Saturday, May 1, 2010

Pac-10 championship - "We finally got a taste of what we're capable up"

Stanford Daily article - April 30, 2010.  Photo of Joseph Bramlett.

Cardinal falls on final day despite big lead Stanford men’s golf hasn’t won a Pac-10 Championship since 1994, the same year that Tiger Woods was a senior in high school. After two days and three rounds in Tempe, Ariz. at the Karsten Golf Course, however, the team looked poised to end its 16-year drought.

Senior Joseph Bramlett (above) was in contention for an individual Pac-10 championship heading into the final round. A score of 75 in that round doomed him to fourth place, five strokes behind the tournament's champion.

The Cardinal was also strong in the individual competition. Senior Joseph Bramlett lurked two strokes behind leader Jesper Kennegard of Arizona State after shooting three consecutive five-under rounds of 66.

“No matter where you’re playing,” said head coach Conrad Ray, “that’s pretty impressive.”
“We were firing on all cylinders,” Bramlett said. “Monday was the best day of team golf I’ve had at Stanford.”

The Cardinal was 35 strokes under par after two rounds, 13 strokes ahead of second-place Arizona State.

“It was great to be back in that spot,” Bramlett said. “It was so fun for everyone to be doing that well on the same day.”

The Karsten course features a desert layout with few trees and limited water hazards. For the first two days, the wind was a non-factor and left the course exposed to a lot of low scores.
“It’s a course that really allows you to put the pedal to the metal and try to make as many birdies as you can,” Bramlett explained.

On Wednesday, the winds picked up and Stanford failed to repeat the success of the first two days. Read the rest of this article.

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