Monday, November 14, 2011

Four Cardinal Look to Advance to Q School Finals

Notah Begay (1995, pictured above), Alex Aragon (2001), Joseph Bramlett (2010) and Steve Ziegler (2011) all compete this week in the PGA Tour's 2nd Stage of Qualifying School in hopes of advancing to the final stage.  Zack Miller (2008) is exempt into the final stage since he finished 141st of 2011 PGA Tour Money List with earnings of $427,341.

Bramlett and Ziegler tee it up November 16th - 19th at Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta, CA.  Begay and Aragon play the same dates but at Plantation Preserve Golf Course & Club in Plantation, FL.  Go Cardinal!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

First Stage PGA Tour Qualifying Results

Last week four Cardinal alums, scattered across the country, competed in the First Stage of PGA Tour Qualifying School.  Steve Ziegler (2011, pictured above) and Alex Aragon (2000) played their way into 2nd stage.  Rob Grube (2008) and Dodge Kemmer (2009) fell short in their qualifying bid.

Ziegler fired rounds of 70, 70, 67, 73 for a 8 under total of 280--good for 2nd place.  After opening with 72, 73, 74, Aragon rallied with a final round 69 to finish T21st, squarely on the cut line at even par.
Grube finished T25th, one shot above the cut line, and Kemmer finished 41st, five shots above the cut line.

Exempt from 1st stage, Zack Miller (2007) and Joseph Bramlett (2010) will join Ziegler and Aragon in the quest for a 2012 PGA Tour Card.  Miller and Bramlett, both 2010 PGA Tour members, return to Qualifying School after finishing outside the top 125 on the money list.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Golf helping Kemmer see world

Dodge Kemmer news keeps coming ...


The Wichita Eagle


Dodge Kemmer is a Stanford graduate with a degree in human biology. He studied pre-med. He has an uncle who is a physician. So is his uncle's wife. His parents are petroleum geologists.
Something tells me that if golf doesn't work out for Kemmer, he'll find a way.
So far, though, golf is his meal ticket. Not that he's eating at the finest restaurants; Kemmer, a 2005 graduate of Wichita Independent, is working through the maze that ultimately could lead to a nice career.
Or he might get stuck. It's too soon to tell.
Kemmer recently became a client of International Sports Management, a United Kingdom-based firm that represents four recent majors winners from Europe: Darren Clarke, Louis Oosthuizen, Rory McIlroy and Charl Schwartzel, along with Lee Westwood and a flock of others.
Kemmer, a former Stanford captain, was ranked among the world's top 20 amateur players and has spent much of 2011 playing professional on the Canadian Tour, having earned medalist honors and full exemption at the California Winter Qualifying School. He has two top-10 finishes in Canada this season and will start Q School in Dayton, Ohio., on Oct. 18 in his quest to play on the PGA Tour.
Last month, Kemmer won a Europro Tour event, the Integral Collection Classic, by five shots.
Kemmer, though, isn't stressing about his future. Talking to him gives a sense of his well-roundedness, a golfer who isn't defined by the game he plays.
"I don't think I'm a typical American touring pro,'' he said. "I've always expressed a lot of interest in playing golf in Europe and going abroad. It's definitely possible that I would try to play on the European Tour, which is something a lot of guys in the United States don't even consider. But when I turned pro, one of the things I wanted to do was use it as a chance to travel and do all the things I wouldn't be able to do if I had a more stationary job.''
That same uncle and his wife are avid bird watchers who have been to more than 100 countries, Kemmer said.
"I've never gotten into bird watching myself, but I would be willing to give it a try,'' he said. "It seems kind of cool.''
Kemmer's base is in Mountain View, Calif., near Stanford. He loves the serenity and beauty of his surroundings. He qualified for the Nationwide Tour's Wichita Open in 2010 but failed to make the cut.
Like most young golfers with professional aspirations, Kemmer is caught on the merry-go-round of emotions and disappointments, quelled at times by that one really good round or tournament.
He grew up playing in events against Topeka's Gary Woodland, who went to Kansas and might be the rookie of the year on the PGA Tour this season.
"He's always had a great game,'' Kemmer said of Woodland. "It's just a matter of being able to play well for that one or two months. There are so many guys who have the game to be out there on the PGA Tour. It's a matter of whether they're playing well at the right times.''
Kemmer said he chose to spend more time in Canada this year than on some of the mini-tours in the southeast because of the variety.
"When you're playing down there, the courses kind of look the same week after week,'' Kemmer said. "It's the same area and the same weather. The people in Canada were very friend and they come out and support those tournaments. And the courses were great, a little bit different every week.''
Whatever happens, Kemmer doesn't want to be a stranger to Europe. He was elated by ISM's decision to bring him aboard as a client and feels loyalty to the continent.
Kemmer's sister, Callie, is a standout golfer at Yale. His little brother, Riley, is a 6-foot-7 shooting guard at Collegiate and a potential Division I recruit.
Basketball is in the Kemmer family's blood; Dodge's grandfather, Howard Engleman, is an all-time great at Kansas.
"I'm sure Riley's height comes from my grandfather,'' Kemmer said. "I'm a little peeved that he got that.''
Kemmer got plenty, though. At 24, he has a killer golf game, a Stanford degree and a family heritage he is eager to live up to.
While at Stanford, Kemmer was part of a team conducting medical research on lupus, an auto-immune disease that most commonly attacks women and their skin, joints, heart, lungs, kidneys, blood and brain. He has been helping a Stanford Ph.D. candidate with a paper on the subject, which is nearly ready to submit.
"With my parents being geologists, science was always a high priority growing up,'' Kemmer said. "It caught my attention.''
This is a golfer with a back-up plan.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Dodge Kemmer (09) becomes 1st American to win on the PGA EuroPro Tour

More news from Dodge Kemmer ('09) about his recent play in Europe and the US:

  -KLM Open
  -EuroPro Integral Collection Classic
  -European Tour School Stage 1
  -Midland Qualifier
  -Fry's Qualifier
  -US Tour School Stage 1

My first event since joining ISM was also the biggest tournament I've played in to date, the European Tour's KLM Open. It began with a direct, 10 hour flight from San Francisco to Amsterdam, arriving the Sunday morning of tournament week.  Most Dutch speak quite a bit of English so I wasn't as lost as I was expecting.  What had been Holland's rainiest summer on record never cared to let up in consideration of the KLM Open, and I spent the whole week soaked.  I played well in round 1 (and birdied my first hole ever on the European Tour), but could never keep anything going; I followed nearly every birdie by a bogey or other missed opportunity.  I did get to -2 through 15 holes, only to lose a ball in small shrubs on my 16th, make double bogey, and finish at even 70.  Due to rain delays, my second round did not start until 5:30pm on Friday, after the course and greens had taken a day of rain, half the field twice and the other half once (close to 200 rounds), and it showed.  Any putt over 2 feet was a crap-shoot.  Needless to say, I didnt make anything and played the seven holes of that day +2.  The cut was most likely going to be level par, so I had 10 holes to get at least back to that mark.  I birdied my first hole of the day (no. 8), but bogeyed 10 and 11. Birdies on 14 and 18 weren't enough to do the job and I missed the cut by a shot.

While I didn't play terrific, I didn't play terrible either; it wouldn't have taken much to go from missing the cut to within a few of the lead after 36.  If nothing else, I proved to myself and others that I can compete and belong at that level.

I then flew to Manchester, England, which would be my home-base for the next two weeks.  I rented a car and drove--on the wrong side of the road--to every tournament and back, mostly without incident.  The first week I played in a EuroPro (British mini-tour) event, the Integral Collection Classic in Saltburn-by-the-sea in North Yorkshire.  It was played at Hunley Hall, a links-style course overlooking the North Sea, and fully exposed to the wind and cold that sea is known for.  The first two rounds each had their bright spots, and I shot 70-68 (-6) to be tied for the lead going into the last round, which was cold and windy--again.  I played well on the front nine, and shot -4 despite missing a 3-footer for birdie on 7, and had a 3-shot lead with 9 to go.  My competitor then made some bogeys to give me a 6-shot lead with three to go; I finished -3 for the day and -9 for the week, 5 shots clear of 2nd place.  I believe I held the all-time record for winning percentage in UK, for the next week.  I made a speech, which no one in the audience could understand (I had ordered a club sandwich earlier in the week, and was then served a ham sandwich), and was awarded a trophy and £10,000.

Next stop was Stage 1 of European Tour School at Wychwood Park, about 30 minutes south of Manchester.  The weather was about the same--cold and windy--but the course was more demanding, especially off the tee.  As q-schools go, it was rather uneventful--which is the best kind--and I shot rounds of 67-72-73-70 to finish -6 and in 2nd place.  I was never worse than t3 (after round 1), and 25 guys advanced, so it was pretty stress-free. 2nd stage is not until late November, and conflicts with Final Stage of PGA Q-school, so if things go as planned, I won't get to return for Stage 2.

Mission complete in England, I flew back to the States Saturday night (barely escaping some of the $470 baggage fees on Continental), and tried to be ready to play the Midland, TX Nationwide qualifier Monday.  I played well enough for 16 holes (including 7 birdies), but made double-bogey on my 8th hole, and bogey on my last, a par 5 from just off the green in 2, to miss a playoff by 2 shots. 

I finally made it back to San Francisco Tuesday night, but had to drive to Napa to play the Open pre-Monday-qualifier.  I managed to struggle around in -2, somehow staying awake the entire 5+ hours and advanced to the Monday qualifier at Bayonet Golf Course.  Top 4 from there will earn spots in the Open next Thursday through Sunday.

After that, next up is First stage of PGA QSchool at Dayton Valley Golf Course, just outside Carson City, NV, October 18-21.

Dodge Kemmer became the first American to win on the PGA EuroPro Tour after he powered to victory in the Integral Collection Classic.  Here is how the EuroPro Tour reported on Dodge's win:

California-based Kemmer, 24, won the event, the penultimate one of the season, as he finished five shots clear of Jon White (Saunton GC) at the Hunley Hotel and Golf Club in North Yorkshire.
Dodge Kemmer with the trophy.
Dodge Kemmer with the trophy.
“I hit the ball well on the first day and putted well on the second with a little bit of both on the third,” said Kemmer, who was ranked inside the top 20 in the world amateur rankings before turning professional in 2010.
“I came over to play in the KLM Open (on the European Tour) last week and am playing again next week so I wanted something to play in this week.
“It’s definitely helped with my experience and I won’t get to play as well as this at every course. The Tour is great, well run and everyone I spoke to has been really nice so it’s been a great experience.
"This victory is definitely near the top of my achievements. I’ve only had a couple of wins playing professionally and this was one of my best showings.
"Every day I did something really well and today in the front nine I put it all together and never had to panic. It’s good to know my game is good enough to win and is a good confidence boost going into Tour School.”

Monday, September 19, 2011

2009 grad Dodge Kemmer reports on his golf pro activities

A couple of weeks ago 2009 graduate Dodge Kemmer updated the coaches about recent activities in his young professional golf career.  Dodge was co-captain of the 2009 team and a human biology major, one of the most demanding of all majors so he took his studies very seriously.  Dodge was a member of the 2008 national runner-up team, and after a solid senior season with the golf team returned for another school year to complete his degree.  Dodge continued to work on his golf game and had solid success on the amateur circuit and decided to turn pro after school ended.

Here is Dodge's recent report:

Much has happened since the year 1 review that I am excited to report.  In early August, my dad and I flew to Atlanta for PGA Championship week to meet with Chubby Chandler of International Sports Management (ISM). After meeting with Chubby Thursday at the PGA and Friday evening over a Guinness (or two), we made a deal to work together to advance my golf career domestically and internationally.  Chubby and ISM ( are based out of Manchester, England and deal with administration issues such as sponsors exemptions / invites into tournaments and corporate sponsorship.  They have an office in Palm Beach, FL as well, where my player manager is based.  She organizes all tournament and travel logistics in the US and can take care of just about anything I can think of here.  More on how this affects my immediate future below.

After my unsuccessful bid in Lawrence to qualify for the Kansas City nationwide, I flew to Canada to play in the Canadian Tour Championship at Ambassador Golf Club in Windsor, Ontario.  Ambassador is a links-style course used to strong winds, which, if blowing in certain directions make the course play very difficult.  Sadly, however, what wind was blowing was from the opposite direction, making the course as easy as possible; effectively changing the par from 71 to 68 (on sunday I hit pitching wedge, 5 iron, and 7 iron into the three par-5's).  Round one I hit every green until my last, missed a lot of putts early, and was even through 12 holes. Then I went birdie-birdie-par-eagle-birdie to get to -5 only to bogey my last hole and finish at 67 (-4).  This put me in a mediocre t17, 4 shots behind two guys who shot 63.  The next day I hit the ball a little worse but made more putts and despite bogeying the par-5 13th (which is more like a double-bogey), I shot 66 (-5) and moved into t8.  The weekend didnt see any improvement: I started hitting it poorly and not knowing where to expect a miss, which makes it hard to pick a safe line and shot. However, I had fewer three-putts and missed short putts on the weekend which somewhat made up for my ball striking. I recorded a pair of 69's (-2 but effectively +1), and finished t10, good for $4,800. I finished the year in 17th on the order of merit with $22,937.50 in 6 events.

Yesterday morning, after just arriving home, I received a call from my player manager, Andrea, informing me that they had been able to acquire an invite to the European Tour's KLM Open in Hilversum, The Netherlands (  I will be flying from San Fransisco to Amsterdam this Saturday afternoon and begin the event Thursday. I havent seen the TV schedule but I would imagine there is a good chance it is on the golf channel! I will then play the European Tour QSchool 1st stage in Manchester England September 20-23.  I'm still waiting to hear about Midland, TX nationwide and the Fry' Open PGA exemptions, which would be my next stops in the states.


Friday, June 3, 2011

Tom Watson ('72) wins the Senior PGA Championship at age 61 - Tom Watson chipping to hole 5.

Tom Watson ('72) became the second oldest player to win a major championship after his win in the Senior PGA Championship at age 61.  An excellent summary of the tournament, copied below, is available at the PGA website ---  Video highlights of the championship can be found here ---  Here is the video interview of the awards ceremony ---

By T.J. Auclair, Interactive Producer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The late Jock Hutchison was the oldest player to ever win a major championship when he claimed the 1947 Senior PGA Championship at age 62.

On Sunday, 61-year-old Tom Watson became the second oldest to accomplish the feat when he deftly poured in a 3-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff against David Eger at a scorching hot and steamy Valhalla Golf Club to win the 72nd Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid.

Watson shot a 2-under 70 in the final round – to deadlock Eger at 10-under-par 278 – and was the only player in the field with all four rounds under par (70-70-68-70).  He earned $360,000 for the win and took home the Alfred S. Bourne Trophy.

"When you're walking up the 18th hole and you have a chance to win a tournament like this, you're nervous," Watson said. "You're nervous. But you've been there before. And I said, 'okay, I know that level of feeling in my gut and now let's go take care of business.'"

Eger, a four-time winner on the Champions Tour, recorded the best round of the day Sunday, a 5-under 67.

Starting the final frame four off the lead, Eger figured he had no chance and felt 12 or 13 under would be the number required to win or get in a playoff.

“I was very shocked,” he said. “I didn't look at a board on the front nine. And when I parred 12, I looked at the board and said, ‘whoa, you know, there it is.’ And I parred 13 and 14 and birdied 15 and looked at the board again and said, ‘oh, all right.’ 
"And I just wanted to stay in the moment and hit the shots one at a time, as the old saying goes, and there's nothing more true in golf than stay within the moment and hit one shot at a time," he added. "Don't get ahead of yourself.  Don't start memorizing a speech walking up the 18th hole, even with a two-stroke lead.”

Kiyoshi Murota finished alone in third, one shot out of the playoff, and Hale Irwin – who was bidding to become the oldest major champ of all time at 65 (he turns 66 on Friday) – finished in fourth at 8 under.

Murota shot an even-par 72 in the final round with an incredibly colorful scorecard that included six bogeys, six birdies and six pars.

“I played my Murota golf to the best of my ability,” he said. “However, my putting had left something to be desired. Putting on Sunday is extra hard.”

Irwin suffered a double bogey and bogey back-to-back at Nos. 6 and 7 to drop back to 7 under. Another bogey at 12 pretty much knocked him out of the tournament, but he did manage birdies on Nos. 14 and 17 to finish up with a 1-over 73.

Defending champion Tom Lehman tied for 22nd at even-par 288.

Up until this week, Watson had been in a bit of a slump. He had played just two individual Champions Tour events in the last two months, resulting in a tie for 56th and a tie for 32nd. While he was home practicing in Kansas City last week, he said nothing was clicking. Then, just before he arrived at Valhalla, he said he was able to flip a switch.

Suddenly, he was hitting the ball much better. Although he missed a short putt on No. 18 in regulation that could have avoided a playoff, Watson said he made a lot of key putts this week too. When the driver, the irons and the putter are all on, there's a winning formula.

Crucial putts in the final round dropped frequently on the back nine -- a 10-footer for birdie at No. 10 to get to 9 under; a 5-footer to save par at No. 13; and a 23-footer for birdie from the fringe on No. 15.  

At No. 18 in regulation, Watson’s second shot sailed over the green, leaving a difficult chip from the rough that he executed beautifully, but wasn't able to connect on the par putt. Looking back, that miscue helped him when it was time for the playoff.

"No. 18 gave me a little bit of understanding about how not to play the hole in the playoff," he said. "Don't go over. Being in the bunker was the right place to be. And my second shot in the playoff hole, frankly, I was just trying to hit the ball as high as I could and if it got lucky and hit the front edge of the green and stayed on, fine.  But if it went in the bunker, it is just where I wanted to be. 
"It ended up in the bunker in a perfect lie, an uphill, slightly uphill bunker shot, and hard sand, and I made a good bunker shot out there and didn't take very much time on the putt just one practice stroke and said, let's get this over with. And I made a pretty decent stroke and the ball went in and that was the tournament."

Eger found the left rough off the tee in the playoff, was forced to lay up and then just barely missed his birdie try from about 10 feet.

"I'm pleased," Eger said. "I went out there and played a good solid round of golf, I did make a bogey late in the round which kind of leaves a bad taste in my mouth, but then I came back and birdied 17, I just failed to birdie 18 both times I played it. So that's it."

The win was the 14th of Watson’s Champion’s Tour career, his sixth senior major and second Senior PGA Championship (2001). The 10 years between Senior PGA Championship victories ties Watson with Hutchison for longest span between victories in Championship history.

This latest victory was the first for Watson since he won the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai in 2010.

“I'm thinking to myself I'm saying, ‘how do I do this?’” Watson said about being able to win into his 60s. “And I guess that I just ... every day I say about my mom and dad, ‘thank you, mom and dad, for giving me the genes to be able to play injury free. And the talent that you put into me.’ 
"My dad put a lot of passion into me as far as the game and work ethic. And my mom, she could give you that look. And I just, I look at this, it makes you want to go out and play more.”

In his days on the PGA Tour, Watson racked up an amazing 39 wins, including eight majors – five Open Championships, two Masters Tournaments and one U.S. Open. Despite his tireless efforts, the best Watson could muster in his attempt to complete the career grand slam with a PGA Championship win was a second-place showing in 1978.

While it wasn’t the same as winning the PGA Championship, Watson felt he at least picked up a morsel of vindication with his 2001 Senior PGA Championship triumph.

Now, he has two of those.

“I would have liked to have won the real PGA Championship, but this is a great substitute for it, sure,” he said.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

US Open Local Qualifying and Gateway Tour results

US Open Qualifying:

Dodge Kemmer '09 and Joseph Bramlett '10 were both successful in the Local Qualifying Stage of the U.S. Open last week and will continue on their quest to join current Men's Team Junior, David Chung, in the field of golf's elite at Congressional Country Club, Maryland, June 26-19, 2011.

Both shot rounds of 73 (+2) to advance in difficult playing conditions. Check the USGA Championship website for Sectional Qualifying results posted on Jun 6th.

Gateway Tour:

Dodge Kemmer continued his good form this year with a T2 finish at the latest Gateway tour event in Arizona. Check here to view the tournament leaderboard. Meanwhile in the Gateway Tour's California Series, Alex Aragon '01 fired a bogey-free round of 5 under par to finish T4 (results here).

Kemmer (pictured) was kind enough to fill us in with the following exclusive update from his recent play and upcoming tournament schedule plans:


1. Made it thru US Open local (+2),
2. t2 at Gateway in Phoenix (-10),
3. next up: Canadian Tour debut (Victoria, BC), US Open sectional

Last week witnessed my final 'gearing up for summer' tournaments; I played the US Open local qualifier last Monday and my final Gateway Tour event of the year Wednesday thru Friday.

In the US Open local qualifier at Half Moon Bay, despite fighting wind, cold, bumpy greens, and having no warm-up, I was able to make some putts and shoot 73 (+2). This placed me in a tie for 2nd, enough to qualify me for another qualifier--the 'sectional' qualifier--which will give me a direct chance to earn a spot in the US Open. That will be help June 6th in Bremerton, WA (an hour from Seattle across Puget Sound), and is 36 holes, 1 day. I don't know how many guys are there or spots are available, as the USGA likes to keep you waiting (I haven't even gotten confirmation I am playing there...).

I then flew to Phoenix to play in Gateway #14 at McCormick Ranch Pine Course. I shot 68-69-69 (-10) and tied for 2nd. I made 19 birdies and 10 bogeys, every single one of which would be considered an 'unforced error' or 'stupid mistake'; those shots and decisions that make you want to pull a Tin Cup and play in with a 7 iron. These included 3-putts (3), deciding to hit to the front edge and proceeding to fly the green, hitting the first driver of the day after you decided to hit 3 iron on that hole, and convincing yourself that the 15 mph wind won't affect this particular shot, among others. However, 19 birdies in 54 holes is something to build on, and more importantly, my putting is back! (except for the 3-putts).

Next, I fly to Seattle, play my first Canadian Tour event at Uplands GC in Victoria, BC June2-5 (, then the sectional qualifier at Gold Mountain in Bremerton, WA June 6.
After that, I will be in Wichita for the Wichita Open Nationwide qualifier on June 13. I will fly in to Wichita a few days early and may fly out of KC after that is over (around the 15th or around the 20th).

Thank you Dodge and best wishes for the rest of the season...


Monday, May 16, 2011

Alums Victorious in Alumni-Varsity Matches

The Annual Alumni Matches were held Saturday, May 7th at the Stanford Golf Course. For the 2nd time in 3 years (but only 3rd in the last 20), the Alums were the victors. Frank "Sandy" Tatum (1942, pictured below) unofficially captained a spirited and vivacious Alumni squad. Dave Garcia (1996, pictured above) and Wade Nonnenberg (1976) fired 1 under par 69s on a blustery, difficult day to lead the way. Dave Baskins (1975) carded a 72, Coach Phil Rowe (2002) and Teddy Collins (2008) 73s and Coach Conrad Ray (1997) rounded out the top 6 Alumni scores with a 74. Seniors Graham Brockington and Freshmen Cameron Wilson lead the Varsity team with 72s and were followed by Wilson Bowen, Steve Ziegler, David Chung and Steven Kearney's 74s.

In all fairness to the Varsity team, they were outnumbered by more than 30 to 9 and were without Andrew Yun, the 2nd ranked collegiate player. However, absent from the Alumni team were Stanford greats Tom Watson (1971), Christian Cevear (1992), Notah Begay III (1995), Will Yanagisawa (1995) and Casey Martin (1995) and young touring professionals Alex Aragon (2001), Jim Seki (2003), Ron Won (2003), Zack Miller (2007), Rob Grube (2008), Dodge Kemmer (2009), Jordan Cox (2010) and Joseph Bramlett (2010). Special thanks to the Men's Varsity Team, Coaches Conrad Ray and Phil Rowe, the Stanford Golf Course and "semi-professional" photographer Matt Thompson (1995).

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cardinal Compete Across the Globe

Cardinal Alums are competing on professional tours across the globe this week.

Zack Miller (2007) and Joseph Bramlett (2010) are competing at the PGA Tour's Wells Fargo Championship. Both in their rookie season on the PGA Tour, Miller is 95th and Bramlett 191st on the Money List.

Will Yanagisawa (1995) is in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, site of this week's Asian Development Tour event. Last week, Yanagisawa jumped out of the gates fast and played steadily to finish T15th with scores of 68-73-71-72 (-4) in the Clearwater Classic in Ipoh, Malaysia.

Jim Seki (2003), Ron Won (2003) and Jordan Cox (2010) are competing at the Canadian Tour sponsored Mexican PGA Championship in Mazatlan, Mexico.

Rob Grube (2008) competed in the Willow Creek Open on the eGolf Professional Tour this week. Unfortunately, Grube missed the cut after posting 1 over par through two rounds.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Kevin Blue Earns Associate AD Role

Earlier this week, Kevin Blue (2005) was promoted to an Associate Athletic Director position in the Stanford Athletics Department. Blue will be responsible for expanding the Department's use of digital and social media to better connect fans, alumni and donors with Stanford Athletics and to enhance their overall experience.

Prior to his new role, Blue served as the Matteson Family Special Assistant to the Director of Athletics after completing a one-year Matteson Fellowship. He returned to The Farm full-time in 2009 after completing a Ph.D in Education and Sports Psychology from Michigan State University and management training from the Stanford GSB. Blue, a two-time Academic All-American, captained the 2004-05 men's team in Coach Conrad Ray's first year at the helm. He graduated from Stanford in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in Psychology.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Kemmer Claims Canadian Q School Victory

Dodge Kemmer (2009) claimed medalist honors at the Canadian Tour's Winter Qualifying School in Desert Hot Springs, California. Kemmer won by two shots and was one of two players to finish under par after carding rounds of 68-69-75 for a three round 4 under par total of 212. He joins Rob Grube (2008) and Jim Seki (2003) as Cardinal on the Canadian Tour.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Alumni Update

The Men's Varsity Team has had a busy winter and spring as they push towards the championship season. Currently, the team is preparing for the Morris Williams Intercollegiate in Austin, Texas. Meanwhile, junior David Chung is at Augusta National with former Stanford standouts Tom Watson and Tiger Woods fine tuning their games for this week's Masters Tournament. That is not to say that Stanford alums have not been busy and grabbing the headlines themselves. Here are some of the highlights below:

Frank "Sandy" Tatum (Class of 1942) - On February 6th Tatum, pictured above with Ken Venturi and Jim Nantz, was inducted into the NCGA Hall of Fame. Additionally, Tatum was inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame on March 7th alongside legends George Seifert, Dwight Clark and friend of the golf program, Juli Inkster. Tatum was introduced by close friend and fellow Stanford alum Tom Watson.

Grant Spaeth (Class of 1954) - Spaeth was also inducted into the NCGA Hall of Fame alongside Tatum, Ken Venturi and Jack Bariteau.

Zack Miller (Class of 2007) - In his rookie year on the PGA Tour, Miller has made 7 of 10 cuts posting 1 top 10 and 3 top 25 finishes. With $338,239 in earnings this year, Miller is in 74th place on the PGA Tour Money List.

Joe Bramlett (Class of 2010) - As a rookie on the PGA Tour, Bramlett has made the weekend in 4 of 8 events. He is 192nd on the money list with $45, 223 in earnings.

Dodge Kemmer (Class of 2009) - After Monday qualifying for the Chitimacha Louisiana Open with an 8 under 64, Kemmer carded a career best 33rd place finish on the Nationwide Tour at 4 under par after rounds of 74-68-66-72. His next event is this week at Canadian Tour Q School in Palm Springs. If Kemmer successfully completes Q school he will join Stanford alums Rob Grube (2008) and Jim Seki (2003) on the Canadian Tour.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Sandy Tatum and Grant Spaeth inaugurated into NCGA Hall of Fame

Two of Stanford's all-time greats, Sandy Tatum and Grant Spaeth, were inaugurated into the Northern California Golf Association's Hall of Fame on Feb 6, 2011 as part of it's initial class of inductees which also included Ken Venturi and Jack Bariteau.  The NCGA announcement can be found here.  Sandy Tatum is also a member of the Stanford Hall of Fame.  A wide ranging video interview with Grant Spaeth can be found here.

The NCGA's press release included the following about Tatum and Spaeth:

Sandy Tatum

Frank "Sandy" Tatum
The rich golf legacy of Frank “Sandy” Tatum is crystalized by his now-famous defense of the punishing setup of Winged Foot for the 1974 U.S. Open. When he said, “Our objective is not to humiliate the best players in the world. It’s to identify them,” Tatum spoke with the passion, eloquence, clarity and vision of a man who regarded golf as more than just a sport. To him, it veered close to a spiritual experience, and he attached that kind of love to every golf endeavor, whether it was striking a 5-iron to a tightly-guarded green or serving as the president of the United States Golf Association from 1978 to 1980.
Tatum, raised in Los Angeles on the fairways of Wilshire and Bel Air country clubs, became a Stanford man, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate and a Rhodes scholar at Oxford. Raised by a father who took the game seriously, Tatum could golf his ball. He was a member of Stanford’s back-to-back NCAA golf championships in 1941 and ’42, and during the latter year he also captured the individual title. For that, he is a member of the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame. Sandy also was the first American to play golf for Oxford, where he was conditioned to understand that playing in bad weather was a fundamental part of the game.
From there, the longtime attorney dedicated his life to the betterment of of golf. Few men, with the possible exception of Bobby Jones and Bill Campbell, have done more for amateur golf than Tatum. His accomplishments ring like churchbells over the decades. From his service on the USGA executive committee during the 1970s, to his bringing his beloved Pebble Beach onto the U.S. Open rotation, to his collaboration with Tom Watson and Robert Trent Jones Jr. in the creation of Spanish Bay in 1987, and to his tireless push toward the restoration of Harding Park in San Francisco, Sandy has attacked each project with the energy of a teenager.
Today, at 90 years old, he remains one of golf’s most influential purists. His life, like that signature pause at the top of his swing, has been unforgettable. More than 36 years after his memorable words at Winged Foot,  we identify Frank “Sandy” Tatum as an inductee to the Northern California Golf Association Hall of Fame.

Grant Spaeth

Grant Spaeth
Grant Spaeth’s lifelong impact on golf actually is the reverse–the game impacted him and never let go.
From his NCAA team title at Stanford in 1953 to his eventful years from 1990 to ’92 as president of the United States Golf Association, Spaeth’s contribution to the game continues to this day. Simply, Spaeth was born  to serve the game. He was a graduate of Palo Alto High and the son of the Dean of the Stanford Law School. While his father was stationed in Montevideo, Uruguay, Spaeth was introduced to golf on a course across the street from his home. Later as a teenager, he caddied for the Stanford golf team, and it wasn’t too long before he and his Stanford teammates became national champions.
Spaeth graduated from the Harvard Law School and served in the U.S. Army followed by the Reserves. His law practice in Palo Alto was the foundation to years of public service. Spaeth was the Deputy Secretary for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare from 1978 to ’80 and also served as a Palo Alto city councilman. Then came years of work on various USGA committees, leading to his USGA presidency and a list of accomplishments to remember. He may have been the best reach-out-to-people person who ever filled the USGA president’s chair. Spaeth was instrumental in bringing the British Open back to Carnoustie, Scotland. He founded the U.S. Men’s Mid-Amateur and Women’s Mid-Amateur Championships. He created the USGA’s regional affairs departments.
Through it all, Spaeth’s affection for the game remained rich. On Sunday mornings before the final round of the Masters, he often walked Augusta National’s back nine alone, savoring the memories and the promise of what was ahead. Closer to home, he has entertained TV viewers on “Hooked on Golf”  with his articulate, entertaining and informative essays on the game and its rules. “I want more people exposed to the game,” he said recently. “Those who take to it will be lucky and should be thankful.” The Northern California Golf Association is proud and honored to induct Grant Spaeth to its Hall of Fame.