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The Goodwin
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 03/26/2014

STANFORD, Calif. – The Stanford men’s golf program announced Wednesday that its annual spring tournament, formally known as the United States Intercollegiate, will be renamed ‘The Goodwin’ in honor of former head coach Wally Goodwin.

Goodwin coached at Stanford from 1987-2000, highlighted by winning the 1994 national title. Goodwin was named national coach of the year in 1992 and 1994.

“Coach Goodwin put Stanford golf back on the map, and we’re happy to name this event in his honor on the 20th anniversary of the 1994 national championship,” said Conrad Ray, Stanford’s Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf. “Wally has done so much for the program, and brought many great golfers to Stanford. We wanted to find a fun and unique way to recognize him in perpetuity, and being that this is our only regular season home event, it’s a fitting tribute to his legacy.”

Goodwin recruited and coached standouts such as Tiger Woods, Casey Martin, Notah Begay, Conrad Ray, Joel Kribel among many other stars from Stanford’s proud golfing tradition.  

After playing on the PGA Tour in 1959, Goodwin began coaching high school basketball in Colorado. Following a stint at a prep school in Ohio and a spell as the athletic director at Robert Louis Stevenson in Pebble Beach, Calif., he became an assistant basketball coach at Stetson. While at Stetson, Goodwin coached against Larry Bird’s Indiana State teams as well as other major programs like Ohio State and Michigan.

Goodwin received a call from Northwestern in 1981 and accepted the task of starting its golf program, a project that started with recruiting All-American and PGA Rookie of the Year Jim Benepe.

Goodwin came to The Farm in 1987, turning the program in a national powerhouse during his stint at Stanford.

In 1994, the year before Woods came to Stanford, Goodwin led the Cardinal to the NCAA title, defeating Texas on its home course to claim the program’s first championship since 1953.

Stanford finished second in 1995 after losing a playoff with Oklahoma State, and Woods went on to win the 1996 individual championship before going pro one season later.

Goodwin retired from Stanford in 2000. He served as the head coach for Northern Colorado from 2003-07.


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