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 MontrĂȘux 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 MontrĂȘux 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 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 Photo by Jeff Vendsell for the Marin Independent Journal