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!