No. 12 Stanford In Third After Two Rounds At The Prestige
Oct. 13, 2008
LA QUINTA, Calif. - Three Stanford golfers posted top-10 leaderboard scores today after two rounds of play at The Prestige at PGA West to help the No. 12 Cardinal to a 13-over-par 589, good enough for a stop at third place with one round left to play on the par-72 Greg Norman Course. Stanford is only six strokes behind first-place TCU, and three behind tournament co-hosts UC Davis.
Junior Joseph Bramlett, ranked 19th in the country, shot the team's best total over two rounds with 72-73 (+1, 145) and is tied for fourth place individually with Pepperdine's Andrew Putnam. Bramlett twice birdied holes No. 2 and 3, and three other holes throughout the day.
Sophomore Sihwan Kim and freshman David Chung also turned in solid performances for the Cardinal, with scores of two-over par 146 and four-over-par 148, respectively. Chung, like Bramlett, birdied seven times, while Kim found the hole one stroke early on six occasions.
Sophomore Steve Ziegler notched a top-25 spot, shooting a six-over-par 150 and finding himself in a one-way tie for 19th at the day's end. Senior Daniel Lim shot two 78s to complete the day at 12-over and in a tie for 54th. Senior Dodge Kemmer and junior Jordan Cox are competing as individuals. Kemmer carded a 74-78 to finish with an eight-over-par 152 and in a tie for 26th, while Cox struggled to find his groove, finishing in a tie for 77th. Kemmer also birdied six times, but suffered from two double bogeys in the front nine during his first turn to set him back a few strokes.
Only three players [Nate Pistacchio (UC Davis), Johan de Beer (TCU), and David Johnson (UCF)], escaped a windy first round and a calmer second go-round on the difficult course with an under-par total. Pistacchio, the current leader, fired a five-under 139.
With four golfers in the top 25, Stanford has set itself up nicely to go for the win, and will be in the driver's seat as one of the first groups to tee off in tomorrow's 7:30 a.m. shotgun start. Fans can follow the action with live scoring at www.golfstat.com.