April 14, 2013
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - Stanford finished in third with a 31-over-par 1081 on the final day of the 67th Western Intercollegiate at Pasatiempo Golf Club.
The Cardinal (351-366-364), who was in third heading into the final round, was only 15 strokes back from UCLA and six strokes behind California.
California (350-361-340), however, managed to shoot a 10-under-par 340 today for a final 1051 and the victory. The top-ranked (Golfweek) Golden Bears edged No. 5 UCLA by 13 strokes. The Bruins (341-361-362) came in second at 1064.
No. 8 Stanford, in third, managed to finish four strokes ahead of No. 6 Washington (358-370-357) who scored a 1085 overall.
"We were hoping to move up on the leaderboard, but the guys played well and the teams ahead of us were all highly ranked," said The Knowles Family Director of Golf Conrad Ray. "I felt like we had a chance today. We didn't play our best golf but we had some nice individual finishes with Patrick Rodgers coming back with a 67."
Rodgers (70-74-67), who was tied for 23rd heading into the final round, fired five birdies and went three under for a one-over-par 211, tying for ninth.
"I struck the ball really well today," said Rodgers, a sophomore. "After yesterday I knew my game was good and I just had to put a round together. I struck it great, gave myself a lot of opportunities and shot a good number."
"My ball striking has continued to improve and I am making steps in my short game. If I can continue this trend, it will be a great postseason."
Cameron Wilson went up three spots in the leaderboard from a 17th-place tie after the second round to a 14th-place finish. The junior opened with a 69 and followed that with a 74. Today Wilson shot a 70 for a 213 overall.
Senior Andrew Yun (69-71-76), who led the Cardinal heading into the final round, tied for 19th at 216.
Rounding out the lineup was Steve Kearney (73-80-76) who tied for 68th at 229.
Stanford individual Dominick Francks opened the tournament with a 69 after firing birdies on holes three, six, seven and nine. Later that afternoon on the 36-hole day, however, the freshman shot nine over with only a single birdie on the 16th. Francks, who tied for 29th at 218, came back today with a birdie on the ninth, an eagle on the 10th and a birdie on the 11th for a 70.
Junior Shane Lebow (74-70-76), who also competed as an individual, shot a 220 and tied for 32nd.
“There were some low scores out there,” Ray said. “I felt like we’re continuing down the right track. We’re going to focus on our short games and continue to putt and chip well and hit the ball in the fairway—all the basic things as we move toward the postseason.”
Stanford competes next in the men’s golf Pac-12 Championship on April 29-May 1.
“Looking ahead to the Pac-12s, we play the Los Angeles Country Club, which is somewhat similar on the greens and has a lot of big undulating greens that we found here in Pasatiempo so we’ll work on those situations the next couple of weeks in practice,” Ray said. “We didn’t have our best stuff today and we didn’t exactly make a great run but there’s more golf to play and all this is in preparation for what lies ahead.”
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