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Strong Start To Season

Sep 19, 2021


OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. - Stanford men's golf was the only team in the 15-team field under par on Sunday, moving up the leaderboard three spots to finish fourth at the Fighting Illini Invitational. The Cardinal shot a 1-under 279 in the third and final round to finish with a 14-over 854 at Olympia Fields Country Club.

"It was great to get the rust off a bit and test our games against the best teams in the country," Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf Conrad Ray said on Sunday. "Olympia Fields is a stern test and our guys got better every round. I'm happy for Michael Thorbjornsen on his first collegiate Top 10 and the whole team played hard. There's lot of golf ahead but it was a good first week out!"

Three Cardinal finished in the Top 20, led by sophomore Michael Thorbjornsen's even-par 210 to finish tied for seventh. Thorbjornsen improved by one stroke each round from the previous day this weekend, tallying a 1-under 69 on Sunday. The finish was Thorbjornsen's best as a Cardinal and his first Top-10 finish at Stanford.

Sixth-year senior Henry Shimp opened the weekend with a 5-over 75, but finished with back-to-back rounds under par. On Sunday, Shimp's 2-under 68 was tied for the second best round in the 81-player field. He finished tied for 12th, carrying forward from a strong finish to his 2021 spring season where he tied for sixth at the Western Intercollegiate and finished second at the Pac-12 Championship to close the campaign.

Sophomore Karl Vilips was steady all weekend, tying for 20th with a 4-over 214. For Vilips, it was his fifth Top-20 finish in just his eighth collegiate event. Junior Barclay Brown matched Vilips' 1-over 71 on Sunday, also.

Stanford returns to action on Monday, Oct. 4 for the two-day Colonial Collegiate Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas. 

OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational (Olympia Fields Country Club, par 70)

Name Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
4. Stanford 291 (+11) 284 (+4) 279 (-1) 854 (+14)
T7. Michael Thorbjornsen 71 (+1) 70 (E) 69 (-1) 210 (E)
T12. Henry Shimp 75 (+5) 69 (-1) 68 (-2) 212 (+2)
T20. Karl Vilips 72 (+2) 71 (+1) 71 (+1) 214 (+4)
T35. Barclay Brown 73 (+3) 74 (+4) 71 (+1) 218 (+8)
T78. Ethan Ng 78 (+8) 75 (+5) 79 (+9) 232 (+22)