Cardinal Men Prepare For The Prestige AT PGA West
Oct. 17, 2005
Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford men's golf team prepares for the two-day, three round Prestige tournament at the Greg Norman Course at PGA West, held October 17-18. Six teams ranked in the top 25 by Golfweek, including two-time defending champion UCLA, headline the tournament which will be contested under expected inclement conditions on Monday and Tuesday.
The tournament is co-hosted by UC Davis and Stanford and features 18 teams from across the country. UCLA, which posted a 9-stroke victory over UC Davis last season, has won the past two events. The Bruins posted a 1-shot victory over Texas Christian in 2003 for their first title and are currently ranked No. 8 by Golfweek, the highest ranking of any tournament team.
Rain and thunderstorms greeted players on Sunday as they played practice rounds in anticipation of Monday's 36 holes. The 54-hole tournament will conclude with 18 holes on Tuesday and is expected to battle showers on Monday. The tournament has become one of the most visible in collegiate golf since its inception in 2000 and annually includes a juniors clinic, a college-am tournament and top competition from college players.
Besides UCLA, other teams ranked in the top 25 include No. 14 Brigham Young, No. 18 Texas, No. 20 Notre Dame, No. 21 Colorado and No. 22 Pepperdine. UC Davis enters the tournament ranked 121st.
The tournanment is being played at the par-72, 7,156-yard Greg Norman Course, which last week hosted a PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament. Conditions will be the same for the collegiate golfers, giving them a glimpse of what PGA Tour hopefuls faced in their quest to further their careers.
Other teams competing include California, Illinois, Kansas, Northern Colorado, Ohio State, Oregon, Pacific, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara and Yale.
Last year, the Cardinal finished sixth at the tournament, shooting a 924 over three rounds of play. Zack Miller (79-75-69--223) led the team individually, tying for fifth overall. Teammate Kyle Gentry tied for 22nd overall with a 231, after carding a two-over 74 in the final round. Cardinal Scott MacDonald, competing as an individual, tied for 33rd, with a 234 (80-78-76) while Rob Grube moved up into a tie for 39th with a 236 (75-86-75). Teddy Collins tied for 76th (86-82-82--250).
The tournament will feature live scoring throughout the two-day event. Links are available at http://www.golfstat.com.