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Sampson Zheng Moves Into Tie For Third At The Goodwin

Mar 25, 2022
Sampson Zheng has started The Goodwin with back-to-back rounds of four-under par 66.

STANFORD, Calif. – Sampson Zheng carded a four-under par 66 for the second consecutive round Friday at the Stanford Golf Course to move into a tie for third place and one shot out of the lead after the first 36 holes of The Goodwin. Zheng had three birdies, an eagle and a bogey Friday as he moved up five spots after starting the day tied for eighth.

Zheng will begin his third and final round Saturday one stroke behind co-leaders UC Davis' Lucas Carper (66-65 – 131, -9) and Stanford's Karl Villips (65-66 – 131, -9). while BYU's Carson Lundell (66-66 – 132, -8) and Nevada's Peyton Callens (65-67 – 132, -8) are tied with Zheng.

"I have never been in contention in a college event before, but I have been in situations like this in my junior career so it's nothing new," Zheng said. "I just need to treat it like every other round, focus on the process, keep the same routine, and I believe the results will come."

Zheng's top finish at Cal came in the fall of 2021 when he tied for 18th at the Isleworth Collegiate, while his best tournament score was the one-under par 287 he shot at the 2021 Pac-12 Championships.

Zheng, who began his round Friday on the 10th tee, picked up all three of his birdies over his first seven holes on the par-four 11th and 13th, and the par-five 16th. He moved to five-under par for his round and nine-under for the tournament with an eagle on the first hole of his second nine on the par-five first when he hit a hybrid from 212 yards to within 10 feet of the hole and made the eagle putt. Zheng gave one stroke back with his lone bogey of the day on the par-three third.

"Sampson played really steady, good golf today," Alex and Marie Shipman Director of Men's Golf Walter Chun said. "It's nice to see him gaining confidence. He has a chance tomorrow, and that's all one can ask for when you get to the final round."

"My round today was cleaner compared to yesterday with less mistakes,' Zheng added about his second consecutive collegiate career-low round on Friday after making seven birdies but also three bogeys to shoot the same score Thursday. "I was able to stay out of trouble. The highlight of the day was probably the eagle on the first hole."

Ethan Chung posted a two-under par 68 on Friday to help him move up a whopping 40 spots into a tie for 49th in the 147-player field. Chung started his round with a bogey on the par-four 10th and also had a double bogey on his 17th hole of the day on the par-three eighth but also a team-high five birdies including four on his second nine on the par-five first, par-three fourth, par-five seventh and par-four ninth holes. He also birdied the par-four 15th.  

Tony Chen (71-73 – 144, +4), Aaron Du (73-74 – 147, +7) and Finigan Tilly (73-75 – 148, +8) are also in the Cal lineup. Chen is tied for 88th, while Du is tied for 107th and Tilly tied for 118th.

Host Stanford (268-272 – 20, -12) is on top of the team leaderboard and seven strokes in front of second-place SMU (270-277 – 13). Cal (283-281 – 564, +4) moved up two spots Friday into sole possession of 17th place in the 28-team field after improving its team score by two strokes over Thursday's opening round.

Tilly is the first Cal player off the tee Saturday at 8:10 am followed in 14-minute increments by Du, Chen, Chung and Zheng.