STANFORD, Calif. – The Stanford men’s golf team held a 20-year reunion dinner on March 27 to celebrate the 1994 NCAA Championship team and honored former head coach Wally Goodwin. Goodwin coached the Cardinal for 13 years.
The dinner was held at the golf course on the eve of the annual United States. Intercollegiate Championship, now officially renamed The Goodwin. More than of 20 of Goodwin’s former players came from all parts of the country and the world to join in the festivities, including 1994 team member and current Oregon men’s golf coach Casey Martin.
Conrad Ray, the Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf at Stanford, also played on the 1994 NCAA title team and served as master of ceremonies. Former Cardinal players Christian Cevaer, a two-time Pac-12 champion, and Notah Begay III, who shot 61 in the third round of the NCAA Championship in 1994, sent funny and touching videos. So did long-time rival coach Steve Desimone of Cal.
Former Cardinal player Brad Lanning, now the head golf coach at Loyola Marymont, shared memories from 1994 and playing for Goodwin. So did Will Yanagisawa, whose final-round 64 help lead Stanford to victory.
Now a PGA Tour division manager for PING Golf Japan, Yanagisawa flew in from Asia and presented personally-inscribed commemorative putters to members of the 1994 team. He also gave a special gold-plated model to Goodwin.
Other speakers included former Stanford athletic director Dr. Ted Leland, now vice president for external relations and athletics at Pacific; Stanford Golf Course director of golf emeritus Larry O’Neill; Tad Boyle, the head basketball coach at Colorado and a long-time Goodwin friend; and former PGA Tour standout Bobby Clampett, who played for Goodwin at Robert Louis Stevenson in Pebble Beach.
Nearly a dozen current and former college golf coaches were on hand to honor Goodwin, including Rick LaRose of Arizona, Pat Goss of Northwestern, Mike Watney of Fresno State, Glenn Albaugh of Pacific, Marlin “Cricket” Musch of UTEP, Duane Knight of UNLV and Cy Williams of UC Davis.
Retired Stanford men’s swimming coach Skip Kenney and associate head baseball coach Dean Stotz also attended, as did Grant Spaeth, former standout Cardinal golfer and president of the Unites States Golf Association.
Goodwin, best known for wearing saddle shoes, blue jeans and a red and white Stanford lettermen’s jacket, was presented a new jacket by Ray. The individual winner of The Goodwin will now receive a duplicate jacket, and Goodwin was there to see Cardinal junior Patrick Rodgers try it on Sunday after posting a six-stroke win.