Cardinal Prepare For NCAA Men's Golf Championships

May 26, 2005

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford men's golf team prepare for the 2005 NCAA Men's Golf Championships, June 1-4 at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Maryland. Loyola College (Maryland) is the host institution for this year's championships. For the Cardinal, this will be its first appearance at the NCAA Championship since 2001. Stanford will be paired with Duke and Texas for the first round of competition and will tee off from the 10th tee beginning at 8 a.m. ET.

'We are really looking forward to a great opportunity to compete in the NCAA Championship,' said first year head coach Conrad Ray. 'It's been a few years since Stanford has been able to qualify. The guys have worked hard all year and are very deserving of the chance. I think we will surprise some people just as we were able to do in the Regional last week. The great thing about golf is that you never know who is going to get hot.'

Three regional tournaments were conducted May 19-21. Of 81 teams and 18 individuals in regional competition, 30 teams and six individuals advanced to the championship finals. There will be 54-hole cut after which the top 15 teams and six individuals will advance to the final round of competition. In the team competition, the low four scores for each team will count in each day's total score.

The 30 teams set to compete are Wake Forest, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Georgia State, Alabama , Georgia Tech , Coastal Carolina, Duke, Georgia Southern, Augusta State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Tulsa, Kentucky, Arkansas, Missouri, Southern Methodist, Texas, Purdue, UNLV, New Mexico, Washington, UCLA, Arizona State, Brigham Young, San Diego State, Arizona, Stanford and Southern California. Individuals: Rhys Davies, East Tennessee State; Martin Ureta, North Carolina; Korey Mahoney, Eastern Michigan; Judd Easterling, Wichita State; Gregg LaVoie, Oregon and Michael Putnam, Pepperdine.

Caves Valley Golf Club's course was designed by world-renowned architect Tom Fazio and opened for play in 1991. In just 14 years of existence, Caves Valley has already hosted the 2002 U.S. Senior Open Championship, the 1995 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, and the 1997 and 2004 A.J.G.A. Canon Cup Tournaments. A par-70, 7,129-yard course, Caves Valley is a challenge of woods and wetlands, meadows and meandering hills.

The Cardinal will field the following five golfers for the NCAA Championships: Rob Grube, Kevin Blue, Pat Phillips, Zack Miller and Matthew Savage.

The Stanford men's golf team, behind the play of freshman Rob Grube, rallied in the final round of the NCAA West Regional at the Stanford Golf Course to earn a berth at the upcoming NCAA Championship. The Cardinal men, seeded 16th at the regionals, shot a final round of 283 (four golfers) to compile a 54-hole total of 863 to finish eighth in the 27-team field. Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Rob Grube, took top individual honors at the regional, shooting a collegiate career-low 65 in the final round, surpassing a 66 shot at the Gold Rush Tournament in Calimesa last September. Grube's regional victory was the first by a Stanford athlete since Tiger Woods captured the crown at the NCAA West Regionals in 1996.

Live scoring will be available throughout the tournament at www.golfstat.com.

Portions of this year's championships will be televised by The Golf Channel. The Golf Channel will broadcast the final three days of the championships from 3 to 5 p.m. Eastern time.

For tickets, call the Loyola College ticket office at (410) 617-2547.

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