Saturday, April 11, 2015

All 8 Cardinal players compete in the Western Intercollegiate at famed Pasatiempo GC

Teams and Stanford players entered - click to enlarge

Final Result
After leading by 5 strokes after the first two rounds, the Stanford men's golf team wrapped up the 69th annual Western Intercollegiate with a third-place finish among the 14-team field at Pasatiempo Golf Club finishing 15 behind a red-hot Texas team.

Stanford (354-353-360) was 10-over on the day and 17-over for the event, which was won by Texas (+2) after the Longhorns went 10-under Sunday.  
Oregon took second after bettering the Cardinal by one stroke. Texas' Scottie Scheffler took medalist honors at 9-under.

"The story of the week was the great test that Pasatiempo provided," Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf Conrad Ray said. "It's as close of a feel in terms of green speeds, firmness and setup that will compare to NCAA Championships. We didn't have our best stuff today. We played a little cautious and tried to protect the lead early. Texas came out playing well and made some birdies. There are lessons to be learned for us in terms of being aggressive, controlling our shots and worrying less about the results.

"In this field, to finish third is an accomplishment, and gives us some good momentum going into the Pac-12 Conference Championships."  The league tournament will take place April 27-29 in Pullman, Washington.

Maverick McNealy birdied three holes on the front and started the back nine with bogeys on three of the first four holes. He finished 1-under par and tied for fourth after nailing a birdie putt on the par-3 18th.  McNealy (68-70-69) was 3-under overall and joined in the top-10 by playing partner Viraat Badhwar. Badhwar's 2-under was good for sixth after rounds of 69-69-70.

Patrick Grimes (73-71-72) tied for 20th at 6-over. David Boote (71-71-76) was 10 spots back at 8-over for the 54-hole event.b Jeffrey Swegle (73-72-75) was 10-over and Franklin Huang (76-76-74) checked in at 16-over.

Playing as individuals Dominick Francks (77-74-74) ended the event at 15-over with Bradley Knox (77-77-74) adding an 18-over.

See Final round scorecards and team standings below - click image to enlarge:
Final Round scorecards & Team Standings - click image to enlarge
Round 1 and 2 Results - Stanford takes the lead by 5 strokes
Stanford finished the first round of the 69th annual Western Intercollegiate tied for second at 4-over and eight shots behind first-place Texas at Pasatiempo Golf Club.

Eighteen holes later, the men’s golf team found itself with a five-stroke lead heading into Sunday’s final round.

Defending champion Stanford (354-353) is 7-over and leads second-place Texas (+12) among the 14-team field. Texas posted rounds of 346-366.

Play was suspended Saturday due to darkness. Twenty-two players will return to their position on the course and resume competition at 7:30 a.m. (PT) on Sunday. After the completion of round two, the field will be paired for the final round which is scheduled to begin at 8:45 a.m. with a shotgun start. 

Rnd 1 & 2 Team Scores - click on to enlarge
Maverick McNealy, the 4-time winning #1 ranked collegiate golfer, shot a team-best 2-under 68 in the opening round and closed with an even-par 70.  Viraat Badhwar had consecutive rounds of 69 to share third with McNealy, giving the Cardinal two performers in the top-10. Five Stanford student-athletes are among the top-25.  Maverick and Viraat are 4 strokes behind the individual leader, Scottie Shuffler from Texas who sits at 6-under par 134.

David Boote’s two cards of 1-over 71 placed him in 15th. Patrick Grimes went 73-71 for a 22nd-place standing, and Jeffrey Swegle (73-72) is tied for 25th.  Franklin Huang's 76-76 leaves him tied for 64th place.

Playing as individuals Dominick Francks shot 77-74 151 and is tied for 60th and Bradley Knox shot 77-77 154 to tie for 75th.  Individual scorecards for round 1 and 2 can be found below.

Round 1 Stanford scorecards - click on image to enlarge
Round 2 Stanford scorcards - click on image to enlarge
Stanford brings its full squad to compete at famed Pasatiempo GC in Santa Cruz, CA, in the Western Intercollegiate.  Another strong field includes 8 Pac-12 teams, highly ranked Texas and host San Jose State.  Seven of the nation's top 16 teams are entered led by #2 ASU, #3 Texas and #8 Washington while Stanford comes in ranked #13.  Teams will play 36 holes on day 1 and a final round on the 2nd day with each team including 6 players and the low 5 scores will count each round.

Individually 5 of GolfWeek's top 10 players are competing led by Stanford Maverick McNealy #1, Washington's Cheng Tsung Pan #2, ASU's Jon Rahn #5, ASU's Max Rottluff #7 and Beau Hossler #10 of Texas.

The Course - Located in Santa Cruz, Calif., Pasatiempo Golf Club is highly regarded for its breathtaking scenery and deep-rooted golf history always ranking among the nation's top courses. Bobby Jones was one of the first players to hit from the first tee when the course opened in 1929.  The course was designed by the famous English architect Alister MacKenzie, who claimed Pasatiempo was his best layout, ahead of even Cypress Point and Augusta National.  Course conditions have been affected by the ongoing drought that has hit Santa Cruz especially hard --- the rough will not be watered so conditions will be especially firm and fast.

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