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!