Monday, June 9, 2014

Keeping the momentum this summer

The PAC-12 & NCAA Semifinalist trophies sitting on Coach Ray's desk:

Dear Cardinal Faithful,

A big thank you to all those who have supported us through these final months. What an exciting finish to the season with some great golf... it's hard to believe we now have another year in the books!

However, with the 2013-14 collegiate season behind us, it would be easy to shut things down for the summer and wait for September to roll around again... but that's not the way of a Cardinal golfer...

Stanford Men's golf will have two representatives teeing it up at Pinehurst for the US Open this week:

First to secure his spot was Maverick McNealy:

>> Go 'Tee to Green' with Maverick

Then by virtue of a 1st alternate spot, NCAA Individual Champion, Cameron Wilson, will join the party at Pinehurst:
>> Go 'Tee to Green' with Cameron

>> Cameron featuring in the latest "I am Stanford" video

>> Cameron explains nerd Nation

>> Cameron wins the NCAA Championship

Following the US Open you can turn to the PGA Tour where you can watch Patrick Rodgers and Cameron Wilson tee it up in the Travelers Championship for their first tournament in the professional ranks. We wish both these young men every success in their next career step and thank them for their outstanding contributions to the program.

With 11 collegiate wins and a collegiate career stroke average of 70.30 (69.4 in 2013-14 ~ his Junior year), Patrick Rodgers has either tied or bettered many of Tiger Woods' school records. It is no wonder to anyone that he has been recognized for just about all the year end awards in collegiate and amateur golf.

>> Patrick wins the 2014 Haskins Award

>> Patrick wins the 2014 Nicklaus Award

>> Patrick wins the 2014 Hogan Award

>> Go 'Tee to Green' with Patrick

Across the pond the very same week as the Travelers Championship PGA Tour, Jim Liu and David Boote will be looking to make a run at The Amateur Championship at Royal Portrush and Portstewart, Ireland, UK.

All team members will have great opportunities to play and compete this summer and you can follow their updates at

Best wishes and Go Cardinal!

Conrad and Phil

Monday, January 27, 2014

2014 Race to Hawaii - Qualifying Round Results and Team Announcement

The Cardinal squad traveling to Hawaii for the Amer Ari Invitational at Waikoloa, February 6-8, 2014 has been announced as follows:

Team: David Boote (DB), Patrick Rodgers (PR), Cameron Wilson (CW), Maverick McNealy (MM), Viraat Badhwar (VB)
Individuals: Jim Liu (JL), Patrick Grimes (PG)
Home: Dominic Francks (DF), Keegan English (KE), Shane Lebow (SL)

The traveling squad will depart campus on Monday February 3rd.

Here are the rounds and scores documented from qualifying team practice rounds since Winter Quarter began...

Cumulative totals:

DB -12
CW -10
PR -10
MM -5
VB -3
PG +6
JL +8
KE +18
DF +24
SL +29

And here below you can read the scores and reports from each outing...

1/15/14 - Front 9 @ Stanford Golf Course

Cameron Wilson set the pace with a fine 4 under par front nine score. Both Patrick Rodgers and Maverick McNealy had chances to tie him, but their putts hung on the lip.


CW 31 (-4)
PR 32 (-3)
MM 32 (-3)
JL 33 (-2)
PG 33 (-2)
DB 33 (-2)
DF 36 (+1)
SL 36 (+1)
VB 36 (+1)
KE 37 (+2)

1/17/14 - Front 9 Crystal Springs

Patrick Grimes continued his solid play by maneuvering his ball well around the firm fairways and elevation changes on the tricky Crystal Springs course.


PG 33 (-3)
MM 36 (0)
VB 36 (0)
DB 37 (+1)
DF 37 (+1)
SL 38 (+2)
KE 38 (+2)
CW 39 (+3)
PR 40 (+4)
JL 42 (+6)

1/19/14 - Stanford Golf Course (black tees)

The top players took full advantage of this opportunity to play one tee forward than their usual "Cardinal Plates" teeing ground...


PR 62 (-8)
CW 63 (-7)
MM 65 (-5)
DB 65 (-5)
PG 67 (-3)
VB 67 (-3)
KE 73 (+3)
DF 73 (+3)
JL 73 (+3)
SL 77 (+7)

1/22/14 - Front 9 @ Peninsula Golf & Country Club 

An opportunity to warm up at the Siebel Varsity Golf Training Complex prior to departure for the Peninsula Club...

David Boote was low man on the day but the limelight was stolen by Keegan English who made a hole-in-one from 170 yards on hole 7!


DB 32 (-3)
JL 34 (-1)
VB 34 (-1)
PR 36 (+1)
MM 36 (+1)
KE 36 (+1)
CW 37 (+2)
SL 38 (+3)
PG 39 (+4)
DF 40 (+5)

On Friday 1/24 the team headed south for a weekend of golf in the Monterey/Pebble Beach area. The first port of call was to practice wedges and play the Peter Hay Par 3 course. Here is a picture of the team all together:

And a couple of pics of the course:

Highlights of two 9 hole loops:
Viraat Badhwar made 9 twos!
Bavid Boote made 8 twos and a hole-in-one!

1/25/14 - Fort Ord - Black Horse

An early (7am tee time) start:

The Par 3 practice translated well into the first round of scoring as David Boote and Viraat Badhwar tied for low round honors on the challenging and fast Black Horse greens.


DB 70 (-2)
VB 70 (-2)
CW 73 (+1)
KE 75 (+3)
JL 75 (+3)
PG 75 (+3)
DF 75 (+3)
PR 77 (+5)
SL 77 (+5)
MM 79 (+7)

An Albatross for Viraat...

The afternoon round began at 12.30pm. With an eagle on the last hole, Patrick Rodgers claimed the low round of the day...


PR 68 (-4)
CW 69 (-3)
JL 70 (-2)
DB 71 (-1)
MM 73 (+1)
KE 74 (+2)
VB 75 (+3)
PG 75 (+3)
DF 75 (+3)
SL 80 (+8)

A phenomenal flop shot from Jim Liu on hole 10...

1/26/14 - The Preserve

Another beautiful day on a terrific course with the most immaculate greens imaginable...

Maverick McNealy shone through with a magnificent round of six under par, 66. He clipped Patrick Rodgers to the low round by just one stroke...


MM 66 (-6)
PR 67 (-5)
CW 70 (-2)
VB 71 (-1)
DB 72 (E)
JL 73 (+1)
SL 75 (+3)
PG 76 (+4)
KE 77 (+5)
DF 78 (+6)

Once again the Cumulative totals:

DB -12
CW -10
PR -10
MM -5
VB -3
PG +6
JL +8
KE +18
DF +24
SL +29

Go Cardinal!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Catching Up With Conrad Ray...

Please click the video below to hear an update from Coach Ray as Men's Golf will soon engage in their first tournament of 2014...

Go Cardinal!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Royal Oaks Intercollegiate 2013 - Photo slideshow

Thanks to Sandy McCall '72 for these photos that we were able to compile into a slideshow...

Friday, September 6, 2013

2013-14 Fall Arrival Qualifying Tournament - September 7-9, 2013

9/9/13 - Round 3

Cameron Wilson, who you may remember tied the low round record of 61 held by Tiger Woods, has reaffirmed his affinity with his 61 venue course Cordevalle! He shot a round of 64 (-8) today and won the 2013 Fall Arrival Qualifying tournament. It has earned him a spot on the traveling team roster who depart for Chicago tomorrow.

Here is the full traveling lineup:

Patrick Rodgers
Cameron Wilson
David Boote
Patrick Grimes
Dominick Francks
(Follow the team via live scoring on GolfStat here >>)

The team was decided by adding Patrick Rodgers to the top four scores from this Fall Arrival Qualifying Tournament.

Final cumulative total Scores:

1. Cameron Wilson - 69 71 64 = 204 (-10)
2. David Boote - 66 70 71 = 207 (-7)
3. Patrick Grimes - 71 73 70 = 214 (E)
4. Dominick Francks - 70 73 72 = 215 (+1)
5. Maverick McNealy - 71 79 68 = 218 (+4)
6. Viraat Badhwar - 76 70 76 = 222 (+8)
7. Shane Lebow - 70 75 80 = 225 (+11)
8. Keegan English - 73 80 73 = 226 (+12)
9. Jim Liu - 70 80 77 = 227 (+13)

Here are the scores of the day at Cordevalle in Round 3:

1. Cameron Wilson - 64 (-8)
2. Maverick McNealy - 68 (-4)
3. Patrick Grimes - 70 (-2)
4. David Boote - 71 (-1)
5. Dominick Francks - 72 (E)
6. Keegan English - 73 (+1)
7. Viraat Badhwar - 76 (+4)
8. Jim Liu - 77 (+7)
9. Shane Lebow - 80 (+8)

9/8/13 - Round 2

David Boote extends his lead in the Fall Arrival Qualifying tournament with a 70 (-2) at The Cal Club. He was tied for low round of the day by Viraat Badhwar. Viraat's 70 (-2) has brought him back into the mix with all to play for tomorrow in the third and final round at Cordevalle. Just 50 minutes south of Stanford, Cordevalle is a tremendous course that will host the USGA Senior Women's Amateur Championship on September 21-26 and the Open on October 10-13.

Here are the scores of the day:

1= David Boote - 70 (-2)
1= Viraat Badhwar - 70 (-2)
3. Cameron Wilson - 71 (-1)
4= Dominick Francks - 73 (+1)
4= Patrick Grimes - 73 (+1)
6. Shane Lebow - 75 (+3)
7. Maverick McNealy - 79 (+7)
8= Jim Liu - 80 (+8)
8= Keegan English - 80 (+8)

And here are the cumulative totals:

1. David Boote - 66 70 = 136 (-6)
2. Cameron Wilson - 69 71 = 140 (-2)
3. Dominick Francks - 70 73 = 143 (+1)
4. Patrick Grimes - 71 73 = 144 (+2)
5. Shane Lebow - 70 75 = 145 (+3)
6. Viraat Badhwar - 76 70 = 146 (+4)
7= Maverick McNealy - 71 79 = 150 (+8)
7= Jim Liu - 70 80 = 150 (+8)
9. Keegan English - 73 80 = 153 (+11)

9/7/13 - Round 1

David Boote takes the early lead with a fine round of 66 at Stanford Golf Course.

Here are the scores:

1. David Boote - 66 (-4)
2. Cameron Wilson - 69 (-1)
3= Jim Liu - 70 (E)
3= Shane Lebow - 70 (E)
3= Dominick Francks - 70 (E)
6= Maverick McNealy - 71 (+1)
6= Patrick Grimes - 71 (+1)
8. Keegan English - 73 (+3)
9. Viraat Badhwar - 76 (+6)

Tomorrow afternoon the squad will play The Cal Club in Round 2.

Nearest the pin...
Jim Liu hits his iron approach to about 12 feet on hole 14 at Stanford Golf Course.

Meanwhile, Team USA have taken the lead in the Walker Cup 8-4. In the morning Foursomes, Patrick Rodgers and Justin Thomas beat Gavin Moynihan and Kevin Phelan 2&1. In the afternoon singles, Patrick lost his match to Gavin Moynihan by 2 holes despite being one of the lower overall medal round scores!

9/6/13 - Check-in Day

The Team are back together again ready to hit the ground running this Fall.

Welcome to our Freshmen: Viraat Badhwar, Maverick McNealy and Jim Liu...

Round 1 of our annual Fall Arrival Qualifying Tournament starts tomorrow (9/7/13). Here are the teetimes:

10.30 am - Cameron Wilson, Keegan English, Maverick McNealy
10.40 am - Patrick Grimes, Jim Liu, Dominick Francks
10.50 am - Viraat Badhwar, David Boote, Shane Lebow

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Coach Ray previews the season ahead

In case you didn't catch it previously, here is Coach Ray with a preview of what lies ahead...

The team checks in for their first meeting on Friday 9/6/13 and Qualifying for our first event, The Fighting Illini Invitational over the North Course at Olympia Fields (September 13-15), begins right away. Patrick Rodgers will be looking for three consecutive wins in this tournament but will no doubt have some stiff competition from a very strong field of players and not least from his own teammates who have also played very good golf this summer.

Check in at for updates on our qualifying competition and don't forget to cheer on Patrick who represents the United States in the Walker Cup this weekend.

Walker Cup facts and scoring here >>

Article at GolfWeek here >>

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Palmer Cup 2013 - Rodgers and Rowe represent the Cardinal but wear different colors!

The Enlight Foundation Assistant Coach For Men's Golf, Philip Rowe, writes Daily Updates from Wilmington Country Club, Delaware, venue for the 17th annual...

The Palmer Cup is a Ryder Cup style match that brings together some of the worlds best amateurs who are studying for university degrees. The top 10 Americans will play against their European counterparts later this week with Fourball and Singles matches on Friday June 7th and Singles matches on Saturday June 8th and Sunday June 9th. A total of 30 points are up for grabs in what promises to be a thrilling match. The USA leads the series 8-7-1.

Adding spice to this years event, at least from a Cardinal perspective, is that we have a representative on each team.

Patrick Rodgers (Rising Junior), pictured above, will be playing for Team USA.

Philip Rowe, pictured above, is the Assistant Coach for Team Europe.

During the course of the daily blog I will be able to give more detail upon the venue, cup history and players on both sides. For now you can check out the teams and delve into other information via the Palmer Cup website.

Sunday June 9th - Team USA secure a resounding victory

20.5 - 9.5 Final Score

Photos from all four rounds are now up on the Palmer Cup Website >>

Mr. Arnold Palmer, Wilmington C.C. and the GCAA are owed a huge debt of gratitude for their support and passion that affords student-athletes this great opportunity for international competition. Rendez-vous in 2014 at Walton Heath in Surrey, UK for the next edition.

For the afternoon Singles Match scores click here >>

Just for a brief while early in the afternoon session of singles the scoreboard looked mostly blue and there was a glimmer of a chance that a miracle might happen. That light was snuffed out however within the first two matches when Kevin Phelan had to win the last hole to earn a half point from Bobby Wyatt and then Cory Whitsett, one of the USA's most dominant players of the week, closed out Scott Fernandez bringing up the 15.5 points require to regain the Cup on home soil. Likewise down the order, the Europeans hopes were crumbled by sustained solid play from the American team. Stanford's Patrick Rodgers played an impressively tight game to ensure his team's emphatic victory.

At the closing ceremony, both captains Seawell and Coltart praised players for sportsmanlike way in which the matches were conducted. Team USA member James Erkenbeck of New Mexico was voted recipient of the Michael Carter Award by the Europeans and Team Europe player Pedro Figueiredo was his voted recipient by the Americans.

For the morning Foursome Match scores click here >>

The story of the morning session belonged to an incredible feat of courage for Pedro Figueiredo. There was much doubt as to whether the UCLA senior from Portugal would even play since a freak foot injury saw him rushed to A&E at 6am prior to the teetimes. Adamant not to concede even another half point to the Americans, Pedro teamed up with fellow UCLA senior Pontus Widegren from Sweden to battle hard against Patrick Rodgers and Justin Thomas who were gunning for maximum points in their Palmer Cup campaign. Standing on the 18th green with blood oozing through his tennis shoe

Saturday June 8th - Team USA take a commanding lead after fourball and singles matches

Play resumed at 7.30am from the spot where the rain storm halted it a day prior. Team USA quickly pressed the advantage and red numbers (indicating a Team USA lead) was a trend that was to continue throughout the day.

It has been a long day so I will direct you to the following links to tell the story:

Match synopsis >>

Photos >>

Rising Junior, Patrick Rodgers had a very good day as he teamed up with Justin Thomas for a handsome 5&3 win in the  morning fourball and then closed out Team Europe's highest rank player, Julien Brun from France, 4&3.

Coach Rowe had less fun as he, Captain Coltart and the European Team poured in effort and some grittiness for just the one win and five half points. Team USA was too strong and had the run of the ball for today. Here's hoping for a "Miracle at Medinah" type scenario tomorrow... and then some!

Third Round Foursomes Pairings 
Game 16: Cory Whitsett/Bobby Wyatt, USA vs. Gary Hurley/Kevin Phelan, Europe
Game 17: Patrick Rodgers/Justin Thomas, USA vs. Pedro Figueiredo/Pontus Widegren, Europe
Game 18: Alex Carpenter/Michael Kim, USA vs. Julien Brun/Joel Stalter, Europe
Game 19: Daniel Berger/Sean Dale, USA vs. Sebastian Cappelen/Greg Eason, Europe
Game 20: James Erkenbeck/Michael Weaver, USA vs. Scott Fernandez/Ben Taylor, Europe

livescoring will resume here >>

Friday June 7th - Wash-Out

Disappointment for both teams today since heavy rain made it impossible to play.

Let's hope for better luck tomorrow. Both teams are chomping at the bit to play the match on such a great course. The greenkeepers and staff at Wilmington C.C. must be thanked for all the extra effort they have gone to in the face of the deluge.

The plan is to finish session 1 Fourballs tomorrow morning then jump ahead to session 3 singles in the afternoon leaving session 2 Foursomes and session 4 singles (36 holes) to be played on Sunday.

From 7.30am EST, livescoring will resume here >>

Thursday June 6th - College-Am Day

Let's start with the highlight of the day... The teams were able to meet, chat and have a photo session with Golfing icon Mr. Arnold Palmer.

Team USA:

 Team Europe:

Mr. Palmer's connection with Wilmington Country Club goes back... "Oh let's not talk about that [many years]", he said in the opening ceremonies as the teams, match dignitaries and sponsors were acknowledged. In 1966 he played an exhibition match with Jack Nicklaus over the South Course and many members present remember the day like yesterday!

Once the final national anthem was played by the event's own trumpeter, David Hooten, the crowd went silent... anxious to hear the announcement of the pairings. One could sense the change in physiology along the line of players, each man feeling butterflies in the stomach as the realization that their next shot would count toward either capturing or retaining the Cup! You may be interested in the line-up pairings for tomorrow so here they are:

Game 1: 7:30 am
Sean Dale/Bobby Wyatt, USA vs. Sebastian Cappelen/Pontus Widegren, Europe

Game 2: 7:45 am
Patrick Rodgers/Justin Thomas, USA vs. Greg Eason/Ben Taylor, Europe

Game 3: 8:00 am
Alex Carpenter/Cory Whitsett, USA vs. Julien Brun/Joel Stalter, Europe

Game 4: 8:15 am
Daniel Berger/James Erkenbeck, USA vs. Scott Fernandez/Pedro Figueiredo, Europe

Game 5: 8:30 am
Michael Kim/Michael Weaver, USA vs. Gary Hurley/Kevin Phelan, Europe

Play away please gentlemen!!!

In other news today, Pedro Figueiredo was part of the winning team in the college-am.

Continue to follow live updates, scores and comments via , @PalmerCup , @PalmerCupEurope , @AndrewColtart , @jcwellbamagolf

Wednesday June 5th - Practice Day

Wilmington Golf and Country Club [picture of clubhouse] has two courses: the North designed by Dick Wilson and the South designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr. The Palmer Cup matches will be played over the South Course. Take a tour of the course to see the signature course set in beautiful Delaware countryside. The club has hosted multiple USGA Amateur Championships.

Our day commenced with an 8.30am "Caddie Draw" where players were called forward to pick their caddie's name from a hat. All caddie's are fine players in the State of Delaware and members of the junior academy at Wilmington C.C. Next we teed off for the practice rounds. There were apparent differing strategies from team USA and Europe with the former opting for informal matches among themselves whilst the visiting team took a walk of the course taking notes and measuring distances/green slopes. Both teams found the course in pristine condition with well defined fairways, fairly hefty rough and fast sloped greens. It will provide an excellent challenge.

In the early evening there was a Junior Clinic where players demonstrated technique, ball trajectory control, power drives and performed a few trick-shots. A poster signing session (picture) followed before we got suited up for a hosted dinner with the USGA and R&A along with various other dignitaries from the Palmer Cup and golf club hosts. After dinner there was also an opportunity to meet and listen to inspiring stories from Major Dan Rooney of the Folds of Honor Foundation.

All in all it was a long but action packed day. Clinics, media, signing sessions and formal dinners is all part of the training for budding tour professionals and the Palmer Cup players handle it all admirably. Likewise there is a full agenda for tomorrow with a College-Am, Opening Ceremony and reception with Arnold Palmer himself. Those players who attend Universities on the quarter system (like Stanford and UCLA) must really tap into their student-athlete discipline to find time to study for exams or complete papers in amongst the week's program!

The matches are just 24 hours away. Send your messages of support for the teams via @PalmerCup or @PalmerCupEurope !

Tuesday June 4th - Travel Day

All players have arrived and checked into the hotel. We had a very informal cookout / get together by the tennis courts at Wilmington Country Club this evening:

Everyone appeared in great spirits and not least Team USA Head Coach Jay Seawell who's Alabama team claimed the NCAA Golf Championship last weekend. He has three of his Crimson Tide players (Bobby Wyatt, Justin Thomas and Cory Whitsett) playing for him this week.

Patrick's flight was the last to arrive into Philadelphia on either team so I have not yet had a chance to have that first handshake of the week. There are rumors that he may have had a haircut so stay tuned to see how that turned out!