Stanford Claims Titles at Erin Hills Intercollegiate
Oct. 8, 2013
By Dan Pfeifer
ERIN, Wis. - California-like weather led to a great final day Tuesday for a pair of Golden State teams at the Erin Hills Intercollegiate, hosted by Marquette University.
With clear skies and unseasonably warm temperatures as the setting, No. 8 Stanford captured the team title, finishing with a 13-under-par 851 for the three-round tournament. The wire-to-wire win is the first this fall for the Cardinal.
Stanford was led by the individual tournament champion, junior Patrick Rodgers, who shot a 3-under-par 69 to finish with a 7-under, 209 tournament total. The win was the sixth in the already-accomplished collegiate career of Rodgers, whose per-round scoring average entering the fall was 70.77, the best in school history and slightly better than Tiger Woods' 71.1 average from 1994-96 at Stanford. Rodgers came into the tournament as the fourth-ranked player in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR)
While Stanford won the event, No. 3 UCLA mounted a final-day assault on the course record book. Sophomore Jonathan Garrick broke the Erin Hills course record, carding eight birdies on his way to a 7-under 65. The previous record, 66, was set by Ben Geyer and Mike Ignasiak at the 2011 U.S. Amateur Championship.
Bruins teammate Lorens Chan also set a course record by playing the back nine in 30 strokes. Birdies on 10, 11, 12 and 16 were only outshined by Chan's eagle on the par-4 15th, which played a short 290 yards today, allowing the sophomore to drive the green and one-putt. Garrick finished in a four-way tie for sixth at 2-under for the tournament while Chan tied for third at three-under overall.
UCLA went 9-under as a team today to finish in second place, eight strokes behind their Pac-12 rivals but four strokes ahead of third-place No. 22 SMU. St. John's senior Ryan McCormick finished second, four back of Rodgers at 4-under. SMU senior Harry Higgs and sophomore Bryson Deschambeau joined Chan in third place.
Marquette finished eighth in the 14-school event with a 22-over-par team score. The hosts were paced by sophomore Pat Sanchez, whose even-par round of 72 on the final day placed him in a tie for 33rd at 7-over for the tournament. Despite not being among the golfers chosen to make up Marquette's team score, junior Brandon Cloete played as an individual and also finished at 7-over. Freshman Henry Klongland finished 8-over, sophomore C.J. Swift 10-over, senior Corey Konieczki 11-over and sophomore Nick Nelson 13-over. Zach Gaugert's first-round 68 was the best single-round score of any Marquette player in the tournament and earned him a tie for the lead after the first day, but the sophomore finished 13-over while also playing as an individual.
The next competition for Marquette Golf will be in four weeks when the team travels to the Wendy's Kiawah Classic, Nov. 3-5 in Kiawah Island, S.C.