Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Cardinal enters 10 players while hosting The Goodwin at Stanford

The Goodwin field and Stanford competitors

STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford punctuated a wire-to-wire lead by holding off No. 1 USC to claim the team title Saturday at The Goodwin, its first win on the season and 15th overall in the 49th edition of the event.

The Cardinal men’s golf team took a 1-shot lead into the final round of the 54-hole tournament at Stanford Golf Course, and received under par scores from Franklin Huang, Viraat Badhwar and Isaiah Salinda to go 7-under Saturday.

Stanford (276-288-273) was 3-under overall, nine shots better than second-place USC (+6). UNLV (+10) took third and Oregon (+14) was fourth.

Stanford winning team scores - click to enlarge
Medalist honors went to BYU’s Rhett Rasmussen (-4).

“It was great to pick up the first win of the year against the No. 1 team in the country and a field that included a lot of really good teams,” said Conrad Ray, Stanford’s Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf. “More than anything, the guys played the course well. They used some of their home course knowledge to their advantage, and controlled the golf ball pretty well today. We avoided some of the bigger numbers that other teams were fighting.

“Big props to superintendent Ken Williams and his staff for getting this course in world-class shape. It was really hard and fast, and that helped our cause.”

The victory came after seven top-10 finishes in as many events this season.

“We’ve been knocking on the door a lot this year and continued to work hard,” said Ray. “To get some reward for that hard work will hopefully give us momentum heading into the final stretch of the season.”

Huang (67-74-66), who tied for 2nd overall, was on fire in the final round, recording a 4-under 66 to place second at 3-under. He moved up seven spots Saturday, thanks largely to four birdies on a five-hole stretch in the middle of his round.

Maverick McNealy (67-71-72), who took seventh, had an up-and-down front nine that included four birdies and three bogeys. He turned at 1-under, and went 3-over on the back for a 72. He was even-par for the tournament.

Badhwar (73-71-67) capped off one of his better showings this season with a 3-under 67, including an 18-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole. He tied for eighth.

“It usually takes me three rounds to get going,” Badhwar chided.

Brandon Wu (69-72-75) was 25th at 6-over for the tournament. Salinda (74-76-68) had six birdies Saturday to card a 2-under, and placed 36th overall with an 8-over.

Stanford returns to action April 8-9 at the Western Intercollegiate in Santa Cruz, California.

Originally named the United States Intercollegiate, Stanford’s home tournament was renamed The Goodwin prior to the 2014 edition in honor of former Cardinal head coach Wally Goodwin. Goodwin coached at Stanford from 1987-2000. His tenure was highlighted with the 1994 national title. Goodwin was named national coach of the year in 1992 and 1994.

Full team results and Stanford final round scorecards are shown below - click on image to enlarge.
Final team and 3rd round Stanford scoring - click to enlarge
The Stanford men’s golf team shot 8-over in the second round of The Goodwin at Stanford Golf Course on Friday, maintaining its lead over the 24-team field heading into the final day of the 54-hole event.

The Cardinal (276-288) leads No. 1 USC (285-280) by one stroke, as the Trojans shot a second-round best even-par on the par-70 track. Stanford held a seven-stroke cushion heading into Friday’s round.

The two teams will battle for the tournament crown when play resumes Saturday, with live results available at Stanford will tee off at 1:10 p.m. PT. UNLV (+13) is third and Washington (+14) is fourth, and given the course conditions over the past two days, still could contend for the title.

“It’s good for us to be in a position to have a great final round and make a run at the trophy,” said Conrad Ray, Stanford’s Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf. “USC is a very talented team and had an incredible round today. The course and conditions will be prime for scoring tomorrow, and we feel good about our chances.”

Stanford got a lift from Maverick McNealy’s 1-over 71, as the senior carded three birdies over the final six holes to finish 2-under on his back half. Mcnealy, who is seeking a school-record 12th career win, is in a four-way tie for second among individuals. BYU’s Rhett Rasmussen shot 6-under to lead the pack at 4-under through 36 holes.

Franklin Huang (74) and Brandon Wu (72) are tied for 12th at 1-over. Viraat Badhwar (71) is tied for 19th at 4-over, and Isaiah Salinda (76) is 68th at 10-over.

Competing as individuals, Jeffrey Swegle is 16th at 3-over and Bradly Knox is 19th at 4-over.

Top team team scoring and Stanford scorecards are shown below - click to enlarge
Round 2 team and Stanford scores - click to enlarge
Franklin Huang and Maverick McNealy each shot 3-under Thursday to open The Goodwin at the par-70 Stanford Golf Course, putting the host Cardinal in first place through 18 holes. Huang and McNealy are tied for second among individuals.

With former Cardinal head coach Wally Goodwin, the tournament’s namesake, watching among the gallery, No. 12 Stanford teamed for a 4-under to take a seven-stroke lead over second-place Washington (+3). Southern Methodist (+4) is third and No. 1 USC (+5) is fourth.

The 24-field team includes five ranked programs.

“We’re excited about today’s start against a good field,” said Conrad Ray, Stanford’s Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf. “The conditions were very testy, and we’re happy that the guys were able to control their ball flight and maintain their composure. We got through the first six holes in good shape -- it was a tough stretch into the wind on a tough part of the golf course. We’re looking forward to another tough test tomorrow.”

Huang was even through 13 holes despite already having three birdies on his scorecard. He didn’t hit a great shot off the 14th tee, but got lucky with a shot that settled 15 feet below the hole. Huang made the putt to start a streak of three straight birdies.

On the 15th, he played his drive just off the fairway and placed his next shot short and to the right, leaving him an uphill putt toward a dicey pin. He drained the putt to go to 2-under.

The par-5 16th started with a drive into the rough, which Huang laid up before going up-and-down from 90 yards to finish the trifecta.

McNealy’s only blemish came on the par-5 first hole, on which he scratched out a bogey. He was 4-under through the next 17 holes, including back-to-back birdies after the turn on holes 10 and 11.

Brandon Wu eagled the par-5 seventh during his round of 1-under, good for seventh. Viraat Badhwar had bookend birdies for a 3-over 73, and Isaiah Salinda had a pair of birdies to finish at 4-over.

Round 1 team & Stanford scoring - click to enlarge
The Tournament
* Stanford will play host to The Goodwin (March 30-April 1) at Stanford Golf Course.

* The event will span three days and features 54 holes of stroke play. Team scores will consist of the cumulative total of its four best scores out of five per round. For the purposes of tournament honors and awards, ties will be split per NCAA Championship tie-breaking procedures.

* Originally named the 'United States Intercollegiate' the event was renamed 'The Goodwin' prior to the 2014 edition in honor of former Cardinal head coach Wally Goodwin. Goodwin coached at Stanford from 1983-2000, and his tenure was highlighted by winning the 1994 national title. Goodwin was named national coach of the year in 1992 and 1994.

* Goodwin recruited and coached standouts such as Tiger Woods, Casey Martin, Notah Begay, Joel Kribel and current Stanford head coach Conrad Ray, among many other stars from Stanford's proud golfing tradition. 

* Stanford has claimed 14 team victories and 15 individual titles at the event, the most of any program in each category. The Cardinal captured the first team and individual titles in 1968 during the inaugural year of the tournament.

* Stanford alumni who have won the event include Sandy Adelman (1968), Gary Vanier (1970), Tom Watson (1971), Conrad Nilmeier (1973), Dave Baskins (1974), Mike Peck (1976), Mike Milliken (1990), Casey Martin (1995), Joel Kribel (1996-97), Philip Rowe (2002), Rob Grube (2006-07) and Patrick Rodgers (2014).

* The Cardinal holds the event's longest team winning streak at six (1970-1975).

The Field
* The 24-team field is comprised of No. 12 Stanford, No. 1 USC, No. 10 Oregon, No. 17 UNLV, No. 18 Colorado, BYU, Cal Poly, Chico State, Colorado State, Fresno State, Marquette, Nevada, Northern Colorado, Oregon State, Pacific, Pepperdine, San Jose State, Southern Methodist, St. Mary's, UC Davis, UCLA, USF, Washington and Wyoming.

* The field includes Stanford's Maverick McNealy, who won the 2015 event with a 13-under 197.

The Course
* Located in the foothills overlooking Stanford's campus, Stanford University Golf Course is consistently rated as one of the finest courses in the world.

* The par-70 course will play at 6,727 yards for The Goodwin.

* Designed in 1930 by renowned architects William Bell and George Thomas, the course is steeped in tradition. Throughout the years, Stanford has hosted many intercollegiate and non-collegiate events, including the Stanford Intercollegiate, Peg Barnard Intercollegiate, Pac-10 Championships, NCAA Regional Championships, NCAA Women's Championship, USGA Junior Amateur Qualifying, U.S. Open Qualifying and The Gathering at the Farm, a former Senior PGA Tour event.

* Stanford University Golf Course seen many influential golfers on its grounds throughout the years. Such notables include Tom Watson, Tiger Woods, Bob Rosburg, Notah Begay III, Casey Martin and former USGA presidents Sandy Tatum, Grant Spaeth and Walter Driver.

The Start Times
Round 1 - Hole 1
7:30-8:14 a.m. - Cal Poly, UC Davis, Oregon State
8:25-9:09 a.m. - Wyoming, USF, Nevada
12:15-12:59 p.m. - USC, Stanford (Cardinal), Oregon
1:10-1:54 p.m. - Pepperdine, Colorado, UNLV

Round 1 - Hole 10
7:30 a.m. - Stanford (Individuals)
7:41-8:25 a.m. - Northern Colorado, Marquette, Fresno State
8:36-9:20 a.m. - San Jose State, Pacific, Chico State
12:15 p.m. - Stanford (Individuals)
12:26-1:10 p.m. - Washington, BYU, UCLA
1:21-2:05 p.m. - St. Mary's, Southern Methodist, Colorado State

Round 2 - Hole 1
7:30-8:14 a.m. - Washington, BYU, UCLA
8:25-9:09 a.m. - St. Mary's, Southern Methodist, Colorado State
12:15-12:59 p.m. - Northern Colorado, Marquette, Fresno State
1:10-1:54 p.m. - San Jose State, Pacific, Chico State

Round 2 - Hole 10
7:30 a.m. - Stanford (Individuals)
7:41-8:25 a.m. - USC, Stanford (Cardinal), Oregon
8:36-9:20 a.m. - Pepperdine, Colorado, UNLV
12:15 p.m. - Stanford (Individuals)
12:26-1:10 p.m. - Cal Poly, UC Davis, Oregon State
1:21-2:05 p.m. - Wyoming, USF, Nevada

Round 3
* Tee times will be based on scores after first two rounds.
* Teams will tee off from holes 1 and 10 in two waves starting at 7:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
Conrad Ray '97

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