Golfers Tied For Eighth at Erin Hills
Oct. 7, 2013
By Dan Pfeifer
ERIN, Wis. - No. 8 Stanford separated itself from the 14-team field at the Marquette-hosted Erin Hills Invitational during second-round play Monday, expanding its lead to 11 strokes over No. 22 SMU with a single-day team score of 3-under-par 285.
The Marquette team collectively shot a 305 in the second round to enter the final day tied for eighth with Michigan at a 19-over 595. Stanford stands at 11-under, totaling 565 strokes for the tournament.
The shot of the day came from Stanford's David Boote, whose 8-iron off the tee on the par-3, 163-yard sixth hole landed just in front of the flag and rolled in for a hole-in-one. The ace was the first of the tournament, the first in the sophomore's competitive career and the first on any hole in the eight-year history of sanctioned competition at Erin Hills, which hosted the 2011 U.S. Amateur Championship and will host the 2017 U.S. Open. Boote nearly didn't make the trip for Stanford, but was chosen after a teammate suffered an injury.
"We were kind of going between an 8-iron and a 9-iron, me and my assistant coach, and we ended up going with 8-iron, trying to cut it up a bit," Boote said. "It went in the hole, so I was a bit surprised. I just had three bogeys in a row, so it was nice to bounce back."
Three of Boote's Stanford teammates stand among the top four players on the scoreboard. Junior Patrick Rodgers, the fourth-ranked player in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR), joins SMU sophomore Bryson Dechambeau atop the standings after Rodgers' even-par round of 72 kept him at 4-under for the tournament.
Senior Cameron Wilson, rated the third-best player in NCAA Division I competition in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, also shot even-par, remaining one stroke back of the leaders at 3-under. Freshman Jim Liu was one of three players to shoot a day-best, 3-under 69, equalling Wilson at 3-under overall. Boote is tied for eighth at 1-under after shooting even-par today.
Marquette junior Brandon Cloete, despite not being on the eligible roster for team scoring, had an impressive day golfing as an individual, scoring a 1-over 73 to finish tied for 14th after an even-par round yesterday. Fellow Marquette non-roster competitor Zach Gaugert couldn't continue his success after being among the leaders on the first day, shooting an 11-over 83 to land at 7-over for the tournament.
Among golfers eligible to count towards Marquette's team total, freshman Henry Klongland had the best score Monday with a 1-over 73. Sophomores C.J. Swift, Pat Sanchez and Nick Nelson carded a 76, 77 and 79, respectively, while senior Corey Konieczki shot a second-round 80. Scoring on the whole was up from the opening round as gusty west winds wreaked havoc with players.
Northwestern freshman Matt Fitzpatrick, reigning U.S. Amateur champion and the top-ranked golfer in the WAGR, was even-par for the day and is still 1-under overall, placing him in a tie for eighth with Boote and UCLA junior Manav Shah. Fellow Wildcat Jack Perry, a senior, scored a 69 and finished at 1-over for the tournament, matching Liu and SMU sophomore Ryan Burgess for the best score of the round. St. John's Ryan McCormick, SMU's Harry Higgs and Oregon State's David Fink are all tied for fifth, two back of the leaders.
Tomorrow's third and final round will have players starting at both the first and 10th tees, with the first groups teeing off at 8:30 a.m. CDT. Organizers anticipate ideal conditions, with sunshine and a high of 70 degrees in the forecast. Spectators are welcome and admission is free.