Monday, February 18, 2019

Stanford sends 10 players to compete and hosts the Prestige in La Quinta, CA

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LA QUINTA, Calif. – Senior Brandon Wu matched his career best finish by placing second on Wednesday at The Prestige Presented by Charles Schwab at the Greg Norman Course at PGA West.

He carded three back nine birdies in cool, pressure-packed conditions and closed with an even-par 71, but came up one short to Victor Hovland of Oklahoma State, who closed with a 66. Wu completed the 54-hole tournament with a score of 7-under 206 to collect the fifth runner-up showing of his Stanford career.
Hovland is the second-rated college player in the country and No. 4 in Official World Golf Ranking. Wu is No. 48 on the collegiate circuit and No. 36 in the World Golf Ranking.
Stanford shared sixth in the 16-team event with a total of 24-over 876, combining for a strong last day total of 7-over 291. The Cardinal B squad claimed 13th at 40-over 892, shooting 308 on Wednesday.
LSU won the overall crown with a 14-under total of 838, six shots clear of Oklahoma State.
David Snyder (74) also snagged a top-20 for Stanford, finishing at 5-over 215. Isaiah Salinda(75) tied for 24th at 6-over 219, while Henry Shimp fired the team's best final round with a 69 and tied for 33rd at 8-over 221.  
Freddie Lee (79) tied for 47th at 11-over 224, followed by Nate Menon (77), who tied for 55th at 13-over 226. Christopher Meyers (78) and Daulet Tuleubayev (76) tied for 71st at 19-over 232, while Dakota McNealy (80) tied for 73rd at 20-over 233 and Ethan Ng (84) placed 78th at 26-over 239.  

Final round Stanford scorecards and team finishes are shown below - click on image to enlarge
Final round scoring - click on image to enlarge
Next up for the Cardinal is the Southern Highlands Intercollegiate, March 3-5 in Las Vegas.

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Brandon Wu seeks his first collegiate title on Wednesday in the final round of
Co-leader Brandon Wu
The Prestige Presented by Charles Schwab at the Greg Norman Course at PGA West.

Wu backed up Monday's pacesetting 6-under-par 65 with a 70 on Tuesday and is tied for the lead with Thomas Hutchison of host UC Davis at 7-under 135.
 Wu, a senior, birdied the first two holes and carded four in the second round. He has four runner-up finishes during his Stanford career.
Competing with two teams, the Cardinal B squad is sixth among the 16 schools with a score of 16-over 584. The A team is seventh at 17-over 585.
LSU leads the team competition at 9-under 559, five shots ahead of top-ranked Oklahoma State.
Isaiah Salinda (71) and David Snyder (70) share 17th at 2-over 142. Salinda forged four birdies on Tuesday and Snyder had three.
Freddie Lee (72) is tied for 24th at 145, while Nate Menon (76) is tied for 44th at 149. Henry Shimp (75) is knotted for 56th, followed by Dakota McNealy (82) in 60th, Christopher Meyers (75) in 65th, Ethan Ng (80) in 70th and Daulet Tulebayev (78) in 73rd.

Stanford scorecards and full team scoring is shown below - click on image to enlarge:
Click on image to enlarge - 2nd round Stanford scorecards and team totals

The final round will be played Wednesday. The Cardinal A team starts on No. 1 at 8:25 a.m., while the B unit goes off No. 10 at 9:31.
Golfweek will provide live streaming at 9 a.m.

Senior Brandon Wu shot a blazing 65 in his opening round to take the individual lead by 3 strokes.  Brandon's 6-under par round included 5 birdies, an eagle and only one bogey.

Both Stanford teams are tied for sixth place with 7-over 291 totals.  Dakota McNealy, in his first round of the season, shot an even par 71 to tie for 15th position.  Dakota's round also included 5 birdies.

All 10 Stanford scorecards and the team totals are shown below --- click on the image to enlarge.
Stanford round 1 scorecards and team totals - click to enlarge

BACKGROUND - By Stanford Athletics
The Stanford men's golf team swings back into action on Monday at The Prestige Presented by Charles Schwab at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif.
Fifteen teams and seven individuals will compete in the 19th annual tournament at the Greg Norman Course, including four top-20 schools, headed by defending NCAA champion Oklahoma State.
For the first time, Golfweek will host live streaming coverage of the Tuesday and Wednesday rounds, with Will Haskett and Steve Scott calling the action and Lance Ringler adding analysis.
The Cardinal lineup will consist of Brandon WuIsaiah SalindaHenry ShimpDaulet Tuleubayev and Ethan NgDavid Snyder, Christopher Meyers, Nate MenonFreddie Lee and Dakota McNealy will participate as individuals.

Click to enlarge - Competing as Stanford B Team
Stanford tees off Monday morning on the first tee from 8:25 a.m. to 9:09  a.m. and is paired with Oklahoma State and host UC Davis. Cardinal individuals start on the 10th tee and go from 9:31 a.m. to 9:53 a.m.
Other participating teams are No. 12 Pepperdine, No. 17 LSU, No. 18 Arkansas, East Tennessee State, Iowa State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oregon, San Diego State, Stirling (Scotland), UCLA and Utah.

The Norman Course measures 7,100 yards and plays to a par-71.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Paradise revisited as Stanford competes in Hawaii's Amer Ari Invitational

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Junior Henry Shimp earned the second-best finish of his college career to spark Stanford at the 28th

Junior Henry Shimp
Amer Ari Invitational.
After opening with scores of 71 and 68 on the Kings' Course, Shimp added an even-par 72 in Saturday's last round and tied for 22nd at 5-under 211. His top showing for the Cardinal is a tie for 20th last year at The Goodwin.
Stanford placed 13th in the strong 18-team field, improving one spot from Friday. The Cardinal registered scores of 290-284-292 to conclude at 2-over 866 in its first tournament of the spring season.
Top-ranked Oklahoma State won with a 47-under total of 817.
"We didn't have our best stuff this week but the guys hung in there until the very end," said Conrad Ray, the Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf. "We have been working hard so the results will come."
Shimp was Stanford's most consistent performer. On Saturday, he made three birdies and three bogeys.
Senior Brandon Wu had his best round of the tournament with a 3-under 69 and tied for 30th at 3-under 213. He fashioned a team-best five birdies.
Sophomore Nate Menon (78) tied for 75th at 6-over 222, followed by senior Christopher Meyers (74), who earned a share of 81st at 7-over 223. Senior Isaiah Salinda (77) recorded his second eagle of the event on Saturday and placed 81st at 8-over 224.
Competing individually, freshman Freddie Lee (72) tied for 72nd at 4-over 220.
Matthew Wolff of Oklahoma State was the medalist at 18-under 198.
Stanford resumes competition in La Quinta, Calif. on Feb. 18-20 at The Prestige Presented by Charles Schwab. The 15-team tournament includes three of the last four NCAA team champions: Oklahoma State (2018), Oregon (2016) and LSU (2015). All three rounds will be televised on live stream.
"Playing in warm weather against a top-flight field was a great way to knock some of the rust off," Ray said. "We're looking forward to competing at The Prestige."

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Stanford recorded three sub-par scores Friday and improved two places in the standings after two rounds of the 28th Amer Ari Invitational.
Competing on the Kings' Course against a talented 18-team field, the Cardinal combined for a 4-under 284, six strokes better than Thursday. Stanford has a two-round total of 2-under 574 and is 14th.

Team and Cardinal scorecards for round two are shown below - click on image to enlarge:
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Henry Shimp leads the way
The Cardinal made an early charge, moving inside the top-10 behind a flurry of birdies and an eagle on the par-5 18th hole by senior Isaiah Salinda.
Top-ranked Oklahoma State leads the team race at 36-under 540, five strokes ahead of USC.
For the second consecutive day, junior Henry Shimp paced the Cardinal with a 4-under 68, collecting five birdies and one bogey. He toured the front nine in 3-under 33 and is tied for 20th at 5-under 139.
Senior Brandon Wu and sophomore Nate Menon contributed 1-under 71s. Wu rebounded from a rough start to post five birdies and the duo is knotted at 56th, even par for the tournament.
Seniors Salinda (74) and Christopher Meyers (76) are tied for 75th and 86th, respectively.
Participating as an individual, freshman Freddie Lee (76) is tied for 82nd.
Cole Hammer of Texas is the individual leader at 13-under 131.
The final round will be played Saturday, beginning with a 9:30 a.m. PT shotgun start.

Junior Henry Shimp posted a 1-under-par 71 to spark Stanford on Thursday in the first round of the 28th Ari Amer Invitational at the Kings' Course.
The Cardinal produced a score of 2-over 290 and is tied for 16th in the 18-school, 54-hole event, its first of the spring campaign. No. 1 Oklahoma State blazed a 21-under total of 267 to pace the field.
Shimp recorded three birdies and is tied for 41st. The remaining four starters – Isaiah SalindaBrandon WuNate Menon and Christopher Meyers carded 1-over 73s and are deadlocked for 65th.
Freshman Freddie Lee, competing individually, fashioned a squad-best five birdies to shoot 72 and is tied for 53rd.

Team results and Stanford scorecards are show below - click on image to enlarge:
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WAIKOLOA, Hawaii – The Stanford men's golf team begins its spring season in paradise on Thursday by participating in the 28th Amer Ari Invitational on the Waikoloa Kings' Course.
Eighteen teams will compete in the 54-hole event.
Other participating schools include Auburn, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Hawaii, Hawaii Hilo, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Oregon State, Osaka Gakuin, Pacific, San Jose State, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, UC Davis, USC and Utah. Oklahoma State is ranked No. 1 in the country and won the 2018 NCAA title.

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Last year, the Cardinal finished 10th behind senior Franklin Huang's 13th-place showing.
Three current team members played last year and will represent No. 28 Stanford. Seniors Brandon Wu and Isaiah Salinda tied for 37th and 41st, respectively, and junior Henry Shimptied for 51st. They will be joined by sophomore Nate Menon and senior Chris Myers, while freshman Freddie Lee will compete as an individual.
Wu led the Cardinal during the fall campaign with a 71.11 scoring average, followed closely by Salinda at 71.33. In the latest World Golf Ranking men's amateur ratings, Salinda is No. 22 and Wu is No. 34.
Lined by palm trees, the par-72, links-style course will play 7,074 yards and trade winds are often a factor. Lakes, pot bunkers and lava outcroppings put a premium on accuracy.  
A 7:30 a.m. (local time) shotgun start will be held each day, with the final round set for Saturday.