Monday, October 28, 2013

Cardinal finishes 2nd at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate in Dallas as 6 players compete

The Royal Oaks Invitational offers new challenges to the 12th ranked Cardinal team.  First, it's a new
Freshman Viraat Badhwar
venue for the team, played on an exclusive private course in Dallas, Texas in an event hosted by the 19th ranked Baylor team.  Second, the format includes 6 players competing for 5 low scores each round.  Third, the first day will include 36 holes in this two-day event.  Fourth the lineup includes for the first time, highly touted freshman Viraat Badhwar from Australia, who has been dealing with a wrist injury that has kept him from competing until now.

The 12-team field includes #3 Texas A & M, #5 Oklahoma State, #13 Oklahoma, #16 New Mexico as well as SMU, Iowa, and Ohio State.  Stanford's team includes Cameron Wilson, Patrick Rodgers, David Boote, Patrick Grimes and freshmen Jim Liu and Viraat Badhwar.

Thanks to a sparkling final round 65 (and 5-under 31 on his final 9) by Patrick Rodgers, Stanford finished in 2nd place, 16 strokes behind Oklahoma State.  See the final team standings below:
Final team standings - click to enlarge

Cameron Wilson (69-67-70 208) and Patrick Rodgers (70-71-65 208) tied for 8th at 7-under par 206, David Boote (70-67-71 208) continued his fine play tying for 13th at 208, freshman Jim Liu (68-72-73 213) tied for 29th after another good showing, Patrick Grimes (72-71-71 214) had a solid event as he tied for 32nd while freshman Viraat Badhwar 72-70-73 215) in his collegiate debut contributed with a 215 total to tie for 37th.

Patrick's standout final round 65 included 8 birdies and 2 bogies.  Cameron completed his excellent fall season with another top 10 result leading to his team leading 70.33/round stroke average.  See full individual and team results for the fall season.  

Final round scorecards are included below - click to enlarge:

It was an encouraging event showing that Stanford has good depth to draw on when the spring season gets underway in Hawaii. 

Stanford sits in 2nd place, 6 shots behind Oklahoma State heading into the final round today. Weather forecast is for highs near 80 with winds from 10-20 mph.
Team standings after round 2 - click to enlarge
Scoring was low at Royal Oaks on day one as Stanford was led by Cameron Wilson who is tied for 3rd on rounds of 69-67.  Cameron sits 5 strokes behind leader Kevin Dougherty from Oklahoma State who fired a 63 in his first round.

David Boote is tied for 6th with 70-67, Patrick Rodgers on rounds of 70-71 is tied for 26th, freshman Viraat Badhwar is next tied for 33rd with 72-70 and Patrick Grimes is tied for 37th with 72-71. Viraat was at 5-under thru 13 holes on his 2nd round until derailed by two late bogies and a double bogey to end the day 1-under par.
Round 2 Scorecards - click to enlarge
No doubt low scoring in the final round will be required to overtake the strong OSU squad.

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