Men's Golf Set to Defend Title at The Prestige
Oct. 12, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford men's golf team will head to one of the most competitive tournaments of the fall season next week, looking to defend its 2006 title at the The Prestige at PGA West. The sixteen-team tournament will be held at the par-72, 7,156-yard Greg Norman Course at PGA West, Monday and Tuesday in La Quinta, Calif. and is co-hosted by UC Davis and Stanford.
The 54-hole tournament begins with 36 holes on Monday starting at 7:30 a.m. The final round is scheduled for Tuesday at 8 a.m.
Last season, the Cardinal dethroned three-time defending champion UCLA, finishing at 15-under for a two-shot victory over the Bruins. Northwestern won the inaugural title in 2000, Washington won top honors in 2001 and TCU finished first in 2003 preceding UCLA's three-year run. Stanford's Zack Miller finished at 9-under, 207 to win top medalist honors at last year's event.
This year's field will once again showcase some of the top collegiate golfers in the country. Besides the 15th-ranked Cardinal, seven other teams are currently among the top-50 according to Golfweek - No. 1 Charlotte, No. 25 Wisconsin, No. 22 Pepperdine, No. 39 Minnesota, No. 41 Central Florida, No. 46 Michigan and No. 49 TCU. Other teams entered are California, UC Irvine, Colorado, Denver, Kansas, Pacific, San Diego and UC Davis.
The Prestige at PGA WEST has featured several outstanding golfers over the years who have earned notable golf achievements, including Luke Donald (Northwestern, 2000), a two-time European Ryder Cup Team Member; Brandt Snedeker (2002, Vanderbilt), who tied for fifth at the 2005 New Zealand PGA Championship; Spencer Levin (2002, UCLA), who tied for 13th at the 2004 U.S. Open for the best amateur finish at the event since 1971; and Jamie Lovemark (USC, 2006), the NCAA Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year last season.
Stanford enters The Prestige after posting a pair of top-five finishes at the Topy Cup and the Fighting Illini Invitational earlier this fall. Freshman Sihwan Kim, who is ranked among the top-50 nationally, currently leads Stanford with a 71.0 stroke average, while senior Rob Grube has already posted two top-10 finishes this fall.
Festivities begin on Saturday with The Prestige Junior Clinic on Saturday afternoon which will be conducted by Williams and Stanford Head Coach Conrad Ray, as well as other coaches from tournament teams. It is sponsored by NIKE Golf, The Southern California PGA Golf Association, The City of La Quinta and The Los Angeles Newspaper Group.
The Prestige College-AM will be held on Sunday and is presented by Global Electric Motorcar (GEM) and will be followed by The Prestige at PGA WEST Awards Dinner Celebration, presented by Budget-Rent-A-Car.
Live scoring for The Prestige at PGA WEST will be available through www.golfstat.com.