at Stanford University, shoots 69-71-70-72 to finish tied for 24th at the 47th Northeast Amateur played in Rhode Island at the Wannamoisett C.C.

All scores can be found at

Stanford golfers will be busy playing in top amateur tournaments across the country this summer. In the upcoming North South Amateur played at Pinehurst Dodge Kemmer and Steve Ziegler will be joined by incoming freshman David Chung. Check back for results when the tournament ends July 6th.

Photo by Julie Ryder of Stanford University.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Jordan Cox plays with Tiger Woods @ Torrey Pines

Stanford sophomore Jordan Cox had a unique experience in preparing for the upcoming US Open at Torrey Pines. He played 9 holes with Tiger Woods and Bubba Watson.

As reported by AP sportwriter Bernie Wilson, "The 20-year-old Cox said his round was "Surreal. Kind of everything I've dreamed of, everything I thought it would be. It's pretty cool, you know, everybody following us around, the clapping. It was a little nerve-racking at the beginning. You just get used to it and just go about your business.""

Here's the entire article --;_ylt=Ahhpe1yO8uUIgAM5hCkzc1OMKsMA
These are 3 of the 73 AP photos that can be found in the above article.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Stanford All-Americans Make History: Sihwan Kim & Rob Grube

Stanford freshman Sihwan Kim capped off a remarkable first season by being named a First Team All-American by the Golf Coach's Association of America. Sihwan is only the 2nd Stanford freshman to be named to the First Team joining Tiger Woods after his 1995 season on the Farm.

Senior Rob Grube became only the 2nd Stanford golfer to be named a four-time All-American by being named a Third Team All-American this season. Rob was named honorable mention All-American in 2005, Third Team in 2006 and Second Team All-American in 2007. Joel Kribel was the only other four-time All-American from Stanford.

See the complete list of All-Americans here:

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Jordan Cox Qualifies for US Open

Sophomore Jordan Cox is headed for the US Open to be played at Torrey Pines, CA after his 70-71 rounds at Lake Merced CC in Daly City, CA. Fresh off of competing in the NCAA championships where Stanford finished in 2nd place, Cox joins the world's best players for what will surely be an exciting event in his young golfing life.

As reported in the SF Chronicle by Ron Kroichick, "Cox, the Stanford player, advanced to his inaugural Open after a frenetic week. He helped the Cardinal finish second in the NCAA Championship over the weekend in Indiana, but the team's flight home Saturday was canceled because of a nearby tornado.

Cox and his teammates finally returned to the Bay Area on Sunday. He skipped a planned practice round at Lake Merced to get some rest, then shot 70-71 to earn a trip to Torrey Pines.

"It's pretty exhilarating," Cox said."

Here's a photo from the NCGA and an article about the Lake Merced qualifier from the NCGA -- NCGA article

Failing to qualify at Lake Merced were Zack Miller shooting 74-71 (missed by 4 shots) and Joel Kribel with 76-74. Here you can view all scores at Lake Merced CC in Daly City, CA --

Playing in Lake Forest Illinois Rob Grube shot 70-75 to also miss by 4 shots, while Brad Lanning also missed when he shot 80-79 in a tough Columbus, Ohio qualifier.

Congratulations to Jordan for his success!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Young Cardinal Team Comes of Age

Most observers probably counted out this young Stanford team coming into the NCAA finals played in W. Lafayette, Indiana, on the campus of Purdue University. And for good reason. Having finished 5th in the Pac-10 championships and 6th in the West Regional, Stanford lacked experience coming into the championship event. Their only victory came in Hawaii in February.

Only one player, soon-to-be 4-time All-American senior Rob Grube, played on the 2007 national championship team. Gone were 3 All-Americans, including last year’s freshman sensation Joseph Bramlett who suffered a season ending wrist injury and missed the last 7 events of 2008.

Besides Rob Grube, Stanford’s team included junior Dodge Kemmer, sophomore Jordan Cox and two freshman Sihwan Kim and Steve Ziegler. Last year’s championship team member, junior Daniel Lim, made solid contributions this season but just missed joining his teammates for the final event.

The tournament was played on a tough Pete Dye venue that stretched to more than 7,400 yards and featured a brutal finishing group of holes. Mother nature served up high winds for three rounds leading to the highest scoring of any NCAA final in memory. Despite only the top 15 teams playing on the 4th and final round the average score was 78.31.

Round 1 – the first day score of 309 had Stanford 12 shots back of the leaders, eventual winner UCLA and USC. Low man was Ziegler shooting a 76. Stanford stood in 12th place. Few expected what would come next.

Round 2 – Stanford charged back into the hunt shooting an even-par 288, the tournament’s lowest round, and 9 shots better than any of winner UCLA’s rounds. Grube led the way with a brilliant 69, followed by Cox’s 71, Kim’s 72 and Kemmer’s 76. Stanford moved to within 8 strokes of Clemson.

Round 3 – Stanford again outplayed the leaders with the day’s 2nd best score of 296 to move up to 4th place within 5 shots of UCLA. Steady play from the entire team including Grube’s 73, 74s from both Kim and Kemmer, a 75 from Cox and 79 from Ziegler. The momentum seemed to now be on Stanford’s side with the tournament’s best scoring in round’s 2 and 3 by 6 shots.

Round 4 – Playing in the next to last group, Stanford doggedly fought throughout the final day to get into the clubhouse with a low score for the leaders to try to beat. On the outgoing nine, the two freshmen showed their grit as Kim eagled the par 4 9th hole to shoot 34 while Ziegler fired two birdies to offset a double at 5 and shot 36. Grube also was steady with just one bogey and one birdie for his even par 36.

The challenging back nine lay ahead – a nine that had destroyed many rounds all week. The back nine star for Stanford was junior Dodge Kemmer who after going out in 40 and bogeying holes 10 and 11 stood at 6 over and was thought to be headed for a throw-out score (only the low 4 each day counted). But what a remarkable finish over the toughest stretch of holes with the tournament pressure at its maximum. Kemmer birdied the 12th, 15th, 16th and 18th to offset a bogey on the par 3 17th to shoot 35 on the back nine. Nobody in the tournament would have as good a closing stretch.

Kim played solidly over the back nine as well, shooting a 1-over 37, which when combined with his brilliant 34 front nine resulted in a 71, the day’s only sub-par round. His last 3 tournament rounds were the best in the field and he finished in a tie for 4th place overall to lead Stanford’s effort. When combined with the scores of Stanford’s other players the team again shot the tournament’s lowest final round score of 302 and as the leader in the clubhouse would now wait more than an hour to see whether it’s team score would hold up to give Stanford the victory.

The 3 leading teams playing in the final group now faced the difficult finishing holes and each completed hole showed their team scores rising bringing Stanford closer and closer to the lead. On hole #17 UCLA’s #1 player (and eventual individual champion), Kevin Chappell, hit his tee shot into the water on the par 3 and took a drop some 180 yards from the green. He punched out into deep greenside rough, now lying 3. A likely double bogey 5 would put Stanford into a tie for the lead. But a remarkable chip-in saved a bogey leaving Stanford still 1-behind. Chappell finished like a champion with a solid par on the 18th and Stanford was left in 2nd place, losing by only one shot. Stanford’s final 9-holes says a lot about the character of this team. Stanford played these holes 4 shots better than USC and 6 shots better than UCLA.

Stanford’s young team had played brilliantly over the final 3 rounds to nearly pull out a repeat victory. There is no doubt to this observer that the coming of age of this young team was in large part due to the leadership throughout the year of senior captain Rob Grube. His young teammates kept improving and in the end Grube should be proud of his role as captain in helping to build another great team in the Stanford tradition of excellence. Grube will surely be missed but he has passed on the mantle to a team that is destined for greatness next year with the return of All-American Joseph Bramlett and the addition of a top recruiting class.

Hats off to coach Conrad Ray for developing his young team into the season-ending powerhouse it became. He showed great patience in steadily building confidence throughout the year. The experts may not have thought Stanford could be a factor in the national championship, but those of us who know Conrad Ray are not surprised. He is a remarkable person who provides a winning spirit to all he comes in contact with. We look forward to more greatness in the years ahead.

The Cardinal team showed its character and had come of age. Congratulations to our 2008 Stanford Cardinal team!

Bob Stevens
Photos courtesy of David Gonzalez, Stanford University. In order of appearance are Steve Ziegler, Rob Grube, Conrad Ray and Jordan Cox, Dodge Kemmer & Sihwan Kim.