Men's Golf Heads to Fighting Illini Invitational
Sept. 27, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - The top-ranked Stanford men's golf team travels to Chicago, Ill. Sunday and Monday, Sept. 30 - Oct. 1, to compete in the Fighting Illini Invitational at the Olympia Fields Golf Club. The competitive tournament features seven ranked teams, including the defending National Champion Cardinal.
Action begins at 7:45 a.m. (CT) on Sunday, with the first two rounds of the 54-hole tournament. The final round will be played Monday at the 7,200-yard, par-70 Olympia Fields North course. Olympia Fields has over 90 years of history and has been the site of 16 major championships through the years, including the 2003 U.S. Open.
The 12-team tournament is stocked with the nation's best, with three top-10 teams among the seven ranked squads competing. Along with the Cardinal, the tournament features No. 17 Arizona State, Central Florida, No. 13 Duke, No. 8 Florida State, Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern, No. 7 Oklahoma State, Purdue, No. 15 Tennessee and No. 23 Texas.
Stanford's Rob Grube is the highest returning individual at this year's tournament after placing third at last year's NCAA Championships. Other top individuals participating this weekend are Matt Savage (9th at the NCAA meet) of Florida State and Trent Leon (T-15th) of Oklahoma State.
Grube, Dodge Kemmer, Jordan Cox, Sihwan Kim and Joseph Bramlett will represent the Cardinal and attempt to pick up the team's first tournament title of 2007-08. Earlier this month, the team opened the season at the Topy Cup in Japan and finished third. Kim, competing in his first collegiate tournament, led the Cardinal with a third place finish with three under-par rounds.
Stanford will be competing in the Fighting Illini Invitational for the second-straight year, as the Cardinal took second last season with a three-round total of 870. All five Stanford golfers finished in the top-25 last time around, with Grube leading the charge with an 11th place finish at 217. Duke is the Invitational's defending champion, and all five of the top-five teams from last year are back for this year's event.
Stanford has two golfers ranked in the top-50 nationally. Kim is listed 15th, while Grube is ranked No. 42. Grube, the team captain, is one of three returning All-Americans on the Cardinal squad.
Live scoring will be available at www.golfstat.com.