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.

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