April 15, 2012
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- - Patrick Rodgersshot a final round 68 to capture the 66th Annual Western Intercollegiate at the Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz.
Rodgers' 54-hole total of 206 (-4) earned the freshman a two-stroke victory over UCLA's Patrick Cantlay and New Mexico State's Justin Shinn, who finished at 208 (-2).
Stanford finished second in the team standings at 1064 (+14), four strokes off the pace of top-ranked Texas (1060).
UCLA (1067), USC (1089), California (1100) and Oregon (1103) rounded out the top five.
The title is Rodgers' second of the year after following his win at the Fighting Illini Invitational in September, his first collegiate event. He has also finished in the top-10 in eight of his nine tournaments in his rookie year.
The Avon, Ind. native had 16 pars on his Sunday's card to go along with two birdies on he par-5 13th hole and the par-3 18th.
“Obviously, I know there is a lot of history behind this tournament and Pasatiempo is a great golf course," said Rodgers. "To be able to come through this week with such a great field that includes the top three amateurs in the world, it feels really great.
“I knew Justin Shin was 5-under par with three holes to play and I didn’t know how he finished. So I thought I needed 1-2 birdies on the last three holes. I made two really great par putts on 16 and 17. He had some tough holes play. He might have made a bogey. I was just concentrating on us as a team. I was trying to make birdie (on 18) to see if we could pull this out as a team. After I made the putt (on 18 for birdie), it was a good feeling.”
Junior Andrew Yun fired a closing round 69 to secure a fourth place finish at 209 (-1. He was even par on his round after seven holes but double bogeyed the par-3 8th hole before picking up clutch birdies on holes 9, 13 and 18.
Sophomore Cameron Wilsonalso notched a top-10 finish, tying for seventh at 211 (+1). He shot an even par 70 on Sunday with three birdies and three bogeys.
David Chung and Patrick Grimestied for 42nd at 224 (+14). Chung shot a final round 71 while Grimes carded a 73.
Freshman Marcel Puyatfinal round 78 left him tied for 45th at 225.
Wilson Bowen, playing as an individual, tied for 56th (+19) after turning in a 75 on Sunday.