Thursday, December 29, 2011

Yun, Chung & Rodgers compete in inaugural Patriot All-American

Andrew Yun, David Chung and Patrick Rodgers are among the top collegiate golfers invited to compete in the inaugural Patriot All-American Invitational being held at the Wigwam Golf Course in Litchfield Park, Arizona. The field includes 84 top collegiate golfers including 21 of the top 100 amateurs in the world.  Participants were all past All-Americans in college or the AJGA.  There is Live Scoring available for the event through the main website ---

FINAL ROUND RESULTS: Andrew Yun led the way finishing tied for 7th with a 2-under 211 total on rounds of 69-75-67.  Andrew finished 12 shots behind Cory Whitsett and 9 behind Bobby Wyatt.  Patrick Rodgers finished tied for 10th one behind Andrew at 212 with his rounds of 73-69-70 and David Chung tied for 23rd at 2-over 215 on rounds of 72-70-73.

Scorecards of all rounds for the three Cardinal All-Americans are included below - click on the images to enlarge.
Andrew Yun's 3 rounds - click to enlarge

Patrick Rodgers' 3 rounds

David Chung's 3 rounds

ROUND TWO RESULTS:  David Chung (72-70 Even) and Patrick Rodgers (72-69) are tied for 15th while Andrew Yun slipped to a tie for 28th after rounds of 69-75.  Cory Whitsett leads at 9-under par after rounds of 69-64.

ROUND ONE RESULTS:  Andrew Yun is tied for 3rd after his first round 69 while David Chung is tied for 19th with his 72 and Patrick Rodgers is tied for 25th at 73.  Brent Koepka's 4-under 67 gives him the first round lead.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Cardinal signs Boote and Francks to National Letters of Intent

STANFORD, Calif. - The Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf, Conrad Ray, has announced high school senior Dominick Francks and International Student David Boote have signed national letters of intent to attend Stanford University next fall.
Francks, who is from Olympia, Washington and attends Olympia High School has collected many golfing accolades on a regional and national stage.

 In 2010 the Washington State Golf Association named Dominick Junior Boy’s “Player of the Year” after he won both the Junior State Championship and the Junior Pacific Northwest Amateur.

 In 2011, he retained his “Player of the Year” status with the Washington Junior Golf Association, added a MVP honor representing Washington at the Junior America’s Cup and claimed the WIAA 4A State High School Golf Championship Title. 

Notable results on the national golfing scene in 2011 included tied 3rd place in the Callaway Junior World Championship, 5th in the Junior America’s Cup and tied 2nd place in the Hudson Junior Invitational. Francks maintains a USGA Handicap of +2.5 and a Stroke average of 72. 

He has also played 3 years of Varsity Basketball and is a member of the Olympia High School Sports Round Table. Dominick stands 6'3" and weighs 195 lbs.

His fields of academic interest are currently Biology and Philosophy.  
Dominick commits to Stanford | Junior World 3rd Place Finish | Washington State High School Champion |  2010 PNGA junior champion | You Tube Swing Video.
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Boote hails from Surrey, England and attends Epsom College where he is studying for A-Levels in Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Economics and Critical Thinking. Despite residing in the suburbs of London in England, David is very proud of his Welsh heritage and is their 2011 National Junior Champion. 

Success representing Wales at Junior level in European International events along with solid play at the Men’s Home Internationals at County Sligo, Ireland, this summer has elevated David’s standing to being a key member of the Welsh National Men’s Amateur Squad. 

Perhaps his greatest 2011 recognition came when David captained Great Britain and Ireland Juniors in the Jaques Leglise Trophy and helped his team earn victory over a strong Continent of Europe team in Neguri, Spain. 

Individually in 2011, David won the United Kingdom Nick Faldo Series Championship. Through numerous wins and top finishes in National cometitions over the course of several years, David earned selection opportunities to competed twice on American soil at the Junior Jones Cup and the Junior Players where he finished respectably in 9th and 35th spots respectively. 

Outside of golf, David plays the lead baritone saxophone for his school band ensemble, acts in his school dramatics society and has represented Epsom College in Rugby and Field Hockey.  David's golf handicap is +2.1 and he stands 5'10" and weighs 155 lbs.  
David Spearheads Wales Challenge | David wins the Faldo Series | David Captains GB & I team vs Continent of Europe | Photos and Story of GB & I win in Spain | Surrey County Golf Story of Signing.

David signs LOI - click to enlarge

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Gifford Collegiate at CordeValle is underway in San Martin, CA

Stanford is competing in the unique Gifford Collegiate tournament held at highly regarded CordeValle GC in nearby San Martin, CA, about 45 minutes from the Stanford campus.  CordeValle is a top venue having recently hosted the PGA Tour's Fry's Open.

Final Results:
The third and final round ended with Stanford in 6th place after an 11-over par 366 total counting the low five scores out of six players competing in this unique event.  The Cardinal finished 50 shots behind the winning USC team and 46 behind 2nd place UCLA.

Freshman Patrick Rodgers led the way with a 2-over total of 215 (70-73-72 T10), followed by Cameron Wilson at 216 (75-72-69 T13), Andrew Yun at 222 (73-74-75 T25), David Chung at 223 (74-75-74 T30), Shane Lebow with 231 (79-76-76 T59) and Marcel Puyat at 236 (80-79-77 67th).  The overall individual winner was Steve Lim of USC with an 11-under 202 total.

Playing as individuals, Steven Kearney finished at 223 (75-77-71 T30) while Andre DeDecker ended with a 231 total (78-79-74 T59).  The fall tournament season has ended with Stanford returning to action on the Big Island of Hawaii Feb 1-3.

Prior round results, tournament background and practice round videos can be found below.  Final round scorecards can be found immediately below --- click to enlarge:
Final round scorecards - click to enlarge
Second Round Results:
The second round ended with Stanford moving up one spot to 7th with its 15-over par 370 total.  The team is 44 shots behind the leading USC team, 31 behind UCLA and 19 behind 3rd place Virginia.  The lead individuals, Cantlay of UCLA and Lim of USC are tied with 9-under par totals of 133.

The Cardinal is led by Patrick Rodgers at 143 (70-73 T8), followed by Andrew Yun (73-74 T27) and Cameron Wilson (75-72 T27) at 147, David Chung at 149 (74-75 T37), Shane Lebow at 155 (79-76 T62) and Marcel Puyat's 159 (80-79 69th).  Playing as individuals, Steven Kearney is at 152 (75-77 T47) and Andre DeDecker at 157 (78-79 T64).

Second round scorecards of the six team players are below (click to enlarge):
2nd round scorecards - click to enlarge
First Round Results:
It was a tough first round for the 2nd ranked Cardinal team as they ended in 8th place a full 26 shots behind leading USC.  On a day when scoring was low, it took a sensational comeback by freshman Patrick Rodgers to achieve his 1-under par total of 70 (T9) which was the team's only sub-par score.  Patrick was 5-over on his first 8 holes, starting on the back nine, and he then reeled off 6 birdies on his next 10 holes, resulting in a 31 on his back nine.

Andrew Yun was next with a 73 followed by David Chung's 74, Cameron Wilson's 75, Shane Lebow's 79 and Marcel Puyat's 80.  Playing as individuals Steven Kearney had a 75 and Andre DeDecker had a 78.  The individual leader was UCLA's Patrick Cantlay's 63 while USC had 3 players with rounds of 66, 68 and 68.

The individual scorecards are show below (click on image to enlarge):
First round scorecards - click to enlarge

Tournament Background & Video:
Each team competes with 6 players, not the typical 5 players, with the low 5 scores counting each day.  In addition, the Cardinal bring 2 individual competitors.  Read Coach Phil Rowe's excellent summary of the qualifying for this CordeValle tourney in the coach's blog ---  Stanford finished 2nd to UCLA in the 2010 event at CordeValle.

The tournament includes many of the nation's top teams (by GolfWeek) including #2 Oregon, #3 Stanford, #5 Washington and #11 UCLA, plus #32 USC, Arizona, Central Carolina, Long Beach State, Northwestern, Virginia and Washington State.

Stanford's line-up includes Patrick Rodgers, Andrew Yun, Cameron Wilson, David Chung, Shane Lebow and Marcel Puyat and Steven Kearney and Andre DeDecker will compete as individuals.  Stanford is paired with Virginia in the first round.  Short practice round videos of each player are included below -- each video is very short and will automatically move to the next video.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Isleworth Collegiate Results in Windermere, Florida

Stanford's third tournament of the season is being played in Windermere, Florida, at the highly rated Arnold Palmer-designed Isleworth GC, home to many touring pros.  The tournament has become one of the premiere events always bringing together many of the nation's top teams from around the country.  This year's event is no exception with Texas (#1), Stanford (#2),  Alabama (#5), California (#7), North Florida (#12), Oklahoma State (#13), UCF (#15) and LSU (#18) competing along with Florida, TCU and Vanderbilt.  Team rankings shown are by Golfweek. |  Live scoring is being provided by GolfStat. |  Pre-tourney videos by Coach Phil Rowe - see videos below.  Thanks to Elise Chung for providing excellent photos of the event (see sample below) ---
Team photo by Elise Chung - click to enlarge
Final Results - Stanford finished a disappointing 7th a full 45 shots behind the hot Texas team despite having three individuals finishing in the top 10.  Nine strokes separated the 2nd thru 7th teams.  The 3rd and final round total of 301 was the worst of the three days of play (291-299-301) as the Cardinal had no players breaking par.

Patrick Rodgers finished 4th overall (70-72-74 216), Andrew Yun finished tied for 6th (69-73-76 218), Cameron Wilson was tied for 10th (73-75-72), David Chung tied for 59th (79-79-79) and Steven Kearney tied for 68th (81-82-79).  The runaway individual winner was Jordan Spieth of Texas with an 11-under par 205 total.  The final tournament of the fall season starts Oct 31 at Cordevalle GC near Stanford, a course that recently hosted a PGA tour event.

The final round scorecards can be found below:
3rd round scorecards - click to enlarge
Round Two Results - Stanford stands in 4th place after two rounds after an 11-over par 299, leaving the team 16 shots behind Texas, 6 behind LSU and 3 behind North Florida.  Scores were higher in the 2nd round, likely due to windy conditions.  Andrew Yun (69-73) and Patrick Rodgers (70-72) are tied for 2nd individually at 2-under par, 4 shots behind Jordan Spieth (65-73) of Texas.

The team leaders are followed by Cameron Wilson (73-75), David Chung (79-79) and Steven Kearney (81-82).  Round two scorecards are included below:
2nd round scorecards - click to enlarge
Round One Results - Stanford finished tied with Alabama for 3rd after the first round, 13 strokes behind Texas and 4 behind North Florida.  The Cardinal was led by Andrew Yun with a 3-under par 69, followed by Patrick Rodgers at 70, Cameron Wilson with 73, David Chung with 79 and Steven Kearney with 81.

Patrick is tied for 2nd individually 4 shots behind Texas' Jordan Spieth, while Patrick is tied for 5th.  Andrew's round was marked by a sterling 5-under par back nine 31 while Patrick's steady round included 3 birdies and a lone bogie.

Round one scorecards are included below:
Round 1 scorecards - click to enlarge

Practice round videos below

Monday, October 10, 2011

Stanford finishes 3rd at The Prestige at PGA West in La Quinta, CA

Stanford finished 3rd, 8 strokes behind Oregon and 6 behind Washington in a low-scoring shootout in the Palm Spring area desert.  Played at the Greg Norman Course at PGA West, the Prestige had the nation's top two teams facing off in the Cardinal and Oregon.
3rd Place Award - Click to enlarge
A solid final round 10 under par 278, the day's 3rd best round, was not enough to catch Oregon which had built a 10 stroke lead after the second round.

In the final round, Patrick Rodgers and David Chung led the way with matching 68s, Steven Kearney had a 70, Andrew Yun a 72 and Cameron Wilson a 74.  Three round totals were Rodgers 209 (69-72-68 T10), Yun 210 (66-72-72 T14), Cameron Wilson 213 (72-67-74 T24), Steven Kearney 214 (73-71-70 T26)  and David Chung 217 (73-76-68 T39).

Playing as individuals, Marcel Puyat, from nearby Indio, had a fine tournament with rounds of 71-71-69 for a 211 total to finish T17 and Andre DeDecker had a 225 total on rounds of 77-73-75 to finish T67.

Head coach Conrad Ray had this to say following the event:

"I thought we played pretty well," said Ray. "Oregon has a really good team this year as does Washington and it just wasn't our week this week. We had some bright spots - it was nice to see David Chung put up a good round today and Patrick Rodgers had another top-10."

After freshman Marcel Puyat's first tournament:

"We have high hopes for Marcel," said Ray. "He's hitting it well and he's got a good short game that he really works at. I see nothing but upside for Marcel; he's going to help us before the season's out. We have a bunch of guys who can play and we have a deep team this year and that's always a good thing in college golf."

Here are final round scorecards for the team players followed by Marcel Puyat's 3 round scorecards:
Final round scorecards - click to enlarge
Marcel Puyat's 3 round scorecards - click to enlarge
Stanford shot a steady second round total of 282 (6-under par) but found itself 10 shots behind as it was passed by three teams going very low, led by Oregon's 15-under par total of 273.  Scoring conditions allowed Oregon, Washington and San Diego State to each post 4 under par rounds.

The Cardinal was led in the second round by Cameron Wilson's 5-under 67 (72-67), followed by Steven Kearney's 71 (73-71),  72s from Andrew Yun (66-72) and Patrick Rodgers (69-72) and a 76 from David Chung (73-76).  Cameron's round included 7 birdies.  Playing as individuals, Marcel Puyat again played well with a 71 (71-71) and Andre DeDecker had a 73 (77-73).

Don't miss the dozens of photos on Facebook.  Scorecards from team players are shown below:
2nd round scorecards - click to enlarge

La Quinta, Calif - Stanford shot an opening round 280 in the opening round at The Prestige at PGA West held at the Greg Norman Course. Stanford got off to a slow start but was able to move up the leaderboard on the back nine.

The Cardinal, ranked first in the country by Golfweek, is one stroke behind No. 2 Oregon for the team lead.
Defending champion Andrew Yun fired a 66 (-6), good for a share of first place with Arizona State's Spencer Fletcher, after making five birdies on the back nine. Patrick Rodgers had a 69 after going three-under on the back nine and is tied for eighth place, three strokes back.

Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf Conrad Ray was impressed by Yun's play.
"Andrew had a stellar back nine and looked great all the way around," he said. "His game is solid and he's feeling really good about how he's playing this year."

Cameron Wilson (72), David Chung (73) and Steve Kearney (73) carded solid rounds for the Cardinal.
"I feel pretty good about how we played," said Ray. "Steve got off to a slow start and finished strong and everyone contributed. We have some work left and we're going to have to play well the rest of the tournament."

Freshman Marcel Puyat had a fine 71 and Andre DeDecker  a 77 while competing as individuals. story.

First round scorecards can be found below (click to enlarge):
Round 1 scorecards for the team players - click to enlarge

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Perspective on Stanford's win at Olympia Fields

Last week was a special one for the Stanford men's golf team which had a dominating win by 16-strokes on the demanding Olympia Fields CC against an elite field that included the #1, #4, #6, #8 and #12 teams in the nation.  Some perspective on just how special last week was for Stanford:

  • It was the Cardinal's first team win since Feb 2010.
  • Stanford had the #1, #3 and #4 finishers individually, perhaps the best top 3 finishes by any team in years.  Closest to that were #4, #5 and #6 finishes by Stanford in the May 2010 regional at Notre Dame.
  • Stanford led all 3 rounds and won by 16 shots, a larger margin than any in recent memory.
  • Stanford had 5 rounds in the 60s on a very tough course, next best team had 2 rounds in the 60s.  
  • Stanford had the day's low individual round on two of the three days, and was 1 stroke behind on the other day.
  • Patrick Rodgers' win in his first event was the first such win by a freshman since Tiger Woods in 1995.
  • Patrick Rodgers was named national player of the week by Golf Week and Stanford athlete of the week for all sports, the latter a first for a golfer since Sihwan Kim was honored June 2008.
  • The lineup included two freshman, one sophomore and two juniors.
  • Stanford was playing without 2-time All-American David Chung.

This is only one event and a long road lies ahead to where this team will hope to end up but it will surely be fun to watch this year's crop of players develop.

Interview with Coach Ray after the win

Interview with Coach Ray after day 2 with Cardinal leading by 11
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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Stanford dominates at famed Olympia Fields near Chicago against an elite field

Patrick Rodgers leads Stanford to a dominating win at Olympia Fields Photo from Golf Week
The 2011-12 tournament season started at the famed North Course at Olympia Fields Country Club outside Chicago and Stanford would dominate the strong field with a 16 stroke win. Olympia Fields North hosted the 2003 US Open plus three other majors and the event features a strong field --- the Cardinal have been picked at #20 in pre-season rankings by Golf Week.  Hosted by Illinois, the field is very strong including #1 Oklahoma St., #4 Alabama, #6 Florida, defending champ #8 Augusta St., #12 Duke, #13 Texas and #23 Ohio St. in the 15-team field.  Live scoring is provided by Golf Stat.

Stanford fielded a young team led by returning junior 1st team All-American Andrew Yun, junior Steven Kearney, sophomore Cameron Wilson and two freshman, high-touted Walker Cupper Patrick Rodgers and Patrick Grimes who hails from Atherton next door to Stanford.  All-American senior David Chung did not qualify for this event but no doubt will be an added force as the season progresses.  Results are posted in reverse order, most recent at the top.

FINAL ROUND RESULTS - Playing in rainy final round conditions, the Cardinal expanded their 2nd round lead from 11 shots to a final 16-stroke margin to dominate a field that included many of the nation's top players.  The team win was Stanford's first since a Feb 2010 win in Hawaii at the UH-Hilo Invitational.

The team was led by freshman Patrick Rodgers who posted a 3-shot individual win in his first collegiate event firing a 4-under total of 206 on rounds of 68-70-68.  Patrick's final round gem was the low round of the day and featured a bogey-free scorecard with two birdies on the back nine.  The individual win was the first by a Cardinal since Andrew Yun's win at the Prestige at PGA West in October of 2010.  It also was the first time a Stanford freshman won in his first tournament since Tiger Woods did so in 1995.

Andrew Yun finished 3rd individually (his 9th top 5 career finish) with a 211 total and rounds of 66-71-74 while 2nd round leader Cameron Wilson finished 4th individually (his best career finish topping a 5th place finish last season) with a 212 total on rounds of 69-67-76.  Steven Kearney finished with a 222 total on rounds of 74-76-72 and freshman Patrick Grimes had a 225 total and rounds of 75-74-76.  The 1-3-4 finish was easily the best individual result for 3 players in recent memory, the closest to this being the 4-5-6 finish in the 2010 regional at Notre Dame.

In the latter story Coach Conrad Ray said "we could sense that Patrick was motivated to play well and feeling good about his game.  He's really excited and he's looking forward to getting to school and settling down a bit after a busy summer."  

Images below include the top 5 team and individual scores, a photo of the winning scoresheet, and scorecards of the 3rd round and of Patrick Rodgers' 3 rounds.  As with all images click on image to enlarge.
Top 5 team and individual scores - click to enlarge

Photo of winning scoresheet - click to enlarge

Patrick Rodgers' 3 scorecards - click to enlarge

3rd round scorecards - click to enlarge

ROUND 2 RESULTS - The Cardinal extended its lead to 11 shots over #1 ranked Oklahoma St. after the day's low of 282 total.  Scores were higher as the players faced difficult pin positions and windy weather.  Stanford has the only 3 individuals under par, led by Cameron Wilson at 4-under (69-67 136).  Cameron is followed by Andrew Yun at 137 (66-71), Patrick Rodgers at 138 (68-70), Patrick Grimes at 149 (75-74) and Steven Kearney 150 (74-76).  

Cameron's great round featured 5 birdies including 3 on the back nine while Rodgers' solid round included only 1 bogey and 1 birdie.  Cameron's birdied the par-4 11th a day after making bogey there and he sunk a 45-foot putt on the 16th hole for another birdie en route to the day's 2nd low round.

"Cameron's been hitting it pretty well", said Coach Conrad Ray.  "Yun and Rodgers" played solid.  Kearney and Grimes are battling,Grimes made a couple of big par putts on 17 and 18 to help our fourth score." See the scorecards below -- click to enlarge.

2nd round scorecards - click to enlarge

ROUND 1 RESULTS - Stanford sits in first place with a 5-stroke lead over Oklahoma St. after a solid first round 277, 3-under the par 70.  Andrew Yun is in 1st individually with a 66 followed by Patrick Rodgers 68, Cameron Wilson 69, Steven Kearney 74 and Patrick Grimes 75.  The scorecards for round one are shown below.  Andrew's sterling round featured five birdies and only 1 bogie on the tough layout, Cameron's round also included 5 birdies while Rodgers started his collegiate career with a strong round highlighted by four straight birdies leading to his back nine 32.

Head Coach Conrad Ray said "we played well today, stayed on the fairways and had some good looks.  All our guys played great.  We had high expectations coming in and we need to continue to play at this level, there are a lot of really good teams behind us."
Round 1 scorecards - click to enlarge

Monday, August 8, 2011

Patrick Rodgers named to the 2011 Walker Cup team

Patrick's Porter Cup trophy
Stanford's incoming freshman Patrick Rodgers was named to the 2011 Walker Cup team.  The 2011 event will be held at Royal Aberdeen GC in Scotland.  Patrick, a native of Avon, Indiana, has had a brilliant summer following an outstanding junior golf career.  The backgrounder below by the USGA provides an excellent summary of Patrick's recent successes on the golf course.

Patrick becomes only the 9th Stanford University golfer to be named to a Walker Cup team, joining Charlie Seaver, Lawson Little, Mike Peck, Doug Clarke, Notah Begay, Tiger Woods, Joel Kribel and Phil Rowe (current Ass't Coach named to the Great Britain team).

First team All-American and rising junior Andrew Yun remains in the running for a Walker Cup spot this year.
The USGA's official Walker Cup website.  The USGA website includes the following backgrounder on Patrick:
Patrick Rodgers, 18, Avon, Ind. 
It has been a strong 2011 season for the incoming Stanford University freshman. Since graduating from high school in the spring, he has posted a slew of top-five finishes, highlighted by his come-from-behind victory at the Porter Cup at the end of July at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, N.Y. Rodgers posted rounds of 68-63-69-68 and then rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to edge Wesley Bryan for the title.
Rodgers also had runner-up finishes at the Players Amateur, Junior Invitational and Terra Cotta Invitational. He added a fourth-place finish in the Northeast Amateur and finished third at the Jones Cup Invitational. In early August, he finished second in the 72-hole stroke-play portion of the 109th Western Amateur at North Shore C.C. in suburban Chicago, but lost in the first round of the match-play portion of the competition to his future Stanford teammate, Andrew Yun, in 21 holes.
Rodgers won the Indiana State High School Championship as a junior in 2010 and is a two-time HP Scholastic All-American. He was named a First-Team Rolex Junior All-American in 2009 and 2010 by the American Junior Golf Association and was Honorable Mention in 2008. Rodgers’ AJGA résumé includes nine top-10 finishes and a win at the SAP Junior Open in 2009. He has played in three USGA championships, advancing to the round of 16 in the 2009 U.S. Junior Amateur, the round of 32 in the 2008 U.S. Junior and qualifying for the 2010 U.S. Amateur.
Academics are important to Rodgers, who ranked third in his class at Avon High School out of 582 students. He has written blogs about his experiences in junior golf for Golfweek magazine.  See the full news release from the USGA website.
Walker Cup Trophy

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Freshman Patrick Rodgers wins Porter Cup in a playoff!

Photo detail
Courtesy PGA of America - click to enlarge
Incoming freshman Patrick Rodgers closed with a brilliant 31 final nine holes to win the prestigious Porter Cup in a playoff.  Patrick eagled both the par 5 11th and the par 5 13th, then birdied 16 to close the gap on Wesley Bryan who had been cruising with a large lead after 10 holes.  A birdie 2 on the first playoff hole capped off the stunning victory.  Patrick had rounds of 68-63-69-68 for a 12-under par total of 268.  He had only 5 bogies over the 4 rounds offset by 14 birdies and 2 eagles.

Returning junior Andrew Yun finished tied for 6th on rounds of 67-69-68-67, sophomore to be Cameron Wilson finished tied for 11th with 72-66-64-70 272 and defending champion senior David Chung tied for 72nd with rounds of 72-72-69-78.
Scorecards of each round - click to enlarge

The tournament website can be found here --- and an article by Golf Week online is shown below:

LEWISTON, N.Y. - Patrick Rodgers knows what it takes to contend in major amateur tournaments. Actually breaking through to win was another matter.
Until Saturday.
Rodgers, 19, of Avon, Ind., made an improbable comeback in the 53rd Porter Cup, erasing a seven-shot deficit with eight holes to play and defeating Wesley Bryan on the first playoff hole.
“It was weird,” said Rodgers, a Stanford freshman, who shot 12-under 268 at Niagara Falls Country Club. “I was so far out of it with eight holes to play that I didn’t even really think about winning until it was over. I just kept playing and grinding trying to get myself back in it.”
Rodgers eagled both par 5s on the back nine, the 11th and the 13th, then birdied the par-3 16th en route to a final-round 68. Meanwhile, Bryan, a South Carolina senior from Chapin, S.C., struggled to find the clubhouse, bogeying three of his final six holes to shoot 4-under 66.
With momentum having changed sides over those final few holes, the playoff was predictable: After Bryan dumped his tee shot into a greenside bunker at the 189-yard par-3 18th, Rodgers hit to within 15 feet.
“I rolled it in and just went bonkers after that,” Rodgers said.
Bryan had played flawlessly early, making the turn in 6-under 29 and then adding birdie at the 11th to go to 7 under for the round.
But Rodgers, playing in the final group with Bryan and third-round leader Paul Haley (70-269, T-3), a recent Georgia Tech graduate, made his move.
At the par-5 11th, with 232 into the green in two, Rodgers hit it to within a foot for a tap-in eagle. Meanwhile, Bryan, who had a 5-footer for eagle, missed.
At the 13th, Rodgers gambled off the tee and left himself a 285-yard second shot, which he hit over trees to 10 feet, from where he made another eagle. Bryan three-putted for bogey, cutting his lead to three and losing all momentum. From there, Rodgers kept up the pressure, right through the playoff hole.
Next up for Rodgers: This week’s Western Amateur and then the U.S. Amateur later in August.
He’s also got his eye on the season’s big prize in amateur golf: a berth on the U.S. Walker Cup team that will play the top amateurs from Great Britain and Ireland on Sept. 10-11 at Royal Aberdeen in Scotland.
“That was the reason for me to switch to full-time amateur golf this summer, although I could have played a few more junior events,” he said. “I know that I’ve still got a lot of work to do, but I know I learned a lot from this week that I can use.”
After so many top finishes in big events this year -- runners-up at The Players Amateur and the Terra Cotta Invitational, and third places at the Azalea Invitational and Jones Cup -- Rodgers’ play at the Porter Cup signals a pivotal moment in his development as a top amateur.
“This was so important for me,” Rodgers said. “I kind of got a taste of being in contention this summer, but I haven’t been able to finish it off. I just kept trying to learn from all those weeks.”
Consider the lesson learned.
- D.J. Piehowski contributed

Friday, July 22, 2011

Andrew Yun and Steve Ziegler garner postseason honors

Stanford junior to be Andrew Yun was recently named to the 2011 All-Nicklaus team by the Golf Coaches of America.  Here is the announcement by the GCA on their website:

MARCO ISLAND, Fla. – The 24 honorees for the 2011 All-Nicklaus Team have been announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Players from Division I, II, III, NAIA and NJCAA were recognized for their outstanding play during the past collegiate season.

The All-Nicklaus Team was created in 2008, and is not only named for history’s greatest player but also a long-time supporter of collegiate and amateur golf. Jack Nicklaus, a Big Ten and NCAA Champion at The Ohio State University, helped inspire and create the Jack Nicklaus Award in 1988. The Nicklaus Award is annually given to the top collegiate men’s golfer in Division I, II, III, the NAIA and the NJCAA.

The All-Nicklaus team is comprised of Cyril Bouniol and Alex Carpenter of Abilene Christian, UCLA’s Patrick Cantlay, Bud Cauley of Alabama, Cumberlands Pierre Carlsson, Edward Delashmutt of Mesa CC, Meridian CC’s Brandt Garon, Luke Guthrie of Illinois, Central Alabama’s Paul Harris, John Jackson of Cal State Monterey Bay, Texas Lutheran’s Ryan Kiel, Jimmy Kozikowski of South Mountain, Claremont McKenna’s Tain Lee, Justin Lower of Malone, Centre College’s Chris Morris, John Peterson of LSU, Augusta State’s Patrick Reed, Kyle Souza of Chico State, Oklahoma Christian’s Oscar Stark, Oklahoma State’s Kevin Tway and Peter Uihlein, Florida’s Bank Vongvanij, James White of Georgia Tech and Stanford’s Andrew Yun.

Steve Ziegler, recent graduate and captain of the 2010-11 team was also honored as one of 138 Division I golfers as a 2011 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholar for his excellent golf combined with high academic achievement.

The announcement by the GCA on their website is shown below:

NORMAN, Okla. – Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars for Divisions I, II and the NAIA have been announced by the GCAA. A total of 138 players in Division I, 49 in Division II and three in NAIA earned the honor. Additionally, 20 honorees were added to the previously released Division III Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars. To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least two full years at the collegiate level, participate in 70-percent of his team’s competitive rounds or compete in the NCAA Championships, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I, 78.0 in Division II and NAIA and 79.0 in Division III, and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 in Division I, II and III and 3.5 in NAIA. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Postseason honors for 4 men's team student-athletes

On June 9, the Stanford Athletic Department announced its annual athletic awards for all sports and two men's Graham Brockington and Andrew Yun were honored.  Graham received the Warrior Award and Andrew Yun was one of four men to be honored with the Block "S" Outstanding Male Sophomore Award.  On June 6, Graham, Andrew along with David Chung and Steve Ziegler were recognized by the Pac 10 for outstanding academic achievement.

Administered by the Director of Sports Performance, this award honors the student-athlete who not only displays maximum effort on and off the field of competition, but also brings out the best in his/her teammates through positive attitude, relentless work ethic and consistent commitment to performance enhancement. The award is given in memory of Arthur F. Dauer '59.

Graham Brockington
"Ever since stepping foot on The Farm, Graham has been relentless with improving his performance on the golf course. A day seldom goes by where he does not challenge his teammates, and a day never passes where he doesn't push himself in the weight room. His perseverance and dedication to fitness and practice on the course has paid off, allowing Graham to finish playing some of the best golf of his career."
Jason Quan, Sports Performance Coach

Ryan Mango
Became Stanford's 15th All-American with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships, accomplishing the feat with a torn LCL ... helped lead Stanford to a program-best 11th-place finish at NCAA Championships ... ranked second on the team with 26 wins, including a 11-1 dual record ... second on the team with five pins ... finished fourth at the Pac-10 Championships at 125 pounds ... recorded a 14-match winning streak, tied for the 10th best stretch in school history ... won the 125-pound title at the Fullerton Open ... finished fourth at the Midland Championships in Chicago.

Stephen Piscotty
All-Pac-10 First Team selection ... Stanford's leader in batting average (.370) and multi-hit games (26) ... ranked third in the Pac-10 in batting average ... one of two Cardinal players to appear in every game, starting each contest at third base.

Shayne Skov
Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selection ... led team with 84 total tackles, including 50 solo stops ... also had 7.5 sacks among his 10.5 tackles-for-loss ... ranked eighth in the Pac- 10 in tackles per game (7.64) ... finished with 12 tackles, 3.0 sacks and one pass breakup in a stellar Orange Bowl effort against Virginia Tech ... totaled 46 tackles over the last six games of the season in which Stanford allowed just 56 points while pitching two shutouts ... finished with a season-high 13 tackles against USC, including one for loss.

Andrew Yun
PING First Team All-American ... First Team All-Pac-10 selection ... Hogan Award semifinalist ... Stanford's top finisher in nine of 11 events ... recorded seven top-5 finishes ... won his first collegiate title at The Prestige at PGA West.

On June 6, it was announced that four members of Stanford's men's golf team earned spots on the Pac-10 Conference's All-Academic team, led by senior Graham Brockington, who merited first team honors.  
Brockington, who carries a 3.46 cumulative grade point average as a economics major, joins Thomas Buran (Arizona State), Jack Dukeminier (Oregon), Pedro Figueiredo (UCLA), Charlie Hughes (Washington) and Kevin Spooner (Washington) on the first team.
Senior Steve Ziegler, junior David Chung and sophomore Andrew Yun were honorable mention selections.
To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minumum 3.0 overall grade point average and be either a starter or significant contributor on his/her team.