No. 4 Stanford To Vie For Pac-10 Championship
April 25, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - The fourth-ranked Stanford men's golf team begins the Pac-10 Championship play on Monday, April 27 at Seattle Golf Club in Washington. The Cardinal will be battling against five nationally-ranked top-25 teams in the 50th annual conference tournament.
The three-day tournament, hosted by the University of Washington at the 6,836-yard, par-72 Seattle Golf Club course, is the last three rounds of competition before NCAA action begins. Founded in 1900, the Seattle Golf Club is one of the state's oldest golf courses. It was originally designed by John Ball but has recently been redesigned by Arnold Palmer. The Club was the site of the 1952 US Amateur Championship, the 1961 Walker Cup and the inagural Pacific Coast Amateur in 1967, and again in 2002.
Three Pac-10 teams are currently ranked in Golfweek's top 10; No. 3 USC, No. 4 Stanford, and No. 5 Washington. Two others are settled in the top 25; No. 16 Arizona State and No. 17 UCLA, while the rest of the field all lies within the top 100. Washington is currently on a hot streak, firing a 36-under-par at the U.S. Intercollegiate last weekend, 15 strokes ahead of second-place USC. Nine Pac-10 teams participated in the U.S. Intercollegiate and took the top six places on the leaderboard.
The Cardinal will begin on the first hole at 7:30 a.m. Monday morning and will be playing with Arizona State and Oregon. Representing Stanford will be No.9 Steve Ziegler, No. 45 David Chung, No. 94 Dodge Kemmer, Sihwan Kim, Graham Brockington, and Daniel Lim. The top five scores out of six will be counted towards the team total, unlike the regular season where the top-four scores are counted out of five.
High-caliber competition has become the standard for the Pac-10. Golfers from this conference have won the past two NCAA team championships, as well as three of the last four individual titles. The Pac-10 displayed its dominance in the college golf world during the 2008 NCAA Championship, when four of its teams placed in the top 10. In fact, the top three teams at the nation's top tournament belonged to the Pac-10, which included 2008 title holder UCLA, along with Stanford and Southern California.
At last year's Pac-10 Championships at the Meadow Club in Fairfax, Calif., Arizona State claimed the 2008 Pac-10 Championship after a playoff-round win over USC. Arizona's Creighton Honeck took the individual Pac-10 title after beating UCLA's Kevin Chappell, also in a one-hole playoff round. The Cardinal came in fourth place and Rob Grube earned the best Stanford finish, tying for third place individually.
Live scoring will be available on Golfstat, and admission to the tournament is free.