Oct. 8, 2012
NORTH PLAINS, Ore. - The No. 13 (Golf Week) Stanford men's golf team sits in eighth place at the Pac-12 Preview after play was suspended near the end of the second round due to darkness. Each golfer was scheduled to play 36 holes at Pumpkin Ridge's Witch Hollow Course on Monday, though 26 players were unable to complete the second round. The Cardinal, at four-over par, is 22 shots behind first-place California.
"We played ok as a team," said Knowles Director of Men's Golf Conrad Ray. "We need to continue to learn from our mistakes and our play improved this afternoon. The first five or six holes are the toughest on this course, and we didn't get off to a great start and were battling all day. We rebounded nicely, but we still have some work to do."
Freshman David Boote, fresh off a tie for seventh in his first collegiate tournament at Olympia Fields last week, carded back-to-back rounds of 69 (138, -6), good for a share of third. Boote trails Tyler Salsbury of Washington by three strokes after making ten birdies and four bogeys on the day.
"David put together two solid rounds today," said Ray. "He's shown us he's a great putter and game manager, and this is a course that rewards that play."
Patrick Rodgers, who successfully defended his title last week at Olympia Fields, is at even par with one hole remaining in the second round. Rodgers carded seven birdies on the day and wound down the second round with a double bogey on 17 as dusk halted play. Rodgers is tied for 22nd with 19 holes remaining.
, in his first career start, settled down after an opening round 76 to fire a 71 to close the day tied for 34th. The Olympia, Wash. native enjoyed a homecoming of sorts in the Pacific Northwest, with his father and high school golf coach in attendance. The freshman made the Cardinal's first eagle of the season on the par-5, 623-yard seventh hole in the second round.
"I was proud of way Dom played today," said Ray. "He put up a good score for the team, even as he was working to settle down and get his feet under him."
Andre DeDecker carded consecutive rounds of 77 (154, +10), good for a share of 53rd. DeDecker closed out the first round with a nine on 18 after shaving two shots off his score on the back nine.
Patrick Grimes struggled to start the day, making three double bogeys on the front nine. Grimes rebounded from an opening round 87 with a 74 (161, +17) and is in 60th place.
Play concludes tomorrow with live scoring available here.