Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Fall Season Closes ....

The fall season has wrapped up for Stanford Men's Golf and we are already looking forward to the spring! With a #2 ranking and some very solid play I believe we are poised for some exciting golf this spring.

The guys are in Dead Week this week and Finals week the next and everyone is catching their breath after a whirlwind fall season. We miss the most class time of any team on campus so this time of year the guys are really hitting the books. We will be in the "off season" until the middle of January and the team will use this time of fewer events to focus more on strength building in the weight room, mechanical work on the Siebel Complex, and catching up on all the things that need attention after the fall season.

Although we everyone around here felt like our fall campaign was a successful one it is very evident that we need to keep working hard and improving if we want to be in the best position to win a Championship this spring. We are excited to potentially have All-American and senior captain Joseph Bramlett back in the line-up in the new year. His rehab on his wrist has been going well and if healthy he can be a major part of our success this spring.

Focusing on the process not the product will be our goal moving forward and we appreciate all of the support that we have gotten along the way this fall. Our win at CordeValle in our final event of the fall was a special one against a very skilled OK State team and something to build upon.

I wish you all a very healthy and happy Holiday Season and Go Cardinal!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Off to Isleworth!!

Hello Everybody!

A few quick lines between The Prestige at PGA West and the Isleworth Intercollegiate to let you know all is well. The guys are fired up to get their first win ... hopefully coming this weekend in Florida.

The Prestige was a great week of golf on the heralded Stadium Course at PGA West. TCU had the hot hand as we mustered up a strong 2nd place finish. Congrats to David Chung and Sihwan Kim on their top-10's. One of many highlights from the Prestige was listening to "The Little Pro" Eddie Merrins address tournament banquet attendees on life, golf, and winning attitude. A very memorable speech for everyone that was present.

Isleworth will be the toughest field and golf course we have seen thus far. A great test of golf is in store and maybe some time with Tiger. Tiger was gracious enough to spend the morning with the team on the Monday of the President's Cup. A few fun pictures above. He was fantastic and exciting to see how proud he is of our program and Stanford. Inspirational to say the least. He wasn't to bad later in the week as well ... I later joked with him saying "Y.E. Yang might now be called Y. Me Yang!"

Go Cardinal!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Back from the East Coast and Looking Ahead!

Hi Everyone!

The team has returned from a great trip back East and we are now a few days into the first week of school. Our first trip was fantastic! The golf we were able to play on the front end of the trip in New Jersey and on Long Island was incredible.

We started out the trip playing the #1 course in the world, Pine Valley. All of the things you look for in a golf course were there ... layout, difficulty, vistas, ambiance, and unique design just to name a few. The guys are still talking about Pine Valley and we are thankful to have the opportunity. We had very gracious hosts and what a memorable experience for the guys .... the first course of the year was the best course they might ever play!

After pine Valley we made our way up to Long Island where we unpacked our bags for a few days and had the chance to continue our special trip. We were able to see Sebonack, Friars Head, Shinnecock Hills, and National Golf Links. All were incredible and all very unique. A special thanks to one of our great golf alums, Ken Bakst for hosting a fundraising day at his course, Friars Head. His passion for the game and attention to detail have made Friars Head one of the best course any of us have ever played. At Shinnecock Hills we were able to get some rust off with a dual match against the Princeton Tigers. Coach Will Green has done a very good job with his program there and the match was very competetitive. The Cardinal ended up on top 3 1/2 to 1 1/2.

From Long Island we headed to Chicago and Olympia Fields for our first full field event. We played some very solid golf over three days and ended up alone in 4th place. We seemed to also get a little bit better each day and were within two shots of the lead with nine holes to play so we were close to accomplishing our goals. What a treat for the team to play the same course set up and hole locations as were used for the 2003 US Open. As I told the guys ... if you cannot figure out what you need to work on after these three rounds then you better start over.

So that brings us to this week, the first week of school, and what lies ahead. We have started our workouts- three days per week which includes strength training, stretching, cardio conditioning, and yoga. Our goal is to be the most fit team in the country as we move into the spring. A fresh body makes for good decisions and good golf. Just ask Tiger. Our next event is the Prestige at PGA West held on the Pete Dye Stadium Course. As you can see the challenging course don't let up. We are all excited to see how it goes and I know the freshman are eager to make their mark. I will be sure to continue the updates.

Thanks for all your support and Go Cardinal!


Sunday, August 9, 2009

Stanford Golf Day at Friars Head on September 14th

Dear Friends of Stanford Men's Golf:

We hope you have enjoyed reading all of the information we have been sending you recently with the new season on the horizon. I wanted to make special note of an opportunity that has presented itself on Long Island in September.

When Ken Bakst, class of 1980, heard that the Stanford Golf Team was going to be on the east coast to play a team match against Princeton at Shinnecock and in the Fighting Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields in Chicago, he kindly offered to host a fundraising outing for the Stanford Men’s Golf Team on Monday, September 14th at Friar’s Head on Long Island, NY. As I’m sure you can all appreciate this was a most welcome offer. On the trip will be our current starting six, my Assistant Coach Matt Tight, and myself. We are all very much looking forward to spending the day with a small number of Stanford supporters who would like to support our program and enjoy a great day of golf at Friar’s Head. For those of you who may not know, Friar’s Head is one of the world’s great new golf courses (currently ranked 22nd in the USA and 33rd in the World by Golf Magazine and 6th best course built in the USA in the last 50 years by Golfweek Magazine), and Ken is its Founding and Managing Member.

If you would like to participate in this event, details for which are included below, please let me know via reply email ( as soon as possible because participation will be limited to not more than 72 golfers.

I look forward to seeing many of you in New York in September!

Stanford Men’s Golf Fundraiser

Location:     Friar’s Head, 3000 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, New York 11901

Date: Monday, September 14th

Time:                       1:30 p.m. shotgun start (luncheon available beginning at 11:30 a.m.)

Cocktails, Hors D’ouerves & Live Auction after the conclusion of play.

Price:                        $1,500.00 per person (includes all costs for the day, including caddie fees)

RSVP:                       Conrad Ray,, 650-323-0939 or

Ken Bakst,, 631-722-6050

Monday, July 27, 2009

Important Dates to Support Stanford Men's Golf!

Dear Friends of Stanford Men's Golf:

The 2009-10 schedule has been set --- you can find the full schedule on our home page at One of the new highlights will be the kick-off match against Princeton played at world famous Pine Valley Golf Club in New Jersey. We're looking forward to a great season!

There are several special events where you can participate so please mark your calendars! We hope you can participate on the following dates:

The Cardinal Golf Classic .... October 2nd, 2009

Join us for our annual golf team fundraiser on the Stanford Golf Course. October 2nd is the Friday before the Stanford / UCLA Football Game. The afternoon will include golf, live auction, food and prizes. We will also have a Stanford Golf Tailgater the next day before the bashing of the Bruins. The President's Cup is the following week at Harding Park. Come and make a long weekend out of it! Event is organized primarily through captains fielding a foursome but we also have room for singles. I will be reaching out shortly to past captains with information and if you are interested in playing please email me at

The Big Game Cup vs. The CAL Bears ... November 19, 2009

Please wear your Cardinal Red as 25 two-man teams from Stanford take on 25 two-man teams from CAL on the Stanford Golf Course. The day promises to bring some spirited match play against the Bears as we all warm up for the football game a few days later. We have the Cup from our great win last year and I hope we can keep it on this side of the Bay. Please email me at if you want to beat the Bears.

The U.S. Intercollegiate at Stanford ... April 11-13, 2010

The 2010 US Intercollegiate will play host to 20 of the nations premier college golf teams for three beautiful days in April at the Stanford Golf Course. The majority of the Pac-10 Conference will be here and the golf will be fantastic to watch. Admission is free so we hope you can make it out to cheer on the team during it's only competition on campus during the entire upcoming golf season.

Thanks for all of your support. Go Cardinal!


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Many thanks for a great Alumni vs Varsity match

Dear Cardinal Alumni:

A huge thanks to all of you that were able to compete in the 2009 Stanford Golf Alumni Match! It was the first win by the "old guys" in a very long time so a lot to celebrate. We really appreciate you taking the time out of your weekend to come and show your support for the team. I think the guys are primed for a successful post season run and now you all can say you were the motivation.

A total of 6 scores counted for each team and thanks to rounds of 64-66-66 by three current touring pros (Rob Grube, Jim Seki and Will Yanigisawa) the alumni edged out the varsity by a score of 411 to 425. See the complete scoring below:

I have included a link to some fun photos from the afternoon for your scrapbooks.

Click on the following link:

All the best and Go Cardinal!


Varsity Team: Brockington (66), Kemmer (67), Kim (70), Ziegler (71), Chung (71), Lim (73), Cox (74), Bowen (75) --- Bramlett is injured.

Alumni Team: Grube (64), Seki (66), Yanigisawa (66), Nilmeier (70), Phillips (71), Baskins (74), Garcia and Ligo Hi (75), Hoyt (78), Nonnenberg (79), Richardson (80), Shepherd and Benson (81), Harris (83), Johnson, Barlow, Strohecker and Chavez (84), Heiser (91).

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Where does the spring go .....

Hello Friends of Stanford Men's Golf!

Sorry that it has been a while since my last post but things with the team have been in full gear. We are all getting ready for the 41st US Intercollegiate at Stanford this weekend. Can you say exciting!! Five of the top-25 teams in the country will be here and on those teams five of the top-25 individuals will also be in attendance. The golf promises to be as good as the forecast ... fantastic! We hope you can make it out to support the team and take it all in on this beautiful golf course we are so lucky to have.

Over the last few weeks the guys have come off a very impressive showing at The Golf Club of Georgia finishing second in the toughest field we have seen all year. Clemson ended up catching us on the back nine the final day, playing in snow flurries by the way, so it was a tough battle. David Chung, our star freshman, almost got his first collegiate victory as well so I hope all things are indicating a strong Cardinal sprint to the finish.

Speaking of the finish, NCAA's are right around the corner and it looks like we are in good shape to qualify for Regionals which is good news ... maybe even earning the #1 seed in the West. USC is ahead of us currently but with good showings at Stanford this weekend and at the Pac-10 Championship in Seattle in a few weeks we can maybe catch them. Regionals will provide a new challenge with only five teams advancing out of fifteen so we will have to be at the top of our games. The new match play format also will be very interesting at NCAA's if we play well enough to get there. So all in all plenty of things to look forward to. I believe our guys are up for the challenge.

I will make sure to keep you up to date on everything as it plays out and hope you can make it out to the course sometime this spring!

Go Cardinal!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

A few photos from the team's Hawaii trip

Here are a few photos from our team's trip to the Big Island of Hawaii. A special thanks to the team's great hosts, Irv and Sukey Grousbeck (that's Sukey in the first photo below with Hal Gogger & seniors Dodge Kemmer and Daniel Lim. Conrad

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Hawaii Here We Come

Hello Friends of Stanford Men's Golf!

I hope this posting finds all of you dreaming of birdies in 2009 and doing what it takes this time of year to make that a reality this spring and summer. We have been working hard as a team to prepare for our first event of the new year at the Mauni Lani North Course on the Big Island during the first week of February. The guys can't wait to get started!

The weather for us here on the Farm has been very mild so far and of course we are expecting sunshine in Hawaii. However, if you are reading this and looking outside your window and the snow is blowing and temperatures are below zero here are a few things that might help you get a leg up on your competition when the greens finally thaw out.

1) Stretch! One of the biggest things I see good college players and golfers of all levels struggle with after an extended lay off is keeping their golf muscles in shape. As a team we are spending 4 hours a week just on our fitness this time of year and I know it will pay off for us come NCAA time. I would encourage you to spend 15 to 20 minutes a day stretching to stay limber and fluid. Pay extra attention to your hamstrings, core, back and shoulders. A little time this time of year can really help with the time it takes to knock the rust off.

2) Get your clubs professionally fitted! It is amazing to me how many people play golf without ever taking the time to have their lie and loft angles checked or even better yet find someone in their area that is a professional club fitter to spend some time with. Most of the time, a set of clubs that you buy off the rack will not be set up to you specifications. With growing popularity of launch monitors, better technology in shafts and heads, and the ease by which the fitting process can be done, to me this should be a "no brainer" for the better player. You will be amazed what a few degrees of lie angle one way or another can make a huge difference in the dispersions of your shots. You won't be disappointed.

3) Putt! Putt! Putt! Almost everyone I know has room in their house where the carpeting rolls like a good day at Augusta. This is a great opportunity to work on your stroke. Putt your balls to a small target like a quarter or golf tee. Work on different distances and make up games for yourself. I promise that if you rolled 100 putts a day on a smooth surface indoors until the snow melted your handicap will show the work you put in. Putting is the name of the game ... especially inside of 6ft and now is your chance to make 2009 the year of the 1 putt!

Dedication is all it takes! Go Cardinal!