April 1, 2012
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STANFORD, Calif. -- -
Stanford finished third at the U.S. Intercollegiate at Stanford Golf Course, eight strokes behind team champion Oregon, which won the event with a 54-hole score of 841 (+1).
The Cardinal shot a one-over 281 on Sunday, which was the second best team score of the final round, but it was not enough to overtake the Ducks, who fought off a hard-charging USC team to win its second straight U.S. Intercollegiate title.
The Trojans shot a final round 278 to finish at 842. UCLA finished fourth at 852 while Washington claimed fifth place at 863.
Stanford's "B" team finished sixth at 872.
Daniel Miernicki of Oregon shot a final round 66 to earn medalist honors with a final score of 204 (-6). Miernicki, who also won the U.S. Intercollegiate in 2010, was nearly flawless on the day, making birdies on holes No. 1, 7, 8, 16 and 17 before making his lone bogey of the afternoon on the final hole.
UCLA teammates Pedro Figueiredo and Jay Hwang, along with USC's Stan Smith, tied for second at 209.
Stanford freshman Patrick Rodgers, who entered the final round with a two shot lead, finished fifth at 210 (E) after closing with a 75. His two birdies on the front nine were offset by a bogey on the par-3 third hole and a double bogey on the par-4 sixth.
After making the turn at two-over, Rodgers got one stroke back with a birdie on the par-4 10th hole but bogies on 11, 12, 13 and 16 dashed his title hopes.
Andrew Yun fired a final round 68 to finish tied for10th at 212. After making a bogey on the par-5 first hole, Yun made birdies on holes No. 7, 12 and 13 to get to two-under. After making a bogey on No. 14, Yun came back to birdie the par-5 16th hole.
Senior David Chung tied for 14th at 214 (+4) after shooting a final round 69. Chung made three birdies on the front side and also birdied No. 14 before paring his last four holes to finish his round with a one-under 69.
Freshmen Patrick Grimes and Marcel Puyat, playing on the "B" team, both earned top-20 finishes, as did sophomore Cameron Wilson.
Grimes shot a final round 71 to tie for 17th at 215 (+5), while Puyat's final round 75 left him tied for 19th place with Wilson at 216.
Wilson Bowen tied for 25th at 217 after shooting an even par 70 on Sunday. Bowen played the front side at two-under with a birdie on No. 1 and an eagle on the par-5 seventh hole.
Shane Lebow of the "B" team tied for 53rd at 224 after shooting a final round 78.
Junior Steve Kearney shot a final round 72 to tie for 61st at 226 while Andre DeDecker tied for 81st at 234 after carding an 80 on Sunday.
Stanford will return at action at the Western Intercollegiate, scheduled for April 14-15 at the Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz.