Tiger Woods Captures 1996 NCAA Individual Title
In his two years on The Farm, Tiger Woods put together a resume that is unprecedented in the history of amateur golf. Woods is a three-time U.S. Amateur champion, and a NCAA Individual Champion. He was the youngest ever to win both the U.S. Amateur and the USGA Junior Amateur. As a result , Tiger Woods is now considered the greatest golfer in the history of the game for his age.
Woods became the first Stanford golfer in over 50 years to win the NCAA individual championship when he captured the crown on June 1, 1996. Woods, only the second golfer in Stanford history to win the title, finished with a three-under par 285. He set a single round course record after firing a five-under par 67 in the second round and finished the tournament at three-under par 285. Woods, an unprecedented three-time U.S. Amateur champion, ended the year ranked No. 1 in the Rolex/Nicklaus Individual Rankings and finished the years with lowest scoring average in collegiate golf.
Woods finished his sophomore season by winning individual titles at the Pac-10 Championships and the NCAA West Regional. His title at the Pac-10 championship at Big Canyon Country Club included a record-breaking eleven-under par 61 in the first round. Over the course of his sophomore season he won eight tournaments and ended his collegiate career with four straight wins.
Woods finished his career at Stanford with a 71.1 stroke average, breaking the previous Stanford record by more than a stroke. Woods is a two-time first team All-American and was named the Pac-10 Player of the year twice. Over his career at Stanford he won ten tournaments while notching 22 top ten finishes in 27 tournaments. Woods is regarded by many as the best golfer in the history of Stanford University.