Stanford Men Lead Heading Into Final Round At NCAAs
June 1, 2007
Williamsburg, Va. - The nationally ranked Stanford men's golf team will carry a two-shot lead into the final round of the 2007 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships at the par 70, 6,803-yard Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. The championships are being hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University.
The Cardinal has led after each round of the championship. Stanford shotfive-under 275 on Friday for a three-day total of 12-under 828. CoastalCarolina carded an eight-under 272 for round 3 and sits two strokes back at10-under 830. Charlotte and Alabama are tied for third at two-under 838.Top-seeded Georgia is fifth at even-par 840.
'All in all it was a great day,' said head coach Conrad Ray. 'We struggled a bit early in the day but the guys fought hard and finished strong. We played the last two holes five under par.
'We're just going to have to come out tomorrow and do what we've been doingand stick to the game plan and see how it all shakes out,' he continued. 'If we can get off to a better start than we have the past few days that will help us.'
There is a three-way tie for first in the individual standings at six-under204: first-round leader junior Rob Grube (Hinsdale, Ill.) of Stanford(64-71-69), sophomore Cameron Tringale (Laguna Niguel, Calif) of GeorgiaTech (67-68-69) and freshman Kyle Stanley (Gig Harbor, Wash.) of Clemson(70-69-65). Four other players are one stroke back, tied for fourth.
Senior Zack Miller mad a jump into the top 10 individually after firing a three under 67 today. Miller's three round score of four under 206 (70-69-67) ties him for eighth overall. He is just two strokes off the leader's pace.
'I'm very happy with how I've played,' Miller said. 'The course has gotten tougher as the tournament progresses. We've worked really hard all year and its exciting for the team to be in this position. We'll be ready to play tomorrow.'
Sophomore Daniel Lim moved into a tie for 20th overall after shooting a one under 69 this afternoon. Lim has a three day score of even par 210 (69-72-69).
'We've played clutch down the stretch,' said Lim. 'The course plays to our strengths and is like our home course at Stanford. It's exciting to have the lead and we'll go for it tomorrow.'
The top 15 teams and top six individuals not on those 15 teams advance forplay on Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m. Florida State and defending nationalchampion Oklahoma State won a playoff for the final two spots overTennessee and will join Stanford, Coastal Carolina, Charlotte, Alabama,Georgia, Georgia Tech, UCLA, Minnesota, Florida, South Carolina, Duke,Lamar and Texas.
Individual participants for Saturday include Stanley, Summerhays, sophomoreZach Sucher (Mobile, Ala.) of UAB, sophomore Jon Curran (Hopkinton, Mass.)of Vanderbilt, freshman Jamie Lovemark (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) ofSouthern California and senior Martin Ureta (Santiago, Chile) of NorthCarolina.
Live scoring is available through golfstat.com and through NCAASports.com.Live video webstreaming with audio commentary will be available throughGolf Week and accessible through NCAASports.com.
NCAA Golf Championships
Golden Horseshoe Golf Club (Gold Course), Williamsburg, Va.
Top 15 Teams (all advance to Saturday's final round)
1. Stanford 275-278-275-828 (-12)
2. Coastal Carolina 277-281-272-830 (-10)
T3. Charlotte 279-283-276-838 (-2)
T3. Alabama 284-283-271-838 (-2)
5. Georgia 282-289-269-840 (E)
6. Georgia Tech 288-2675-280-843 (+3)
7. UCLA 283-280-283-846 (+6)
T8. Minnesota 278-276-294-848 (+8)
T8. Florida 278-290-280-848 (+8)
T10. South Carolina 291-278-280-849 (+9)
T10. Duke 294-278-277-849 (+9)
T12. Texas 277-288-284-850 (+10)
T12. Lamar 285-287-278-850 (+10)
T14. Oklahoma State 287-279-285-851 (+11)
T14. Florida State 283-288-280-851 (+11)
(Oklahoma State and Florida State defeated Tennessee in a three-way playoff to earn the final two spots in Saturday's 15-team final round)