NCAA Day One: Stanford Tied For 22nd, Shoots 21 Over Par
May 26, 2009
TOLEDO, Ohio - The fifth-ranked Stanford men's golf team wrapped up the first day of action at the NCAA Championship, held at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, at 21-over-par and in a tie for 22nd out of the field of 30 teams. Top-ranked Oklahoma State and No. 2 Georgia sit atop the team leaderboard at four strokes over each with 36 holes left to qualify for match play.
Calm winds and warm temperatures favored the teams that teed off early in the day, but as the afternoon wore on the winds picked up enough to affect play. The Cardinal, which had its earliest tee time of 1:47 p.m., had to fight the conditions the entire round.
Sophomore No. 15 Steve Ziegler posted the best outing of the day for Stanford, going two-over-par on the par-71, 7,255-yard course to come to a rest in a tie for 29th. The Broomfield, Colo. native drained four birdies in 73 stroke effort. Following Ziegler was senior Dodge Kemmer, who completed his day at five-over-par 76 and in a tie for 75th place.
Rounding out the counting scores for the Cardinal was sophomore Sihwan Kim and senior Daniel Lim. Kim ended up at six-over-par, suffering two double-bogeys on the front nine, and Lim carded an eight-over-par 79.
Freshman David Chung was steady through the back nine, escaping one over par, but struggled with the front nine, closing the day at 10 over par.
No. 4 Washington posted the best result out of the seven Pac-10 schools participating in the tournament, finishing the day in a tie for fourth place at nine over par. Defending champion UCLA ended the day tied for 25th. Three players are currently tied for the individual lead at two-under-par; Northwestern's Jonathan Bowers, Illinois' Scott Langley, and North Carolina State's Matt Hill.
Stanford has 36 holes to climb the leaderboard into at least one of the top-eight spots in order to advance to the match play portion of the NCAA Championship, set to begin on May 29.