Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Stanford sends 6 players to the Golf Club of Geogria Collegiate

Teams and Stanford players - click to enlarge
Stanford Men's Golf finished the weekend in sixth place at The Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate Invite, firing a final round 287 (-1) to finish with a three-round total of 873 (+9). The Cardinal bested host and No. 1 Georgia Tech, No. 13 North Carolina, No. 15 Clemson, No. 27 East Tennessee State, No. 29 Tennessee, No. 30 Southern California, TCU and Virginia on the weekend. No. 10 Duke won the event with a 2-under 862.
"I was proud of how our guys hung in there and battled all tournament long," The Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf Conrad Ray said. "Yesterday (Saturday) was one of the toughest college golf days I've had in my career, weather-wise, so I was proud of our guys and the fact that we had a chance to contend today. We definitely have some work to do, but I like what I'm seeing from a very balanced group. It was great to see Nate Menon and Ethan Ng collect top 25 finishes this weekend."

Top 9 team finishes and final round scorecards - click to enlarge
Stanford scoring - click to enlarge
6. Stanford (+9, 283-303-287=873)
T24. Ethan Ng (+3, 73-76-70=219)
Fired a 2-under 70 on Sunday to finish the tournament at a 3-over 219 … made three birdies on the front nine, mixed with six pars … made eight pars and a bogey on the back nine … was tied for best in the field with a 2.92 scoring average on par 3s during the weekend.
T24. Nate Menon (+3, 73-76-70=219)
Mirrored Ng with a final-round 2-under 70 to finish with a 3-over 219 … was tied for third in the field with a 3.00 scoring average on the par 3s … made five birdies on Sunday against three bogeys … birdied holes No. 1, 6, 10, 14 and 18.
T35. David Snyder (+5, 67-82-72=221)
Shot an even-par 72 on Sunday … was three-over through 10 holes, but would birdie three of the next five holes before finishing with three straight pars to get back to even.
T44. Henry Shimp (+6, 72-75-75=222)
Made one birdie against four bogeys in Sunday's round.
T44. Daulet Tuleubayev (+6, 71-76-75=222)
Birdied two of the first six holes, but two doubles on the back nine set him back … had a 3.97 scoring average on the par 4s and played the par 5s at 4-under on the weekend.
T66. Ashwin Arasu (+13, 81-73-75=229)
Started on the back nine and went in at 5-over … bounced back nicely, beginning the front nine with three birdies in the first five holes to shoot 2-under on the front and finish the day with a 3-over 75.
The Cardinal led the field on the weekend with 180 pars and played the par 5s at 12-under on the weekend, fourth best in the field. Stanford is back in action next Monday and Tuesday when they host the Cypress Point Classic at Cypress Point Club.

ALPHARETTA, Georgia – In driving rain and cold temperatures with gusts up to 23 MPH at The Golf Club of Georgia, Stanford shot a 15-over 303 on Saturday and sits in sixth entering Sunday's final round. Stanford is 10-over as a team and sits just 11 strokes back of the leader, Duke, who is 1-under for the weekend.

Team Scoring - click to enlarge
Stanford scorecards - click to enlarge

6. Stanford (+10, 283, 303)
T25. Henry Shimp (+3, 72-75)
Had one of the Cardinal's best rounds on Saturday at 3-over … made 15 pars and three bogeys … will tee off at 7:39 a.m. PT on Sunday.
T25. Daulet Tuleubayev (+3, 71-76)
Was 4-over for the day on Saturday with three birdies … was even-par on the front nine … conditions worsened on the back nine with two doubles, a birdie and a bogey … tees off at 7:28 a.m. PT on Sunday.
T37. David Snyder (+5, 67-82)
Conditions made for a tough round on Saturday finishing with an 82 … will tee off at 7:17 a.m. PT on Sunday.
T37. Ethan Ng (+5, 73-76)
Shot 4-over on Saturday with three birdies against seven bogeys … will tee off at 7:06 a.m. PT on Sunday.
T37. Nate Menon (+5, 73-76)
Started the round strong with birdies on the first two holes … finished the front nine even par and was 4-over on the back nine … will tee off at 6:55 a.m. PT on Sunday.
T63. Ashwin Arasu (+10, 81-73)
Teed off early Saturday and had the Cardinal's best round … was just one over with three birdies and moved up to a tie for 63 … will tee off at 6:20 a.m. PT on Sunday.

The Cardinal begins the final round of The Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate Invite on Sunday at 6:55 a.m. PT.  All five will tee off the first hole with individual Ashwin Arasu going off No. 10. At 6:20 a.m. PT.

ALPHARETTA, Georgia – Senior David Snyder is tied for first following a five-under 67 in the first round of The Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate Invite on Friday, pacing the Cardinal to a second-place standing on day one. Stanford shot a 5-under 283 and only trails No. 9 Pepperdine (-12, 276).

Team standings and Stanford scorecards from round one shown below - click on image to enlarge:
Round one scoring - click on image to enlarge

2. Stanford (-5, 283)
T1. David Snyder (-5, 67)
Made six birdies against one bogey … started the round with birdies on each of the first three holes … birdied No. 7 and No. 12 … bogeyed No. 17 before finishing with a birdie on No. 18 … will tee off at 8:34 a.m. PT on Saturday.
T16. Daulet Tuleubayev (-1, 71)
Played the front nine at one over and the back nine at two under … made birdie on the first hole, but then bogeyed holes three, four and six around a birdie at five … made five straight pars before another birdie at 12 … finished with a birdie at 18 to finish one under for the day … begins his second round on Saturday at 8:01 a.m. PT.
T22. Henry Shimp (E, 72)
Was one over on the front nine and one under on the back nine for an even-par 72 … made four birdies on the day … after a bogey at 10, finished with two birdies and six pars to close the round, including a birdie to finish on 18 … will tee off at 8:23 a.m. PT on Saturday.
T33. Ethan Ng (+1, 73)
Made 16 pars, a birdie and a double in the first round on Friday … his birdie came on No. 8 before he closed with 10 straight pars … will tee off at 8:12 a.m. PT on Saturday to begin the second round.
T33. Nate Menon (+1, 73)
Was consistent throughout the first round with 17 pars and one bogey … tees off at 7:50 a.m. PT on Saturday.
76. Ashwin Arasu (+9, 81)
Started his day on the back nine, but ended his first nine with a birdie on 18 … also made a birdie on No. 9, his final hole of the day … tees off 6:20 a.m. PT on Saturday for round two.
The Cardinal tee off beginning at 7:50 a.m. PT on Saturday morning. Ashwin Arasu goes off at 6:20 a.m. PT as an individual. Weather is expected in the area on Saturday that could affect the start time or play in round two.

BACKGROUND - by The Stanford Daily
The 2019 NCAA championship-winning Stanford men’s golf team will continue their defense of the title at The Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate Invitational this weekend from Oct. 18 to 20. The lineup will consist of six golfers: seniors David Snyder and Henry Shimp, juniors Nate Menon and Ashwin Arasu and sophomores Ethan Ng and Daulet Tuleubayev.
This is only the team’s second full-field event this season. Stanford’s first was the Nike Collegiate Invitational in Portland, Oregon late last month. Snyder paced the Cardinal there and finished tied for fifth overall at the event, shooting 4-under 67 on the final day. The team as a whole consistently improved each day of the event, but ultimately finished in ninth place out of 15 at the event’s conclusion.
Despite the recent setback, Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf Conrad Ray remains optimistic about the season. “The team is looking good,” said Ray. “There were a lot of positives in a strong field at the Nike.
Most recently, the Cardinal men’s and women’s golf teams faced off in the Big Match against UC Berkeley on October 9. One member of each of the two Stanford teams competed together against Berkeley’s duos in six matches. Berkeley edged out the Cardinal in a 3.5-2.5 win. Ray’s confidence in the team remains steady after the loss. “Match play mixed format against Cal isn’t a perfect indicator to how our team is currently playing,” said Ray.
The field at The Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate Invitational is stacked with quality teams. Ten of the top 30 teams in the country will be in attendance, including No. 1 Georgia Tech, No. 2 Wake Forest and No’s. 6-8 Pepperdine, North Carolina and Duke. This is not a deterrent for the Cardinal. “We are here to win and control the things that we can and not sweat the things that we cannot, like how other teams play,” said Ray. Stanford is currently ranked 36.
An added difficulty will be the course the teams are competing on. “The Golf Club of Georgia is a challenging course, so eliminating big numbers and three-putts will be a key to our success,” said Ray. “We remain consistent in our approach.”
This event will continue the defense of Stanford’s title from last year. Led by a strong senior core of Snyder and Shimp, the Cardinal will look to compete this weekend and rise up the rankings. “We’ve had a few good weeks of practice and are excited for our second full-field event of the year,” Ray said.


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