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 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

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