Saturday, October 21, 2017

Stanford competes at the Country Club of Georgia

Stanford joins many of the nation's top teams competing in the US Collegiate hosted by Georgia Tech and played at the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta. Top ten teams include Texas A & M, Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma.

Final Results
Stanford finished tied for 6th against this elite field, 11 strokes behind Oklahoma State at 16-under par after rounds of 285-281-282 and a 848 total.

Brandon Wu led the way with a 5-under par 211 (71-71-69 211) total to finish tied for 12th followed by Franklin Huang who tied for 23rd with his rounds of 68-70-74 212.  Jeffrey Swegle (73-71-72 216) and Henry Shimp (77-69-70 216) tied for 44th and Isaiah Salinda tied for 54th after rounds of 73-75-71 and his total of 219.

Scoring by the top 9 teams and their players is shown below - click on the image to enlarge:
Final team and player results - click to enlarge
Stanford has shown excellent depth on the team after its first three events as 8 different players have competed in the starting 5 including two freshmen, Henry Shimp and Ashwin Arasu.  Next up will be the final fall tournament at Poppy Hills GC in Pebble Beach, CA November 6-8.

Round 1 and 2 Scoring
The Cardinal is tied for 7th after posting two rounds at 10-under par at the Country Club of Georgia Collegiate hosted by Georgia Tech 13 strokes behind the leader Wake Forest.  The team and player scoring for the first two rounds are shown below - click on image to enlarge.  The host course is a par 72 playing at 7,017 yards.

Franklin Huang led the way with rounds of 68-70 138 to tie for 9th at 6-under par.  Brandon Wu followed by a 2-under 142 total on rounds of 71-71 to tie for 32nd.  Jeffrey Swegle is at even par 144 with rounds of 73-71 to tie for 43rd position, Henry Shimp is tied for 53rd after rounds of 77-69 146 and Isaiah Salinda tied for 65th at 148 after rounds of 73-75.
Team scoring - click to enlarge
Stanford player scoring - click on image to enlarge

Monday, October 2, 2017

Cardinal competes at the Nike Collegiate at Pumpkin Ridge GC in Oregon

Final Results:
The Cardinal finished in 2nd place, 3 strokes behind Oklahoma, after a final round 3-under par 281 team total.  Stanford had team totals of 274-273-281 828 resulting in a strong 24-under par final result. The 828 team total was lower than all but one tournament in the prior 2016-17 season.  The 24-under par finish was lower than any tournament last season.

No. 7 Oklahoma (-27) won the three-day, 54-hole tournament at the par-71, 7,017-yard track, as the defending national champions traded leads with Stanford throughout the final round. Stanford (-24) was six strokes clear of third-place No. 12 Vanderbilt.

"It was an honor to go toe-to-toe with the defending national champions today," said Conrad Ray, Stanford's Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf. "We had a chance on a really good golf course against a very strong field, and that's all we can ask for. Winning as a team takes experience, and I think these guys this year are up for more to come."

Among the 15-team field, Stanford (274-273-281), which led after two rounds, also outplayed the likes of No. 3 Wake Forest, No. 5 Florida, No. 17 Duke, No. 20 Texas and No. 23 USC.

Brandon Wu led the way with an outstanding tournament finishing 1 stroke out of the first place individually to tie for 2nd at 12-under par with rounds of 65-66-70 201 (T2).  Brandon's 201 total was lower than any tournament score by a Stanford player in the 2016-17 season.  Isaiah Salinda also had a solid tournament as he tied for 7th overall on rounds of 66-69-70 205 (T5).  Isaiah's 205 total was bettered only one time by a Stanford player last season.

Bradley Knox finished strong to tie for 27th overall on rounds of 73-71-68  212 (T27), Jeffrey Swegle finished tied for 33rd with rounds of 70-69-75 214 (T33) and freshman Ashwin Arasu had a fine start to his college career tying for 38th place after rounds of 73-69-73 215 (T38).

The Cardinal travels next to Georgia for the US Collegiate held October 20-22.

Final team finishes and 3rd round scoring is shown below - click on the image to enlarge.
Final team results and 3rd round Stanford scorecards - click to enlarge
Round 2 Results:
Stanford moved into the 2nd round lead by two over Oklahoma firing the low round of the day, an 11-under par 273.  Brandon Wu again led the way with a 66 (65-66 131 1st) to take the individual lead.  Three other Cardinal teammates shot 69 on the day, namely Isiah Salinda (66-69 135 T5), Jeffrey Swegle (70-69 139 5th), and freshman Ashwin Arasu (73-69 142 T31).  Bradley Knox had an even par 71 (73-71 144 47th) to complete the scoring.

Brandon Wu's 2nd round included 7 birdies and 2 bogies while Isaiah Salinda included a brilliant 29 on the back nine to offset a 40 on the front nine.

Stanford scores and team standings are shown below - click on the image to enlarge.
Round 2 scoring - click to enlarge
Stanford scorecards for round 2 - click to enlarge

Round 1 Results:
Stanford finishes round one of the Nike Golf Collegiate Invite in second place at 10-under par 272, trailing Oklahoma by two strokes.  The Nike event is being played at the acclaimed Pumpkin Ridge GC Witch Hollow course outside of Portland, a course that has hosted national competitions over the years.  

The Cardinal was led by hot rounds by Brandon Wu with a 6-under par 65 (tied for 2nd) and Isaiah Salinda's 66 (tied for 4th).  Jeffrey Swegle is tied for 23rd after his 1-under par 70 and Bradley Knox and freshman Ashwin Arasu each had 73 and tied for 46th.  Arasu's round was his first as a collegiate golfer.

Brandon Wu's round included 6 birdies and no bogies while Isiah Salinda nearly matched that with 5 birdies and also no bogies.

A total of 5 Pac-12 teams are entered as well as several other highly ranked teams from around the country.