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Shark Territory
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 02/16/2014
Prestige at PGA West
Monday-Wednesday, Feb. 17-19
Greg Norman Course at PGA West • La Quinta, Calif.


Cardinal Contingent • Cameron Wilson, Patrick Rodgers, David Boote, Viraat Badhwar, Maverick McNealy, Patrick Grimes (Ind.), Jim Liu (Ind.), Dominick Francks (Ind.) and Keegan English (Ind.)

On the Web
• GoStanford.com • Prestige-PGAwest.com

Tee Times
• Feb. 17 – 8:45 a.m. (PT) • Feb. 18 – 8:45 a.m. • Feb. 19 – 7:15 a.m.

Live Results
• Live results will be available at GoStanford.com

Social Hour
• @StanfordMGolf • @ByTheMinSMgolf • instagram.com/StanfordMGolf • #GoStanford


The Event
• Co-hosted by Stanford and UC Davis, the 14th Prestige will be played at PGA West’s Greg Norman Course in La Quinta, Calif.

• Stanford won the 2006 team title after firing a 15-under, led by medalist Zach Miller’s 9-under performance. Andrew Yung (-12) was the 2012 medalist.

• In 2013, the Cardinal was fifth at 8-over as Stanford frontrunners Cameron Wilson and Andrew Yun tied for seventh at even-par 213.

The Field
• The 12-team field includes No. 11 Stanford, No. 17 Washington, No. 22 USC, No. 23 UCLA, Arizona State, LSU, Texas Tech, Oregon, San Diego State, UC Davis, Pepperdine and Stirling (Scotland).


The Format
• The three-day, 54-hole event will feature 18 holes each day. The lowest four scores of each team’s five players will comprise the overall team score.

The Course
• The newest course at PGA West and the only Greg Norman-designed golf course in the Coachella Valley is aptly described as being very “challenging but fair.” Sporting only 68 acres of lush manicured turf, 102 white-crushed marble bunkers and shark blue water coming into play on nine holes, the par-72, 7,096-yard course offers a truly Outback experience.

• Resting in a prehistoric ocean bed 40-feet below sea level and surrounded by an immense crescent of terra cotta mountains, the course teems with purple, white and yellow wildflowers, while the mix of tall and short native grasses produce different shades of green running almost to silver. The grass covers just 60 acres of tight fairways that taper toward the greens with nine ponds blanketing 18 acres. The demands of this target-style course are a challenge for players of all levels.


Quotable
• Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf Conrad Ray previews the Prestige at PGA West …
“Our guys are eager to get down to PGA West and compete. It is a course we know well and have had some success on. If the weather cooperates, the scores are usually fairly low. Our event in Hawaii was a good tune-up. We have focused this week on par-three scoring, which was an area of concern in Hawaii.

“We are looking forward to everyone on the team teeing it up except senior Shane Lebow, who is out due to injury. Experience under pressure and tournament rounds played are solid keys to success down the road, and The Prestige will lend itself to both.”


On the Big Island
• Stanford tied for seventh at the Amer Ari Invitational (Feb. 6-8), played on Waikoloa Kings’ Course. The Cardinal began the tournament in 12th after one round, but rallied back for a top-10 finish to open the spring portion of the schedule.

• Cameron Wilson’s 202 (67-65-70) put him at 14-under to lead all Cardinal with a third-place finish.

Royal Finish
• 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.

Fall Opener
• 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.

Next Up
• Stanford heads to Las Vegas for the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters (March 7-9).


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