Men's Golf Set To Defend Title At UH-Hilo Invitational

Jan. 31, 2009

STANFORD, Calif. - The fifth-ranked Stanford men's golf team will begin its spring season this Wednesday, Feb. 4, at the 19th annual UH-Hilo Invitational hosted in Hawaii. The three-day tournament will be played at Mauna Lani Resort's North Course.

The tournament will consist of 54-hole stroke play with the low four scores counting each day. Shotgun starts will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. on Thursday and Friday. Teams' ties will be broken using the fifth player's score on the third round, then second round, and finally the first round. Individual ties will be broken by a sudden death play-off. Final round pairings will be based on team scores.

The 18-hole North Course at the Mauna Lani Resort Golf Course facility in Kamuela, Hawaii features 6,913 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 . The course rating is 73.2 and it has a slope rating of 136 on Bahia grass. Designed by Robin Nelson, ASGCA/Rodney Wright, ASGCA/Ray Kane, the North golf course opened in 1981.

Of the 17 teams participating, two teams including Stanford are ranked by Golfweek in the top-five, two in the top-10, three in the top-25, and three in the top-50. The field includes Arizona State, Florida State, Fresno State, Georgia Tech, TCU, Texas Tech, UC Davis, Colorado, Hawaii-Hilo, Hawaii-Manoa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oregon, San Francisco, Southern California, and Washington. David Chung, Daniel Lim, Sihwan Kim, Dodge Kemmer, and No. 74 Steve Ziegler will be competing for the Cardinal.

Last year, Stanford captured the tournament title for the second year in a row at the Waikoloa Village Golf Club, shooting a 16-under-par 813 to finish three strokes ahead of second place finishers Arizona State and Southern California. Rob Grube and Kim each finished with an 11-under-par 199. They were second only to Arizona State's Jesper Kennegard, who took the individual victory by two strokes.

Fans can follow live scoring for this year's tournament on Golf Stat.

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