Stanford Heads To The Islands For The Taylor Made UH-Hilo Invitational

Feb. 4, 2008

STANFORD, Calif. - The tenth-ranked Stanford men's golf team will be opening up the spring season on Wednesday in Kona, Hawaii at the 18th annual University of Hawai'i - Hilo Invitational. The three-day tournament will be played at the par-71, 6,777 yard Waikoloa Village Golf Course. Of the 18 attending teams, four teams, including Stanford, are ranked in the top-25, and nine in the top-50.

The tournament will consist of 54-hole stroke play with the low four scores counting each day. Teams' ties will be broken using the fifth player's score on the third round, then second round, then first round. Individual ties will be broken by a sudden death play-off. Final round pairings will be based on team scores.

Competing schools include: Arizona State, Georgia Tech, CSU-Bakersfield, Oregon State, Santa Clara, Texas Christian, Texas Tech, UC-Davis, Colorado, Hawaii-Hilo, Hawaii-Manoa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pacific, USC, and Washington.

Last year at the UH-Hilo Invitational, the Cardinal won the tournament with a three-round total of 803 (268-269-266), 37-under-par. Stanford's Rob Grube lead the Cardinal to victory, shooting a 64 in the final round tying for second individually with an 11-under-par 199 (69-66-64) along with Georgia Tech's Roberto Castro. Oklahoma State's Jonathan Moore took home top individual honors with a 15 under-par 195.

Jospeh Bramlett turned in a 66 in the final round to finish fourth overall with a three-day total of 10-under-par 200 (64-70-66). Teammates Matt Savage (68-67-67) and Zack Miller (67-66-69) tied for tenth on the individual leaderboard posting a score of eight-under-par 202. Dodge Kemmer tied for 52nd with a two-over-par 212 (72-71-69) for the tournament.

Stanford concluded the fall season with five top-ten finishes in as many tries. The Cardinal finished in the top-five in four of its five tournaments and nabbed two runner-up finishes. Grube and Kim led the team with top-25 finishes in four of the five events.

The Cardinal last competed in the CordeValle Collegiate in November, where freshman Sihwan Kim shot a three-under 69 in the final round to share a claim of the tournament title, his first, and carry the then No. 9 Cardinal to a second place finish in the competitive field.

Kim, ranked No. 20 in the nation, leads the team with a 71.6 stroke average.