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Georgia On Their Mind
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 10/17/2013
United States Collegiate Championship
Friday-Sunday, Oct. 18-20
The Golf Club of Georgia • Alpharetta, Ga.

Cardinal Contingent • Patrick Rodgers, Cameron Wilson, David Boote, Jim Liu and Maverick McNealy
On the Web • GoStanford.com • TheUSCC.org
Live Results • Live results will be available at GoStanford.com
Live Webcast • GoStanford.com (final two rounds only)
Social Hour • twitter.com/StanfordMGolf • instagram.com/StanfordMGolf • #GoStanford


The Event

• The 2013 United States Collegiate Championship will be played at The Golf Club of Georgia’s Lakeside Course. It will be the third of four fall events for the Cardinal.

• Often referred to as “The Masters of College Golf” and one of the favorite tournaments each season as voted upon by the players, this will be the eighth annual United States Collegiate Championship.

• The tournament provides a unique feel, with caddies for each player and a mandatory policy of long pants to be worn by competitors.

• The 54-hole event begins at 5:50 a.m. (PT) on Friday, with all 78 competitors beginning play off the first tee. Play continues with round two Saturday morning and concludes with the final round on Sunday.

• Tournament host Georgia Tech has won two of the last three titles since the tournament’s move from the spring to fall season.

• This season’s individual champion will receive a tournament exemption to the Web.com Tour’s 2014 Air Capital Classic Tournament held in Wichita, Kan.

The Field
• The 15-team field includes No. 2 Georgia Tech, No. 4 Washington, No. 6 Oklahoma State, No. 7 UCLA, No. 11 Stanford, No. 16 Texas A&M, No. 19 Kent State, No. 20 Auburn, No. 23 USC, No. 25 Duke, Virginia, Clemson, Iowa, Wake Forest and East Tennessee State.
The Course

• The Golf Club of Georgia’s 7,017-yard, par 72 Lakeside Course, designed by Arthur Hills, was named “Best New Private Course in America” by Golf Digest in 1991. The Club’s Creekside Course was built in 1993.

• The Lakeside Course features a traditional, modern layout with demanding, firm and fast greens. In 1999, Golf Digest honored Lakeside’s par-5, 607-yard 11th hole as one of “America’s Best 99 Golf Holes.”

• The Golf Club of Georgia annually hosts The Georgia Cup Match between the reigning United States and British amateur champions, has served as a U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying site and hosted the 2007 NCAA East Regionals.
Quotable
Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf Conrad Ray previews the weekend …
• “We’re excited about where this team is headed. They have been working hard and the results will follow. We have had some great contributions across the lineup this fall and we’re looking for that to continue. We’ll be on the road this weekend against a good field for an excellent test of golf.”

A Rodgers Repeat?
• Stanford was fifth (306-289-268, 881, +17) at last season’s U.S. Collegiate Championship with Patrick Rodgers earning the individual title. Rodgers went 7-under (209) to turn the trick, including a tournament-best 67 in the final round.

• “Playing out here, with the difficulty of the golf course, the crowds, the skyboxes around the 18th green, it really is like playing in a PGA Tour event,” said Rodgers after winning the 2012 title.

Last Time Out
• 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
• Following this weekend’s competition, Stanford wraps up its fall season at the Royal Oaks Invitational (Oct. 28-29) in Dallas, Texas.

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