Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Fall is in the Rear View Mirror!

Hello Friends of Stanford Men's Golf:

It has been a few months since I have checked in but I wanted to send over my thoughts on the fall and highlight a few of the good things going on with the program as move move towards the holidays.

This is a great time of year because the kids and coaches finally have some time to catch their breath and assess how the fall campaign went and what areas were good as well as the areas that still need work. As a team I was happy with our results the fall. We didn't bust into the winner's circle but we had some close calls and not being out of the top 8 in any event is a great accomplishment considering the strength of the fields we competed in. At our last event of the fall season, at CordeValle in early November, we played very well finishing second. Hats off to the week the Trojans had. It always stings a bit to get beat by USC but we played some solid golf and with a few saved shots here and there we will be right on track. All in all the results from the fall tell me we can definitely contend for another National Championship in May.

The next few weeks the team will be on their own for practice and workout finishing up fall quarter with Dead Week and Finals. They assure me that there will be nothing but straight A's so I have my fingers crossed!

We will crank up again with practice in mid-January and begin preparing for our first event on the Big Island at Mauni Lani in early February. I think by then we will all be excited about a little of that warm sunshine.

On the recruiting front you may have read that we signed two top prospects for the 2009 class to National Letters of Intent. We will also be adding one more freshman for a total of three to the incoming class of 2009. I believe these three players will part of one of the strongest freshmen classes in the country and excited to see their immediate impact.

I wish all of you a very healthy and happy holiday season and I look forward to keeping you up to date on our climb to a another national title.

Go Cardinal!!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Two Down and Two to Go

Hello Friends of Stanford Men's Golf!

It is crazy how fast time flies. We have returned this past week from our second event, the Prestige at PGA West, and are leaving for Orlando to play in the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational on Friday. We have been making great progress as a team and I think we are right in the spot we want to be as we head off to the biggest event of the season aside from NCAA's. The field is top notch and the Florida grasses and wind will create a great challenge for our guys. We can't wait. The website for more information is

We have had some great qualifying rounds in the last few weeks to see who gets to go to Florida and this internal team competition is a big asset for everyone. Our depth is going to be a key for our success in June and it is fun to see the guys compete for those top five spots now which will only lend itself to better things come spring.

In the desert at the Prestige we played the Norman Course at PGA West. Hats off to the entire staff at PGA West for making us feel very welcome and the course was in magnificent shape. With 4 of our top 5 players in the top 15 individually in the event there was much to be positive about. Third place is not as fun as winning but the guys deserve a ton of credit for their hard work and fight.

After Isleworth, we will be back on home soil for the CordeValle Collegiate. CordeValle is just south of San Jose so if any of you that are local would like to watch us play this fall we will be close to home. The course down there gets better every year. We are thankful for all of the support Jack and Rhodine Gifford give the event to make it so special. UCLA hosts at CordeValle but for me it feels like our own event because it is so close and because the kids are so familiar with CordeValle.

I look forward to checking back with you after CordeValle with a few victories in hand. As I tell my guys ... good golf is a lot more about managing mistakes than it is about hitting it close to the pin. Keep this in mind during your next practice session. Thanks for all of your support and Go Cardinal!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Cardinal Golf Classic Recap and Here we Go!!!

The Cardinal Golf Classic for 2008 is in the books. We had a great day on the Farm last Friday afternoon and were able to make some very valuable dollars that help our team along the way. Thanks to everyone who participated and for all of your support. A special congratulations to the team of Jack and Rhodine Gifford, Daryl Donovan, and Rick Disney for their scorching hot round of 41 net. That was good enough to be crowned our champions for 2008 and win the crystal. Tremendous golf!

One person that we should take some time out to remember when we talk about the Cardinal Golf Classic is Kent winton who was one of the original founders of the Watson Tournament years ago (now named the Cardinal Golf Classic). Kent passed away earlier in the year and I have to admit the event on Friday felt like we were missing something. The only thing I can think of was Kent's presence. Kent loved the Watson, fighting for 1st place, and all of the fun to be had on our great day. He will be missed.

I also failed to thank Dr. Doug Yarris for his generous donation of all the wine we enjoyed for dinner and tee prizes. "Hope and Grace" is the label you need to look for! We really appreciate the gesture Doc!

The team is off tomorrow to the Chicago area for our first event of the new season at Olympia Fields, site of the 2003 US Open. Come back and visit for results. We are all hoping for good things. Also, one of our freshmen David Chung will be posting a few paragraphs when we get home about his experiences during his first collegiate event so please keep a look out for that.

Until then... here is to birdies and a Cardinal win. Fairways and Greens!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Let The Games Begin!

It is hard to believe the summer is winding down and the new season is upon us. The guys check back in Monday the 8th and will will dive into the season. I am really eager to see the guys, the level of their improvement over the summer, and who ultimately qualifies for the first trip to Olympia Fields in the Chicago area in a few weeks. If you look at the summer that most of the team had, I think there is a lot to look forward to. Sihwan Kim finished in strong fashion with a great showing at the US Amateur to go along with three other qualifying to play as well. Jordan Cox, Steve Ziegler, and incoming freshman David Chung all competed and it was great to have such a strong Stanford contingent at Pinehurst. Well done boys! Also, Joseph Bramlett is back playing and healthy so we are really looking forward to his contributions and presence in the line-up.

Speaking of USGA events, good luck to golf alums Sandy McCall, Denny Alexander, and Van Salmans as they have all qualified to play in the US Senior Amateur. Well done boys! Make us old guys proud! On the alumni front as well, if you have not heard, we recently lost one of our most devoted Stanford golfers, Art Shroeder. We all send our best to his loved ones and family. Please take a minute to read the great tribute to Art that Bob Stevens has written on our site.

Besides the team goings-on and alumni news we are all looking forward to a great day Friday the 12th during our third annual Cardinal Golf Classic. We have 24 groups signed up and still have room for a few more but the day promises to be an awesome day celebrating the program. If you have not signed up please do!

The Siebel Varisty Golf Training Complex has been a huge hit on all fronts. Recruiting is going well and I think the verbal commitments we have gotten for the fall of 2009 will not disappoint. I look forward to sharing these names with you when the NCAA allows. The complex was a huge factor n their decisions. This month we will be over-seeding the 30 acre space so it will look great throughout the winter and spring.

Best of luck to all of you as the summer golf season winds down and please look us up if you back on the Farm this fall. More updates coming soon!

Go Cardinal!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Summer Update!

With the days of July upon us there is a ton to update you on from the world of Stanford Men's Golf. It is hard to believe that we are into July already but much has been happening and many of the Stanford players are well into their schedules filled with amateur golf.

Most if not all of the current team has seen some good action this summer already. Jordan Cox has returned from the US Open where he got a chance to hook up with Tiger Woods for a few practice rounds and then take his best shot during the event but coming up a bit short of the cut. An amazing experience nonetheless and a big confidence boost for Jordan who we will look for big things from in the fall. Sihwan Kim is playing well recording solid finishes in the Northeast Amateur and Sahallee Players Championship where Daniel Lim recently competed as well. Dodge Kemmer and Steve Ziegler just finished up in the North South Amateur where Steve made it to the first round of Match Play before being defeated. Many of the team will compete next week in the Players Amateur near Hilton Head South Carolina so keep an eye out for those scores as well.

On the Alumni front -- a huge congrats to Tiger on another major and for making all of us even more impressed with what he can accomplish... even on a bad knee. Notah Begay played in the PGA Tour event this week in DC and Rob Grube is tied for first in his pro debut on the Canadian Tour in Saskatchewan. Lets hope the putts drop for Rob over the next few days!

I recently have returned form the Palmer Cup in Irvine, Scotland where I had the honor to coach the U.S. side of the Palmer Cup. What a great trip we had... a ton of fun to see the top US players in action and experience links style golf. In the end the U.S. came up a few matches short to the Europeans but a trip we will not forget. I want to go back! Between golf camps running at full steam, a trip to Scotland, and recruiting trips at a yearly peak there has been little time to catch up but much to be excited about. Next season will be here before we know it and I can't wait.

I hope everyone has a great summer and I will be sure to post an update soon.

Go Cardinal!!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Close Call!!!

Dear Friends of Stanford Men’s Golf,

We are back on the Farm after a bittersweet visit to Purdue University and the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex, site of the 2008 NCAA Championships. After 4 rounds, 1149 total shots, and one of the most difficult courses we have played, we came up one shot short and took 2nd place in the field of 30. It’s been 23 years since a team has won back to back titles and we came very close. Our hats go off to the UCLA Bruins and Kevin Chappell for their dramatic win and a great week of golf. All in all our guys played their hearts out and as disappointing as the outcome was, we held our heads high knowing that we played as best as we had all year as a team and gave ourselves a true chance to win. Congrats to Sihwan, Rob, Dodge, Jordan and Steve for a memorable week of golf!

A few more congratulations are in order and I will list them below:

Sihwan Kim finished 4th at the NCAA Championships and was named to both College Golf Coaches Association's (CGCA) All-America First Team as well as to the All-America Freshman Team.

Rob Grube was named a Ping Third Team All-American. His selection as a Third Team All-American adds another honor to his decorated career at Stanford, which he recently completed at the NCAA Championships in May. This is the second time he has been bestowed Third Team honors, and the fourth year he has received All-American honors. In his freshman season he was an honorable mention, and in his junior year he was named to the Second Team.

Three Stanford men's golfers were honored with Pac-10 All-Academic awards, announced today by Commissioner Tom Hansen. Senior Rob Grube earned First Team honors, while juniors Dodge Kemmer and Daniel Lim were named to the Second Team.

Some more exciting news. Sophomore Jordan Cox qualified the U.S. Open being played at Torrey Pines in San Diego beginning this Thursday. We are definitely looking forward to watching him play. He should be ready for the tall rough at Torrey after a week at Purdue where the tall stuff was upwards of 8 to 10 inches. Good luck Jordan!

It’s sad to say that the 2008 season has come to an end. It’s been a great ride and I couldn't’t be any more proud of our guys. We have a young team with two great players coming in as freshman so the future is extremely bright for the Cardinal. Once again, thank you for all your continued support and generosity. It’s exciting to think about what lies ahead for Stanford Men’s Golf and continuing the winning tradition. Our best to you this summer and we look forward to getting back at it in the fall.


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

NCAA Championship .... Here We Come!!!!

Dear Friends of Stanford Men’s Golf:

I hope this finds everyone well. Well it’s that time of year again folks. The time of year where it’s go low or go home! The NCAA Championships is upon us and excitement and drama will take place next week in West Lafayette, IN home of Purdue University and the Brick Boilermaker Golf Complex. Winning an NCAA championship is a feat in and of itself but winning back to back titles is a rarity and something that hasn’t happened in 23 years. We hope to break that streak and keep the trophy right where it belongs, right here on The Farm.

The road to the finals was a tough one but our guys prevailed. This years West Regional took place at Gold Mountain Golf Club right outside of Seattle. The conditions proved difficult but we dug deep and finished 6th out of a competitive field of 30. Steve Ziegler, Dodge Kemmer, Jordan Cox, Sihwan Kim and team captain Rob Grube came up big on the final day and will try to carry that momentum forward into Nationals.

A few congrats are in order. Three Stanford golfers picked up 2008 Pac-10 awards upon the conclusion of the 2008 Pac-10 Championships, as announced by the conference on Thursday, May 1. Rookie Sihwan Kim was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and also picked up first team All-Pac-10 honors. Senior Rob Grube was also named first team All-Pac-10, and freshman Steve Ziegler was named as an honorable mention. Our hats go off to you for a great season. Well Done!!

There are still a few spots left for our 2008 Summer Golf Camps. Feel free to call the Men’s Golf office to discuss dates available.

SAVE THE DATE! The Cardinal Golf Classic will take place on September 12th at the Stanford Golf Course and we hope you all can participate. We will have some interesting auction items this year that should catch everyone’s attention. More information will be on its way in the coming months.

The season has flown by and as we approach the year end, we want to thank everyone for all your support and generosity. We have the best program in the country and it’s all in part to your constant encouragement and assistance. Thank you for all that you do to help the program and to help continue the tradition as “The Home of Champions”.


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Conrad's comments after the US Intercollegiate

Conrad thanks those who made it a great tournament and gives out the awards, including 2nd place individually to Sihwan Kim and 2nd place to the team. You can also find hole by hole highlight videos of each Stanford player in the event in the video section of the website.

Close Call at the U.S. Intercollegiate

Greetings from the Farm!

This past weekend we ran into a buzz saw! Unfortunately the buzz saw came in the form of a hot USC Trojan Golf team and course record 62 by USC golfer Rory Hie in the first round of the U.S. Intercollegiate. The boys were able to hang in there throughout the weekend after being 13 back after round 1 but we came up short finishing second at -2 for the 54 hole total.

The final round was definitely a bright spot with the team shooting -11 and our fifth kick-out score being plus one. This solid team effort is going to be a critical factor to our success as we move forward and eliminating high rounds will be important especially at the Pac-10 Conference tournament next week at the Meadow Club where we play with six players per team instead of five.

Next week promises to be a fun week and a bit of a shootout. We have plenty of motivation to do well. 1994 was the last year that Stanford won the Conference Championship. The Meadow Club is all about putting so we will put in some extra work this week with the flat stick and look to build on the momentum from this past weekend. Not mention, any time we can perform well in Golden Bear country it is a bonus.

I hope you can also take the time to check out the press release on the opening of our new practice complex, The Siebel Varsity Golf Training Complex. Look for a video tour that will be coming out shortly.

Thanks to everyone that helped make last weekend a success. Having an event like ours really makes you appreciate the support we have and the beautiful setting Stanford University and the Stanford Golf Course provides.

Go Cardinal!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Spring Break Recap!

Greetings from the Farm!

Spring is upon us and we are nearing the end of our regular season schedule and quickly approaching post season play. The team has just returned from our spring break trip to Atlanta where we participated in the US Collegiate Championships hosted by Georgia Tech. This tournament is considered “The Masters” of college golf and the team was extremely excited to be invited this year. Overall our 11th place was a bit sluggish but the guys learned a lot ... including how to play in snowy conditions as we found in Round 1! The temps were low and the scores high but as the week went on we got better and our final round was more like what we are accustomed to. We hope to build on the experience going into our final event here at Stanford. We all witnessed that tournaments are won and lost from 100 yards and in, so keep that in mind as you practice and play this spring, I know our guys will!

Fortunately, we had a few days after the event to blow off some steam and enjoy some beautiful weather and local golf compliments of Stanford alums Rocky Rief and Brandon Farley. We had the opportunity to play Peachtree Country Club, home of Bobby Jones and which many say plays a close second to Augusta National in the state of Georgia. The team had an absolute blast and we are so thankful to Rocky and Brandon for putting this wonderful day together. Brandon hosted us the following day at Settindown Creek for another wonderful day of golf and plenty of laughs too. What a great way for the team to finish up Spring Break. Thank you again to the folks in Atlanta!

On the home front, we are looking forward to hosting the U.S Intercollegiate right here at Stanford University Golf Course, April 19-20. Come out and watch some of the top teams in golf compete on this great course and root the Cardinal on to a repeat victory in 08’. We have had tremendous support in the past and we hope you can make it out again this year.

SAVE THE DATE! The Cardinal Golf Classic of 2008 is on the books. This year’s event will take place on September 12th at the Stanford Golf Course and we hope you all can participate. We will have some interesting auction items this year that should catch everyones attention. More information will be on it's way in the coming months.

Thanks for the support you give Stanford Mens' Golf!

P.S. – There are still spots available in the Alumni Match on April 12th! Please get back to us if you are interested!

Go Cardinal!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Third Place at USC

Greetings from The Farm!

After a great victory in Hawaii, the squad recently participated in the USC Invitational held at North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, CA. We walked away with a third place finish, which was a little disappointing but at the end of the day the guys really learned more about their games and how important it is to be able to control your golf ball under any conditions. Not only was the course set up a true test for these top collegiate players with tight fairways and hard, fast, greens, adding in a steady 25 mph wind was a recipe for some interesting golf. The conditions were definitely tough. The guys were challenged and emotions were tested, but all in all we played pretty steady and came very close to an incredible comeback being 11 shots back starting the final round and finishing only five out. Junior Dodge Kemmer had his career best finish and freshman Sihwan Kim continued his hot play both tying for third. Our hats go off to both USC and Tennessee for their great team play over the three rounds.

Our next tournament takes us to Atlanta, GA over spring break where Georgia Tech will host the United States Collegiate Championship. This event is considered by most as “The Masters” of college golf. We look forward to the challenging Golf Club of Georgia and a top rate field. Bringing home the hardware is our goal.

On the home front, we’re already looking forward to hosting the 39th annual U.S Intercollegiate right here at Stanford University Golf Course, April 19-20. This event is always a highlight of our season and I can definitely speak for the team in saying that we are extremely excited and hope to repeat as champions. A victory would go a long way in giving us the momentum going into the NCAA Regional and ultimately the NCAA Championships. We hope to see you out on the links rooting on the Cardinal!

For all of the Stanford Men’s Golf Alumni out there, the annual Alumni Match date has been set for April 12th 2008. We will have a 2pm shotgun start. There are still a few spots open so be sure to contact the golf office if you are interested in challenging the defending champs who are eager to strut their stuff against the old guys.

Thanks again to all of you for your constant support. We wouldn’t be where we are with out you and we truly appreciate all that you do to make Stanford Golf the best!

Go Cardinal!

Monday, February 18, 2008

The Spring is Upon Us!

Dear Friends of Stanford Men's Golf:

I can't believe it but the spring season is already heating up! We have recently returned from our first event of the spring in Hawaii with the trophy in hand and looking forward to our next event hosted by the Trojans of USC in Westlake Village at North Ranch C.C.. Time flies when you are having fun!

The trip to the Big Island of Hawaii was as memorable as always. Rob Grube and Sihwan Kim played some stellar golf to lead us to victory. The other guys on the trip also played solidly which is the key in team golf and all of our hard off-season work paid off. Winning by three shots, it was fun to hold off a few formidable teams in USC and ASU. Both squads took their best shot in the final round but we were able to keep the charge at bay. The second round was one of the best team rounds I have ever been apart of as coach or player. Sihwan Kim's 63 and the team shooting -17 was a huge key to our success. Round two was actually the third lowest team round in the history of the program. Fun to make history and more importantly it was a glimpse into how much firepower this team has when everyone contributes. I would look for big things from Rob and Sihwan as the spring plays out.

One thing worth noting about the week was the absence of All-American Junior Joe Bramlett. Joe has been in the line-up for every event since he has been here so to not have him was really felt by all. Suffering from a partially torn ligament in his wrist after an accidental fall he was unable to make the trip. The prognosis is good and he should be back at it soon but we have been very cautious as wrist injuries can be touchy! Joe is such a big part of this team and such a competitor that I am sure he will be back in the rotation soon.

Another fun outing was our recent trip to Monterey to play a one day dual match against ASU at the famed Cypress Point Club on February 15th. We lucked out with some fantastic weather and good scoring. We were able to beat the Sun Devils four matches to two to retain the third annual Peninsula Cup. To be able to play to play a head to head match against a great team in ASU on one of the best courses in the world was a real treat for all and a memory that will last a long time. Thanks to Mr. Sandy Tatum for his help in making the day possible.

The guys have a few weeks now before heading to USC's event. The time will be spent working on their games and qualifying for USC. We are always preparing for what lies ahead. I think this team has the ability to really surprise some people. I have read about the "championship hangover" and I just don't buy it. With a young team it cannot be forced and results will come. By June, we will be ready to defend our title with vigor and the guys deserve success because they have been working their butts off. It has been fun to be a part of it and we appreciate everyone's support. Thanks to all and Go Cardinal!

Monday, January 7, 2008

Stanford Winter All-Star Camp a Success!

The 2007 Stanford Winter All-Star Golf Camp is now in the books and it was a huge success. With representation from all over the country, as well as Mexico, the quality of golf was at its highest and the overall results were very impressive. Many thanks to the parents, the campers and the support staff for all their hard work and dedication in making this another impressive event here on the Farm. We look forward to continuing our success this summer with our highly regarded Stanford University Summer Golf Camp taking place at the newly developed Siebel Varsity Golf Training Complex.

Feel free to visit our website for any additional information you may need about our summer schedule. Happy New Year and all the best in 2008!

Winter Update!

Greetings and Happy New Year from “The Farm” ! I hope this finds
everyone well and rested after a nice holiday break. I wanted to give a
few updates on the team as we get ready to start the spring season. We
are really looking forward to getting back at it as we gear up for our
first tournament of the year in Hawaii. The official start of the
spring season kicks off with practice on January 19th and we are excited with what lies ahead for the team.

The guys have been using the holiday to really focus on their fitness and
mental preparation for the year. It’s a tough road to the NCAA’s and we
want to be sure that our guys are mentally and physically sharp for our
busy tournament schedule. The Taylor MadeWaikoloa Invitational is our
first event and a great way to start off the year. We really want to
set the tone early so a good finish in Hawaii is key.

One highlight to the coming year is our tournament here at the Stanford
University Golf Course April 19-20, 2008. The U.S. Intercollegiate is
in its 40th year and it is a great event. We look forward to all the
local support we have received in the past. Following the U.S.
Intercollegiate we will be entering in the exciting home stretch
towards the NCAA’s. Purdue University will be the host venue for the
finals this year and we look forward to defending our National
Championship. With the squad we have and our experience from last year,
I am confident we have what it takes to repeat and we look forward to
the challenge. I will keep you up to date on all our accomplishments as
the season unfolds. Thank you again for all your support and interest
and on behalf of the team we wish you all the best in 08”.