Stanford Looks for Third Straight Title at USC Invitational

Feb. 27, 2010

STANFORD, Calif. - The second-ranked Stanford men's golf team will look to win its third straight tournament title at the USC Invitational, a 13-team, 54-hole event which gets underway on Monday at the North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, Calif.

The teams will play 36 holes with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start on Monday and wrap up with the final 18 holes on Tuesday. The North Ranch Country Club will play to 6,869 yards and a par of 71.

In addition to second ranked Stanford, the field includes five other squads ranked in GolfStat's top-25 poll, including No. 6 Oregon, No. 8 UCLA, No. 12 Arizona State, No. 16 USC and No. 24 California.

Stanford won last year's event with a 54-hole team score of 839, while Steve Ziegler captured the individual title with a score of 204, which included a brilliant closing round of 65.

The Cardinal has won the USC Invitational on four occasions, earning titles in 1994, '95, '07 and '09.

'The USC Invite is one of our favorite events on the schedule,' said head coach Conrad Ray. 'Good vibes, very challenging course, and strong field. Game management and ball control will be the keys to our success.

Stanford has won its last two events, capturing the Gifford Invitational to close out the fall season and the Mauna Lani Invitational to open the spring campaign. The Cardinal has finished now lower than fourth in any of its five events this season.

'I have been very happy with the teams play so far this spring,' said Ray. 'We are just getting started and a long road until the NCAA Championship. We have shown depth 1-5 and the ability to go low in qualifying which all bodes well for what lies ahead.'

Junior Sihwan Kim is ranked fourth nationally in the latest individual rankings released by GolfStat.

'Sihwan has been playing great,' said Ray. 'He is confident and very hot with his putter which equals low scores. If he can control the ball off the tee at North Ranch he should have a chance to win.'

Joining Kim in the lineup will be Steve Ziegler, Joseph Bramlett, Andrew Yun and David Chung. Graham Brockington will play as an individual.

The tournament will mark Bramlett's first start of the season, as the talented senior has been sidelined for the better part of the last two years with injury.

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