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.