Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Stanford sends 6 players to compete in Hawaii

A strong field of 21 teams is competing in this year's American Ari Invitational, hosted by Hawaii-Hilo University.  The field includes 7 Pac-12 teams and several national powers such as Oklahoma State and Texas.

Stanford's six players include #1 ranked amateur and senior Maverick McNealy, junior Franklin Huang, sophomore Brandon Wu, freshman David Snyder, senior Viraat Badhwar plus sophomore Chris Meyers playing as an individual.  This will be David Snyder's (see photo at right) first collegiate tournament.  David is from Texas.

The weather forecast is favorable with sunny skies, temperatures in the low eighties and light to variable winds topping out at 15 mpg, so scoring should go low.

Final Results:
Stanford finished in 6th place with an  21 under par 843 team total, 23 strokes behind the winning Texas Tech team.  The Cardinal was led by its two seniors as Maverick McNealy (68-66-68 202) finished 4th with his excellent 14 under par 202 total while Viraat Badhwar (69-67-70 206) finished T7 with his 10 under par 206 total.  Maverick finished 2 strokes back of a trio of winners.

Brandon Wu (71-74-71 216) finished tied for 56th, Franklin Huang (71-74-74 219) was tied for 66th and David Snyder (70-76-75 221), playing in his first collegiate event, finished tied for 75th.  Chris Meyers (75-73-80 228), playing as an individual, finished tied for 107th.

Next up February 2-4 will be The Prestige played in La Quinta in an event co-hosted by Stanford.  Top ten team results and Stanford's final round scorecards are shown below.

Final standings and round 3 scorecards - click to enlarge

Round 2 Results:
Despite strong rounds from Maverick McNealy and Viraat Badhwar, Stanford fell 19 shots behind leading USC after a 6-under 282 second round.  McNealy's second round 66 (68-66 134 T5) included 9 birdies leaving him 4 shots behind the individual leader while Badhwar's 67 (69-67 136 T8) included 6 birdies and an eagle on the 601 yard 14th.

Franklin Huang (71-74 145 T61), David Snyder (70-76 146 T68) and Brandon Wu (71-75 146 T68) all struggled in round 2 while Chris Meyers (75-73 148 T79) improved with his round that included an eagle on 18.

Top team results and individual Stanford scorecards for round two are included below - click to enlarge.
Round 2 Stanford scorecards and top team results - click to enlarge

Round 1 Results:
Stanford finished in 3rd place after a 10-under par 278 total for round one, 8 shots behind leading Texas Tech.  The Cardinal was led by Maverick McNealy's 4-under 68 (4 behind the individual leaders) followed by freshman David Snyder's 69, Viraat Badhwar's 70 and 71s by Franklin Huang and Brandon Wu.  Playing as an individual, Chris Meyers had an opening 75.

Team and Stanford scoring is shown below - click to enlarge.
Round 1 scoring

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