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Different Strokes
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 12/05/2013
STANFORD, Calif. – No more classes. It’s dead week at Stanford, and the men’s golf team is gearing up for academic finals before taking a deserved break after ending the fall quarter.

During the 2012-13 academic year, the team’s grade-point average exceeded 3.50, and the Cardinal continue to help prove that a high grade-point average and low golf scoring average will take you far life.

Even more, the team earned Stanford’s Thomas W. Ford Award at the end of the last season and continues to maintain its commitment to community service projects. Patrick Grimes and Shane Lebow chair that committee.

End-of-the-year meetings between the student-athletes and coaching staff have wrapped up. Players will now be following their own individual training plans before arriving back on The Farm after the holiday break.

Strength coach Jason Quan has put together a personalized strength program for each student-athlete to follow and several players will be competing in tournaments over the holidays.

We’re hoping for no snow-outs at those events.

Stanford ranked ninth in the final fall edition of the Golf World Division I Coaches’ top 25. The fall season saw the Cardinal lead wire-to-wire to win the Erin Hills Invitational and post a second-place showing at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate.

All said and done, Stanford shelved a quartet of top-10 finishes in as many events and three top-five performances.

Including tournaments and intra-team qualifying, Cameron Wilson led the team with a low stroke average of 69.85 through 20 rounds. Even more, Wilson completed those rounds with just one “double bogey or worse.”

Rodgers posted a 70.13 average through 16 rounds.

Want more #nerdNation tidbits? Ten golfers combined to play 177 rounds throughout the fall season, compiling a 72.41 stroke average while posting a par-5 average of -0.77. Yes, notice the minus sign.

Stanford will return to action Feb. 6-8 at the Amer Ari Invitational in Kona, Hawaii.

The California Golf Writers and Broadcasters Association selected the honorees for its 2014 banquet, as it again shares the stage with the Northern California Golf Association Hall of Fame ceremonies.

Heading the list for the 55th annual gala Feb. 4 at The Inn at Spanish Bay is Tiger Woods, who will be inducted into the California Golf Hall of Fame. The greatest player in California golf history, Woods has won 14 major championships as a professional, ranks second in PGA Tour wins (79) and captured three consecutive U.S. Amateur titles. Born and raised in Cypress, Woods is currently ranked as the No. 1 player in the world.

The evening will include a Hall of Fame ceremony, as the 2014 NCGA class is comprised of four major college coaches who have won NCAA Division I titles, including Stanford’s Wally Goodwin (1994 national champions) and Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf Conrad Ray (2007 national champions).

Global Golf Post announced its first-ever Global All-Amateur Team on Dec. 2, honoring amateur golf excellence around the world. Selections were guided by a number of criteria, including World Amateur Golf Ranking.

Patrick Rodgers was a first-team selection, with the publication citing Rodgers’ play as a U.S. Walker Cup Team member along with his round of 16 appearance at the U.S. Amateur and medalist honor at the Western Amateur.

Among those joining Rodgers on the first team were Cal’s Michael Kim, Brady Watt (Australia) and Max Orrin (England).

For those of you who haven’t caught up on your news from The Land Down Under, the Courier-Mail/Channel 7 Queensland Sports Awards were handed out Dec. 3 at a black-tie function attended by 700 people at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Golf and cricket took out six of the 13 awards, with Viraat Badhwar, then a 17-year old member of the Queensland teams that won both the national men’s senior and junior championships, was named the Junior Sport Star Award winner.

The annual Callaway Pebble Beach Invitational, which features stars from the PGA, LPGA, and Champions Tour, took place late November at Del Monte Golf Course, Spyglass Hill and Pebble Beach.

It was the only event in golf that features players from each of the major tours competing side-by-side for the same purse.

Playing as an amateur (and we’re thankful for that!), Rodgers, the only current college player in the field, fired a 2-under 70 at Del Monte. Rodgers did not make the cut to play on the final day.

The field included 81 professionals, including 10-time major winner Annika Sorenstam, 2013 PGA Tour winners Scott Browns, Derek Ernst and Patrick Reed and defending champion Tommy Gainey.

Others in the mix included 2013 Senior Open Championship winner Mark Weibe, 2011 U.S. Senior Open champ Olin Browne and his son Olin Browne Jr., former AT&T Pro-Am winner John Cook and Michael Putnam, who regained his PGA Tour card after finishing the 2013 season as the leading money winner on the Tour.

The field also featured two-time world long drive champion Jamie Sadlowski and former Cal standout Max Homa.

Wilson tied for 12th (70-67-74, 211) at the Western Refining College All-America hosted by the Sun Bowl from Nov. 25-26 at El Paso Country Club in El Paso, Texas.

How much did he enjoy the event? His smile says it all.

Former Stanford standout Sihwan Kim was having an average third round of the South African Open Championship at Glendower Golf Club. Until an ace on the 14th. And an eagle on the 15th.

The surge in the late-November event catapulted him up the leaderboard while carding a six-under 66.

“I wasn’t hitting it too well today and then I got to 14 and just hit a good shot and it went in the hole,” Kim said after the ace. “I thought about pitching wedge, but I knew that would be a bit short. I had 153 yards, so I took a soft nine and it pitched about two feet behind the hole and then I saw it disappear.

Tiger Woods tied for third at the Turkish Airlines Open in early November and banked a modest $385,602 for his efforts.

However, Woods shot a 9-under 63 in the second round to trim a six-shot deficit. The round finished less than 24 hours after Stanford pulled out a 26-20 gridiron win at home over No. 2 Oregon.


Woods revealed he had been awake since around 3:30 a.m. local time watching television coverage of his alma mater dethroning the Ducks. The game went on so long that Woods became worried about getting in some practice at Maxx Royal before his 8 a.m. restart.

"Unfortunately, I had to stay longer watching the game than I wanted to," he said. "It was one of those games where it looked like we (Stanford) were going up 29-7. But the next thing you know, Oregon comes back at us.”

Don’t worry, Tiger. You can play at peace knowing that head coach David Shaw and the Cardinal are always looking out for you.

Business Insider was flown out to the Nike headquarters to talk about the manufacturer’s golf products.

The trip included a stop in the Tiger Woods building, which, appropriately enough, is filled with Tiger Woods trophies and memorabilia.

The result of that trip? A recruiting letter to Tiger laced in prose of pure gold from former Stanford men’s golf coach Wally Goodwin.



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