Friday, August 22, 2014

A look back one of the finest men's golf team seasons: 2013-14

A look back at the 2013-14 golf season --- one of the finest ever despite not winning the national championship with a disappointing tied for 3rd finish.  See full details at

The Cardinal completed one of its most successful seasons ever despite a disappointing final result, a tie for third in the National Championship held at Prairie Dunes GC in Kansas after earning the #1 seed. A number of team and individual records were set in the process of winning 7 of the 12 stroke play events played.
The 2013-14 team was led by two outstanding players who finished their careers as two of Stanford's finest collegiate golfers, junior and national player of the year Patrick Rodgers and winner of the National Championship, senior Cameron Wilson.
A strong supporting cast was led by sophomore David Boote and three freshmen, Maverick McNealy, Viraat Badhwar and Jim Liu. Patrick Grimes, Shane Lebow and Keegan English rounded out this great team. All contributed to the success of one of the best teams Stanford ever had.
The team and individual records and highlights are first shown below, followed by the player scoring summary and the individual tournament results. Lastly are the preceding summer tournament results.

Records and Highlights

  • Team finishes with 7 stroke play wins in 12 events, tying the 2007 team for best all-time. Tied for 3rd at the NCAA Championship after winning the NCAA Regional
  • 1st time won team Pac-12 title, individual Pac-12 title, Pac-12 Player of Year (Rodgers) and Pac-12 Coach of Year (Coach Ray) in a season
  • Won the Pac-12 Championship for the first time in 20 years. Rodgers' individual Pac-12 win was the Cardinal's 20th all-time
  • Season team scoring average of 70.65 was 2nd all-time behind 2006-7 avg of 69.80 - counting best 4 of 5 scores/event
  • 1st time with two rounds of 63 or better in a season: Wilson (63 at NCAA finals) and Rodgers (63 at The Goodwin)
  • 1st time with five players recording a round of 65 or better in a season: Rodgers, Wilson, Boote, McNealy, Liu
  • 1st time with five players recording strokes averages under 73.0: Rodgers, Wilson, Boote, McNealy, Badhwar
  • 1st time with two freshmen having season scoring averages lower than 73.0: McNealy 72.54, Badhwar 72.61
  • Rodgers (69.41) and Wilson (69.76) finished with the all-time single season scoring average records ahead of Joel Kribel's 70.12
  • Rodgers finished 1st all-time on the career scoring average list (70.31 vs Tiger Woods 70.96). Wilson finishes career in 7th all-time with a 71.92 scoring average
  • Rodgers ties Tiger Woods for 1st on Stanford's all-time collegiate win total with 11
  • Rodgers ends career 2nd all-time in single season wins with 6 (Woods had 8). Wilson ties for 3rd with 3 wins
  • Wilson becomes Stanford's 3rd NCAA individual champion joining Tiger Woods '96 and Sandy Tatum '42. Boote ties for 3rd 1 stroke behind
  • Rodgers and Wilson had 9 individual wins in 12 events, tying Tiger Woods (8) and Joel Kribel (1) in 1996
  • Rodgers and Wilson named 1st team All-Americans, tying Woods and Kribel in 1996
  • Rodgers receives Nicklaus Award, Hogan Award & Haskins Award as the nation's top collegiate golfer. Wilson was a finalist for all 3 awards
  • Rodgers co-winner of Al Masters Award as top Stanford athlete, Wilson co-wins Biff Hoffman Award as outstanding senior male athlete