Saturday, December 4, 2010

Miller and Bramlett in Hot Pursuit of Tour Card

With two rounds remaining Zack Miller (2007, pictured above) and Joseph Bramlett (2010, pictured below) are both in strong position to make the final push to earn their very first PGA Tour Cards. Miller is in 3rd place at 13 under par after turning in four impressive rounds of 70, 68, 67 and 68 at the Tour Qualifying School in Winter Garden, FL. Bramlett is in 21st place at 8 under par after carding rounds of 67, 73, 69 and 69 in his very first appearance. The top 25 plus ties earn their 2011 PGA Tour Cards so the next two rounds will be pressure packed for both Miller and Bramlett. You may follow their progress live by clicking here or tuning into the Golf Channel Sunday, 1pm - 4pm eastern and Monday 12:30pm - 4pm eastern. Go Cardinal!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Bramlett and Miller Advance to Final Stage

Joe Bramlett (2010, pictured above) and Zack Miller (2007, pitcured below) advanced to the final stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying School to be held December 1st - 6th at Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge in Orlando, Florida. Bramlett and Miller, who are former teammates and All-Americans from the 2007 National Champion Stanford team, finished tied for 4th and tied for 6th respectively at the Bayonet Golf Course in Seaside, CA. Bramlett carded rounds of 69, 65, 70 and 72 for a 12 under par total. Miller followed suit with rounds of 68, 67, 71 and 72 to finish at 10 under par two shots back of Bramlett.
Also competing was former teammate Dodge Kemmer (2009) who fired rounds of 69, 71, 71 and 75 for 2 under par total of 286 that left him just 5 shots behind the final qualifying spot at 7 under par. Unfortuntately, Alex Aragon (2000) also fell short of advancing to the final stage. Aragon finished tied for 46th at Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta, CA.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Cardinal Compete for Card in California

Joseph Bramlett (2010, upper left), Zack Miller (2007, upper right), Dodge Kemmer (2009, lower left) and Alex Aragon (2000, lower right) will continue their quest to earn a 2011 PGA Tour Card in the Second Stage of Tour Qualifying School November 17th through the 20th. Bramlett, Kemmer and Miller will compete at the Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Course in the Monterey neighboring town of Seaside, CA. Aragon is set to play at Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta, CA. The number of qualifying spots at each site have yet to be determined, but the top finishers will earn on spot in December's Final Qualifying Stage where finalists will compete for a 2011 PGA Tour Card or status on the 2011 Nationwide Tour. We encourage the Cardinal faithful in Northern California or Southern California to get out and support these fine players.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Kemmer Advances and Miller Completes Strong Rookie Season

Dodge Kemmer (2009) joined former teammate Joe Bramlett (2010) and fellow alum Alex Aragon (2000) as those to advance to the second stage of PGA Tour Qualifying School via first stage. Kemmer carded rounds of 74-71-70-70 good for a 3 under total and tied for 6th finish at Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, CA. The top 22 finishers advanced.

Zack Miller (2007) completed a successful rookie season on the Nationwide Tour this weekend at the Tour Championship in South Carolina. Even though Miller's 56th place finish on the money list fell short of a 2011 PGA Tour Card or exemption into the final stage of qualifying school, he earned an exemption into the second stage and is assured fully exempt status on the Nationwide Tour next year. Miller's total earnings on the Nationwide Tour in 2010 were $121,650.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Miller Makes Charge and Tour Qualifying School Update

Zack Miller (2007) fired a second round 69 to charge 23 spots up the leaderboard at the season ending Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina. Currently 55th on the money list, Miller will most likely need at least a third place or higher finish to jump inside the top 25 on the money list and secure his 2011 PGA Tour card. If not Miller will be exempt into the final stage of the PGA Tour qualifying school if inside the top 40 on the money list at weekend's end. Miller is assured an exemption into the second stage if he remains outside the top 40.

In other news, Joe Bramlett (2010) and Alex Aragon (2000) successfully made it through the first stage of qualifying school at Carlton Oaks in Santee, CA. Rob Grube (2008) finished outside the cut line at Carlton Oaks as did Joel Kribel (1999) at the Club at Irish Creek in North Carolina.

Dodge Kemmer (2009) is currently tied for 14th with two rounds remaining in the first stage event at Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, CA. The top 22 and ties will move onto the second stage.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Miller and the Money List

With two Nationwide Tour events remaining in 2010, there is a lot at stake for tour rookie Zack Miller (2007). Miller is currently 52nd on the money list heading into this week's
Winn Dixie Jacksonville Open in Ponte Vedra Beach. It will more than likely take two consecutive top 5 finishes for Miller to jump inside the top 25 and secure a 2011 PGA Tour Card. However, players who finish inside the top 40 are exempt into the finals of the PGA Tour Qualifying School. Players inside the top 60 are guaranteed a spot in the Nationwide Tour Championship and are fully exempt on the Nationwide Tour in 2011 if they do no qualify for the PGA Tour through qualifying school. Click on this link for the complete breakdown: Nationwide Money List: 25-40-60-100.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Joseph Bramlett ('10) receives sponsor's exemption to PGA Tour's Fry's Open Open Tournament Director Ian Knight announced today that Stanford graduate and Saratoga, Calif. resident, Joseph Bramlett, will receive the fifth sponsor exemption for the 2010 Open. Knight will hand out a total of eight sponsor exemptions for the tournament, scheduled to be played, October 11-17 at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif.
“Bramlett is certainly a promising local talent with a bright future ahead,” said Knight, “His achievements while at Stanford and his appearance as an amateur in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach certainly speak to his talent and character as a player. We look forward to watching him compete.”
Although the 22-year-old Bramlett missed the cut by five shots at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, he tied for 5th among the 12 amateurs in the field, and had an opportunity to play a practice round with fellow Stanford grad, Tiger Woods. Bramlett was a five-time U.S. Amateur qualifier, including 2002 at Oakland Hills where he was the youngest qualifier in the championship’s history at age 14. He was an All-American his freshman year at Stanford, when he helped lead the Cardinal to an NCAA title. Injuries to his wrist marred the remains of his career at Stanford, but he is now at 100 percent physically.  Read the complete press release about the tournament from the PGA Tour.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Miller Notches Top 15 Finish

Zack Miller (2007) finished tied for 11th after rounds of 68, 69, 69, 67 at the Nationwide Tour's Chattanooga Classic in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Miller's 15 under par performance garnered $10,600 in earnings increasing his season total on the tour to $115,850, good for the 46th position on the money list. With three events remaining Miller will most likely require either a victory or multiple top 5 finishes to climb inside the top 25 on the money list and earn a coveted 2011 PGA Tour card.

Miller makes his next start in Miami, Florida at the Miccosukee Championship that has a total purse of $600,000.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Miller Makes A Move

After a few slow weeks and a couple of missed cuts, Zack Miller (2007) regained form as the Nationwide Tour enters its most pivotal stretch. Miller strung together rounds of 67, 69, 65 and 69 at the Albertsons Boise Open for a 14 under total and a 13th place finish. A $14,500 check increased his 2010 earnings to $105,250 and allowed him to jump from 53rd place on the money list to 44th. The top 25 on the Nationwide Tour money list automatically earn 2011 PGA Tour cards. Miller has 6 events remaining to climb the 19 spots necessary to earn his first PGA Tour card. If he fails to do so his quest will continue at the Tour's grueling qualifying school.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Zack Miller Posts Solid Final Round on Nationwide Tour

The Nationwide Tour lit up the Champions Run golf course at the Cox Classic in Omaha, Nebraska. Zack Miller (2007) could not quite build the momentum necessary to get into serious contention after rounds of 68, 68 and 71. With a strong 6 under 65 on Sunday, Miller jumped 14 spots to finish in 41st place at 12 under, 11 shots behind winner Martin Piller.

With earnings this week of $3,060, Miller fell three spots on the money list from 45 to 48. He will look to resume his move up the money list at this coming week's Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open in Wichita, Kansas.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Strong Play from Rob Grube and Zack Miller

Rob Grube (2008) quickly took advantage of the invite into the PGA Tour's Canadian Open after opening with consecutive 4 under par rounds of 66 to jump within 2 shots of the lead. Although rounds of 72 and 71 on the weekend took him out of contention, Grube's 5 under total for the event was good for a 37th place finish, a $19,890 check and a plethora of experience to draw on in his budding professional career.

Zack Miller (2007) also turned in a strong finish this week on the Nationwide Tour. Miller's four round total of 280 (-4) garnered a 12th place finish and a $16,960 check at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational. Miller increased his 2010 earnings to $76,533 and improved his position on the money list from 50 to 45. At year's end the top 25 on the money list earn a 2011 PGA Tour Card.

Also competing this past week was Jordan Cox (2010). In his second event on the eGolf Professional Tour, Cox turned in a 50th place finish after a four round total of 284 (-4) in the Forest Oaks Classic.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Rob Grube in field at PGA Tour's RBC Canadian Open

Rob Grube (2008) qualified for the PGA Tour's RBC Canadian Open through his 2010 play on the Canadian Tour. He will join the likes of Canadian favorite and former Masters champion, Mike Weir. You may follow his progress on

Rob Grube currently sits 5th on the Canadian Tour's Order of Merit with $40,036 in earnings. In last week's The Players Cup, Grube battled back from an opening round 75 with rounds of 67, 66 and 68 for a 4th place finish at 9 under. Jim Seki (2003) finished at 2 under for the tournament good for 31st place.

In other alumni news, Zack Miller (2007) looks to bounce back from a missed cut in the Nationwide Tour's Chiquita Classic. Miller tees it up in the Nationwide Tour's Children Hospital Invitational in Columbus, Ohio. You may follow his progress on

New graduate, Jordan Cox (2010), also looks to build momentum at the eGolf Professional Tour's Forest Oaks Classic after missing the cut in his first event on the tour. You may follow his progress by clicking here.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Miller and Seki Finish Top 25

Zack Miller (2007) fired a final round 67 (-4) to climb 8 spots on the leaderboard for T17 finish in Nationwide Tour's Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic. After rounds of 62, 73, 69, 67 (-14) Miller finished 10 shots behind former Pac-10 rival and California Bear standout, Peter Tomasulo. With his finish Miller jumped 5 spots on the Natiowide Tour money list from 50 to 45 with $59,573 in 2010 earnings. Also competing was Rob Grube (2008) who failed to make the weekend missing the cut after rounds of 72 and 67.

Jim Seki (2003) also carded a top 25 finish at the Canadian Tour's Dakota Dunes Casino Open. Heading into the final day 3 shots behind the leader after rounds of 68, 65 and 67, Seki could not capture the same momentum in closing with a 1-over 73 for a T23 finish.

Zack Miller will continue his pursuit to climb up the money list in next week's Chiquita Classic in Ohio. Rob Grube is slated to join Jim Seki in the field at the Canadian Tour's Players Cup in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Zack Miller Earns Career High Finish Plus Other News

In last week's Fort Smith Classic Zack Miller (2007) tied for 3rd good for a career high finish on the Nationwide Tour. More importantly, Miller earned a $25,200 check that vaulted him from 79th on the money list to 48th with a 2010 total of $47,972. At season's end the top 25 on the money list qualify for a 2011 PGA Tour card. Miller aims to carry his strong play into this week's Mexico Open Bicentenary at El Bosque Golf Club in Mexico. To follow his progress click here.

In other alumni news, newly minted Stanford grad, Joseph Bramlett (2010), missed the cut by four shots in last week's dramatic U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Although Bramlett did not join former Stanford stars, Tiger Woods and Tom Watson, for weekend play, it was an experience he will not soon forget as he embarks on his own career.

Rob Grube (2008) finished tied for 29th in the eGolf Professional Tour's Bolle Classic. Between the Canadian Tour and eGolf Professional Tour, Grube has earned over $43,000 in 2010. Grube's next start will be at the ATB Financial Classic in Edmonton, Alberta where another Cardinal alum, Jim Seki (2003), will be in the field.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Former Stanford Players Compete Across Country

Many eyes will be on recent grad Joseph Bramlett (2010, pictured left), as he joins the two most famous former Stanford standouts, Tom Watson (pictured right) and Tiger Woods, in the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. You may follow progress live here. Watson, more than 35 years Bramlett's senior, is the only player in the field who has competed in each U.S. Open held at Pebble Beach. Read more and watch Watson's interview.

In other alumni news, Bramlett's former teammates, Zack Miller (2007) and Rob Grube (2008), continue their trek on the Nationwide and eGolf Profesional Tours. Miller, who is currently 79th on the Nationwide's money list, tees it up in the Fort Smith Classic in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Grube is already underway this week opening with a 1-under par 70 in the 1st round of the eGolf Professional Tour's Bolle Classic in Lexington, North Carolina.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Grube's Strong Play & Zack Miller Update

Rob Grube's (2008) stellar play continues since capturing his first professional title. Grube followed winning the Canadian Tour's Riviera Nayarit Classic with a T-4th finish at the eGolf Professional Tour's Cowans Ford Open and a T-11th finish at the Grand Harbor Open. In the past past three events Grube compiled 12 consecutive rounds in 60's for a combined 67.33 stroke average. Grube looks to continue his torrid play at the Canadian Tour's Times Colonist Open in Victoria, British Columbia where Jim Seki (2003) will also be in the field. Play begins Thursday, June 3rd.

In other alumni news, Zack Miller (2007) aims to climb the Nationwide Tour's money list at this week's Melwood Prince George's County Open in College Park, Maryland. Miller, who earned All-American honors alongside Grube as Stanford captured the 2007 NCAA team title, currently is 77th on the money list with $20,240 after making the 3 cuts in 6 2010 appearances. The top 25 on the money list at season's end automatically earn a 2011 PGA Tour card.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sandy Tatum: "Trip to South Bend ‘mystical’ for 1942 champion"

As Stanford returns to South Bend recently to win the NCAA Central Regional on its way to the upcoming national championship, Tom Noie of the South Bend Tribune reflects on the Cardinal's 1942 national championship triumph at Notre Dame, led by individual champion Sandy Tatum.

May 23, 2010
South Bend Tribune Staff Writer
Here's a link to the full article.

Time may have taken his ability to hit a golf ball far and straight and with uncanny accuracy like he once did for so many years.

But when it comes to the most special day he may have ever spent on a golf course, Sandy Tatum remembers that time nearly a lifetime ago as if it was last month.

Memories of traveling halfway across the country — on money he raised — to win the 1942 NCAA men's golf national championship at South Bend Country Club remain strong.

"I can't think of any other subject on which I would rather converse," said the 89-year-old Tatum. "It was a mystical experience."

An experience that almost never unfolded.

With the United States involved in World War II, Stanford University officials were not sure they wanted to send the school's golf team to compete at the NCAA Championships. That didn't sit well with Tatum, then the school's No. 3 golfer and Pacific Coast Conference individual champion.

"When the school told us we couldn't go, I just couldn't bear it," he said.

Tatum learned the trip for the team would cost $2,500, and went about raising the funds himself. One of his first sales pitches was to the man who initially vetoed traveling to the tournament — university president Ray Lyman Wilbur.

"A wonderful character," Tatum said. "But he was a very stiff personality."

Tatum entered the president's office one afternoon, and proceeded to explain his business to a seemingly disinterested Wilbur. When Tatum stopped speaking, Wilbur quietly turned toward his desk, scribbled something out and handed it to Tatum, whose fund-raising campaign had been kick-started with a check for $25.

"He wished me good luck," Tatum said. "And I was on my way."

Tatum raised enough money for Stanford to get to South Bend. Just boarding the train in Oakland for the three-day trek east was memorable.

"It was just us, a group of college guys going across the country to play golf," Tatum said. "How lucky can you get?"

Tatum's luck would get better. Days later, he and his teammates had played well enough to earn a share of the team national championship with Louisiana State. Unbeknownst to Tatum, his game soon would fall into a groove that he had never before or since experienced.

He finished it off with a 5 and 4 victory over Northwestern's Manuel de la Torre for top individual honors among 64 golfers.

"It was stunning," he said. "I was not in a zone all week until then."
Here's a link to the full article.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Rob Grube Captures First Canadian Tour Title

In a wire-to-wire performance Rob Grube (2008) captured his first career Canadian Professional Golf Tour title this past Sunday in the Riviera Nayarit Classic in Nayarit, Mexico. Grube finished a week in which he held at least a share of the lead after each round in dramatic fashion by holing a 25 foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to seal a one shot victory over Lucas Lee of Brazil. Grube blistered the course with rounds of 64, 66, 68, 68 for a 22 under par total of 266. It was the first win for a Stanford alum on the Canadian Tour since Jim Seki (2003) took the 2005 Northern California Classic. For the full story please click here.

Also competing were Jim Seki (2003) and Daniel Lim (2009). Seki finished T43 after rounds of 70, 70, 71, 71 for a four day total of 282. Lim continued his struggles by missing the cut after consecutive rounds of 76. For complete results please click here.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Cardinal on the Canadian Tour

Stanford Alums Jim Seki (2003), Rob Grube (2008 - pictured) and Daniel Lim (2009) opened their 2010 play on The Canadian Professional Golf Tour south of the border at the Corona Mazatlan Mexican PGA Championship in Mazatlan, Mexico. After an opening round of 74, Rob Grube strung together three under par rounds of 68, 67 and 71 for a four-day total of 280 and T10 finish. Jim Seki (78, 74) and Daniel Lim (76, 78) struggled early in the tournament and did not recover to make the cut. Complete results can be found here.

All three remain in Mexico this week for the Riviera Nayarit Classic Presented by Corona Lite in Nayarit, Mexico. Play begins Thursday April 22 as Rob looks to continue his strong play and Jim and Daniel hope to build some momentum early in the 2010 Canadian Tour season. You may follow their progress on