Stanford Receives Top Ranking in Golfweek's Preseason Poll
Sept. 10, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford's men's golf team is ranked first in the nation in Golfweek Magazine's preseason poll that was release earlier this week.
Oklahoma State, Washington, Texas A&M and Arizona State were ranked behind Stanford in the preseason poll.
Junior Steve Ziegler was rated seventh in Golfweek's preseason individual rankings. Ziegler enjoyed an outstanding summer of golf, winning both the Colorado Golf Association Match Play and Stroke Play Championships along with advancing to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur at Southern Hills, where he fell to eventual champion Byeong-Hun An of Korea. Ziegler finished 17th in last year's Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
Highly-touted freshman Andrew Yun was listed on the second team of Golfweek's preseason listing of top players, while sophomore David Chung was listed on the third team. Chung captured the prestigious North & South Men's Amateur Championship in June at famed Pinehurst No. 2.
Stanford also welcomes the return of junior Sihwan Kim, who earned first team All-America honors as a senior. Kim also enjoyed a strong summer, finishing in the top-five at the Porter Cup and Northeast Amateur events.
Stanford opens its fall season on Sept. 11 when the Cardinal face Princeton in a 36-hole dual match at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, NY, site the 1896, 1986, 1995 and 2004 U.S. Opens.
The Cardinal will prep for its dual match against the Tigers with practice rounds at three classic courses -- Pine Valley (N.J.) Golf Club, , Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. and Friars Head in Riverhead, N.Y.
Stanford will stay on the road for its first major tournament of the fall, as the Cardinal will participate in the Fightining Illini Invitational, Sept. 18-20, at Olympia Fields Country Club just outside of Chicago.
'We are really looking forward to getting the season under way,' said head coach Conrad Ray. 'We should have a very competitive team as evidenced by the great play of the team this summer in many of the major amateur events around the country. With our first event at Shinnecock Hills in a dual match with Princeton and then traveling from there to Olympia Fields we will be lucky enough to play two of the world's premier golf courses right out of the shoot and the experience should set the tone for a challenging and exciting season ahead. It is a long year but we can't wait!'
Chung, Ziegler, Kim, Yun and Graham Brockington are expected to round out Stanford's lineup.