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.