Round 1 Begins...
With typically fine weather and the Stanford Golf Course in perfect condition, there were certainly a few birdies to cheer about today as the Cardinal squad commenced their first round of a 54 hole 2012-12 Season Fall Arrival Tournament.
Here are the scores posted:
Click here or on the picture above to link to the GameBook leaderboard and view hole by hole scores of all players by clicking on their name]
Highlights of the day were:
- four birdie 2s in the same group on hole 8
- Three out of those four players then went on to birdie hole 9 as well
- With a birdie on holes 7 and 10, Patrick Rodgers completed four consecutive birdies in that hole 7-10 stretch
- Steve Kearney's towering iron tee shot within 2 feet of the 14th hole converted for a birdie two... here are all participating players' tee shots on that hole:
All credit to the Freshmen in their first competitive round over the Stanford Golf Course as they negotiated it in 71 strokes with maturity that augurs for many sub 70 rounds in the future.
Rounds 2 and 3...
One key training principle that applies to sports globally is that "practice should be more difficult than the game itself". Certainly this principle was being applied by a Stanford basketball player in training simultaneously catching tennis balls whilst dribbling close by in the gymnasium during our early morning workouts last week. Our equivalent in golf is to find the most challenging courses and conditions in the Bay Area and mix them in to our practice play.
On Wednesday September 19th we played TPC Stonebrae across the San Mateo Bridge up in the hills next to Hayward. On a big course from the back plates, Steven Kearney and Shane Lebow ground out very respectable rounds. Here are the complete scores (click picture to open the leaderboard page):
On Friday September 21st we hopped across to the Pacific coast for a fresh and early 7am start at Half Moon Bay Old Course. Here are the complete scores from the 3rd Round (click picture to open the leaderboard page):
4th and Final Round Scores...
Click here for scores from the final round held at Stanford Golf Course yesterday (Wednesday September 26th, 2012)
Cumulative scores after 4 rounds...
1. Steven Kearney 69 - 72 - 76 - 72 = 289
2. Shane Lebow 72 - 74 - 77 - 72 = 295
3. Andre De Decker 71 - 79 - 75 - 71 = 296
4=. David Boote 71 - 81 - 78 - 71 = 301
4=. Wilson Bowen 75 - 79 - 77 - 70 = 301
6. Dominick Francks 71 - 84 - 75 - 76 = 306
DNF. Patrick Rodgers 69 - dnp - 74 - 72
DNF. Patrick Grimes 81 - NR - 84 - 73
A note upon live scoring for our intra-squad tournaments...
In the future, if you would like to follow scoring from our intra-team rounds and have a smartphone you may be able to download the Golf GameBook App. then register and "friend" Stanford Men's Golf in order to follow live from wherever you may be.
The following team order has been submitted to compete in the Olympia Fields Country Club / Fighting Illinis Invitational, September 30th - October 2nd, 2012.
The team departs tomorrow and will be fortunate enough to be present at Medinah (venue of the 2012 Ryder Cup matches) on Saturday afternoon following a practice round over the South Course at Olympia Fields.