Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Stanford golf course rated #3 among college golf courses in America

The Stanford golf course was selected as the 3rd best college golf course in America by Golf Channel's survey of 160 college golf coaches. An unnamed golf coach remarked that "It has withstood the test of time and I’ve yet to experience any collegiate players who haven’t enjoyed competing on it."

The Golf Channel article showing the top 10 courses can be found here.  In a more recent rating in 2010 Golf Week rated Stanford's golf course as the 5th best in the nation.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Stanford signs two top high school seniors to letters of intent

The Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf, Conrad Ray, has announced the signing of two talented high school seniors, Cameron Wilson and Shane Lebow. The two will join the Cardinal on the links for the 2010-2011 season as part of the Stanford Class of 2014.

Wilson, from Rowayton, CT and St. Lukes School in New Canann, CT is currently ranked 7th in the high school class of 2010 by Golfweek / Sagarin. He has recently been named the Metropolitan Golf Association Jerry Courville Sr. Player of the Year for 2009. He is the youngest winner in the history of the award. In 2009 he was also named an American Junior Golf Association All-American as well as a picked as a member of the U.S. Challenge Cup and AJGA Canon Cup Teams. Wilson made it to the round of 8 in the 2009 USGA Junior Amateur at Trump National Golf Club, finished 1st in the 2009 MGA Met Amateur, 1st in the 2009 AJGA Nationwide Open at the Ohio State Scarlet Course, and first in the 2009 Carter Cup at Baltusrol Golf Club. He was also made it to the round of 32 in the USGA Men’s Amateur. Here's an insider profile from the AJGA of Cameron.

Lebow, from Santa Barbara, CA and Santa Barbara High School is currently ranked 27th in the high school class of 2010 by Golfweek / Sagarin. In 2009 Lebow finished 8th in the AJGA Emerson Junior Golf Classic, 9th in the Callaway Junior Worlds, 4th in the AJGA Heather Farr Classic and had multiple other top-25’s on the AJGA Tour. Lebow was also named to the 2009 AJGA HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team. Here's a brief write-up in ESPN's Rise magazine about Scott and another AJGA Insider profile on Scott.

“Cameron and Shane are two very talented and hard working kids. They will both be great additions to our squad and will really fit well with our program and the Stanford family. I really expect them both to make a major impact on our team the minute they step on campus.”

Wilson and Lebow will start with the team next fall as the Cardinal Golfers look to win the 9th National Championship.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Cardinal wins the Gifford Collegiate at CordeValle in San Martin, CA

The Cardinal wins the Gifford Collegiate by three strokes played at CordeValle in San Martin, CA with a solid final two days of play in the final tournament of the fall season. Playing against a strong field including #1 ranked Oklahoma State (which finished second), Stanford was led by junior All-American Sihwan Kim (see photo) who finished 2nd individually firing rounds of 68-68-71 for a 9-under 207 total. He was followed by sophomore David Chung who finished strong to tie for 3rd individually at 208 total with rounds of 73-68-67. David's final round was marked by a total of 7 birdies.

Freshman Andrew Yun tied for 18th at 2-under 214 with consistent play resulting in rounds of 71-71-72. Junior All-American Steve Ziegler was tied for 23rd at 1-under after rounds of 71-72-72, followed by freshman Andrew DeDecker's 3-over par tourney to tie for 41st after rounds of 71-71-77. Yet another freshman, Steven Kearney had a solid 2-under final round 70 to tie for 76th after rounds of 78-79-70.

Playing as an individual, junior Graham Brockington tied for 50th with rounds of 79-71-72.

STANFORD, Calif. - The second-ranked Stanford men's golf team will close out its fall schedule at the Gifford Collegiate Championship, which is being played Nov 9-11 at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif.

The 14-team, 54-hole event continues through Wednesday at CordeValle.

The Cardinal, ranked second in the latest poll released by GolfStat, will look forward to a showdown with top-ranked Oklahoma State along with USC and host UCLA. Augusta State, Duke, Lamar, Long Beach State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Colorado, UNC Charlotte and Oklahoma round out the field.

Stanford head coach Conrad Ray is expected to start a lineup consisting of Sihwan Kim, Steve Ziegler, David Chung and 3 freshmen, Andrew Yun, Steve Kearney and Andre De Decker. Graham Brockington will be playing as an individual.

Kim is coming off a strong showing at the Isleworth Intercollegiate in Windemere, Fla., where he finished second in one of the strongest fields assembled on the fall schedule.

The fifth annual CordeValle Collegiate Golf Championship has been re-named the Gifford Collegiate Championship at CordeValle, to honor its long time sponsor and Bay Area philanthropist Jack Gifford. Gifford who passed away unexpectedly in January and his wife Rhodine have been long time supporters of collegiate sports and have been major contributors to UCLA's athletic programs.

Mrs. Rhodine Gifford will continue to support the Gifford Collegiate Golf Championship that her husband Jack founded. Stanford Golf Coach Conrad Ray, whose team won the 2006 event, noted "The Gifford Collegiate Championship is a great way to recognize an amazing man, Jack Gifford. Jack was a builder of young men. His interest in collegiate athletics was a true example of this. CordeValle is one of the best venues in the country, the field is as strong, and we here at Stanford are eager to compete. Jack would be proud and his legacy will live on through this amazing event."

CordeValle was recently named California's #1 golf destination by CondeNast Traveler's June 2007 Readers' Poll and was ranked the #13 golf resort in North America, the Caribbean and Atlantic, Ireland and Scotland. CordeValle was also ranked in the top three in the 2007 - 2008 issue of Zagat Guide's America's Top Golf Courses.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Stanford is ranked either 2nd or 3rd in three national polls

GolfWeek has Stanford ranked 2nd behind Oklahoma State in their latest national poll of men's college golf teams.

GolfStat, the official source for college golf scores and statistics also has the Cardinal ranked 2nd behind Oklahoma State -- GolfStat head to head standings.

Stanford is picked as preseason #1 by Golf World/Nike Golf men's coaches' poll has Stanford in 3rd position behind Oklahoma State and Washington.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Cardinal finishes 3rd in Isleworth Collegiate at Tiger's home course in Windermere, FL

Stanford finished 3rd, 7 shots behind Oklahoma State and 2 behind Florida at the challenging Isleworth CC, home to a number of top professionals including Tiger Woods. Sihwan Kim led the way with rounds of 70-74-68, finishing 2nd individually, 1 shot behind the Bud Cauley -- Sihwan's finish was highlighted by his tournament low final round 68 in tough conditions. Sihwan's final round included 6 birdies and only 2 bogies.

The Stanford Daily reported: “It came down to the final round,” said coach Conrad Ray. “We hung in there on the back nine and it ended up being closer than we expected. The guys were a little disappointed that they didn’t place higher, but overall it was a good week.”

Junior Sihwan Kim was runner up by just one stroke on the individual ladder. Kim entered the final round tied for fifth place but drained six birdies to threaten the tournament individual winner, Bud Cauley of Alabama.

“Sihwan has really been doing great for us,” Ray said. “He has been handling his emotions well and has matured a lot. As a result, he has been playing better and is more confident on the green. He putted really well to make up for both good and bad shots this tournament.”

“Hopefully all of this will continue for Sihwan,” Ray continued. “I am seeing more and more of the Sihwan that we all know and love coming back.” Here is the complete Stanford Daily article.

Steve Ziegler finished 19th with rounds of 68-74-81, David Chung finished tied for 29th shooting 82-77-68, Andrew Yun tied for 33rd after rounds of 71-75-82 and Jordan Cox was 72nd with rounds of 80-81-85. ASU finished 12th 24 shots behind Stanford and Washington was 13th 25 shots behind the Cardinal.

Located in Windermere, Florida, the tournament invited many of the nation's top teams.

Complete scoring live can be found at golfstatresults.com.

Here you can view a terrific collection of practice round photos of the Stanford team.

Here you'll find the main tournament website - http://www.isleworthcollegiate.com/.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Cardinal finishes 2nd in the Prestige at PGA West at La Quinta, CA

Stanford finished in 2nd place, 16 shots behind TCU which was led by a sparkling 12-under par tournament by Daniel Jennevret who finished 6 shots ahead of the 2nd place finisher. Washington, UCLA and Southern Cal finished 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively. The tournament was held at the famed Pete Dye-designed Stadium course at PGA West in La Quinta, CA.

The Cardinal was led by sophomore David Chung who tied for 3rd individually with 3-under par rounds of 71-71-70. Sihwan Kim tied for 8th after firing rounds of 68-72-75. Senior Jordan Cox had a solid showing tying for 18th after rounds of 72-74-73 in his first tourney of the year, freshman Andrew Yun tied for 34th with rounds of 73-79-71 while returning All-American Steve Ziegler shot 71-79-74 to tie for 37th.

Four individuals participated as well led by Graham Brockington and frosh Steven Kearney who both were 14-over par at 230 to tie for 57th, frosh Andre DeDecker tied for 66th with a 232 total and sophomore Wilson Bowen finished 78th with a 244 total.

Next up for Stanford will be the Isleworth Collegiate in Windermere, Florida, Oct 23-25 played on Tiger Woods' home course against a field including most of the nation's top teams.

Complete scoring can be found at http:/www.golfstatresults.com.

Stanford brings a full team to the year's 2nd event -- the 5 players whose scores counted for the team competition were Jordan Cox, Sihwan Kim, Steve Ziegler, David Chung and Andrew Yun. Also playing were Graham Brockington, Wilson Bowen and freshmen Steven Kearney and Andre DeDecker. Missing is injured senior captain Joseph Bramlett.

The following press release was issued by UC Davis media relations hosting the event:
The Prestige at PGA WEST
La Quinta, Calif.
Oct. 11-13, 2009

Tournament Dates
Sunday, (Oct. 11), Monday, (Oct. 12), Tuesday, (Oct. 13)

Starting Times
1 p.m., Sunday (shotgun start)
1 p.m., Monday (shotgun start)
8 a.m. Tuesday (shotgun start)

Stadium Course at PGA WEST (La Quinta, Calif.)

par 72; 7,026 yards

Tournament Field (16 teams) - Current Golfweek rankings in parentheses
Central Florida (61), Hawai'i (213), Long Beach State (na), Pepperdine (46), Notre Dame (55), Univ. of San Diego (110), Stanford (60), TCU (20) UC Davis (73), UCLA (na), USC (10), Washington (5), Vanderbilt (48).

18 holes each day
Five players per team with lowest four scores counting toward team score

Tournament Website

Live Scoring
Available at http://www.golfstatresults.com.

Sunday Pairiings
Group 1- UC Davis, Stanford, Central Florida, Vanderbilt
Group 2 - Washington, UCLA, TCU, Notre Dame
Group 3 - USC, San Diego, Long Beach State, Pepperdine
Group 4 - Hawai'i, Stanford B, Individuals (mixed)

Tournament results will be emailed in PDF format to each participating school's media relations contact upon completion of each round. Results will also be available through www.ucdavisaggies.com

Media Relations Contact
Mike Robles, Assistant Athletics Director, Media Relations - UC Davis
(530) 752-3680 - office
merobles@ucdavis.edu - email
(NOTE: There will not be an SID on site this year, however, feel free to contact me if you have any questions).

Past Team Champions and Medalists
2008 - TCU (-3); Johan de Beer, TCU (-6); Nate Pistacchio, UC Davis (-6)
2007 - Charlotte (-10); Clayton Rask, Minnesota (-8); Dan Woltman, Wisconsin (-8)
2006 - Stanford (-15); Zack Miller, Stanford (-9)
2005 - UCLA (-4); Tim Cha, UC Irvine (-3); Danny Zimmerman, Illinois (-3)
2004 - UCLA (+40); Erik Hill, UC Davis (+1)
2003 - UCLA (-5); Colby Beckstrom, TCU (-10)
2002 - TCU (-11); Chris Marshall, Kansas (-9)
2001 - Washington (-20); Dustin Bray, North Carolina (-13); Brock Mackenzie, Washington (-13)
2000 - Northwestern (+15); James Lee, Stanford (E); Michael Beard, Pepperdine (E) - Lee won in playoff

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields is underway

The 2009-10 tournament season began at Olympia Fields Country Club outside Chicago. Olympia Fields hosted the 2003 US Open and the event features a strong field led by the Cardinal who have been picked at pre-season #1 by GolfWeek.

Stanford's team included 3 All-Americans including junior Steve Ziegler (2nd team in 2009), junior Sihwan Kim (1st team in 2008), sophomore David Chung (all regional team), super frosh Andrew Yun (picked as a preseason 3rd team) and junior Graham Brockington. Unable to make the trip due to injury was 2006 All-American Joseph Bramlett.

Stanford finished 4th, 6 shots behind ASU, in this opening event. Returning All-American Steve Ziegler led the way with rounds of 72-71-71 to finish tied for 6th individually (3 back of the lead), David Chung finished tied for 14th with rounds of 71-71-76, Sihwan Kim tied for 28th firing 75-72-75, Andrew Yun tied for 33rd shooting 77-74-72 in his first collegiate tourney while Graham Brockington was 56th after rounds of 80-76-75.

Complete scoring can be found at golfstat.com at the tournament website: http://www.golfstatresults.com//public/leaderboards/team/static/team_players_1594.html

Top-ranked Stanford opens 2009-10 season with dual match win

Reported on gostanford.com -- photo of junior Sihwan Kim
Sept. 16, 2009

SOUTHHAMPTON, NY - The top-ranked Stanford men's golf team got its season off on a positive note on Tuesday, defeating Princeton, 3 ½ to 1 ½ in a dual match played at the famed Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, NY.

The match was contested over 36 holes on at Shinnecock, site of four U.S. Opens.

Steve Ziegler, fresh off a quarterfinal appearance at the United State Amateur, havled his match with Greg Stamas while junior Sihwan Kim posted a 3&2 victory over Patrick Wasserman. Sophomore David Chung, playing in the three spot, was defeated by Eric Salazar, 1 up while freshman sensation Andrew Yun posted a 3&2 victory over Chase Woodsum. Junior Graham Brockington scored a 2-up victory over Juan Pablo Candela.

The dual match served as a tune-up for the Fighting Illini Invitational, which will be held next week at Olympia Fields Golf Club outside of Chicago.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Stanford picked as pre-season #1 by Golfweek

Golfweek Magazine has chosen Stanford as pre-season #12008-09 Golfweek rank: 5
Go-to guy: Steve Ziegler

Can win national title if . . . Joseph Bramlett has a successful return from last year’s wrist injury and Sihwan Kim finds the form that made him a first-team All-American in 2008. Bramlett resumed practicing in July, then qualified for the U.S. Amateur later that month; Kim had a strong amateur summer, with top 5s at the Porter Cup and Northeast Amateur.

The Cardinal’s top returning player is Ziegler, a junior who finished last season No. 17 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings and was a member of the U.S. Palmer Cup team.

Incoming freshman Andrew Yun and sophomore David Chung, the North & South champion, also had strong summers.

“We’ve got the makings of exciting stuff, especially if Joseph (Bramlett) is healthy,” head coach Conrad Ray said.

Any of these players has the ability to play No. 1 for the Cardinal. That kind of depth excites Ray, who likes to note that a low throw-out score was key to the Cardinal’s 2007 NCAA title.

The complete rankings can be found here: http://www.golfweek.com/news/2009/sep/09/college-preview-mens-teams/

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Steve Ziegler loses heartbreaker in quarterfinals of US Amateur

Photo: Steve Ziegler putts on his final hole at the US Amateur.

The Stanford star in the 2009 US Amateur was Steve Ziegler who lost to eventual champion Beyong-Hun An in the quarterfinals in an event that included 6 Stanford golfers: Steve Ziegler, David Chung, Andrew Yun, Joseph Bramlett, Jordan Cox and recent grad Dodge Kemmer. The event was played at Southern Hills CC in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with nearby Cedar Ridge CC being used as well for the first two rounds of qualifying for the field of 312 players trying to get into the 64-player match play portion of the event to determine the champion.

Steve Ziegler, Stanford's 2nd team All-American junior, lost in the quarterfinals on the 21st hole to 17-year old South Korean Byeong-Hun An after he fought back from an early 3-down deficit. For the 2nd match in a row Steve won the last two holes to square the match. The strong US Amateur showing came on the heels of a solid summer which included reaching the quarterfinals in the British Amateur in June.

Previous match coverage can be found below.

AFTER THE 2ND DAY OF MATCH PLAY - Ziegler moves on!
Steve Ziegler, Stanford's 2nd team All-American junior, won both his 2nd and 3rd round matches in dramatic fashion to move onto the quarterfinals against 17 year old South Korean Byeong-Hun An. In the 2nd round match vs Will Strickler, Steve had an early 3-up lead and had to hold on down the stretch on to win 1-up. So as he did earlier in the summer at the British Amateur, Steve is playing in the quarterfinals of a 2nd national amateur championship.

In the afternoon 3rd round match vs Dan Woltman, Ziegler played from behind all day and was 2-down with 2 to play. After winning 17 with a birdie 4, Steve birdied the very difficult par-4 460 yard dogleg right finishing hole to tie the match. In sudden death, both players parred the first 3 holes and Steve won it with another par 4 on the 22nd hole.

Dodge Kemmer lost his 2nd round match 3 & 2 to the same player who defeated David Chung, Floridian Connor Arendell.

Steve Ziegler and Dodge Kemmer both handily won their first round matches by 5 & 3 an 6 & 5 scores respectively. David Chung lost his first round match 2 & 1 to Arendell. Here are the complete first round match results. See results below for previous Cardinal results.

Three Cardinal players have qualified for the 64-player match play field with Steve Ziegler (73-72) and David Chung (74-71) tying for 20th place. Dodge Kemmer is tied for 45th after his 76-71. Live scoring of first round matches can be found here --- http://www.usamateur.org/scoring/nml/match1.html

Missing the cut by one stroke was Joseph Bramlett after rounds of 76-73 while Andrew Yun missed by 2 shots at 75-75. Jordan Cox also missed the cut with his 77-76.

The tough courses combined with windy conditions led to high first round scoring with only 5 players in the field breaking par 70. First round scores were Ziegler 73 (tied for 42nd), Chung 74 (tied for 62nd), Yun 75, Bramlett and Kemmer at 76 and Cox at 77. It will take solid rounds from all Cardinal players to qualify for match play.

Complete scores and the first round story is included here --- http://www.usamateur.org/news/lategamer824.html.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Cardinal golfers sweep top 3 spots at the Scratch Players Championship

Three Stanford golfers, led by Dodge Kemmer, swept the top 3 spots against a strong field at the Scratch Players Championship held in Oklahoma, while a fourth Cardinal finished tied for 7th.

Dodge Kemmer ('09) had rounds of 62-62-69-67 for a 16-under 264 total to win by 4 shots over teammates Sihwan Kim and David Chung. Sihwan had rounds of 65-66-68-69 for his 12-under 268 and David shot 67-66-66-69 to tie for 2nd also at 12-under 268.

Andrew Yun tied for 7th at 4-under 276 with rounds of 69-74-67-66, while senior Jordan Cox tied for 21st with rounds of 71-69-69-71.

Complete scoring can be found at http://www.scratchplayers.org/spc/Results/livescore.html. The tournament was run by the Scratch Players Group which tracks and ranks the world's top amateur golfers --- their website is at http://www.scratchplayers.org/index.html

Monday, August 17, 2009

Steve Ziegler earns rare double in Colorado

Colorado Golf Journal - Ziegler Pulls Off Rare CGA ‘Double’
Broomfield golfer wins both Stroke Play, Match Play in 2009
by Gary Baines - August 16, 2009

Hale Irwin didn’t do it, and neither did Steve Jones, Dale Douglass, Bob Byman or Jonathan Kaye. They were all well-known Colorado golf standouts, but none of them accomplished what Broomfield’s Steve Ziegler did this year.

The Stanford golfer, who plays out of The Ranch Country Club, on Sunday became the first player since 1985 to win the CGA Stroke Play and CGA Match Play in the same calendar year.

Ziegler, who wasn’t even born when Brandt Jobe pulled off his sweep of the CGA’s top two tournaments 24 years ago, claimed the Stroke Play title at Lakewood Country Club on Sunday, roughly five weeks after winning the Match Play at Bear Creek Golf Club.

“It’s one of the greatest moments I’ve ever had on a golf course,” the 20-year-old said. Winning both tournaments in the same year “means a lot. I thought about it even before the Match Play. It was a broad, grand goal, and it’s not easy to accomplish. It says a lot that the last player to do it is a mainstay on the PGA Tour.

“I’ve never done anything grander than this.”

Ziegler, a junior-to-be at Stanford, shot back-to-back 4-under-par 67s on the weekend for an 11-under-par 273 total, which was good for a three-shot margin over former University of Colorado golfer Tom Gempel. Gempel, the Pinery Country Club player who also finished second to Ziegler in the Match Play last month, closed with a 69. Click here to read the full article in the Colorado Golf Journal.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

US Amateur Qualifying Results: Yun, Bramlett, Cox, Ziegler, Chung, Kemmer are in championship

So far we know of six Stanford players who have qualified for this year's US Amateur to be played August 24-30 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, while Sihwan Kim is a first alternate. The latest qualifer on August 10 was incoming freshman Andrew Yun from Chandler Arizona who won a playoff to finish 2nd with a 36-hole total of 136 at Tucson National GC.

The following qualifying rounds include July 27 qualifying dates from around the country.

First, great news that not only is Joseph Bramlett playing again after his long bout with injury, but he finished 2nd at the Peninsula Golf & Country Club in San Mateo, CA, with a 138 total behind the leader Joseph Cox who fired a 137. Head Coach Conrad Ray did not qualify at this same venue.

Other qualifiers included Steve Ziegler who qualified 2nd in Ft. Collins, Colorado, with a 136 total, David Chung also finishing 2nd with a 140 total in Hamilton, NY and recent grad Dodge Kemmer leading qualifiers in Wichita, Kansas, with his 134 total. Sihwan Kim is first alternate at the Hamilton, NY qualifier with a 142 total.

We have not yet heard of results for other Stanford players who tried to qualify. We'll be closely following the action at Southern Hills when the US Amateur gets underway.

Here is the official site of the US Amateur this year --- http://www.2009usamateur.com/

Friday, August 7, 2009

Five Stanford golfers compete at the prestigious Western Amateur - Yun moves into match play

As reported below, Andrew Yun was the only Stanford golfer to advance to match play and he lost his first round match to Illinois senior Zach Barlow in dramatic fashion as reported on the Western Amateur website:

"In first-round match play, the most dramatic moment of the day came on the 18th hole of the match between Andrew Yun, an incoming freshman at Stanford, and Zach Barlow, a senior at Illinois.

With Barlow 1 up, Yun needed to win the 18th to extend the match. When his third shot on the par 5, 570-yard hole ended up over the green 40 feet from the flagstick, Barlow – whose third shot was almost the same distance from the hole but on the green – appeared ready to close the match with two putts.

Yun changed Barlow’s odds, though, holing his 40-foot chip shot for birdie.

Facing the prospect of extra holes, Barlow stepped up to his putt and stroked it in the center of the cup to match Yun’s birdie, halve the hole and move into the quarterfinals."

Reporting below summarizes the stroke play portion of the championship.

Andrew Yun, incoming freshman from Chandler, Arizona, moves in the "Sweet Sixteen" match play competition at the 107th Western Amateur played at Lake Forest, Illinois. Andrew finished tied for 6th, two shots behind the medalist with rounds of 67-74-70-71. "Symbolic of golf’s global nature and its regional strength, this year’s Sweet 16 consists of five international players representing four different nations; four players from three different Texas universities, and 11 players from nine different states, including four from the Midwest. The group also includes two left-handers."

For complete results and to follow the action as Andrew moves into match play go to www.thewesternamateur.com/.

Four other Stanford golfers were competing in this elite field of amateurs including Sihwan Kim, David Chung, Steve Ziegler and Wilson Bowen. Sihwan finished tied for 36th with rounds of 69-70-78-78 to miss the cut by 8 strokes, while David Chung had rounds of 74-73-77-78.

Steve Ziegler missed the 36 hole cut as did Wilson Bowen.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Andrew Yun's final round 65 leads to 5th place finish at Pacific Coast Amateur

Incoming freshman Andrew Yun fired a course record tying 65 in his final round to move into 5th place at the 43rd Pacific Coast Amateur Championship at the Gallery Golf Club in Tucson, AZ. Playing against a strong field, Andrew was 13-under for the championship with rounds of 70-69-71-65. Andrew's hole-by-hole results can be found here: http://www.pacificcoastamateur.com/Scoring/2009/09PCGAScoring.htm.

His final round 65 included a front nine 30 with 6 birdies and no bogies, followed by another 2 birdies with his sole bogey for a 35 on the back nine.

A summary of the event can be found this Arizona article by KOLD News while the event's website with full results can be found here: http://www.pacificcoastamateur.com/

Monday, July 27, 2009

Cardinal golfers shine at the Porter Cup!

Three Stanford golfers placed in the top four spots in the Porter Cup tournament played at Niagara Falls Country Club. Playing against a strong field of college players and other amateurs incoming freshman Andrew Yun tied for first and lost in a playoff while David Chung and Sihwan Kim tied for fourth place.

Andrew finished at 6-under 204 with rounds of 70-66-68, David was at 206 with rounds of 68-70-68, while Sihwan also was at 206 with rounds of 69-69-68.

Full scoring can be found at http://www.golfstatresults.com//public/leaderboards/player/static/player1587.html and an article about the event can be found at http://www.portercup.com/News_09Gielow_article1.html.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Andrew Yun and Steve Ziegler complete play at Southern Amateur

Incoming freshman Andrew Yun of Chandler, Arizona, finished tied for 43rd while All-American Steve Ziegler missed the cut in the 103rd Southern Amateur held in Cordova, Tennessee, at the Chandler Country Club. Andrew had rounds of 70-74-72-73 to finish 17 strokes behind the winner while Steve had disappointing rounds of 72-74.

The next event with Stanford players entered should be the Porter Cup July 22-25 where at least 3 Cardinal golfers are scheduled to play, David Chung, Sihwan Kim and Andrew Yun again.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Ziegler wins Colorado match play, Kim plays at US Public Links & 3 Stanford golfers complete Players Amateur

All-American junior to be Steve Ziegler continued his fine summer play with a marathon win in the Colorado Golf Association match play championship. Below are results from the Player's Amateur where David Chung, Graham Brockington and Dodge Kemmer competed.

The following excerpt is taken from Colorado Golf Journal's report on the tournament:

Steve Ziegler of Broomfield was the beneficiary of the last switch in momentum as he won the last three holes of the match for a 1-up victory and his first CGA championship.

“I was absolutely pumped” despite being 2 down to Gempel with three holes left, said Ziegler, a 20-year-old junior-to-be at Stanford. “I was on the ropes.”

But Ziegler turned out to be the last man standing as Gempel apparently ran out of gas and finished double bogey-bogey-bogey. The recent University of Colorado graduate missed a 2-foot par putt -- his second of the final 18 holes -- on the 36th hole to end the match.

“I was surprised he finished the way he did,” Ziegler said of Gempel. “But this whole week I was trying a new match play philosophy. I was playing the course and old man par. It made all the difference this week. I was just forgetting about what my opponent did.”

Gempel tried to be philosophical about what happened down the stretch.

“I’m pretty disappointed," he said. "But I played about as well as I’ve played in a long time. I’ve come a long way in the last month. I was once this close to quitting golf. So I’m proud of the way I played.”

Ziegler was pushed for the first time all week. In his first five matches at Bear Creek, the player from The Ranch Country Club was 18 under par and his closest match was 4 and 3. On Friday, he played his first nine holes in 5-over-par 41, but was 2 under for his final nine. That included a 78-yard hole-out for an eagle on the par-4 10th hole that squared the match. And though Gempel rebounded to regain the momentum with birdie putts of 1 foot, 8 feet and 8 feet in the middle of the back nine, Ziegler prevailed in the end.

For Ziegler it was another in a long list of impressive accomplishments in the last several years. He’s won two state high school titles, claimed his first college victory, was one of eight American college players selected for the prestigious Palmer Cup team and made the round of 16 at last month’s British Amateur. And now he‘s the 2009 CGA Match Play champion.

Winning a CGA title for the first time “is huge,” Ziegler said. “It’s been a giant monkey on my back. I’ve played in (CGA) events since I was a kid, and they’re difficult to win. It’s a huge accomplishment. I’d put it up there alongside my state (high school) wins and my first college win.”

Ziegler joins a list of CGA Match Play champions that includes Hale Irwin, Steve Jones, Brandt Jobe and Kevin Stadler.

In the Players Amateur held at Hilton Head, South Carolina, recent graduate Dodge Kemmer finished tied for 11th with rounds of 70-78-74-68, David Chung was 18th with rounds of 72-73-75-71 and Graham Brockington missed the cut after rounds of 80-82-75.

In the US Public Links event where Sihwan Kim qualified to compete, Sihwan failed to make match play by two strokes after rounds of 74-77. Sihwan was playing at the Jimmy Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Oklahoma. Complete results can be found here.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

David Chung wins the prestigious North-South Amateur at famed Pinehurst #2

In winning, Stanford's rising sophomore David Chung, adds his name to the Pinehurst Heritage Hall plaque for North & South Champions, which also includes Francis Ouimet, Jack Nicklaus, Curtis Strange, Davis Love and many other greats of the game.

David defeated Wes Bryan 4 and 3 in the 36-hole final. The grueling event included 5 other matches to reach the finals. Steady and at time spectacular play by David marked his run through the tournament. In every match on the fames, tough Pinehurst #2 course David was no worst than even par.

Complete hole-by-hole scoring for all of David's matches can be found at http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/leaderboards/match/singles_detail.cfm?tournament_id=1590&mid=63

David's hometown newspaper, the Fayettville Observer, provided this story. A press release from Pinehurst is included below and here you will find a story in the Southern Pines Pilot. In addition, here's GolfWeek's story on David's win.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Janeen Driscoll, 910.235.8710


VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. (July 4, 2009) – “No mistakes” is what Fayetteville, N.C. native David Chung needed and delivered to win the 109th North & South Men’s Amateur Championship on Saturday with a 4-and-3 win over Chapin, S.C.-native and South Carolina Gamecock golfer Wes Bryan.

Chung was 1-down after the first 18 holes of play on the 7,342-yard, par 71 Pinehurst No. 2 course. But with a 30-foot putt on the difficult par-4 5th hole for birdie, the tide of the 36-hole final match on Saturday began to turn in his favor.

“I knew I had a really tough match against Wes today,” said Chung, the Stanford rising sophomore, following play. “You have to hang in there for the first 18, but with the second 18, all that match play raises the level of intensity. It was grueling after three days of 36 holes.”

Neither player appeared tired throughout the day, trading birdies and holes throughout the round. The match was all-square through the first 12 holes, when Chung carded back-to-back birdies on holes 13 and 14 to take a 2-up lead. Chung missed a par putt on 15th to lose the hole with a Bryan par, and followed it by a par 5 on the 16th to Bryan’s birdie to set the match back to all-square. Bryan nailed a 10-footer on the 18th for birdie, but Chung would hold on to par with a 20-footer to end the morning’s play at 1-up, Bryan.

Although Bryan would card a winning par and birdie on the 21st and 22nd holes to go 3-up, The afternoon holes took a decisive turn with Chung’s 20-footer on the 23rd hole to set the match at 2-up, Bryan. Chung would take charge directly following with five birdies in the next 10 holes - the 26th, 28th, 31st, 32nd and 33rd holes. With birdies again on the 13th and 14th holes of Pinehurst No. 2, the short par-3 15th would set Chung for a birdie putt 10 feet from the hole. Bryan flew the green and putted from the back left swale past the hole, rolling to the front side of the green. Bryan would land within 4 feet of the hole on his 3rd shot, but Chung sunk his final birdie of the day to settle the match at 4-and-3.

“It means so much to me to win at Pinehurst,” said Chung. “It is very special and very important, especially in living 40 miles from here. I’ve played this course a lot, I came here for the Opens and had a system in playing these greens. I practiced a lot of putting off the greens.”

This is the third time Chung has competed in the North & South Amateur Championship. In winning, his name will be added to the Pinehurst Heritage Hall plaque for North & South Champions, which also includes Francis Ouimet, Jack Nicklaus, Curtis Strange, Davis Love and many other greats of the game.

He heads to Hilton Head for a tournament before returning to Pinehurst in two weeks to caddie for his sister, who will play in the Women’s North & South beginning on July 14.

109th Men’s North & South Amateur Championship
Final 36-hole Round Match Play Results: July 4, 2009
Pinehurst No. 2 7,342-yard par 71
Pinehurst Resort, Village of Pinehurst, N.C.

15 Chung, David (Fayetteville, NC) def 5 Bryan, Wes (Chapin, SC) 4 & 3

About Pinehurst
Located in the North Carolina heartland, world-renowned Pinehurst Resort is a 2,000-acre historic property featuring spa, golf, tennis, family, events and leisure recreation. Widely known as the cradle of American golf, it has hosted more single golf championships than any other site in America, including the U.S. Open, PGA Championship, Ryder Cup Matches, PGA Tour Championship and many others. In 2008 it became the only resort to top the coveted Travel +Leisure Golf Best Golf Resort list for an unprecedented third time, as chosen by its readers. Pinehurst is a registered trademark of Pinehurst, LLC. See pinehurst.com or call 800-487-4653 for a complete list of events and activities.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Sihwan Kim & teammates start strong in summer tournaments

The summer tournament season for Stanford's golf team members started well for Sihwan Kim in particular. Sihwan led all qualifiers for the US Public Links championship as he competed at Chino Hills #1 finishing with a two round total of 139. He will move onto the championship played at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club from July 13-18.

In addition, Sihwan, David Chung and incoming freshman Andrew Yun competed in the Northeast Amateur played in Rhode Island and Sihwan finished in 5th place with rounds of 65-70-68-67.

David had a solid event finishing tied for 34th with rounds of 71-70-68-70, while Andrew finished 43rd with rounds of 70-67-73-71.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Steve Ziegler gets to the round of 16 at the British Amateur

Steve Ziegler, Stanford's 2nd team All-American with a world amateur ranking of 19, advanced to the 4th round of 16 players at the British Amateur championship played at the Formby Golf Club and West Lancashire Golf Club in England June 15 - 20. Steve was the final US player competing and he lost on the last hole to the eventual runner-up Darren Renwick.

In the two-day qualifying to advance into the match play portion of the tournament Steve shot 72-73 to finish in a tie for the 44th position in the 64-player match play draw.

Complete results can be found at http://www.randa.org/championship/The_Amateur_Championship

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Team and Individual Awards for the year

Conrad Ray, the Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf announced its year-end awards for the 2008-2009 season:

The Low Freshman Stroke Average goes to freshman David Chung with a 73.89 average - David was also selected to the All-Region team by the Golf Coaches of America.

Sophomore Graham Brockington was awarded the team's Most Improved Player award for the 2008-2009 season. Graham's stroke average dropped from 82 in 2007-8 to 74.6 in 2008-9.

The Most Valuable Player goes to sophomore golfer Steve Ziegler. Ziegler was also voted First Team All Pac-10 and named Second Team All-American (see the announcement below).

The Stanford Tradition award, an award given to the player exhibiting leadership, strong work ethic, academic excellence, and an overall appreciation of the traditions of Stanford and Stanford men's golf, has been given to senior Daniel Lim.

Lastly, The "Spooney" Award, which is given to the Stanford golfer displaying the most fight and tenacity while maintaining a never give up attitude, was also awarded to senior Daniel Lim.

The Stanford men's golf program is proud of these team members and looks to build on this leadership in the future.

Conrad Ray
The Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf
NCAA Champions : '38,'39,'41,'42,'46,'53,'94,'07

Golf Coaches Association of America
Monday, June 8, 2009
Division I PING All-America Teams Named
Second, third and honorable mention teams named

NORMAN, Okla. – The second, third and honorable mention PING All-America Teams have been announced by the GCAA. Jorge Campillo of Indiana, Rickie Fowler and Morgan Hoffmann of Oklahoma State, Southern California’s Matthew Giles, Matt Hill of NC State, Florida’s Billy Horschel, Kyle Stanley of Clemson, Washington’s Nick Taylor, Cameron Tringale of Georgia Tech and Marquette’s Mike Van Sickle were previously named to the PING All-America First Team

Blayne Barber of UCF, Texas A&M’s Bronson Burgoon, Bud Cauley of Alabama, UCLA’s Erik Flores, Georgia’s Brian Harman, Russell Henley and Hudson Swafford, Illinois Scott Langley, John Peterson of LSU and Stanford’s Steve Ziegler comprise the second team.

Third-team honorees include Coastal Carolina’s Zack Byrd, Harris English of Georgia, Wichita State’s Dustin Garza, Andrew Landry of Arkansas, Washington’s Richard Lee and Darren Wallace, Oklahoma State’s Trent Leon, Steve Saunders of New Mexico and Virginia Tech’s Drew Weaver.

All West Regional Team:
Knut Borsheim, Arizona State
John Chin, UC Irvine
David Chung, Stanford
Erik Flores, UCLA
Matthew Giles, Southern California
Tom Glissmeyer, Southern California
Austin Graham, UC Davis
Stephan Gross, Arizona State
Brady Johnson, BYU
Jesper Kennegard, Arizona State
Chan Kim, Arizona State
Espen Kofstad, Denver
Richard Lee, Washington
Jamie Lovemark, Southern California
Tarquin MacManus, Arizona
Gregor Main, UCLA
Daniel Miernicki, Oregon
Eddie Olson, UNLV
Paul Peterson, Oregon State
Andrew Putnam, Pepperdine
Travis Reid, New Mexico State
Steve Saunders, New Mexico
Tim Sluiter, Southern California
Ryan Sprinkling, UC Davis
Nick Taylor, Washington
Darren Wallace, Washington
Daniel Wax, Denver
Steve Ziegler, Stanford

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

112th NCAA Championship ends for Stanford at Inverness Club in Toledo, OH

The 112th NCAA Championship ended with 5th ranked Stanford finishing 20th out of 30 teams at the historic Inverness Club in Toledo, OH. Host to 8 major championships, the course offered a stern test to the nation's best collegiate golfers as 30 teams are competing through May 30th. A total of 7 Pac 10 teams are competing in the finals.

Stanford improved it's previous best round by 10 strokes at 288 total (4 over par) in the 3rd round, but still wound up the stroke play portion of the championship in 20th place. Only the top 8 teams continue onto to the first match play portion in the tournament's history. Three of the 8 remaining teams are Pac-10 teams ASU, USC and Washington.

Senior Dodge Kemmer ended his career at Stanford with a fine 4-under 67 as he tied for 60th overall. Leading Stanford's in this event as he has much of this season, sophomore Steve Ziegler shot a final round 76 to finish tied for 30th, while sophomore Sihwan Kim had a 72, freshman David Chung a 73, and senior Daniel Lim an 83 in their final rounds.

It was a disappointing 2nd day for Stanford as they moved back in the standings to a tie for 25th with a team score of 14-over par 298 and after two days stands at 35-over par. Once again the back nine was the problem for Stanord with three golfers shooting 40 or higher. The Cardinal now is 35 shots behind the leading Oklahoma State team.

All Pac-10 performer Steve Ziegler fired a fine 69 and is tied for 16th overall at even par 142 while Daniel Lim had a 1-over 72. Others struggled as David Chung shot a 78 and Dodge Kemmer and Sihwan Kim had 79s. ASU and Washington remain in contention for the title in 4th and 5th place respectively at 7-over and 11-over par.

Stanford got off to a solid first 9 holes (starting on hole 10) but the back nine proved to the undoing for the team as they ended the first day of play 21 over par and in a tie for 22nd, or 17 shots behind the leading Georgia and Oklahoma State teams at 4 over par. After going out in 3-over par on the first 9 holes, scoring for the Cardinal ballooned to 17-over for the last 9 holes. Steve Ziegler led the way with a 2-over 73 followed by Dodge Kemmer's 76, Sihwan Kim's 77, Daniel Lim's 79 and David Chung's 81. Washington is the leading Pac 10 team in a tie for 4th place at 9 over par.

Full scoring can be found at http://www.golfstatresults.com//public/leaderboards/team/static/team_players_1495.html

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Stanford moves on to NCAA Finals with 4th place finish at Texas regional

Stanford will be moving onto the NCAA Finals to be played at the Inverness Club in Toledo, OH, after finishing 4th at NCAA Regional play in Austin, Texas.

FINAL RESULTS: Battling a tough course and 6 other teams with a chance to make the top 5 and qualify for the NCAA Championship, the Cardinal came thru with the day's 2nd best round of 11 over par. For the 2nd straight day Stanford was led by senior Dodge Kemmer with another 1-under 70 as he finished tied for 4th individually. All-American sophomore Sihwan Kim fired a 1-over 72 to finish tied for 12th, while freshman David Chung bounced back from two higher rounds with a 73 to finish tied for 56th overall. All-Pac-10 sophomore Steve Ziegler struggled to a 79 to finish tied for 37th and senior Daniel Lim carded an 81 to also finish tied for 56th.

Congrats to the team for a hard fought tournament in which everyone made significant contributions. Joining Stanford from this regional were Florida, Texas Tech, host Texas and Michigan. Cal finished in 9th place 8 shots off the cut-line to qualify.

Full tournament scoring is available by GolfStat.com at

DAY TWO RESULTS: After a tough 2nd round, the Cardinal is in a battle for one of the top 5 spots to move on to the NCAA finals. Stanford sits in 5th position at 25 over par --- there are six other teams within 9 shots of Stanford's score so almost the entire field is still alive. The top three teams have a clear lead with Florida in 3rd at 12-over par and UNLV at 17-over, or 8 shots better than Stanford. 2nd round play included Kemmer's 70, Kim's 74, Ziegler's 77, Chung's 78 and Lim's 79. No doubt play will need to improve on the last day for Stanford to move on.

ROUND ONE RESULTS: Stanford finished the day in 4th place at 10-over par, a total of 12 shots behind Texas Tech. Steve Ziegler had a 1-under 70 to tie for 3rd, while Daniel Lim had a 73, Sihwan Kim a 75, Dodge Kemmer a 76 and David Chung a highly unusual for him 82. Only one team played there way out of the chance to finish in the top 5 and move on to the NCAA championship finals.

A total of 7 Pac-10 have advanced to the final stage of the NCAAs from the six different regionals including Washington, ASU, Arizona, Oregon, USC and UCLA. Regional results can be found at http://www.golfstatresults.com.

PRE-TOURNAMENT REPORT: Stanford earned a top seed in the Austin regional in Texas. One of 9 Pac-10 teams moving on to 6 regionals around the country, the Cardinal join USC and Washington as top seeds in the tournament reflecting the recent dominance of the NCAA championship in recent years. Cal will be joining Stanford in the Austin regional. Stanford's team includes sophomores Steve Ziegler and Sihwan Kim, freshman David Chung and seniors Dodge Kemmer and Daniel Lim.

Play began at the University of Texas golf course May 14 and continued thru May 16 with the low 5 teams out of 13 teams in the region moving on to the NCAA Championship Finals to be held May 26-30 in Toledo, Ohio. Stanford comes off a national championship finish in 2007 and a runner-up finish in 2008. A total of 81 teams in 6 regionals around the country will be competing for a total of 30 spots in the finals, with 5 teams from each region moving on.

Here are the teams competing with Stanford in the Austin Regional:
University of Texas Golf Club – Austin, Texas
Hosted by the University of Texas

Teams (seeded in the following order):
1. Stanford
2. Florida
3. Texas Tech
4. Texas
6. California
7. Lamar (Southland Conference)
8. Michigan
9. Texas-Arlington
10. Virginia Tech
11. Mississippi State
12. New Mexico State (Western Athletic Conference)
13. Jackson State (Southwestern Athletic Conference)

Click here for a complete recap of the NCAA regionals around the country.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Ziegler and Chung earn All Pac-10 honors

STANFORD, Calif. - As reported at the gostanford.com website, Sophomore Steve Ziegler and freshman David Chung both earned All-Pac-10 honors, as the annual awards were released today by the conference. Click here for the complete announcement from the Pac-10.

Ziegler earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors after being named an honorable mention last year. The Broomfield, Colo. native carries a 72.3 stroke average over 30 rounds. He collected five top-ten individual finishes and three top-25 places over the year along with shooting a low round of 65 at the USC/Ashworth Collegiate Invitational, where he picked up his only individual crown of the season, and posting his best three-round total of 202 at the U.S. Intercollegiate.

Chung was selected second-team All-Pac-10 in only his rookie season. The freshman out of Fayetteville, N.C. has recorded a 73.17 stroke average so far over 30 rounds and has picked up two top-10 finishes, including his best at the U.S. Collegiate Championship at the Golf Club of Georgia, where he took third. He also notched four top-25 finishes, carded a low-round of 66 in Georgia and a three-round low of 209 at the USC/Ashworth Collegiate Invitational.

The Cardinal will learn Monday which NCAA Regional competition they will be competing in as it tries to qualify for its third straight NCAA Championship.

In an unprecedented sign of the times perhaps, five of the nine first team honorees are from outside the US including co-players of the year Matthew Giles (USC-Australia) and Nick Taylor (Washington, BC).

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Pac-10 championship being played at the Seattle Golf Club

The Pac-10 Championship is underway in Seattle, being played at the historic, private Seattle Golf Club. The host Washington team is coming off a record-breaking performance at Stanford in the US Intercollegiate where they swept the top three individual places and won the team title easily in record fashion.

Stanford sends it's nationally ranked team (5th) into this competition in which each team sends six players instead of the typical five players competing. Playing competitors are Steve Ziegler, David Chung, Sihwan Kim, Dodge Kemmer, Daniel Lim and Graham Brockington. Injured All-American, Joseph Bramlett, has just started to play again and may be available for the NCAA regionals May 14-16.

The Cardinal finished 4th at 17-over par for the 2nd straight tournament as Washington swept the field with a dominating 16-under performance. Last week at Stanford Washington swept the top three individual spots and this week at the Pac-10 championship they swept the top two individual spots.

Final round results for Stanford included a 70 from freshman David Chung (290, T-13), 71 by sophomore Sihwan Kim (291, T-16), 73 by senior Daniel Lim (291, T-16), 71 by sophomore Graham Brockington (297, T-35), 76 by senior Dodge Kemmer (298, T-38) and a 77 by sophomore Steve Ziegler (300, T-44). Next up will be regional play in the NCAA championship the May 14-16 in which Stanford is likely to be placed in the West region.

Stanford's team had good results with a 1-under par team score of 359, leaving the team 16-over par after 3 rounds, but fell further behind the red-hot Washington home team which continued its outstanding play in recent weeks. Washington's lead stretched to 7 shots after a blistering 13-under third round of 347. The Cardinal scoring was led by Daniel Lim's 2nd 70 (70-78-70/218 T-14) and Sihwan Kim's 71 (80-69-71/220 T-20), followed by David Chung's 72 (72-76-72/220 T-20), Steve Ziegler's 72 (76-75-72/223 T-34), Graham Brockington's 74 (76-75-74/226 T-44) and Dodge Kemmer's 75 (73-74-75/222 T-26).

Washington's strong 3rd round included rounds of 65, 67 and 68 providing the difference with the rest of the field, although Oregon is making a strong showing in 2nd place after a third round 350. Surprisingly, 2nd ranked nationally USC is at 31-over par, 15-shots behind Stanford and 39 strokes behind Washington.

DAY ONE RESULTS (report from Stanford's gostanford.com website:
No. 4 Stanford completed two rounds of play today at the 2009 Pac-10 Championships at 6,836-yard, par-72 Seattle Golf Club, shooting a cumulative 17-over-par 737 over 36 holes to settle into a tie for fourth place.

The Cardinal have two more rounds over the next two days to catch the top of the field, led by hosts No. 5 Washington, which leads by four strokes with a plus-five 725.

Senior No., 93 Dodge Kemmer had the best outing for Stanford on the day, shooting a three-over-par 147 to rest in a tie for 18th place. Senior Daniel Lim and freshman No. 46 David Chung followed close behind, as each posted a four-over-par 148. Lim knocked in six birdies, four of which were on the back-nine, in the first round to post a two-under-par 70. Chung sunk an eagle on the par-five 14th hole and birdied twice in the first round on his way to an even-72.

Sophomores Sihwan Kim and No. 9 Steve Ziegler recorded the two next best scores for the Cardinal. Kim did not start out like he had hoped to, but bounced back in the second round with a three-under-par 69 to give him a five-over-par 149 for the day. Ziegler was consistent through his two rounds, carding a 76-75 to put him at seven-over and in a tie for 35th place. Sophomore Graham Brockington finished the day at eight-over-par.

Stanford is paired with California for tomorrow's third round, and will be teeing off from the first hole at 8 a.m. Live scoring can be found at http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/leaderboards/team/static/team_players_1479.html.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Steve Ziegler named to the Palmer Cup representing the US

Stanford's super-soph Steve Ziegler has been chosen to the Palmer Cup as one of eight collegians who will represent the US in Ryder Cup-style matches versus a European team. The matches will be played June 3-5 at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver and with Steve being from Colorado it will be a homecoming of sorts for him. The full press release from the Golf Coaches Association of America is included below:

Contact: Dustin Roberts
Golf Coaches Association of America
(405) 329-4222

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Teams Named for Palmer Cup presented by Fisher Capital Partners

NORMAN, Okla. – The United States and European teams have been announced for the Palmer Cup presented by Fisher Capital Partners at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver. The annual Ryder Cup-style competition will be played June 3-5.

The American team will consist of Bud Cauley of Alabama, Oklahoma State’s Morgan Hoffmann and Trent Leon, Jamie Lovemark of Southern California, Georgia’s Adam Mitchell, Cameron Tringale of Georgia Tech, Marquette’s Mike Van Sickle and Colorado native Steve Ziegler of Stanford. It will be the second Palmer Cup appearances for both Lovemark (2007) and Mitchell (2008).

Representing the Euros will be Jorge Campillo of Indiana, Arizona State’s Stephan Gross, Leonardo Motta of IULM Milan, Augusta State’s Henrik Norlander, Chris Paisley and Robin Wingardh of Tennessee, Texas A&M’s Andrea Pavan and Tim Sluiter of Southern California. Spain’s Campillo will be competing in his third Palmer Cup (2007, ‘08) will Sluiter of The Netherlands will appear in his second (2008). Gross is the first Palmer Cup participant from Germany. Motta and Pavan hail from Italy, Paisley from England and Norlander and Wingardh from Sweden.

GolfweekTV link - http://www.golfweektv.com/lances_room.asp?ID=5413

The United States leads the all-time Palmer Cup series 6-5-1.

Team USA
Bud Cauley, Alabama
Morgan Hoffmann, Oklahoma State
Trent Leon, Oklahoma State
Jamie Lovemark, Southern California
Adam Mitchell, Georgia
Cameron Tringale, Georgia Tech
Mike Van Sickle, Marquette
Steve Ziegler, Stanford

Team Europe
Jorge Campillo, Indiana (Spain)
Stephan Gross, Arizona State (Germany)
Leonardo Motta, IULM Milan (Italy)
Henrik Norlander, Augusta State (Sweden)
Chris Paisley, Tennessee (England)
Andrea Pavan, Texas A&M (Italy)
Tim Sluiter, Southern California (The Netherlands)
Robin Wingardh, Tennessee (Sweden)

- Palmer Cup -

Recruit Andrew Yun wins major Arizona championship

Andrew Yun, who will be coming to Stanford for the 2009-10 season, won his second Arizona Champions Stroke Play title at the TPC Scottsdale Champions Course by 8 strokes. Andrew, who is 17, was the only player in the field to finish under par as he finished at 4-under par 276, with rounds of 69-70-72-65.

A recap of the tournament can be found at http://www.azgolf.org/main/index.asp?CategoryID=0.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Stanford hosts 5 of the nation's top 25 teams in the US Intercollegiate

The Cardinal hosted a top field for the US Intercollegiate played on the outstanding Stanford golf course. Among the top 25 teams in the country are USC (3), Stanford (5), Washington (9), Texas (18) and ASU (22) while UCLA (27) and Cal (30) are not far behind.

Washington continued it's scorching play to win Stanford's event by 15 shots at 36-under par on a perfect day for scoring as temperatures reached into the high eighties were combined with low wind. In a highly unusual outcome, three Washington players led by Nick Taylor swept the top three individual places at 12-under, 11-under and 10-under as both Taylor and teammate Darren Wallace fired final round 63s.

Stanford finished 4th overall at 11-under par and was once again by a led by sophomore Steve Ziegler's strong play as he finished tied for 4th individually at 8-under with rounds of 68-66-68. Steve was followed by Dodge Kemmer's 2-under 67-71-70, David Chung's 68-73-69, Sihwan Kim's 69-72-71 and Daniel Lim's 74-70-71. Playing as individuals were Graham Brockington who had a career best tournament with rounds of 67-75-72 and Jordan Cox with 74-69-78.

It was clear throughout this year's event that the Stanford course lacked the teeth to challenge the field as the rough was thin throughout making it easy to reach the greens, and the firm fairways led to unusually long drives. Also, the greens, although firm, were not as fast as in recent years so the number of three-putts was down. The combination led to the record scoring throughout the field as a total of 81 rounds in the 60s were shot, and with a total of six players shooting all three rounds in the 60s, something that has rarely occurred in the past. There were three rounds of 63 shot, one 64, four 65s and eight 66s.

The total team and individual scoring also were record lows. Last year's tournament was won with a total score that was 24 shots higher. Stanford in 2008 finished 2nd at 1 over par, or 12 shots higher than in this year. Complete scoring from GolfStat can be found here.

Day one ended with record low scoring in ideal conditions. Winds were light and temperatures reached the high 70s by mid-afternoon, while the rough was not as tough as in recent years. The combination led to numerous sub-70 rounds as Washington's team took an 8-shot lead at 23-under par heading into the final round with their team members carding 7 rounds in the 60s, led by Tze Huang Choo's 10-under 130 and rounds of 65-65.

Stanford found itself in 5th place at 9-under led by Steve Ziegler's 6-under 68-66 start putting him in 3rd place overall. Next came Dodge Kemmer's 2-under 67-71, David Chung's 68-73, Sihwan Kim's 69-72 and Daniel Lim's 74-70. Playing as individuals Graham Brockington opened with a fine 67 followed by a 75 while Jordan Cox had rounds of 74-69. Freshman Wilson Bowen is redshirting and did not play.

Coach Ray invites the Stanford golf community to come out and enjoy the great play on our wonderful golf course! Here's an audio interview Conrad had with the Bay Area's flagship sports talk station, KNBR --- http://www.knbr.com/common/global_audio/201/6468.mp3.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Stanford finishes 2nd vs the nation's best teams in Georgia at the US Collegiate

The Cardinal finished in 2nd, two shots behind Clemson, in the prestigious US Collegiate Championship played at the Golf Club of Geogria. Stanford led by 4 shots after two days against the very strong field by 4 shots after two days of play. This 2nd place finish against a field which had 8 of the nation's top 10 teams (including Pac 10 rivals UCLA and USC), solidifies Stanford's top 5 ranking despite playing without their injured All-American Joseph Bramlett.

Scoring conditions were difficult for day 3 as only one player in the field broke 70. Leading the way for the Cardinal was freshman David Chung (75-66-73: finishing 3rd overall) and sophomore Steve Ziegler (70-71-75: tied for 4th). Senior Dodge Kemmer followed (72-77-73: tied for 25th), then sophomore All-American Sihwam Kim was next at 71-76-81: tied for 44th) while senior Daniel Lim (76-81-78: 72nd).

In round two, Chung's spectacular 66, easily the best of the day and the 2nd lowest round of the tournament behind Erik Flores' 65 in round 1, included 7 birdies and one bogey. David ended up two shots behind the tournament's individual champion to continue his outstanding freshman season.

It's fitting that Georgia is location of the US Collegiate a week before the Masters starts as the nation's best teams gathered at a top venue, the Golf Club of Georgia. Hosted by Georgia Tech and including 8 of the top 10 teams in the current national rankings, the golf course is expected to provide a strong test for the best players in college.

Stanford's team consists of Steve Ziegler, David Chung, Sihwan Kim, and seniors Daniel Lim and Dodge Kemmer. See the complete scoring recap provided by GolfStat.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Callaway Match Play Championship offers unique format

Match Play Day 2 Results:
Stanford finished match play by beating San Diego State 3-1-1. Overall that left the Cardinal in 5th place out of 16 teams with an overall match play record of 8 wins, 6 losses and 1 match tied. David Chung, Steve Ziegler and Sihwan Kim won their matches by 2-1, 1-up and 1-up respectively. Dodge Kemmer halved his final match while Daniel Lim lost his only match 3-1. Complete match results vs San Diego State can be found here.

Match Play Day 1 Results:
Stanford lost a heartbreaker to #1 seed Indiana in the first round of match play by a 3-2 score. David Chung won his match 5-3 while Daniel Lim was a 2-1 winner. After leading all the way, with 3 holes remaining Steve Ziegler was tied but lost 16 & 17 to fall 2-1. With two holes remaining Dodge Kemmer was tied and lost the 17th and tied the 18th to lose 1 down. And Sihwan Kim was 1 down with 4 to play and lost the next two to lose 3-2. Full first round match play detail can be found here.

In the afternoon's consolation bracket match versus Texas A & M, Stanford won the hard fought contest when Daniel Lim won his final two holes for a 2-up victory. Other wins came by Sihwan Kim (4-3) and Dodge Kemmer (2-up). Stanford will now face 2nd seeded San Diego State. Full 2nd round match play results can be found here.

Stroke Play Qualifying Results:
Stanford moved into the championship bracket of the Callaway Collegiate match play event played at the Farms GC in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. Once again Stanford was led by recent tournament winner, sophomore Steve Ziegler, with qualifying rounds of 72-74 which placed him in a tie for 10th individually.

Playing in windy and sometimes wet conditions, other individual scores were Dodge Kemmer's 72-77, Daniel Chung's 74-78, Daniel Lim's 79-78 and Sihwan Kim's 82-75. As a result of qualifying in a tie for 7th Stanford receives the 8th seed in the championship bracket and moves onto a head-to-head match with the number 1 seed Indiana which finished 16 shots ahead of the Cardinal.

The match play bracket with live scoring updates can be found here.
Complete individual scoring can be found here at Golfstat.com.

Two matches per day will determine the match play results, with the first round winners moving ahead in the championship bracket while the loser will move into the consolation bracket.

The event is held at the Farms Golf Club.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Steve Ziegler garners national and Pac-10 honors

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Steve Ziegler received both national recognition as Men's College Player of the Week from Golf World and Pac-10 honors being named golfer of the month for February.

NEW YORK - Golf World has announced its "Men's College Player of the Week" for the period between February 23 and March 1. The feature will appear in the March 9 issue of Golf World and can be viewed online now at www.golfworld.com.

This week's honoree is sophomore Steve Ziegler of Stanford. Ziegler hadn't had a round lower than 70 all season until closing with a 68-65 to win the USC/Ashworth Collegiate Invitational. His nine-under 204 also helped the Cardinal claim the team title by 10 strokes over BYU. Ziegler has a 72.50 average in six tournaments this season, and he has now finished in the top-11 three times in 2008-09.

See the next article below for complete summary of the Ziegler's great tournament plus the Cardinal's first win of the season. The team's win at USC has moved Stanford to 3rd on the Golf Digest/Golf World's rankings.

The Pac-10 named Steve the golfer of the month with the following announcement: "Ziegler, a sophomore from Broomfield, Colo., won his first career collegiate individual title in capturing medalist honors at the USC Collegiate Invitational. He fired a nine-under 71-68-65--204 to win the event by a single stroke and lead Stanford to the team title. His career-best round of 65 on the final day included six birdies on the back nine. Ziegler also posted a top-10 finish in Stanford's other tournament in February, placing seventh at the UH Hilo Intercollegiate. Ziegler was under par in four of six rounds for the month (and even par in the other two) with a 69.5 stroke average in the two tournaments."

The full release can be found here --- http://www.pac-10.org/sports/c-golf/spec-rel/030709aaa.html

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Stanford wins the USC Collegiate by 10 shots!

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The Cardinal broke through with their season's first win led by Steve Ziegler's scorching final round 65, at the USC Collegiate played at North Ranch CC in Westlake Village. The team's 13-under score of 839 was the lowest in the 31-year history of the event. Ziegler's 9-under 204 total led to his first individual tournament win after rounds of 71-68-65. Steve shot a blistering 6-under 30 on his final nine holes.

David Chung finished tied for 5th with rounds of 72-67-70, Sihwan Kim finished tied for 10th shooting 73-70-70, Dodge Kemmer tied for 18th with rounds of 68-71-78 and Jordan Cox tied for 75th with rounds of 85-75-74. As individuals, Daniel Lim tied for 26th (74-68-77) and Graham Brockington was 77th (74-75-86).

Roxie Dickinson of the Stanford Daily provides the following comments by Conrad Ray:
“The guys have been working so hard, I felt like it was just a matter of time before they would earn the win,” head coach Conrad Ray said. “After losing to USC in our last tournament, we definitely wanted to show them what we’re made of at their home event. [Sophomore Steve] Ziegler helped us to keep off the competition by shooting a great final round.”

“If you put yourself in a position enough times, you will improve regardless of what year you are,” Ray said. “Both Ziegler and Chung have played a lot for us this year. When we lost [junior] Joseph Bramlett to injury this year, a lot of guys have had to contribute more and step up to their positions. Luckily for us, it all came together this week.”

The Cardinal will be competing next at the Callaway Golf Collegiate Match Play Championship. This will be a different type of tournament for the Stanford men because it will be in a “match-play” style instead of their usual “stroke-play.” The NCAAs have converted to match-play style this year, where one team squares off directly against another team, more like a basketball or baseball tournament. The best golfer on one team faces off against the best golfer on the opponent’s team, and so on, for five participants per team, which puts more pressure on each individual golfer.

“The guys really enjoy the match-play format,” Ray said. “This tournament will help us anticipate what the NCAAs will be like. Though it does put more pressure on the individual golfer, it motivates the guys because it is a more ‘mano y mano’ game.”

The full Stanford Daily's excellent event coverage can be found here. | Stanford's gostanford.com website's full tournament report. | Full tournament scoring results can be found here.

Stanford jumped off to a 2-stroke lead after 36 holes played on day 1 of the USC Collegiate played at the private North Ranch CC in Westlake Village, CA. A trio of Cardinal players, Steve Ziegler, David Chung and Dodge Kemmer all shot 3-under rounds of 139 to tie for 2nd individually. Sihwan Kim posted a 1-over 143 while Jordan Cox shot a 160.

In addition, competing as individuals are Daniel Lim who shot 142 and Graham Brockington who shot 149 on the first day of play. The tournament wraps up with one more round being played on Tuesday, Feb 24th.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

2009-10 Recruit Andrew Yun ties for 5th in AJGA event

4-time AJGA All-American Andrew Yun, coming to Stanford for the 2009-10 season, finishes tied for 5th in a top field of juniors playing at Carlton Oaks in Texas. Andrew had rounds of 69-74-71 to finish 2-under par and 3 strokes out of first. Here are complete results from the event.

Yun's scores below show that with better play on the par fives he would have won the event as those ahead of him on the scoreboard all finished under par on par 5 holes.