In the weeks and months preceding March 3, the soundtrack to Stanford golfer Patrick Rodgers’s life could have easily been The Clash’s classic hit “Should I Stay or Should I Go.” Should he stay at the Farm, finish out his remaining collegiate eligibility and have another shot an NCAA team or individual title? Or should…
The drought is finally over. The streak has, at long last, ended. The elusive has now become the reality. Today, the Pac-12 Men’s and Women’s Golf Championship trophies reside where they haven’t been for some 20 years: Stanford University.
Despite playing in far and away the most competitive conference tournaments in the nation this weekend, both golf squads are poised to deliver performances worthy of victory.
Stanford Athletics has seen a lot of streaks snapped this year. The football team lost more than two games for the first time since 2009. Women’s basketball missed out on the championship game of the Pac-12 Tournament for the first time in the tourney’s 13-year history. Women’s soccer lost at home for the first time since 2007. After a 31-year streak of winning Pac-12 titles, men’s swimming and diving failed to win its conference for a second straight season.
Led by tournament winner Cameron Wilson and runner-up Patrick Rodgers, the Cardinal won the Western Intercollegiate by sixteen strokes for its third team victory in five spring events. Stanford was near the top of the team leaderboard throughout the weekend, never falling lower than a tie for second. That type of consistency of play over multiple rounds and days is sure to benefit the Card at their upcoming conference tournament.
For most Stanford students, last week was a lazy one at best, utilized for some much-needed down time: catching up on sleep after a tiresome winter quarter or enjoying the spring weather at the beach. But in the case of the Stanford men’s and women’s golf teams, the end of finals meant a return to the tee box, fairways and greens. From the results, it seems the view of the bunkers was all the sand the Card’s players needed to see to have a great week.
Whether they like it or not, athletes are entertainers — not too different from musicians or actors. While many onlookers like to think that the sports world stands alone, its players are ultimately enveloped by the cavernous umbrella of the entertainment industry. Rabid fans, inquiring media and the relative fame that can be gained simply by being an athlete starkly demonstrate this reality.
It’s a busy time of the year in sports — football is over, but March Madness is just around the corner and Spring Training is in full swing. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the academic quarter is heating up in advance of Finals Week and tax season is looming on the horizon. Apparently,…