Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Pac 12 Champs Again! On to Regionals!

Last Wednesday the Card was able to overcome a 9 shot deficit in the final round to win the Pac 12 Championship for the second straight year.  The feat can be summed up best with one small fact: this is the first time in program history that we have won back-to-back conference championships.  The Card managed to weather the tough conditions and improved its team score every round despite a slower first round at Palouse Ridge Golf Course in Pullman, Washington.  Palouse Ridge served as a great venue.  It plays fairly open off the tee, but some substantial elevation changes and constant wind with firm and fast greens made it a stout test.  The course is surrounded by rolling hills and is located on Washington State University's campus.

The final round was special indeed as we had the best round of the day and of the tournament despite cold and heavy winds. While we trailed ASU by 9 shots to start the final round, we quickly caught up and were near or tied for the lead within 5 holes of play.  Maverick in particular came out strong going 4 under for his first 6 holes.  He would ultimately go on to tie the lowest round in Pac 12 Championship history, previously set by Tiger Woods, with a 61.  Maverick started the day with a 4 shot lead, but would go on to win by 10 and set the Pac 12 Championship scoring record in the process.

While Maverick's play was exceptional, the final round was truly a team effort as our highest score of the day was a 72.  Overall, freshman Franklin Huang turned in the second best tournament finishing in a tie for 11th while junior David Boote finished tied for 15th.  For full results, click here.

It was a great feeling to bring the trophy back with us to Palo Alto, but we have already turned our attention to NCAA Regionals.  With our Pac 12 win, we guaranteed an automatic bid to Regionals and our play throughout the season earned us a #2 seed.  On Monday we found out that we will be heading out to North Carolina to play the Finley Course located on UNC Chapel Hill's campus.  We are looking forward to the challenge as there are several strong teams in our regional including Florida State University, who is currently ranked #1 in the country.  With 6 regional sites across the country, the top 5 teams at each site advance to NCAA Finals, which will be held at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida at the end of May.  For more information on the NCAA Regional selection process click here.  The team is in full prep mode as we speak and we are hopeful for another great week in Chapel Hill.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Post Prestige and On to Cabo!

Andale !!! This is the best word I can describe the last few weeks for the guys! We have been busy and going strong.

The 15th Annual Prestige at PGA West at the Nicklaus Tournament Course was a huge success on many fronts! Friday we head to Los Cabos MX to boot … fast and furious for the Card.

The hospitality by Scott and Susan McNealy family during the Prestige along with the great Cardinal get-together hosted by Gary and Pat Ray were off the charts during the week. GM Chad Johnson and his staff at PGA West could not have been more accommodating as well and a huge thanks to all for making the event a memorable one.

The guys started a bit slow but came roaring back the final round and fun to see where that momentum will take us in the coming weeks. It is so much fun to be on the course with the team when we are having a day like that. The "mojo" as it is called was really high and everyone was having a blast! It was also special to have the entire roster on the trip (8 Cardinal strong), to be there to compete together and build camaraderie and team spirit. All the guys have been working hard and making progress. A special tip of the cap to Maverick McNealy for his third win of the year, final round 64, and for being named Golfweek's "Player of the Week" nationally. Great stuff!

We also were able to enjoy some really special times with the Dads of the team leading un the the Prestige during our second annual Stanford Golf Father / Son Showdown. 8 out of 10 Dads were able to make the trip to LaQuinta and good times were had by all. Thanks to all the Mom's and wives as well for letting this happen during Valentines Day! We are all very lucky to have their support too. Coach Brockington and his Dad Tom collected the traveling trophy in good fashion. It didn't hurt the cause when Graham birdied the last 6 holes of The Hideaway's Clive Course to put the final nails in the coffin. Well done Brockingtons! Patrick Rodgers and his Dad Charlie were saddened to split with such a majestic trophy but the much like the Stanley Cup … the show much go on.

Looking ahead, We have had a quick week on campus with a few quality practices planned before heading to the Querencia Collegiate in Los Cabos Mexico hosted by Arkansas and Houston. In March, things calm down a bit with winter quarter finals and then our event, The Goodwin at Stanford. 24 teams from all around the country will be competing and sun-up to sun-down action around the Stanford links, March 26-28. We hope you can make it.

Exciting times ahead for the young but talented Cardinal squad! Thanks for your support.

Coach Ray

Monday, January 26, 2015

Freshman First to Finish the Race to Hawaii

After four rounds on four different courses throughout the peninsula, freshman Jeffrey Swegle came out victorious in the annual Race to Hawaii.  Swegs carded a three-over par 74 at Menlo CC to hold off hard charging sophomores Maverick McNealy and Viraat Badwhar who both finished one shot behind after rounds of 72 and 69 today respectively. Scores for today were as follows:

V: 69
Mav: 72
Boote: 73
Grimes: 74
Swegs: 74
Tank and Dom: 75
Knox: 82

Total scores for all 4 rounds:

Swegs: 280 (4 under par)
Mav and V: 281 (3 under)
Dom: 284 (even par)
Boote: 285 (1 over par)
Grimes: 290 (6 over par)
Tank: 292 (8 over par)
Knox: 303 (19 over par)

Overall, Coach and I are pleased with the play of the team and we are looking forward to more great play on the Big Island when we tee it up in the first round on February 5th. Aloha. 

Be sure to follow our progress in the tournament on Twitter:


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Race to Hawaii Round 3

The third round of the Race to Hawaii was played at the Ocean Course at the Olympic Club and we were blessed with perfect weather despite being in the middle of January.  The course was in excellent shape and some steady wind made the course a tough test, yielding only two under par rounds. Scores were as follows:

V: 68
Grimes: 70
Swegs: 72
Mav: 72
Dom: 72
Tank: 72
Boote: 73
Knox: 77

After three rounds freshman Jeffrey Swegle continues to lead, with Mav and Dom within striking distance. Total scores for the qualifier are:

Swegs: 206
Mav and Dom: 209
Boote and V: 212
Grimes: 216
Tank: 217
Knox: 221

The Race to Hawaii wraps up tomorrow with the final round at Menlo CC just a stone's throw from campus. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Round 2 of the Race to Hawaii

It was a beautiful day at Lake Merced today for the second round of the Race to Hawaii.  There were some nice scores out on a difficult track!

Swegs 67
Dom 69
Boote 69
Mav 72
Grimes 74
Tank 75
Knox 75
V 76

While one freshman, Jeff Swegle, led the team today, the other two freshmen, Tank and Knox (above left and above right) could not match the salty veteran, junior David Boote (above center).  The team resumes qualifying on Sunday at the Ocean Course at the Olympic Club.  

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Race to Hawaii 2015

The spring season officially began for the Stanford Men's Varsity Golf team today as the team completed its first of four qualifying rounds in the annual Race to Hawaii Challenge.  The team will be playing for two open spots and four coaches' picks.  The first round was played at Stanford Golf Course today from the back tees.  Scores were as follows:

Mav 65
Swegle 67
Dom 68
V 68
Knox 69
Boote 70
Tank 70
Grimes 72

The top five scores combined for 13 under par. Not bad for shaking off the holiday rust!  Play will continue tomorrow with the second round of the Race to Hawaii at Lake Merced Golf Course.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Crowning the Champs

The men's and women's teams celebrated their 2014 conference championship wins last night with a short ceremony during the annual Stanford Men's Club dinner at the Stanford Faculty Club.  All returning players received a ring with their initials and a big Cardinal "S" on top!  Congratulations to all of the players for their hard work and great play.  Let's keep it up and see if we can do it again this year! Go Card!