Stanford Men's Golf Sets Sights On Third-Straight Trip To NCAA Championships
May 12, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - The road to the 2009 NCAA Championships begins in Austin, Texas for the fifth-ranked Stanford men's golf team, as the Cardinal will take to the links in NCAA Regional action looking to qualify for the NCAA Championships for the third-straight time beginning Thursday, May 14.
The 54-hole, three-day tournament is hosted by the University of Texas, and will be played on the Longhorn's UT Golf Club, a 7, 412-yard, par-71 course. The Austin Regional is one of six NCAA regionals that will produce 30 teams and six individuals that will go on to the NCAA Championships.
Stanford received the top seed in Austin and will need to finish at least fifth in the field of 13 teams in order to advance to the NCAA Championships, being held this year at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio from May 27-30.
The Cardinal will be going up against No. 8 Florida, No. 19 Texas Tech, No. 21 UNLV, No. 25 Texas, No. 32 California, No. 34 Lamar, No. 48 Michigan, No. 53 Texas-Arlington, No. 58 Mississippi State, No. 61 Virginia Tech, No. 82 New Mexico State, and Jackson State.
Also competing are individuals from schools that did not qualify as a team: Glenn Northcutt (Auburn), Ken Looper (New Orleans), Cole Moreland (Auburn), Adam Cornelson (New Orleans), Cedric Scotto (Southeastern Louisiana), Jeff Gerlich (Texas State), Matthew Carvell (Southeastern Louisiana), Corey Roberson (Texas State), Fergal Rafferty (Sam Houston State), Gonzalo Berlin (Jacksonville State). The top-finishing individual competitor from a non-qualifying team will also go on to compete for the NCAA Individual title in Toledo.
Stanford will be playing with Florida and Texas Tech, and will be in the first group to tee off at 8:30 a.m. from the first tee. Sophomores Steve Ziegler and Sihwan Kim, freshman David Chung, and seniors Dodge Kemmer and Daniel Lim will be suiting up for the Cardinal.
Stanford boasts yet another sound squad poised to make a deep run this year, anchored by Ziegler who has been the team's most consistent competitor. The Broomfield, Colo. native is averaging 72.3 strokes over 10 tournaments and carded the lowest round of any Cardinal golfer this season (a 65 at the USC/Ashworth Collegiate Championship). Ziegler also owns the team's lowest three-round total of 202, earned five top-10 finishes, and won the USC/Ashworth Collegiate Championship in February.
Chung has also been solid in only his rookie season, averaging 73.17 strokes and collecting two top-10 finishes, including his best finish of 3rd at the U.S. Collegiate Championship in April. Kemmer and Kim are the only others on the Stanford squad who have played in all 10 tournaments this season. Kemmer has five top-25 standings to his name and Kim, a first-team Ping All-American last season has thrice shot his low round of 69, with two of those rounds coming in his last two tournaments. Lim recently earned his best finish of the year, a tie for 16th at the Pac-10 Championships, after shooting a three-over-par 291.
At last year's regional, the Cardinal finished in sixth place with 14-over-par, shooting rounds of 296, 297, and 285 for a total of 878 strokes. Stanford advanced to the NCAA Championships, where it took second place, just one stroke behind champion UCLA. The Cardinal captured the NCAA crown in 2007.
For those traveling to Austin to watch the tournament, admission is free. Live stats for the NCAA Regional will be available on Golfstat.