Second Ranked Cardinal Open Spring Season at Mauna Lani Invitational
Feb. 2, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - The second-ranked Stanford men's golf team will open the spring portion of its schedule on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at the 20th Annual Mauna Lani Invitational hosted by the University of Hawaii-Manoa and UH-Hilo.
Head coach Conrad Ray is expected to send out a lineup consisting of senior Jordan Cox, juniors Sihwan Kim and Steve Ziegler, sophomore David Chung and freshman Andrew Yun on the Mauna Lani Resort's North Course.
The 54-hole tournament features shot gun starts Wednesday through Friday and live scoring will be available at GolfStat.com.
The 22 team field includes five teams ranked in Golf Week's Top 25 poll, including top-ranked Oklahoma State, No. 2 Stanford, No. 4 TCU, No. 7 Arizona State and No. 8 Washington. Other top-25 squads entered in the field include No. 11 Oregon State, No. 13 UCLA, No. 15 Texas, No. 16 USC and No. 19 Texas Tech.
Seven of the top-10 players in the nation are also in the field, including No. 1 Peter Uihlein of Oklahoma State, No. 4 Diego Velesquez of Oregon State, No. 6 Morgan Hoffman of Oklahoma State, No. 7 Nils Floren of Texas Tech, No. 8 Cody Gribble of Texas and No. 9 Sihwan Kim of Stanford.
'We are excited to get over to the Big Island and compete in a very strong field,' said Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf Conrad Ray. 'We have worked hard in the off season and looking forward to seeing that work pay off. The team is approaching the event as the beginning of a whole new season and getting off to a good start will be important.'
Stanford hopes to carry its hot play from the fall over to the first tournament on the spring schedule. The Cardinal finished no lower than fourth in any of its four fall events and capped the fall with a first place showing at the Gifford Collegiate held at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, Calif.
The Cardinal also had strong showings at The Prestige at PGA West (2nd) and at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational, finishing second.
Junior Sihwan Kim enters the fall holding ranked seventh by Golf Stat and ninth by Golf Week. Kim led the Cardinal in stroke average this fall at 71.3 and had a pair of second place finishes at Isleworth and CordeValle.
Sophomore David Chung, who captured the prestigious North & South Amateur title last summer, posted a 72.1 stroke average in his four fall events, highlighted by a third place finish at the Gifford Intercollegiate. He is ranked 23rd among the nation's top individuals heading into the spring, according to GolfWeek.
Junior Steve Ziegler, ranked 53rd nationally, will be looking for his second collegiate title to go along with his win at the USC/Ashworth Invitational last spring. A native of Broomfield, Colo., Ziegler completed the rare Colorado-double over the summer, winning both the Colorado Golf Association stroke play and match play titles.
Freshman Andrew Yun completed the fall on a high note with a third place finish at the Gifford Intercollegiate with an eight-under 214 on rounds of 71, 71 and 72.
Jordan Cox, the lone senior on the trip, played in two fall events at finished with a 77.5 stroke average.