There are few locales in the U.S. that can stake a claim to “Golf Capital of America.” Augusta, Georgia certainly has history and tradition on its side with The Masters, while Pinehurst, North Carolina, fashions itself as “The Cradle of American Golf.” Oakmont Country Club outside of Pittsburgh has hosted a record eight U.S. Opens,…
Looking to break through the huge disappointment it suffered at last year’s regional and move one step closer to their ultimate goal of a national championship, the Stanford men’s golf team will hit the Eugene Country Club course today at the NCAA West Regional. The Cardinal enter the event as the regional’s top seed, with…
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.
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.
As it has for the past three seasons, the Stanford men’s golf team will end its regular season on the picturesque fairways of the Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz, Calif. Pasatiempo, playing host to this weekend’s Western Intercollegiate, is the Cardinal’s final stop before embarking on what they hope is a long and successful postseason. On the individual side, junior Patrick Rodgers will look to win his fourth straight tournament as he tracks down Tiger Woods for the most event victories in program history.
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.
Offseasons for athletes have their ups and downs. Sure, there’s the relaxation time, the opportunity to pursue other endeavors and improve on one’s game. On the other hand, extended time away from competition can be boring and tedious for an athlete. For the No. 9 Stanford men’s golf team, the long wait between the fall and spring seasons is finally over, as the Card is scheduled to compete at the Amer Ari Invitational in Kona, Hawaii starting Thursday.