2016 Pac-12 Men's Golf Championships: Stanford's sizzling round sets up Bay Area rivalry showdown
SALT LAKE CITY – Neither a taxing 36 holes nor the unpredictable weather at The Country Club in Salt Lake City seemed to faze the Stanford Cardinal on Friday during the first day of the 2016 Pac-12 Men's Golf Championships. The Cardinal finshed the day a staggering 22-under, capitalizing during the sun-drenched second round in the afternoon to card a round of 19-under.
Stanford finished the round in style on the 18th hole with David Boote sinking an eagle in addition to birdees by Franklin Huang, Maverick McNealy, Jeffrey Swegle and Brandon Wu. That flourish put the capper on a sensational day for the Cardinal.
Five of Stanford's six players on the course shot at-par or better in the second round with sophomore Jeffrey Swegle leading the way at a 7-under-64. He rebounded from a tough 5-over-76, the high score for the Cardinal during the morning round. But his dramatic improvement was representative of a team-wide surge with three other players dropping their scores to 68 or better.
Boote also made a run at the individual lead late with a birdee on the 16th hole and his finishing eagle. He carded a 66 in the afternoon session, improving on his first-round 68 to put him at 8-under for the tournament. But Stanford's lowest scorer couldn't quite overcome one of his rivals from Berkeley.
Through two rounds, Cal's KK Limbhasut sits atop the leaderboard among individual Pac-12 golfers. Consistency was the key for the sophomore as he turned in a pair of 66 rounds to go 10-under overall. After starting on the back nine in the afternoon, the Golden Bear sophomore sank a long putt on the 7th hole for birdee and barely missed a chance to pick up another stroke on the 9th, his final hole of the day.
Limbhasut had the most to show on a tough-luck day for Cal. The Golden Bears held a two-stroke (5-under-355) lead over their cross-bay rivals after the morning session. They then went out and improved their score by 12 strokes in the afternoon only to find themselves in a leapfrog leaderboard battle with the Cardinal. Cal currently sits at 17-under, a score good enough to sit five strokes behind the leader on an eventful first day in Salt Lake City.