May 18, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - After posting a final round 14-over-par 298, Stanford finished in seventh on Saturday at the NCAA D1 Men's Golf Regional to miss advancing to the finals.
On the par-71 Scarlet Course, the top-five teams who will head to the NCAA Championships, in order of finish, are No. 5 (Golfweek) New Mexico, No. 19 Auburn, No. 23 South Carolina, No. 30 UNLV and No. 39 Texas Tech.
The Lobos (294-293-283), won the regional title at 18-over 870, while the Tigers (293-293-286) and the Gamecocks (288-296-288) tied for second at 872. The Rebels (292-292-294) came in third at 878 and the Red Raiders (299-288-292) finished fifth at 879.
The No. 10 Cardinal (291-295-298) trailed Texas Tech by five strokes, recording 884 overall.
"Extremely tough to not be moving on," said The Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf Conrad Ray. "The guys had a great season, and unfortunately it came down to today's round and we ended up on the outside looking in. This group worked really hard all season and they should be proud of their accomplishments."
Patrick Rodgers (72-72-76) recorded a top-20 finish, tying for 18th at seven-over-par 220. The sophomore, who led the team in the second round and was tied for sixth individually, did not make a single birdie today.
After opening with a 77 and following with a 75, Andrew Yun finished with a final round 70 for the team low for the day. The senior made birdies on the second and 11th holes, giving one stroke back with a bogey on the 14th.
"We are all still disappointed about not making it to nationals, but golf is a hard and cruel game," said Yun who tied for 25th at 222. "It wasn't our best week and it came at the wrong time."
Senior Steve Kearney (73-80-78) tied for 63rd at 231.
"Looking at the past season, there are so many positives," Yun said. "Patrick with three solid victories, Cameron with his amazing 61, David with his extremely solid fall campaign, Steven with his 67 and tied for fourth place finish in Hawaii, and our team win at home. I'm so proud of the guys on the team and even though our hard work didn't pay off this week, it will in the future."
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