March 29, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford remains in first at 17-under-par 543, after being the only team to shoot under par in the second round of the U.S. Intercollegiate at Stanford Golf Course.
The Cardinal (272-271) leads the tournament by 11 strokes heading into the final round with four players in the top 10 of the leaderboard.
"The first six holes are the most difficult and we got there even par as a team," said The Knowles Family Director of Golf Conrad Ray. "It was one of the first rounds all year that all five guys played decently well. There was a good vibe on the course and that's what you really need to do to win."
After opening with a 66 bogey-free round Patrick Rodgers kept steady, made six birdies, two bogeys and, again, went four under. The sophomore (66-66) tied for first at 132 with TCU's Paul Barjon who led the second round through the front nine after six early birdies.
Rodgers birdied the third, bogeyed the fifth and had back-to-back birdies on the seventh and eighth holes, but still trailed Barjon by two strokes. With a birdie on the 13th and 15th, he climbed back up to the top of the leaderboard.
A birdie on the 16th looked to break the tie for first but a bogey on the 17th left Rodgers with Barjon.
“The putts weren’t falling early but I stayed patient and kept giving myself good looks,” said Rodgers who looks to claim his fourth collegiate season title and sixth overall. “I took care of seven and 16 with birdies there and hit a few others close to solidify my round.”
Rodgers hit 15 greens and had 30 putts.
“Tomorrow will be difficult conditions so I just need to stay calm and committed to making good decisions,” Rodgers said. “I’m sure there will be ups and downs tomorrow, but if I am sharp mentally the result will be good.”
With a pair of 68s, Cameron Wilson is tied for third at 136. He started the second round with a birdie on the first hole and closely followed that with a bogey on the third. The junior managed to go two under with a birdie on the ninth and the 16th.
David Boote, who opened the tournament at 68 along with Wilson, carded a 69 to tie for fifth. He managed to balance out a double bogey on the fourth with consecutive birdies on the fifth and sixth holes. The freshman then bogeyed the ninth but came back with three consecutive birdies on the 14th, 15th and 16th, closing the round with a bogey on the 17th to still remain under par.
“I was good mentally today so I wasn’t distracted by the bogeys,” Boote said. “I am making enough birdies and I just need to eliminate the silly bogeys in order to have a good finish.”
Close behind was Andrew Yun (70-68) who is tied for seventh at 138. The senior birdied the seventh and the 16th. He pared the rest.
"I hit a lot of three woods out there," said Yun about his bogey-free round. "I had a much more conservative game plan because my driver put me in a couple of bad spots during the first day, so I decided to leave it in the bag for most of the round."
"Coach Ray and I worked on my swing after the first round. I inputted some of the tips he gave me on the range yesterday and I told myself to make confident swings."
Closing in on the top five of the team leaderboard is TCU (274-280-554) in second, followed by St Mary's (273-286) and San Francisco (275-284) who are tied for third, while Oregon (282-283) checks in at fifth.
Despite the lead, before the final round, Ray will tell his team to "not worry about the scores so much. Focus on the course, not the results, and control the things you have control over."
Rounding out Stanford's official lineup was sophomore Patrick Grimes (74-71) who tied for 58th at 145.
The unofficial Stanford White lineup made up of individual competitors remained at 13th at 574 after shooting a pair of 287s. Leading the individuals were freshman Dominick Francks (71-72) and senior Steve Kearney (74-69) who both tied for 33rd at 143.
Kearney made four birdies to finish an under-par round.
With a pair of 76s freshman Keegan English, who competed as an individual, tied for 87th at 152.
The final round resumes on Saturday at 8 a.m. (PT). Tee times off the first and 10th holes. Live scoring is on Golf GameBook.
"You can get a lot of momentum if you make some putts out here," Yun said. "So the puts are going to have to drop tomorrow."
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