|Teams and Stanford players - click to enlarge|
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Bradley Knox, Maverick McNealy and Isaiah Salinda finished among the top five individuals and Stanford placed second in the Western Intercollegiate, which wrapped up Sunday at Pasatiempo Golf Club. Stanford (351-347-370) was 18-over in one of the longest-running men’s golf championships in the United States, with Pac-12 Conference foe USC winning the event at even-par.
The 54-hole event spanned two days, with team scores calculated by a play-six, score-five format. The tournament featured an incredible five holes-in-one, including one buried in consecutive rounds by Cal’s William Aldred.
McNealy, who won the tournament in 2016, made a run at medalist honors this year but took a step back by going 3-over during his final three holes. McNealy (68-68-74) was fourth at even-par and USC’s Justin Suh bested the field at 5-under to take home the title.
Salinda (69-66-76) and Knox (71-70-70) tied for fifth at 1-over, with Knox moving up six spots from his standing through 36 holes. Salinda punctuated his outing with an eagle on the par-4, 378-yard fourth hole.
Franklin Huang (71-71-74) held it down in 24th at 6-over, and Brandon Wu (72-72-76) was 44th. Jeffrey Swegle (74-75-72), competing as an individual, was 11-over and took 47th.
Viraat Badhwar (77-74-76) was 17-over.
Stanford turns it attention to the Pac-12 Championships (April 28-30) in Boulder, Colorado. The three-time defending champion is seeking an unprecedented fourth straight league crown.
A final scoreboard showing the top 9 teams and individual scores are shown below - click on image to enlarge.
|Final scoring for top 8 teams - click to enlarge|
Western Intercollegiate - Pasatiempo Golf Club (Par-70 * 6,615 yards) - Santa Cruz, Calif.
Saturday-Sunday, April 8-9
Lineup * Maverick McNealy, Franklin Huang, Brandon Wu, Viraat Badhwar, Isaiah Salinda, Bradley Knox, Jeffrey Swegle (Ind.)
* Stanford looks to defend its team title at the Western Intercollegiate (April 8-9) in Santa Cruz, California. Held at the renowned Pasatiempo Golf Club, the Western Intercollegiate is one of the longest-running men's golf championships in the United States. The tournament is hosted by San Jose State.
* Maverick McNealy set a Western Intercollegiate record in 2016 with a 16-under 194, breaking the 54-hole tournament's best mark by five strokes. Runner-up Aaron Wise's 14-under 196 would have been a tournament record, yet Wise lost by two strokes to McNealy. Trailing Oregon's Wise by one shot entering the final round, McNealy played hole Nos. 6-10 in 5-under to pull ahead. He wrapped up with a 6-under 64 for his 10th collegiate victory. The individual title helped Stanford post its first team victory on the season. The Cardinal shot 9-under 1,041 in the play-six-count-five format.
* Along with defending individual champion McNealy, the former champions list includes such notable players as Johnny Miller, Peter Jacobsen, Mark O'Meara, Duffy Waldorf, Bobby Clampett and Patrick Rodgers.
* Pasatiempo Golf Club is regarded for its breathtaking scenery and deep-rooted golf history. 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.
* The 15-team field includes No. 8 Stanford, Arizona, No. 20 Arizona State, Cal, Hawaii, No. 10 Oregon, Pepperdine, San Diego State, San Jose State, No. 15 Texas, UC Irvine, UCLA, No. 2 USC, UTEP and Washington.
* The 54-hole tournament spans two days (36 holes on Saturday, 18 holes on Sunday). Team scores will be calculated by a play-six, score-five format.