Friday, October 30, 2015

6 Players compete in the Gifford Collegiate at La Costa Resort including two freshmen

6 Cardinal players & 9 teams - click to enlarge
Stanford's final fall tournament is at the famed La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, CA, where 9 teams will compete on the Legends course.  Stanford's lineup will include two freshmen with Isaiah Salinda making his collegiate debut along with Brandon Wu who has already played in two prior events.  Leading the way the Cardinal is world #1 Maverick McNealy joined by team captain David Boote and Jeffrey Swegle in the team competition.  Viraat Badhwar will compete as an individual.

Final Results:
Stanford finishes 2nd, 9 strokes behind Washington as the team struggled to a 9 over final round of 293.  Once again, Maverick McNealy led the way with a final round 67 on a day when scores were high, as he tied for 1st with two Washington players for his 3rd win of the season and 9th in his career.  Maverick's final round included 5 birdies, one on the 457 yard closing hole, and only one bogey.

He saved his best for last, sinking a 40-foot par-saving putt at the par-5 17th hole after hitting a ball in the water, then converted a 30-foot birdie putt from the front fringe at the challenging par-4 18th.

After capturing an NCAA-best six medalist titles last season, he now has nine career wins, trailing only Tiger Woods (11) and Patrick Rodgers (11) on Stanford's all-time list. McNealy's fall victories came at Olympia Fields and the Nike Collegiate Championship.

"He's gotten to the point now where he knows how to manage his game on a tough day like that," said Coach Conrad Ray. "He even talked to the team last night in our meeting about how you have to stay patient and trust that you're going to make a couple putts. Just hang in there."

Maverick and 2 Washington co-winners - click to enlarge
David Boote tied for 5th closing with a 73 (71-68-73 212 T5), Jeffrey Swegle struggled to a 78 but still finished tied for 12th (70-68-78 216 T12), Brandon Wu also struggled to a final round 77 to tie for 31st (72-71-77 220 T31) and freshman Isaiah Salinda finished with a 76 to tie for 45th (73-75-76 224 T45).  Viraat Badhwar also finished with a 76 and tied for 39th (75-71-76 222 T39) while playing as an individual.

"If you look at all three days, we had really solid team contributions," Ray said. "Jeff really had two great rounds and has a lot to be excited about. Everyone kicked in this week, which is the key for us as we move forward, looking for the success we want."

Stanford now has several months off until returning to action in February.  Final team and Stanford scorecards are shown below - click to enlarge.
Final team scores and Stanford 3rd round scorecards - click to enlarge
Maverick McNealy's winning scorecards are shown below - click to enlarge:
Maverick's winning scorecards - click to enlarge
Round 2 Results:
Stanford is in 2nd after round 2 after a 7-under 277 total, trailing Washington by 2 strokes.  Jeffrey Swegle again led the way with a 68 (70-68 138 2nd) including 4 birdies and only one bogey and he's in 2nd place overall, one behind Washington's Corey Pereira.  David Boote also had 68 (71-68 139 T3) with 5 birdies and 2 bogies, Maverick McNealy had a 70 on the day (72-70 142 11th), Brandon Wu a 71 (72-71 143 T12) and Isaiah Salinda a 75 (73-75-148 T40).  Viraat Badhwar improved to an even par 71 (75-71 146 T30) playing as an individual.

Round 2 team scores and Stanford scorecards are shown below - click to enlarge.
Round 2 team scores and Stanford scorecards - click to enlarge

Round 1 Results:
The Cardinal is tied for 1st with Washington at 1 over par 285 after round 1 led by sophomore Jeffrey Swegle's 70 (T7).  David Boote had an even par 71 (T10), Maverick McNealy and Brandon Wu each had a 72 (T17) and freshman Isaiah Salinda began his college career with a 73 (T25).  Viraat Badhwar had a 75 (T45) playing as an individual.  UCLA's Cole Madey had the day's low round of 67.

Round 1 team scores and Cardinal scorecards are shown below - click to enlarge.
Round 1 team scores and Cardinal scorecards - click to enlarge

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Stanford ties for 6th and McNealy 1st in Georgia at US Collegiate against another strong field

Stanford players & the field - click to enlarge
Stanford sent the same five players to Georgia that competed in Oregon two weeks before:  Maverick McNealy, David Boote, Brandon Wu, Jeffrey Swegle and Viraat Badhwar.

The strong field includes 6 of the nation's top 10 teams (Wake Forest #3, Florida State #4, Oklahoma State #5, Stanford #6, USC #8, Oklahoma #9) plus Texas #12, host Georgia Tech #17 and 5 other good teams.  In addition, 9 of the top 20 individuals are competing including #1 Beau Hossler of Texas and Stanford's Maverick McNealy #3.

Final Results:
Stanford tied for 6th in the 17 team field, 14 strokes behind Auburn and Wake Forest who tied for 1st (see final team results below).  Maverick McNealy led the way for Stanford tying for 1st with 3 other players on rounds of 69-74-67 210, for his 2nd win this season and 8th in his career.  This 8th win puts Maverick in 3rd place among Cardinal career golfers, 3 wins behind Tiger Woods and Patrick Rodgers.  Maverick's 3 scorecards are shown below - click to enlarge.
Maverick McNealy's 3 scorecards - click to enlarge
Brandon Wu finished tied for 31st with rounds of 70-73-76 219, David Boote tied for 46th scoring 76-71-76 223, while Jeffrey Swegle (75-78-71 224) and Viraat Badhwar (76-71-77 224) tied for 50th.

The 3rd round scorecards by Stanford are shown below - click to enlarge.
Round 3 scorecards - click to enlarge 
Final team results are shown below - click to enlarge
Final Team Standings - click to enlarge
Round 2 Results:
Stanford moved up 3 places to tie for 5th after a 1-over 289 second round total and are 10 shots behind Wake Forest.  David Boote (76-71 147 T35) and Viraat Badhwar (76-71 147 T35) both shot 71 and are tied for 35th overall.  Brandon Wu (70-73 143 T17) and Maverick McNealy (69-74 143 T17) are tied for 17th after Brandon's 73 and Maverick's 74.  Jeffrey Swegle is tied for 75th after rounds of 75-78 153 (T75).

Second round Stanford scorecards and top 10 team scores are shown below - click to enlarge.
Round 2 Stanford scorecards and top 10 teams - click to enlarge
Round 1 Results:
Stanford is in 8th place after the first round with a 2-over par total of 290 and is 8 strokes behind Florida State.  Maverick McNealy is tied for 4th after a 69 in a round that included 7 birdies but also 4 bogies.  Brandon Wu had a great round through 13 at 6-under after 5 birdies and a starting eagle but two late bogies and a closing double bogey left him tied for 7th at 70.

Jeffrey Swegle had a 75 and is tied for 55th while both David Boote and Viraat Badhwar had 76 and sit in 59th position.

First round scorecards and the top 8 teams are shown below --- click to enlarge.
Round 1 scorecards & top 8 team scores - click to enlarge

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Stanford competes in the Swoosh Invitational at Pumpkin Ridge in Oregon

Stanford players and teams - click to enlarge

Stanford freshman Brandon Wu makes his collegiate debut in the Swoosh Invitational played at the  two Pumpkin Ridge golf courses outside Portland, Oregon.  Pumpkin Ridge has hosted many top national events including a US Amateur won by Tiger Woods in the 1990s.  Joining Wu are top-rated amateur Maverick McNealy, senior David Boote, junior Viraat Badhwar and sophomore Jeffrey Swegle.

Final Results:
Stanford finished tied for 4th with Texas, 11 strokes behind Wake Forest.  Maverick McNealy once again led the way with a spotless final round 68 in a round that included 4 birdies and 14 pars as he tied for 5th overall on rounds of 66-72-68 206 T5.  David Boote's final round 70 included 3 birdies and only one bogey as he tied for 19th overall on rounds of 66-74-70 210 T19.

Jeffrey Swegle finished tied for 31st on rounds of 69-69-75 213 T31.  Freshman Brandon Wu finished his first college tournament with a flourish of 5 straight birdies and 31 on his final 9 for a 69 as he ended tied for 34th on rounds of 74-71-69 214 T34.  Viraat Badhwar struggled to a final round 77 to finish tied for 42nd on rounds of 71-68-77 216 T42.

The top 6 team and individual scoring is found below followed by Stanford's final round scorecards --- click to enlarge.
Round 3 scorecards

Round 2 Results:
Stanford stands in 4th place, 6 strokes behind Wake Forest, with an 8-under 280 total on the par 72 Witch Hollow course.  The Cardinal was led by Viraat Badhwar's 68 (71-68 139 T19)  in a round highlighted by 7 birdies.  Jeffrey Swegle had 4 birdies and one bogey in his 69 (69-69 138 T15) while Brandon Wu had a 71 (74-71 145 T50).  Maverick McNealy had a 72 (66-72 138 T15) and David Boote a 74 (66-74 140 T23).  See round 2 scorecards and top team results below --- click to enlarge.
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Round 1 Results:
Stanford tied for 2nd after round 1, 3 strokes behind Wake Forest behind a pair of 5-under 66s from Maverick McNealy and David Boote who are tied for 2nd two shots behind David Womble's 64 in the individual competition.  Jeffrey Swegle had a 69, Viraat Badhwar a 71 and Brandon Wu had 74 in his first collegiate round.  McNealy, Boote and Swegle each had 6 birdies and McNealy added an eagle in their rounds.

Scorecards and top 12 team results are shown below - click to enlarge:

Round 1 scorecards and top 12 teams