Fifth-Ranked Cardinal Travel To Chicago For 2008 Fighting Illini Invitational

Sept. 17, 2008

STANFORD, Calif. - After a successful 2007-08 season, the fifth-ranked Stanford men's golf team is set to start a new season beginning with this weekend's third annual Fighting Illini Invitational in Chicago, hosted by the University of Illinois. The Cardinal will test their skills on the challenging par-70, 7,157-yard north course at Olympia Fields Country Club against 14 other schools, including top-ranked UCLA, which narrowly defeated Stanford by one stroke to win the 2008 NCAA Championship in June.

No. 12 Arizona State, Duke, Northwestern, No. 2 Oklahoma State (last year's tournament winner), Central Florida, Illinois, Purdue, No. 11 Florida State, Penn State, UCLA, No. 20 Indiana, SMU, Vanderbilt, and No. 24 Texas fill out the rest of the field that will participate in the three-day, three-round tournament.

The competition marks the return of junior Joseph Bramlett to the tee, as he missed a majority of last spring with an injury. The Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf, Conrad Ray, has also selected sophomore Sihwan Kim, an All-American last season, senior Dodge Kemmer, sophomore Steve Ziegler, and freshman David Chung to travel to the Midwest to represent the Cardinal.

Stanford will drive off the first tee at 8:40 a.m. CT on Friday morning. The Cardinal is paired with Penn State and Central Florida for the first round. Pairings will be rearranged for Saturday's second round and are dependent on the results from the first round. The four lowest scores for each round will be counted towards the team total.

Admission to the tournament is free and tee times will begin each day at 8 a.m. CT. Live stats for those who cannot attend can be followed on golfstat.com.

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