April 13, 2013Golfstat Live Scoring
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - After a 36-hole day, Stanford recorded a 17-over-par 717 for third heading into the final round of the Western Intercollegiate at Pasatiempo Golf Club.
The Cardinal, led by a pair of 69s from Andrew Yun and Cameron Wilson, opened the tournament with a 351 for a fourth-place tie. Under ideal conditions UCLA led the field at 341, 10 strokes ahead of Stanford.
Strong winds in the late afternoon tested the 14-team field in the second round. UCLA and California, who check in at first and second on the leaderboard, scored the low of 361. Stanford, in third, had a 366 to remain in contention of the title.
The No. 5 (Golfweek) Bruins are 702 overall, while the top-ranked Golden Bears who carded a 350 in the opening round are at 711. The No. 8 Cardinal trails UCLA by 15 strokes and California by six.
"I felt like we hung in there pretty well," said The Knowles Family Director of Golf Conrad Ray. "The conditions were very difficult with the greens being fast and a lot of wind in the afternoon round which was reflective in the scores."
"For us to win tomorrow, we need a really solid contribution from all six players. With five scores counted, I think we can make up a lot of ground quickly. The guys are up for the challenge of playing the course well, managing their mistakes and cutting down on unforced errors."
Yun, after opening with a 69, managed to maintain a solid 71 in the second round for an even-par 140. The senior is tied for seventh, just five strokes behind UCLA's Pontus Widegren (66-69) who leads the tournament at 135.
"The wind obviously made things much more difficult, so I was picking much more conservative targets," said Yun who finished third in the U.S. Intercollegiate and tied for seventh at the Prestige at PGA West. "It's a demanding course and it requires precision so I had to be aware of where to hit the ball and where not to hit it."
Wilson, the other first-round leader, tallied a 74 in the second round to tie for 17th at 143. Close behind were sophomores Patrick Grimes and Patrick Rodgers who both opened with a 70 and followed with a 74. Grimes and Rodgers are tied for 23rd at 144.
Junior Shane Lebow, who competes as an individual, is tied for 23rd with Grimes and Rodgers. Lebow opened with a 74 but managed to go four strokes better in the second round to finish at 70.
Dominick Francks (69-79), the other individual, is tied for 48th at 148.
"The guys are playing in foursomes so they're playing with a fellow teammate," Ray said. "My thought was to get them encouraged to root each other on as much as possible. I want to get the vibe going a little bit tomorrow and see what happens."
The Cardinal tees off at 8:15 a.m. on Sunday from holes No. 3-5 with San Diego State.
"I'm hitting the ball great," Yun said. "If I continue to hit the ball like the way I did and make more putts, then I will have a chance at the end. I didn't make many putts today, so hopefully I saved them all for tomorrow!"
"My goal is to make confident, relaxed swings. It's easy to be tense and try to guide it out here, so I need to make sure I'm relaxed over the ball."
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