Monday, October 8, 2018

8 Teams Compete in the Jack Nicklaus Collegiate Match Play at Muirfield Village GC

In a rain shortened event between 8 teams, Stanford ended with a split of its two matches.  The Cardinal lost the first match against South Carolina 4 & 2 and swept the second match against Kent State 6-0.  The second match was started on day one but rain ended play for the day, and the match was finalized on day two.  Sophomore Henry Shimp and sophomore Ashwin Arasu led the way by each winning both of their matches.  The other four team members split their two matches.

"Great work yesterday afternoon and today by the guys against a quality Kent State Team," said Conrad Ray, the Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf. "We had a better feel for the course in our second match and all of the games got off to a fast start. It was a great learning experience to be able to play this format on a world class course with something on the line."

Stanford's 8 total match points tied for the best finish among the eight teams with Georgia.  The two match results for the Cardinal are shown below.  The final match was called off due to thunderstorm activity in the area.

Muirfield Village Golf Club was designed by Nicklaus, whose 18 major wins are the most in golf history. He is also host of the Memorial Tournament, an elite PGA Tour event played at Muirfield each year.
"We were thankful for the opportunity," Ray said. "It was also an honor to spend time on a course that honors the legacy of Mr. Jack Nicklaus."  
The Cardinal returns to competition on October 19-21 at The Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate Invitational in Alpharetta, Georgia. The 15-team, 54-hole tournament will be contested at The Golf Club of Georgia.

DUBLIN, Ohio – Stanford will compete in its third fall event Monday and Tuesday at the Jack Nicklaus Collegiate Invitational at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Eight teams will participate in the unique match play tournament.
Six players from each school will play, with one point available per match.
The Cardinal oppose South Carolina on Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. ET. The winner will take on either Georgia Tech or Kent State at 1:30 p.m. ET, with the losers facing off at the same time.
The other first-round matchups are Georgia versus Florida State and host Ohio State against Clemson.
Final round matches will be contested Tuesday morning.

Stanford will be represented by Brandon WuIsaiah SalindaDavid SnyderAshwin ArasuHenry Shimp and Ethan Ng.
The course was designed by Hall of Famer Jack Nicklaus. It annually hosts the PGA Tour's Memorial Tournament, hosted by Nicklaus.
Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-80s and there is a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms Monday afternoon.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The Cardinal compete in the Nike Collegiate at famed Colonial Country Club

FORT WORTH, Texas – Isaiah Salinda recorded his second-straight top-20 showing on Tuesday to pace No. 20 Stanford to an eighth-place finish at the Nike Collegiate Invitational at Colonial Country Club.
A senior from South San Francisco, California, Salinda registered rounds of 70-67-70 to conclude at 3-under 207. He tied for 16th in the season-opening OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational.
"Guys hung tough today in some very challenging conditions," said Conrad Ray, the Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf. "The greens were faster and the rough was thick. There was a huge premium for hitting the fairway, which we could have done more of in the tournament."
Competing against a stellar, 15-team field at historic Colonial, the Cardinal posted rounds of 288-283-289 to complete play at 20-over 860. Duke won the team title with a score of 2-under 838.
Chandler Eaton of the Blue Devils captured medalist honors at 6-under 204.
Salinda carded three birdies and three bogeys in the final round. It marked the seventh top-10 finish of his career and 12th top-20.
"Isaiah was a strong leader for us this week and had a great chance to win individually," Ray said.

View Isaiah's three scorecards below to finish 4th overall - click on image to enlarge
Isaiah Salinda's scorecards - click to enlarge

Senior Brandon Wu (73-71-70) also performed well, earning a share of 23rd at 4-over 214. After slipping 2-over through five holes, he played the last 12 in 2-under.
Junior David Snyder (75-71-72) tied for 34th at 8-over 218. Freshmen Ethan Ng (71-76-77) and Daulet Tuleubayev (74-74-77) tied for 59th and 65th, respectively, at 14-over 224 and 15-over 225.
Next up for Stanford is the Jack Nicklaus Collegiate Invitational, October 8-9 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. The course annually plays host to the PGA Tour's Memorial Tournament.
"With some good work the next few days, we are eager to get to Muirfield and put it back to the test next week," said Ray.

Final Top 8 Team & Individual Results

FORT WORTH, Texas – Senior Isaiah Salinda matched par with a 70 to spark Stanford in the opening round of the Nike Collegiate Invitational on Sunday at Colonial Country Club.

The No. 20 Cardinal is tied for ninth in the 15-team, 54-hole event.

Salinda carded two birdies and two bogeys to earn a share of eighth place. Freshman Ethan Ng (71) is tied for 19th, senior Brandon Wu (73) is 37th, junior David Snyder (74) is 47th and freshman Daulet Tuleubayev (75) is 55th.

Vanderbilt, paced by individual leader Mason Greenberg (66), is the first-round front-runner in the team competition at 1-over 281.