Cardinal Contingent • David Boote, Patrick Rodgers, Cameron Wilson, Maverick McNealy, Viraat Badhwar, Jim Liu (individual), Patrick Grimes (individual)
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• The 24th annual Amer Ari Invitational will be held at Waikoloa Kings’ Course in Waikoloa, Hawaii. The spring-opening event is hosted by Hawaii-Hilo.
• Teams will tee off at 9:30 a.m. (PT) with shotgun starts all three days on the par-72 course which covers 7,074 yards.
• The 20-team field includes No. 15 Stanford, No. 2 Texas (defending champion), No. 6 Washington, No. 7 UCLA, No. 8 USC, No. 10 Georgia Tech, No. 14 Oklahoma State, No. 16 TCU, No. 24 Auburn, Texas Tech, UC Davis, Arizona State, Colorado, Cal State Stanislaus, Hawaii, Hawaii-Hilo, Oregon, Oregon State, Osaka Gakuin and San Jose State.
• Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf Conrad Ray previews the Amer Ari Invitational …
“The team is excited to get over to the Big Island of Kona and compete in a staunch field at the Amer Ari event at Waikoloa Kings’ Course. The guys have had some very strong offseason training and are in solid form. Hopefully, the results will take care of themselves.
“The elements in Hawaii are always a challenge, so we’re looking forward to what the course will hold for us. This event is always a good litmus test for what the spring will hold. There are many teams competing that we will see down the stretch run in both Pac-12 play and the NCAAs.”
Need to Know
• The Cardinal finished seventh out of 20 teams at last season’s Amer Ari Invitational.
• In 2012, Stanford combined to go 11-under (277) for the 11th-best single round in program history. The team’s 20-under 844 was the eighth-best tournament score ever posted.
• Stanford finished second at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate (Oct. 28-29). The Cardinal posted respective teams scores of 349-346-350 as its finish was Stanford’s fourth top-10 showing in as many events for the fall, and third top-five performance.
• Patrick Rodgers and his final-round 65 was the best score of any Cardinal in the event. Rodgers (70-71-65) tied with Cameron Wilson (69-67-70) at 206 for eighth place.
Sweet Georgia Rounds
• A two-over-par 290 on the third and final day of the United States Collegiate Championship earned the ninth-ranked Stanford Cardinal a tie for seventh. The three-day event at The Golf Club of Georgia’s Lakeside Course saw the Cardinal post collective scores of 288-288-290 (866).
• Patrick Rodgers started the third round tied for 41st, but was the low man in the third round with a 67 to finish 2-under on the weekend. Rodgers (75-72-67, 214) tied with Cameron Wilson (69-71-74, 214) for 15th overall.
Conquering Erin Hills
• Patrick Rodgers’ 7-under 209 propelled Stanford to hoist the Erin Hills Intercollegiate hardware. The win was the sixth of Rodgers’ collegiate career.
• Stanford’s 13-under 851 bettered second-place UCLA by eight strokes, with Southern Methodist and Oklahoma tying for third at 863 among the 14-team field.
• The Cardinal carded respective rounds of 280-285-286 at the par-72, 7,234-yard Erin Hills Golf Course, which is slated to play host to the 2017 U.S. Open.
• To end his path to the individual title, Rodgers was nearly bogey-free in the final round, standing at 4-under for the day until recording a six on the par-5, 637-yard 18th. Rodgers shot an even-par 72 in round two and used five birdies to help close his opening round with a 68.
• Rodgers was one of four Cardinal to finish in the top 10, flanked by David Boote (71-72-71), Cameron Wilson (69-72-73) and Jim Liu (72-69-74). Boote and Wilson tied for sixth with a 2-under 214 while Liu checked in at 1-under to tie for 10th.
• Cameron Wilson (75-65-70, 210, E) tied for the individual medal and led Stanford to a fifth-place finish (295-287-290, 872, +18) at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational, held at the Olympia Fields Country Club North Course.
• Along with UC Davis, Stanford will co-host The Prestige at PGA West (Feb. 17-19) in La Quinta, Calif.