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.


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