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