Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Grube & Miller to play in the AT & T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Recent Stanford graduates Rob Grube ('08) and Zack Miller ('07) have been invited to play in the 2008 AT & T Pebble Beach Pro-Am as was announced by the Monterey Peninsula Foundation.

Adding a local flavor to the event, Grube is a graduate of Monterey's Stevenson School and was a 4-time All-American at Stanford as well as being named Pac 10 Player of the Year. In 2007, he led the Cardinal to the National Championship while finishing third individually. In 2008, the Illinois native captained Stanford to a second place finish, losing only to UCLA by a stroke.

Miller was a two-time All-American at Stanford and captain of the 2007 national championship team. Zack has been playing professionally in Asia as well as on mini-tours in the US. For Zack after a frustrating up and down year the invitation was like a wonderful Christmas present. He is quoted in an article in the Marin Independent Journal that "It is really the pinnacle of a golfer's career: To have status on the PGA Tour, the best tour you can be on if you're a golfer," Miller said. "Just having a week out there knowing that you started this game when you were seven and it's come all this way. It's going to be amazing being able to put forth your best effort and look at the scoreboard and see your name against some of the guys you have been following on TV for so long."

The 2009 tournament is slated for Feb.9-15 at Spyglass Hill, Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Final round 67 for Notay Begay III earns him a PGA tour card while Alex Aragon will have non-exempt status on Nationwide Tour

Two Stanford graduates, Notah Begay III ('95), 4-time tour winner, and Alex Aragon ('01)competed in the PGA Tour's final stage of qualifying at PGA West in La Quinta, California.

Begay fired a 5-under 67 (the low round on the tougher PGA West Stadium course) to tie for 11th and earn his PGA Tour card once again. Showing a flare for the dramatic, Notah birdied 3 of his last 4 holes to move 2 shots under the cut line. His last two rounds of 63-67 (14-under par) were the best in the field of 163 players. Alex Aragon shot a final round 71 to tie for 87th place, leaving him with non-exempt status on the Nationwide Tour. PGA Tour story on Begay's qualifying tournament.

Final results can be found here.

Notah's brilliant 63 in the next to last round (see Golf Week article) jumped him into contention as he is tied for 21st after rounds of 72-70-69-71-63 (-15). Begay plays on the tougher PGA West Stadium course in the final round and will likely need to shoot 69 or lower to gain one of the 25 exempt PGA tour spots.

Alex faces a much tougher challenge to make the low 25 but is in the hunt for an exempt spot on the Nationwide Tour earned by the next 50 qualifiers. Aragon sits tied for 89th at 8-under par after rounds of 71-67-74-72-68. He will likely need a 68 or better to make the Nationwide Tour or a 62 to make the PGA Tour in his final round.

A field of 163 players are competing for 25 exempt spots on the 2009 PGA Tour, with the next 50 players receiving full exempt membership on the Nationwide Tour. The remaining players will have conditional status on the Nationwide Tour. Begay is one of field's 20 players who have won a total of 48 events on the PGA Tour.

The final stage is held over 6 days and 108 holes and is considered the most grueling test in golf.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Aragon & Begay qualify for the PGA Tour's Final Stage

Notah Begay ('95) and Alex Aragon ('01) both move on to the final stage of the PGA Tour's qualifying school. Tour veteran Notah fired a blazing 65 last round that included an eagle and five birdies (he finished with birdies on 17 & 18) to finish tied for 8th at the PGA's 2nd stage qualifier in Lantana, Texas while Alex finishes tied for 3rd after a final round 69 at Beaumont, CA.

Notah , seemingly had little chance after three rounds which left him 6 shots off the cut line. But his tournament low 65 leapfrogged more than 30 players and allowed him to continue his quest to return to the PGA tour after rounds of 71-77-74-65. Notah has had a long injury plaqued battle to retain the greatness that was once his as a top 10 player and multiple winner in the golf world. Here's the full leaderboard for the Lantana qualifier.

Aragon had rounds of 65-69-74-69. He led after both the first two rounds and continued his steady play to easily move on to the final stage of qualifying for the first time in his career. A total of 19 players from his field moved on to the final stage qualifier. Here's the full leaderboard for the Beaumont qualifier.

Joel Kribel ('99) missed the qualifying cut by 3 strokes in an earlier second stage qualifier at Kingwood, TX after rounds of 75-72-69-71. Here are complete results from the Kingwood qualifier.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Philip Rowe ('02) updates on his pro career in Europe

Editor's Note - Philip Rowe was an All-American in 2002 and has played in Europe professionally since leaving Stanford.

Special effects: The Biomechanics Laboratory at C.R.E.P.S. near Poitiers collects data upon my swing movements.

In the last update the news was of a near victory in Normandy and two tournaments later in at the Open Mirabelle d’Or it was a very similar story. In the club house at 17 under the par I could only wait and see how the others finished: A Frenchman finished with two birdies to earn a spot in the playoff and a Belgian also duly birdied the last to make it a three-way. Although I had the closest eagle putt of 6 feet it was the Frenchman who took away victory with his eagle putt from 40 feet!

More solid results were to follow at Stade Français (5th place) where I had the opportunity of playing with Jean-Francois Remesy (two time French Open winner) in the 3rd round, and, a sweet final round of 66 hurtled me up the field at Padova (7th place). Since then, numbers in the 60s have been somewhat illusive. Final rankings on the Alps and AGF-Allianz golf tours were 14th and 5th respectively.

On several occasions this season I put myself in position to win tournaments. Even including a less glorious round or two, my 2008 stroke average remains –0.5 (a personal best season in those terms). There was a really hot stretch where I shot a cumulative of 56 under the par for 23 consecutive tournament rounds. With such a level of performance, top finishes and wins are inevitable! Consult the “Stats Attached” section below to see more detail about my performance this season.

Two wonderful pieces of news arrived this week. Firstly, thanks to my AGF-Allianz Golf Tour final ranking, I have earned an invitation to play the Mauritius Open (12-14th December) and an occasion to compete amongst regular European Tour players there. Then, I also received an invitation to play a limited field event in La Reunion the week before Mauritius at the venue where I previously won in 2006. All in all my trip to the Indian Ocean from 1st - 16th December. I have no doubt that this will be a fantastic adventure both on and off the course and I can’t wait!

Before then I have two coaching courses that I will take: PGA Coaching Level 1 (Birmingham, 17-18th November) and “The Mind Factor” coaching diploma with Dr Karl Morris (Manchester, 22-25th November). The coaching qualifications will consolidate my expertise and activity within golf. They will also help me develop skills to progress certain projects that I look to intensify over the wintertime.

During the early part of this winter training period, I continue to undergo a thorough series of assessments that reflect multiple elements of performance in sporting activities and golf specifically. DreamGolf is a new company that has been set up locally to where I live in Poitiers and I hope to support and use it’s impressive structure of expertise. Various professionals are collecting data to measure particular components of my performance profile. Upon that data I will look to build a training programme in order to expand my personal capacities and increase the likelihood of a breakthrough next season.

Philip Rowe ('02) - Nov 2008 update.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Aragon and Kribel advance at PGA Tour's Q-school, Grube, Seki and Miller do not

First stage of qualifying for the PGA Tour is completed and two Cardinal golfers, Joel Kribel ('99) and Alex Aragon ('01) are moving on. Three others, Rob Grube, Jim Seki and Zack Miller failed to qualify.

Three Stanford alums, Rob Grube ('08), Zack Miller ('07), and Jim Seki ('02) competed in the first stage of PGA Tour qualifying at San Juan Oaks CC in Hollister, California. A fourth alum, Alex Aragon ('01) played in Southern California at Carlton Oaks CC in Santee, California. These are two of the 12 first stage qualifying sites being held around the country. Joel Kribel (previous post) has easily qualified earlier and moved onto the 2nd stage of qualifying.

In the four rounds Seki shot 69-71-70-75 (3-under and tied for 45th), Grube 69-72-72-71 (4-under and tied for 39th) and Miller shot 70-74-69-75 (even par and tied for 56th). It took a 7-under par score to make the low 24 and ties and move on to the 2nd stage of qualifying. Full results from San Juan Oaks can be found at: http://pgatq.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/pgatq8/event/pgatq816/contest/1/leaderboard.htm.

In his four rounds, Aragon shot 72-72-72-72 to finish tied for 11th in the Calton Oaks field with low 23 and ties qualifying for stage 2. Full results from the Calton Oaks qualifier can be found here: http://pgatq.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/pgatq8/event/pgatq814/contest/1/leaderboard.htm.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Joel Kribel is on to 2nd stage of PGA Tour's Q School

Joel Kribel ('99) finished 2nd in the first stage of the PGA Tour's qualifying school at the Beaumont, California, site. Joel had rounds of 72-76-70-67 to easily qualify in his quest to regain PGA Tour status. Here is the full leaderboard for this qualifying site.

Joel, one of Stanford's all-time greats, is one of only two Stanford golfers to earn 4-time All-American honors while on the Farm, the other being recent graduate Rob Grube.

At least five other Stanford golfers are also entered in first stage Q-School events. Jim Seki, Alex Aragon, Rob Grube and Zack Miller will all be competing at San Juan Oaks in Hollister, CA, starting Oct 29th. We will be following their progress as the qualifying school process continues.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Rob Grube continues to find success as a touring professional

Rob Grube ('08 grad & 4-time All-American) continues to find success a a touring professional, most recently on the Nationwide Tour.

In the Utah Championship held last week, after going thru grueling Monday qualifying (typically about 10-12 spots against a field of 150-250 players) shooting a 66, Rob finished tied for 14th winning almost $10,000. Rob had rounds of 70-68-63-69 finishing 14-under par. Here is the final leaderboard for the Utah Championship.

By finishing in the top 25 he automatically qualified for this week's Nationwide Tour event, the Boise Open, held at the Hillcrest Country Club. He opened play with a 2-under 69 that puts him tied for 37th but then struggled in his 2nd round with a 76 to miss the cut. Here is the full leaderboard for the Boise Open.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Art Schroeder Passes Away at age 77

Stanford 1953 national championship team - Top Left: Bob Blackburn, Grant Spaeth, Art Schroeder, Warren Dailey, Fred Brown, Coach Bud Finger, Stewart Ledbetter.

Art Schroeder, captain of the 1953 Stanford national championship team, passed away recently. Art was one of only a handful of Stanford golfers who won the individual conference championship as he did in 1953. Some of his Stanford golf friends shared their memories of Art.

"Art was a true friend and golf companion. We had many rounds together and I always marvelled at his putting and chipping. Because I was not very good around the greens, he tried to help me--out of pity. He told me to chip and putt without using my hands, but I apparently was too old to change. As a result money flowed from my pocket to his quite often.

He and Adie have been good friends to me and I enjoyed many pleasant meals with them. During his last days I saw Art several times and realized that he had gone through a lot of pain and suffering. He will be missed." Tom Connelly.

"We’ve lost a great guy and passionate golfer/competitor …two qualities that are a rare combination. My heart goes out to his wife and children/grandchildren. I know he loved them very much". Bill Krepick.

"I, too, am saddened by Art's loss. I feel fortunate to have played lots of golf with him over the years. It was always a pleasure to enjoy his company." Rich Strock.

"What a sad event....Art was such a special fellow. I certainly enjoyed his company. He will be missed very much by the Stanford golf community. With Wonderful memories of Art." Don Knott.

"Art was far and away the best short game player I ever encountered, and one of the real gentlemen of our game. I'll miss him." Dave Glen.

"Very sorry to hear the bad news. Art was a great guy and a die hard Stanford Golfer!" Coach Conrad Ray.

"I've known Art for only a couple of years---but it was great to be able to play golf with such a good guy. I imagine he is one of the few guys I knew who shot his age or close to it. My prayers go out to him, his family and friends. It will be an honor to attend his memorial service." Bill Arrillaga.

"Art was a great friend and often under-estimated golfer. With an outstanding pedigree--Pac Ten champ, member NCAA team champ--Art rarely missed a fairway and had an adept touch around the greens. Even in his last years, he could post a tournament round in the low seventies that revealed the depth of his ability.

Art was an intense competitor who knew the value of a dollar. He was not afraid to let you know, as his partner, that your contributions impacted his bottom line. I will not soon forget the match we played as teammates some years ago, when each of us was playing poorly. During the round, I missed 4 or 5 putts of less than 5 feet (which was hardly out of the ordinary for me), putting us down to our opponents by several holes. We came to the 18th hole with presses on the line and a chance to pull even, or close to it. Fittingly, my 3rd shot left me about 3 1/2 feet from the hole. A par would mean a win. Now, given my past performance during the round, the chances of my sinking this putt were less than negligible. I stroked the putt, didn't even scare the hole, and off to the side, Art groaned loud enough for all to hear, "Oh my God."

But my favorite memories of Art were on the practice putting green and 19th hole practice area. Art was nearly as fanatical as me in practicing the short game. Art unfailingly complimented me as a superior short-game artist, despite all on-course evidence to the contrary. We compared notes, theories, and recent results--always in good humor, comrades on a mission, all in the spirit of the joy of being on the green doing what we love.

I will miss him a lot." Steve Peters.

"I played about 6 or 8 rounds of golf with Art over the past 10 years. I always found him to be a pleasure to be around as he had a very kind manner, was very friendly to all and played at a high level. Although he was quite competitive and focused when he played, he also had a very open and warm side to him. I always asked him about his early playing days when he was one of the top college players around.

He never cared to dwell on the past, not wanting to brag about his golf, but it was clear that this period was very rewarding and fun for him. I asked him about the best players he played with and he mentioned Ken Venturi who he played junior golf with in SF. Art was always in the present as he worked to constantly hone his skills.

In the past 4 years I saw him most often at the driving range, always on the far side working away on his rhythmic, loose and long swing. He was frustrated that he had lost so much distance and worked tirelessly to try to get back a few extra yards. We discussed more than once ways that he might hit it farther and I remember talking him into changing drivers to the larger, lighter style of today. He would kid me later that I cost him money but that the new driver didn't add any distance.

I always came away from our interactions feeling good about Art and appreciating the man. He always had kind words for me and my game. I miss seeing him and playing with him and also wish I had sat down with him for an interview about his great golfing past so that it could be preserved with the great history that is Stanford men's golf." Bob Stevens.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family that shares the following:

Arthur H. Schroeder Jr Passed away August 25, 2008 in Palo Alto, CA, surrounded by his family.

He was born August 11, 1931 to Rose and Arthur Schroeder in San Francisco CA. He attended Abraham Lincoln High School and Stanford University where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity and captain of the 1953 men's golf team NCAA champions.

In 1954 he married Adrienne Faber while serving in the U.S. army. Upon completion of his military service he worked with his father at AH Schroeder Co. in the fur industry. Art was an avid golfer at Stanford Golf Course and was club champion and senior champion. His love and support of Stanford continued throughout his life.

Art is survived by his wife Adrienne; and his children Judi Schroeder of Mooresville NC, Ken Schroeder of Boulder Creek, CA, Kurt Schroeder of McKinleyville, CA, Craig Schroeder of San Mateo, CA, and Karen Schlenker of Lafayette CA; and eight grandchildren.

Donations in memory of Art may be made to Stanford Men's Golf Team, Stanford University Department of Athletics, Stanford, CA 94305.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Jim Seki's and Rob Grube's recent professional results & Joel Kribel interview

Jim Seki ('02 All-American), had a solid tied for 7th finish at the recent Canadian Tour event Seaworth, Ontario. Jim shot rounds of 67-68-69-68 to finish 8-under and one shot out of 4th place and seven shots behind the winner. Here are complete results: http://www.cantour.com/leagues/cantour_leaderboard4.cfm?leagueID=11762&clientID=3776&link=Cantour

Rob Grube ('08) played a Hooters Tour event last week and finished tied for 23rd with rounds of 67-71. Here is the complete leaderboard.

Here's a video interview of Joel Kribel ('99 4-time All-American) before playing in a Nationwide Tour event in Livermore at Wente Vineyards. The interview was conducted in April.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Notah Begay hosts skins game with Singh, Cink, Weir & Villegas

Stanford grad Notah Begay III ('95) hosts the inaugural Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge is expected to draw about 2,000 fans to Turning Stone Resort’s Atunyote course on Tuesday to watch a skins game between some of the PGA Tour’s top players.

Begay, the golf ambassador for the Turning Stone Resort Championship, has arranged the charity event to raise money and awareness for his Native American causes.

In addition to Begay, the field will feature two of the top-10 players in golf’s world rankings, Vijay Singh (5) and Stewart Cink (8), plus two more in the top 50, Mike Weir (38) and Camilo Villegas (42).

Here's a complete news release about the event: http://www.notah.com/press-room/in-the-news/206.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Rob Grube ties for 14th on the PGA Tour at the Reno-Tahoe Open

Recent graduate Rob Grube ('08), a 4-time All-American, completed play at his first PGA Tour event with a final round 68 to tie for 14th at the Reno-Tahoe Open played at the Montreux Golf & Country Club in Reno, Nevada. His 7-under 281 total earned Rob $48,000 in the event where he received a sponsor's exemption.

Here's the complete leaderboard for the tournament.

After beginning the tournament with a solid 2-under 70, Rob was struggling on his second round as he was 4-over for his round through 15 holes, 2 strokes above the cut line of even par. Grube made clutch birdies on the tough 16th and par five 17th holes, however, to finish his round of 74 barely making the cut line.

On the weekend, he shot rounds of 69 and a final round of 68 to finish strong, as he shot the lowest weekend total in the field (tied with one other player).

Notah Begay III ('95), former Stanford all-time great, who won the inaugural Reno-Tahoe event 10 years ago, finished tied for 53rd at even par 288 after shooting a final round 75. Here's a good article about Notah from the Reno Gazette-Journal after his third round of 70. The photograph from the Reno Gazette-Journal is taken by Tim Dunn/RGJ.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Rob Grube finishes 5th at Canadian Tour Player's Cup

Rob Grube, 4-time All-American at Stanford, had his second consecutive solid Canadian Tour finish as he tied for 5th, 3 shots back, with rounds of 69-65-71-68. The tournament was held in Winnepeg - here is the event summary.

Stanford graduate Jim Seki also competed in the event as he tied for 52nd place with rounds of 70-70-74-74.

Complete Results for Canadian Tour Player's Cup

Monday, July 21, 2008

Rob Grube to play in 1st PGA Tour Event: the Reno-Tahoe Open July 28-Aug 3

Press Release issued by Reno-Tahoe Open


Four-Time All-American Granted Sponsor’s Exemption for July 28-Aug. 3 Event

RENO, Nev. (July 19, 2008) – Rob Grube, who led Stanford University to the 2007 NCAA golf championship, was granted a sponsor’s exemption into the 2008 Legends at Sparks Marina Reno-Tahoe Open, Tournament Director Michael Stearns said today.

Grube received the first exemption into the July 28-Aug. 3 PGA TOUR event at the stunning Montrêux Golf & Country Club. Other exemptions will be announced in the coming days.

"Rob’s talent on the golf course is equaled by his class and demeanor off the course," Tournament Director Michael Stearns said. "He is an accomplished golfer, with an NCAA championship and numerous individual titles and awards, and he’s someone you’re going to be seeing quite a bit over the next few years. We’re proud to have him competing in our tournament because he represents everything good about the game of golf. Coach (Conrad) Ray is getting the word out for all Stanford University alumni to come out and support Rob in his first PGA TOUR start."

Grube join major champions in the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open field: Bob Tway (1987 PGA Championship) and Mark Brooks (1996 PGA Championship) along with LRTO past Champions Notah Begay III, Will Mackenzie, UNR fan favorite Kirk Triplett and Las Vegas resident Chris Riley.

"I am so excited to compete in the Legends Reno Tahoe Open,” Grube said. “With this being my first PGA Tour event, it’s almost like a home match for me as it is just up the road from the Bay Area. I have watched the tournament on television in the past and can see that Montrêux is a gorgeous and challenging course. To compete against some of best players on the greatest Tour in the world is a dream come true for me.”

Grube is the latest in the line of accomplished Stanford golfers, a line that began with standout amateur Charles Seaver (the father of baseball Hall-of-Famer Tom Seaver) and Lawson Little, continued through Bob Rosberg and Tom Watson and culminated with Tiger Woods, who arrived in 1995. The year before Woods arrived on the Farm, inaugural LRTO Champion Begay, Casey Martin and current Stanford Coach Conrad Ray carried Stanford to the NCAA championship.

"Rob will go down in the history books as one as Stanford's all time greats,” Ray said. “He was the catalyst for the turn around of our program the last few years and was a true pleasure to coach. His work ethic and approach to the game will set our team standards for years to come."

Grube’s standards were lofty, to say the least. Even with those accomplished alums behind him, Grube was only Stanford’s second four-time, All-American. He was also a two-time Academic All-American (2007-08) and was a finalist for the Byron Nelson Award this spring, which is presented to a graduating senior with an outstanding academic and athletic career throughout college.

Grube turned pro after graduating this spring. He wasted little time establishing himself, finishing fourth in his first professional tournament – the Canadian Tour’s Saskatchewan Open – where he opened with rounds of 63-66.

This spring, Grube captained Stanford to a runner-up finish in defense of the 2007 NCAA title the Cardinal won. As a senior, Grube finished third in both the NCAA Western Region and the Pac-10 Championships.

The year before, Grube was the centerpiece of Stanford’s first national championship since 1994. Grube finished third at the NCAA’s, won two collegiate tournaments, had a stroke average below par and 22 of his 41 rounds were par or better.

As a sophomore in 2006, Grube was the Pac-10 Player of the Year. He won two of his five collegiate tournaments, finished with a stroke average below par and won the Illinois State Amateur. And as a freshman, Grube won the NCAA Western Region and finished fifth at the NCAA Championships.

The 23-year-old Grube is a native of Illinois.

For more information on this year’s Legends at Sparks Marina Reno-Tahoe Open, including ticket sales, volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.LegendsRenoTahoeOpen.com or contact the tournament office at 775-322-3900.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Rob Grube finishes 4th in his professional debut on Canadian Tour

Rob Grube tied for 4th in his first professional tournament, the Saskatchawan Open, on the Canadian Tour. In second place, three shots behind, headed into the final round, Rob shot a 1-under 71 to finish three shots out of the lead at the end. He shots rounds of 63-68-72-71 --- here you will find the final results.

Also competing in the tournament was 2002 graduate Jim Seki who finished tied for 37th with rounds of 70-66-75-70

Friday, July 4, 2008

Grube in 2nd after three rounds in his pro debut on Canada Tour

Here are quotes from Rob Grube after his 3rd round 72 leaving him in 2nd place two shots out of the lead in his professional debut.

“I’m looking forward to tomorrow,” said Bradford. “I don’t know Rob Grube but I know he’s a heck of a player.

“It’s been a while since I’ve been in the last group of the day. I worked on a few things before coming onto the Canadian part of the Tour and it’s working well for me.”

Grube, like Bradford, had to fight the wind all day in an up and down round of 72.

“I got off to a good start with two birdies but then seemed to trade birdies and bogeys the rest of the day,” said Grube.

“I was still trying to make birdies out there and missed a few eight-footers so that got a little frustrating.

“I don’t have a number in mind for tomorrow,” revealed Grube.

“If the wind is like this on Sunday, even par on the round will be a good score. The wind made this course a lot more difficult today – well, except for George.”

Here are complete third day results.

Rob Grube, recent Stanford graduate and 4-time All-American, made his professional debut a memorable one firing a 9-under par 63 on the Canadian Tour. With a 2nd round 68 Rob is tied for the lead at 13 under par. The event, the Saskatchewan Open is being held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Jim Seki from the class of 2002 is also in the field shooting an even par 70 in his first round. A second round 66 moves Jim into a tie for 16th at 6-under par.

Rob reports that his summer pro golf plans are still evolving but this encouraging start to his pro career can only help create opportunities.

Complete results from the first round can be found at: see Canadian Tour First Round Results.

Seki had a solid tournament recently where he tied for 15th shooting rounds of 65-66-67-71 -- see full results. This was Jim's second solid tournament in a row on the Canadian Tour.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Zack Miller rededicating himself for a shot at PGA Tour

Dave Albee
Marin Independent Journal, June 1, 2008

The PGA Tour is where Zack Miller of San Rafael wants to be and he's extremely anxious to go anywhere and do anything to play on it. Even, figuratively speaking, surrendering a body part.

Miller has a will to win and a portable GPS unit to guide him there.

The former Branson and Stanford star has gone though PGA Qualifying School in California and Texas, competed in the Gateway Tour in Arizona and Florida and this month will attempt to play on the Nationwide Tour in Missouri, Ohio, Nebraska and possibly Kansas before joining the Korean Tour overseas in August. The 23-year-old golfer's goal is to make the PGA Tour as soon as humanly possible with a new attitude and awakening.

For the complete article go to http://origin.marinij.com/sports/ci_9757090. Photo by Jeff Vendsell for the Marin Independent Journal

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Jim Seki '02 Finishes T14th in Canadian Tour Event

Jim Seki, from the class of 2002, finishes T14th (shooting 75-67-71-70) in the Greater Vancouver Charity Classic. A former Pac-10 conference champion, Seki has been playing on several tours since graduating. This year's he's been competing on the Canadian golf tour -- http://www.cantour.com and in previous year's he's competed on the Japan Challenge Tour and several California mini-tours.

Jim recently writes "I'm playing on the Canadian Tour & the Japan Challenge Tours. I love Canada and the cities we go to. Japan has been a great and new experience. Everything is different--culture, golf, getting around. These experiences are making me a more well-rounded person as well as golfer. I've been fortunate to be to places like Hong Kong, Thailand, and Japan."

A highlight was his winning the 2005 Northern California Classic, a Canadian Tour event. A few facts about Jim Seki can be found below:

Current Tour memberships: Canadian, Asian, Japan Challenge, Pepsi
Achievements: 2005 Northern California Classic champion, 2003 Pepsi Tour Tournament of Champions champion, 2002 Pac-10 Conference Individual Champion
Academics: Punahou High School '99, Stanford University (BA Economics '03)
Family: Parents James & Audrey, sister Jenna (Stanford '07), brother Scott (Stanford '10)

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Phil Rowe (2002 All-American) updates on his touring pro activities

Phil Rowe (2002 All-American now a pro on European Tours) gives a recent update:

First of all, I wish you the very best of everything for Pac 10s and your run up to the NCAA title.

Here are some details of what I do now:

Residence: Poitiers, France living with fiance Claire (to be married 16/8/08!)
Attached Golf Courses: Trevose Golf & Country Club (England), Golf du Haut-Poitou (France).
Tours: Alps Tour (www.alpstourgolf.com), Challenge Tour (www.europeantour.com) and occasionally Europro Tour (www.europrotour.com). For these events I travel all over Europe with a focus on tournaments in Britain and in France.
Order of Merit standings: 2005 - 23rd on Europro Tour, 2006 - 10th on Europro Tour, 2007 - 8th on Alps Tour
Tournament victories: 2006 - Open de Pays Basque (France), Towergate Insurance Championship (England), Open de la Reunion (French Island in Indian Ocean)
Tournament low round: 64 in Open de la Reunion round 3 (course record)
Coaches: mental game - Dr Karl Morris (www.golf-brain.com), swing - Tony Moore (coach since 12 years of age!), putting - Dr Paul Hurrion (www.quintic.com)
Ambition: to gain European Tour status and compete for major golf championships (The Claret Jug!!!)

Great idea to include this on your site... I would be delighted to hear from anyone affiliated to Stanford Golf should they make a visit to Europe!

NOTE: a detailed May update can be found in Phil Rowe's bio on the expanded Stanford men's golf team website --- http://stanfordmensgolf.com/alumni_list_public.htm

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Notah Begay on Tiger's US Open Win

Michael Fornabaio, Connecticutt Post Online

Notah Begay III walked quickly up the hill from the 18th green Monday at the TPC at River Highlands. He was done with his practice round and had one thing on his mind.

"I want to watch the tournament," he told reporters. He quickly perched himself in the players' dining room and watched the end of the U.S. Open playoff, with some nerves and some body english and some smiles, as his old buddy Tiger Woods did what Tiger Woods usually does.

"My wife was giving me updates all day" by text message, Begay said after his Stanford teammate won out in San Diego, Calif., about 3,000 miles away. "She was on the computer. She kept telling me what was going on."

He grabbed a seat with a good view of the television as Woods and Rocco Mediate — who withdrew from the Travelers Championship later in the afternoon — came up the 17th fairway. So, he saw two complete holes, including Woods' victory on the 19th; he planned a Monday-night call to congratulate the champion.

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Christian Cevaer gives an update on his European Tour career

Editor's Note about Christian great career: Letter winner 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992. Honorable mention All-American 1990, 3rd team All-American 1992. 1st team all conference 1989 & 1990. Individual conference champion in 1989 & 1992. Member of European PGA Tour. christian-cevaer.com. | Wikipedia biography.

Hello Cardinal,
First of all, congrats on another successful season. To almost defend the NCAA title and finish second is an amazing accomplishment for all of you guys.

Second of all, I am on a 2 weeks break from Tour so here's a wrap up of my professional play for your website (thx for including the link of my website. For a little french practice ?!!) :

After graduation, I couldn't turn pro right away as I had to do my french military service but did it within a national athletes' section so ended up golfing most of the time for the french golf federation.
I turned pro in september 1993 and won my first pro tournament on an invitation, the 1993 French Professional Championship.

Played first season on European Challenge Tour (secondary tour like Nationwide tour) in 1994.
Got my card for European PGA Tour 1995 season by finishing 2nd at Tour School.
Nice rookie season finishing 72nd on order of merit.

Lost card in 97 but gained it back on Challenge Tour winning the Finish Open (Finland, which got me an invitation to play in the Gene Sarazen World Open in Atlanta the following year).

Went for swing improvements for more distance in 98/99 winter which saw me struggle through an adjusment period, the 1999 season losing my card. But the dividends came in 2000 finishing 8th on final in order of merit, winning in the process the Finish Masters (yes I know ! again in Finland ! I should buy a house and retire there !).

Other than missing the 2002 season due to the bright idea of trying snow boarding thereby breaking my right elbow, I have been solid on our Tour since 2001. My best year so far has been 2004 winning the Spanish Open (like Seve Ballesteros, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo and others), finishing 5th at our year end Volvo Masters and 41st on final order of merit.
Played in the 2004 British Open at Royal Troon and 2007 US Open at Oakmont.

Best so far this year is a 7th place at the Qatar Masters. For total career results, click on "Palmares" on my french website www.christian-cevaer.com.

Met my lovely french wife Fabienne at the 1996 French Open, we married in 1999, have one son, Damien, born in oct. 2001. After having lived in France and my native country down the South Pacific, New Caledonia, we have been living in Switzerland near Geneva for the past 4 years. Nice view of the Mont Blanc !

Enjoyed hooking up again with Notah Begay III while he was over here on our Tour for a bit.
Also have been in touch (but haven't met him in person yet) with Phil Rowe.
Go cardinal !

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Tiger Woods -- "I'd do anything for that guy"

Neil Sagebiel

Another side of Tiger Woods at today’s U.S. Open media conference at Torrey Pines.

Q. Your friend Notah Begay is trying to make it back to the TOUR and is struggling with depression. He said you helped him a lot during that time. How did you help him and how did you see or what did you see in terms of his struggles?

TIGER WOODS: Well, Notah, he’s been hurt for such a long time. It’s been, what, six, eight years he’s been hurt. He hasn’t played pain-free until this year. So this is the first time he can actually hit a ball. Notah was in the top-10 driving distance when he first came out. He lost that ability to hit the ball that far.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Kent Winton, Stanford All American passes away

Kent Winton. Letter winner 1959, 1960, 1961. 2nd team All-American in 1961.
Born in Merced, CA, Kent went on to graduate with a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1961 and an MBA in 1963. He had a successful career in the IT industry. One of
Stanford's best golfers and arguably the best golfer in Merced history, Kent passed away April 25, 2008 -
see obituary in memorium.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Begay returns to Europe after long-term back injury

Reuters By Norman Dabell

SANTO DA SERRA, Madeira (Reuters) - American Notah Begay returns to Europe in the hope of resurrecting his career this week after nearly a year out of action with back problems.

The four-times U.S. PGA Tour winner has passed up a chance of playing the Nationwide Tour, America's second-rated tour, to fly to Europe to take up a one-year medical exemption.

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