Stanford teammates Brandon Wu and David Snyder tied for the individual title, with Wu winning in a playoff, leading the host Cardinal to an 18-stroke victory over fifth-ranked USC in The Goodwin at Stanford Golf Course http://www.stanfordgolfcourse.com.
In claiming its first team title since 2017, Stanford posted a score of 279-279-274—832, 8-under-par, while USC was second at 286-279-285—850, followed by Oklahoma at 288-280-286—854, California at 286-280-289—855 and Washington at 278-291-288—857.
“I really believe in this team and I’ve been saying it a lot,” Stanford Coach Conrad Ray said. “Sometimes that’s the hardest part, because you have to convince these guys they can play. Hopefully, we can ride the momentum.”
UNLV was sixth at 292-286-282—860, followed by Pepperdine at 293-290-280—863 and Santa Clara at 287-293-284—864.
BYU totaled 295-282-290—867 to tie for ninth with Northwestern, which finished at 288-293-286—867, Nevada, which wound up at 304-280-283—867, and Oregon, which came in at 287-290-290—867.
San Jose State was 13th at 291-288-289—868, San Francisco was 17th at 288-292-296—876, the Stanford B team was 19th at 297-292-291—880, St. Mary’s tied for 21st at 296-293-292—881, UC Davis was 25th at 295-308-299—902, and University of San Diego was 27th at 310-302-297—909.
Snyder sank a 40-foot birdie putt on the final hole to force the playoff with Wu, who claimed his first college title by winning the first extra hole.
“He’s notoriously the best putter on the team,” said Wu, a senior from Scarsdale, N.Y., who was playing in the final home event of his Stanford career. “We all had a feeling this could sneak in. Phenomenal putt, dead-center.
“It’s so special (to win). We only get to play at home once a year, so it’s an awesome experience. Beyond that, it was cool to see all your teammates and Stanford family come out to watch and support you.”
Wu finished at 70-69-67—206, 4-under, while Snyder, a junior from McAllen, Texas, wound up at 67-71-68—206.
In his two previous tournaments, Wu finished third at the Southern Highlands Collegiate and was second at The Prestige, before becoming the first Stanford individual winner since Maverick McNealy in 2015.
“To have a guy have so many close calls and a great career at Stanford over the course of four years, and play in almost every tournament and have his first win come in The Goodwin in the 50th is a pretty special deal,” Ray said. “He’ll remember that the rest of his life and we will, too.”
Collin Morikawa of Cal shot 69-68-71—208 to tie for third with Peter Kuest of BYU, who finished at 68-70-70—208, and Kaito Onishi of USC, who totaled 69-66-73—208.
Isaiah Salinda of Stanford was sixth at 70-71-68—209, while Quade Cummins of Oklahoma finished at 70-73-67—210 to tie for seventh with Juan Jose Guerra of Nova Southeastern, who came in at 77-64-69—210.
Daniel O’Loughlin of Colorado carded a score of 67-74-70—211 to tie for ninth with David Rauch of UNLV, who wound up at 71-71-69—211, Sam Harned of Nevada, who totaled 71-67-73—211, and Brad Reeves of Arizona, who finished at 73-71-67—211.
Matthew McCarty of Santa Clara shot 71-72-70—213 to wind up in a tie for 14th that included his Bronco teammate Derek Ackerman, who finished at 67-74-72—213, while Bryce Wortman of San Jose State totaled 70-71-73—214 to wind up in a tie for 19th that included Joe Highsmith of Pepperdine, who shot 74-72-68—214.
Blake Hathcoat of St. Mary’s shot 74-70-71—215 to finish in a tie for 29th that included Alex Chin of San Francisco, who wound up at 74-75-66—215, while Thomas Hutchison led UC Davis in a tie for 60th at 75-74-71—220 and Evan Kawai of San Diego tied for 75th at 76-72-75—223.
Rounding out the scoring for team champion Stanford were Nate Menon in a tie for 29th at 70-72-73—215 and Henry Shimp in a tie for 45th at 72-68-78—218.
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