April 15, 2003
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Stanford Closes Out Regular Season With U.S. Intercollegiate: The Stanford men's golf team is set to host the U.S. Intercollegiate, April 19-20, at the Stanford Golf Course (6,786 yards; par 71) in Stanford, Calif. Play begins with 36 holes on Saturday, April 19, beginning at 8:00 a.m. with a shotgun start and concludes on Sunday, April 20, with the final round beginning at 8:00 a.m. with a shotgun start. Admission to the event is free and open to the public.
Tournament Participants: Host-Stanford, UC Irvine, Oregon, Long Beach State, San Diego State, San Francisco, California, UCLA, Pacific, Texas A&M, Washington State, Portland, Oklahoma State, San Diego, Santa Clara, San Jose State, Fresno State. Six participating team are ranked in the top 50 according to GolfWeek Magazine, including #8 Oklahoma State and #11 UCLA. Six individuals are ranked in the top 50 including two in the top 5.
Last Year: USC won the tournament in 2002, shooting a three-round score of 848. Stanford finished second (858), followed by UCLA (862). Individually, Cardinal Philip Rowe took top honors, carding a 205. Blake Mastalir turned in a 217 to tie for 17th overall while Ron Won tied for 23rd with a 218. Jim Seki tied for 41st (222) and Pat Philips tied for 48th (224). Cardinal Kevin Blue tied for 55th (226) while teammate George Downing tied for 65th (228).
Last Time Out: The Stanford men's golf team tied for seventh at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational last week, turning in a three-round score of 844 (season-low). Jim Seki led the Cardinal, tying for seventh individually, carding a nine-under par 207. Freshman Kyle Gentry posted his best finish this season, tying for 24th (210). Kevin Blue carded a 215 to tie for 48th and George Downing finished one stroke behind (216) to tie for 53rd. Blake Mastalir tied for 71st (219).
Around the Links: Senior Jim Seki has five top-10 finishes in eight events (seven top 20) ... He is currently ranked ninth inthe GolfWeek individual rankings ... Stanford has two top-10 finishes this year ... Senior Ron Won has five top-20 finishes in nine tourneys this season.
Up Next: The Cardinal will travel to the 2003 Pacific-10 Championships, April 28-30, hosted by UCLA. Last year, Stanford finished second (1456) while Jim Seki was crowned the individual champion (284).
Head Coach Jeff Mitchell: A former professional golfer on the PGA Tour and director of golf at Texas Tech, Jeff Mitchell begins his third year as the head men's golf coach at Stanford. Prior to coming to The Farm, Mitchell spent 10 years as the head women's golf coach at Texas Tech, an in 1998, he became the golf director for both the men's and women's programs. A 1989 graduate of Texas Tech, Mitchell earned a degree in physical education and his teaching certification in 1990. He was named District Coach of the Year in 1993 and 1996 and the Southwest Conference Coach of the Year in 1994 and 1996. For nine years (1976-84), Mitchell was on the PGA Tour, playing in an average of 30 tournaments a year. He won the Phoenix Open in 1980 and had a dozen top-10 finishes as well as making 111 career cuts.