Cardinal Men Take Fifth At ASU Thunderbird Invitational

April 9, 2006

Tempe, Ariz. - The Stanford men's golf team shot a final round of 279 at the 34th annual Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational Sunday at the ASU Karsten Golf Course (par-71/7,017 yards) to finish fifth overall with a three-round score of 14-under par 838 (283-276-279). The Cardinal were led by Rob Grube who finished fourth individually with a seven under 206 (71-67-68).

Arizona junior Henry Liaw shot an 11-under 202 (66-69-67) and finished second as the Arizona Wildcats shot a 22-under 830 (278-280-272) and won the invite. Arizona came back from nine strokes on the final day to top second-round leaders UNLV and San Diego State.

Kansas State's Ben Kern shot a 14-under 199 (69-65-65) to set the tournament record for low score and take home medalist honors. Kern led after the second round by one stroke over three players and then shot another 65 in the final round for the win. He is the first player in 34-year tournament history to shoot under 200.

UNLV (279-270-282) finished second at 21-under 831. The Rebels, who won the Thunderbird last year with a 7-over 859 (274-289-296) in windy conditions, and San Diego State (277-272-286) both shot 19-under 549 through 36 holes on Saturday to take the two-round lead by nine strokes over Arizona and Kansas State. San Diego State finished at 17-under 835 and tied for third with Kansas State (287-271-277).

Cardinal Zack Miller tied for 11th after firing a two-under 69 today for a final total of three-under 210 (71-70-69) while teammate Scott MacDonald tied for 15th with a two-under 211 (71-70-70) for the invitational. Stanford's Matt Savage finished tied for 37th (71-69-76--216) and freshman Daniel Lim posted a 217 (74-72-71) to tie for 42nd.

The Cardinal now prepare for the U.S. Intercollegiate presented by The Maple Fund, April 15-16, at the Stanford Golf Course.

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