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

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