Stanford To Compete For National Championships Bid At NCAA West Regional

May 13, 2008

STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 7 Stanford men's golf team will begin play at the three-day, 54-hole 2008 NCAA Division I West Regional this Thursday, May 15 at the Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash. The Cardinal will be looking to secure a top-ten finish out of 27 teams in order to earn a bid to defend last year's crown at the 2008 NCAA Championships, hosted by Purdue University.

Fifteen of the 27 teams selected for the NCAA West Regional are ranked in the top-50 by Golfweek, including Pac-10 foes UCLA, USC,Arizona State, and Oregon State.

Stanford, which is paired with Clemson and UNLV, will begin play Thursday morning on the 10th tee of Gold Mountain's par-72, 7,111-yard Olympic Course at 11:48 a.m. when junior Dodge Kemmer tees off. Sophomore Jordan Cox will follow at 11:57 a.m., then freshman Steve Ziegler (12:07 p.m.), senior Rob Grube (12:16 p.m.), and freshman Sihwan Kim (12:26 p.m.).

Stanford has accumulated one top-10 and eight top-5 finishes in ten tournaments this year, winning the UH-Hilo Invitational on February 8. The team is averaging 304.1 strokes per round, and has shot a low round of 263.

Kemmer has played in all but one event this year for Stanford, and is averaging 74.6 strokes per round. He has recorded one even-par round, and five under-par rounds. He boasts two top-10 and three top-25 finishes, while stroking a low round of 66 and tournament-low 214.

Cox has shot 25 rounds in eight events for the Cardinal, and is currently shooting 73.2 per round. He has shot even-par nine times, and under-par on four occasions. He has two top-10 and four top-25 performances. His round and tournament lows are 68 and 210, respectively.

Ziegler, ranked No. 89, has proven to be a force to reckon with in his rookie campaign. Save for a tie for 27th place most recently at the Pac-10 Championships, the All-Pac-10 honorable mention golfer has improved his finish with each tournament this spring, with his best finish coming as a tie for seventh at the U.S. Intercollegiate Invitational. He is averaging 73.1 strokes per round and has shot two even-par rounds and six under-par rounds, including two consecutive under-par rounds at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships, where he aced the 11th hole in the second round. He has a low-round best of 65 and a tournament-low of 211.

No. 39 Grube is coming off a three-way tie for third place (shooting the second best four-round stroke total at the tournament) at the Pac-10 Championships, where he was awarded his fourth consecutive first-team All-Pac-10 award. In 10 tournaments this season, he has always finished in the top-25, with four of those being top-10 finishes. His two best places came at the Pac-10 Championships and also at the UH-Hilo Invitational, where he tied for second with teammate Kim and shot his round and tournament lows of 65 and 199. He is currently averaging 72 strokes per round, and has notched three even-par and 10 under-par rounds.

2008 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and first-team All-Pac-10 honoree Kim is the highest ranked Cardinal golfer, checking in at No. 12. He has taken to the fairways in every tournament Stanford has played thus far and holds the lowest stroke average of the team (71.4). He has amassed one even-par and 14 under-par rounds in 31 outings and has finished in the top-10 five times and the top-25 four times. His best finish came at the CordeValle Collegiate in November when he tied for individual crown with two other golfers. He also holds the team's best low-round with 63 strokes, and is tied with teammate Grube for a tournament-low 199.

Should Stanford advance to the 2008 NCAA Championships, it will be their fifth trip in 10 seasons to the team finals, which will be held this year at the Kampen Course in West Lafayette, Ind. Last year, before winning its eighth team title, the Cardinal finished seventh at the NCAA West Regional.

Admission to the 2008 NCAA West Regional is free. Fans can follow the action with live hole-by-hole scoring at .

2008 NCAA West Regional Field
Seed, Team (Top-50 Rank)
No. 1 USC (#3)
No. 2 UCLA (#4)
No. 3 Florida State (#10)
No. 4 Stanford (#7)
No. 5 Clemson (#18)
No. 6 UNLV (#15)
No. 7 North Carolina (#30)
No. 8 Texas Tech (#24)
No. 9 Central Florida (#29)
No. 10 Arizona State (#19)
No. 11 San Diego State (#37)
No. 12 Texas (#33)
No. 13 LSU (#41)
No. 14 Oregon State (#44)
No. 15 Pepperdine (#35)
No. 16 Oregon
No. 17 California
No. 18 St. Mary's
No. 19 Kentucky
No. 20 Wisconsin
No. 21 Washington
No. 22 Oklahoma
No. 23 Kansas State
No. 24 San Diego
No. 25 Denver
No. 26 Navy
No. 27 Columbia

2008 NCAA West Regional Individual Qualifiers
Troy Merritt (Boise State)
Brian Locke (Loyola Marymount)
Tarquin MacManus (Arizona)
Jason D'Amore (Loyola Marymount)
Nathan Stamey (North Carolina-Greensboro)
Jimmy Lytle (Elon)

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