Thursday, April 16, 2009

GolfWeek writes about Joseph Bramlett and his injury problems

GolfWeek Online Magazine
Ron Balicki

Stanford’s Joseph Bramlett could be the poster boy for an old saying: if it weren’t for bad luck, the Cardinal junior would have no luck at all.

Bramlett entered Stanford after a highly touted junior career, especially after he became the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Amateur at age 14 in 2002.

He didn’t disappoint as a freshman, earning second-team All-American honors after posting seven top-10 finishes, including a victory in Puerto Rico, and a 71.5 stroke average in 13 events.

He ended his inaugural college season with a tie for 39th at the NCAA Championship while helping Stanford capture the team title. After an opening 78, his next three rounds (68-70-69) counted in the team score.

In the fall of his sophomore season, Bramlett had three top 25s in five starts. But in January 2008, while working out in the school’s weight room, he slipped and fell, injuring his right wrist. He missed the entire spring and didn’t play again until July.

So when the current season got under way in the fall, Bramlett was filled with anticipation and high expectations. More -- to read the complete article click here.