Stanford In Fourth Place At NCAA Southwest Regional, 12 Strokes Back Of Leader
May 14, 2009
AUSTIN, Texas - The fourth-ranked Stanford men's golf team shot a 10-over-par 294 in the first round of the NCAA Southwest Regional at the University of Texas Golf Club to settle into fourth place with two rounds left to play.
Sophomore Steve Ziegler worked the par-71, 7,412-yard course for a one-under-par 70 and is just two strokes out of first place. The Broomfield, Colo. native is currently in a three-way tie for third place after draining five birdies on the day.
Senior Daniel Lim earned the next best position for the Cardinal, knocking in a one-over-par 72 to put himself in a tie for 15th. Lim struggled with the seventh hole, but made up for his double-bogey with two consecutive circles on holes eight and nine.
Sophomore Sihwan Kim is also currently in the top-25 on the individual leaderboard, turning in a four-over-par 75 (t-24th) while senior Dodge Kemmer is in tie for 31st at five-over. Freshmen David Chung birdied his first hole, but wrestled with the rest of the course to finish the round at 11-over-par.
No. 19 Texas Tech currently holds the lead, as the Red Raiders used four individual rounds of even-par or better to shoot a 2-under-par 282 en route to a nine-stroke advantage over second-place No. 25 Texas. Eighth-ranked Florida is in third just one stroke ahead of Stanford. Lamar's Hugues Joannes is tied for the individual lead with Texas' Lance Lopez at three-under-par.
The Cardinal will need to maintain or improve upon its fourth-place position over the next two rounds in order to qualify for its third-straight trip to the NCAA Championships. Only the top-five teams and the top individual from a non-advancing team will move on to the finals, held this year at the Inverness Golf Club in Toledo, Ohio from May 27-30.