PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Stanford men's golf began play at the Saint Mary's Invitational with one of the best rounds in school history, firing a 15-under 269 to jump out to an eight-stroke lead following the first round at Poppy Hills Golf Course. The round, tied for the seventh-best in program history, was certainly a special gift for Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf Conrad Ray, who was celebrating a birthday on Monday.
Senior Ethan Ng and junior Barclay Brown are both tied for third following 6-under 65s. For Ng, it was the best round-to-par of his career, besting his previous career-best of 4-under (67) at the 2019 Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate. It was Ng's 15th career round in the 60s. For Brown, the 6-under came up just shy of his career-best 7-under, which he set at the 2020 Cabo Collegiate. It was also his 15th career round in the 60s. Ng tallied a staggering nine birdies in the round, including five straight and seven in an eight hole stretch. Brown tallied a clean card with four birdies, an eagle and 13 pars.
Sixth-year senior Henry Shimp is tied for 11th following a 2-under 69 and sophomore Michael Thorbjornsen is just outside the top 20 following a 1-under 70. Karl Vilips (2-over) and individual Jake Beber Frankel (E) were also on the course for Stanford Monday.
The Cardinal, leading second-place San Francisco by eight strokes, will be back on the course Tuesday morning for the second round.
Saint Mary's Invitational (Poppy Hills Golf Course, par 71)
|Name||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Total|
|1. Stanford||269 (-15)||--||--||269 (-15)|
|T3. Barclay Brown||65 (-6)||--||--||65 (-6)|
|T3. Ethan Ng||65 (-6)||--||--||65 (-6)|
|T12. Henry Shimp||69 (-2)||--||--||69 (-2)|
|T21. Michael Thorbjornsen||70 (-1)||--||--||70 (-1)|
|T54. Karl Vilips||73 (+2)||--||--||73 (+2)|
|T33. Jake Beber-Frankel (individual)||71 (E)||--||--||71 (E)|