Thursday, February 6, 2014

Hawaii's Amer Ari Invitational as 7 Cardinal golfers compete

Seven Stanford golfers competed against another strong field on the Big Island of Hawaii at Waikaloa's King's Course.  Cameron Wilson, Patrick Rodgers, David Boote, Maverick McNealy and Viraat Bahdwar make up the 5-man team.  Patrick Grimes and Jim Lui compete as individuals.  The Stanford Daily provided an excellent recap article of the event with quotes from Coach Ray and Cameron Wilson.

Final Results
The Cardinal was able to move up into a tie for 7th at a 27-under par total of 837 after a final round 7-under par 281,  but finished 18 shots behind the impressive 45-under par total of 819 posted by Oklahoma State, who finished 12 shots clear of Washington in 2nd place.   Some interesting highlights, lowlights, videos and much more can be found at this Storify website.

Stanford was led by an excellent 3rd place finish by Cameron Wilson (67-65-70 202 3rd) who finished only 2 shots behind the winning score of Oklahoma State's Jordan Niebrugge.  Patrick Rodgers finished strongly with a 6-under 66 for another top 10 finish (69-70-66 205 T7).  David Boote also finished under par and tied for 55th (75-69-71 215 T55) while Viraat Badhwar tied for 78th (73-72-73 218) and Maverick McNealy tied for 89th (72-72-76 220).

Playing as individuals Patrick Grimes (68-77-78 223) and Jim Liu (73-80-70 223) tied for 98th.

“We hung in there today and moved a few spots on the leaderboard,” Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf Conrad Ray said. “The competition was stiff, and there’s still plenty of work to do as we move towards the spring.

“It was neat to see Patrick Rodgers put together a solid round and for Cameron Wilson to be in contention again. The guys fought hard this week and are motivated to play well at The Prestige.”

The Cardinal gets back to action at The Prestige (Feb. 17-19) at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif.  

Team and individual scoring is shown below --- click on the images to enlarge.

Round 3 scorecards
Top 10 teams and individual scores - click to enlarge

Round 2 Results
Cameron Wilson's blazing 65 moved him into 1st place individually and led Stanford to a 12-under par276 team total and within 9 strokes of leading Oklahoma State.  Stanford is tied for 10th overall with a very crowded leaderboard at the top -- players are scoring very well in the light wind conditions of the first two rounds of play.

Cameron's 2nd round 7-under 65 followed a solid 67 in the first round --- the 65 included 8 birdies and a lone bogey putting him 1 stroke ahead of several players.  Patrick's 70 included 7 birdies but also a double bogey and two bogies leaving him tied for 25th at 5-under par.  David Boote's 2nd round 69 included two birdies, an eagle and one bogey.  The two freshmen, Maverick and Viraat shot even par 72's.  The two individuals, Patrick and Jim, both struggled in round 2 with 77 and 80 respectively.

Team and individual scorecards are included below - click to enlarge.

Round 1 Results
Team and individual scoring is shown below as Stanford is led by Cameron's 5-under 67 despite him carding a double bogey offset by 7 birdies.  Patrick had a 69, freshman Maverick was even par at 72, freshman Viraat was at 73 and David came in at 75.

Stanford is in 12th place 10 strokes behind Oklahoma State.  Cameron is 3 strokes behind the low round of 64 on day 1.  Scoring conditions were ideal with light winds and partly cloudy conditions.  If the ocean breezes kick up the course can play 4-5 shots tougher.

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