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Strong Start

Nov 8, 2021


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)