Saturday, October 5, 2013

Stanford wins the team title and Patrick Rodgers the individual title at Erin Hills in Wisconsin!

The 2017 US Open venue, Erin Hills GC, is the site of the Marquette Invitational. Stanford's team includes two of its highly touted freshmen class, Jim Liu and Maverick McNealy, who will be playing in their first collegiate events. Remaining team members include two-time First Team All-American Patrick Rodgers, Cameron Wilson coming off his first win at Olympia Fields, and top returning sophomore David Boote.

Hosted by Marquette, two other Pac 12 teams are in the field including 3rd ranked UCLA and Oregon State.  Stanford carries an 8th place ranking at this time.  Other teams in the field include a ranked Oklahoma squad, Michigan, Wisconsin and an always solid Northwestern team.

Stanford wins the team championship by 8 strokes over UCLA with a 13-under par score of 851 and
Patrick Rodgers wins his 6th
Patrick Rodgers wins the individual title by 3 strokes at 7-under par on rounds of 68-72-69 209.  This is Patrick's 6th career win in just over two seasons, putting him in 3rd place in Cardinal history behind only Tiger Woods (11) and Joel Kribel (7).

Cameron Wilson (69-72-73 214) tied for 6th with David Boote (71-72-71 214) while freshman Jim Liu ties for 10th place (72-69-74 215) in his first collegiate tournament despite posting a 10 on the par 5 first hole and a 7 on the par 5 18th hole in his final round.  Freshman Maverick McNealy had a strong debut as well as he tied for 25th on rounds of 72-74-73.

The freshmen including Viraat Badhwar who's waiting in the wings to make his college debut are provided important depth and talent to the team's lineup making the prospects very positive going forward.

Final team and 3rd round individual scorecards are included below --- click to enlarge:
Final team results - click to enlarge
Round 3 scorecards - click to enlarge
ROUND 2 RECAP: weather in the low to high 50s, partly cloudy, with gusty winds to about 12 mph.
The Cardinal extended its lead to 11 strokes over SMU (and 15 over 3rd place teams) with the day's best team score of 3-under 285 (280-285 565).  Patrick Rodgers remains tied for 1st individually (68-72) with Cameron Wilson (69-72) and Jim Liu (72-69) tied for 3rd only one stroke behind.  David Boote (71-72) is tied for 6th overall and Maverick McNealy (72-75) is tied for 25th.

Freshman Jim Liu's 3-under 69 tied for the day's low round as he had 4 birdies and only one bogey.  Patrick's steady round included two birdies and two bogeys while Cameron had 3 bogies offset by an eagle and a birdie.  The individual highlight of the day was a hole in one by David Boote (see photo below) on the 208 yard par 3 sixth hole leading to his even par showing.  Maverick McNealy's round was only marred by his 4-over par play on the par fives as he tallied 4 birdies.  Top 5 team scores and  scorecards are shown below.
David Boote's hole in 1 on #6 - click to enlarge

Top 5 Team scoring - click to enlarge
Round 2 scorecards - click to enlarge
ROUND 1 RECAP:  weather low 50s with light winds.
After round 1 Stanford leads the field by 6 strokes with a team total of 8-under 280.   There was solid play by all 5 players, led by a 4-under 68 by Patrick Rodgers, who is tied for 1st individually.  The consistency of Stanford's play was shown in that all 5 players had only a total of 7 bogies on the day, more than offset by 13 birdies and an eagle.

Cameron Wilson shot 69 (T3), David Boote (T7) had 71 while freshmen Jim Liu (T16) and Maverick McNealy (T16) had par 72s.

The top 7 teams and individual scorecards are shown below -- click to enlarge:
Top 7 Teams & individuals - click to enlarge
Round 1 scorecards - click to enlarge

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