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Rowe steps down as Stanford men's golf assistant coach

Cardinal grad Philip Rowe resigned as an assistant golf coach at Stanford under Conrad Ray it was announced Friday.

"I would like to thank Coach Ray for the opportunity to work alongside him, the student-athletes and department staff who all epitomize the Stanford way through their commitment to excellence each day," Rowe said. "I have enjoyed every moment, and will forever be grateful for the tremendous experiences gathered over the past four years."

Rowe spent four seasons as an assistant, helping Ray elevate the Cardinal program to the forefront of the national scene during the 2013-14 campaign.

"We will miss Phil as a key component of Sanford men's golf," Ray said. "His contributions to the program over last four years have been immeasurable. We are excited for him and his family as he pursues new opportunities."

While Rowe will pursue other professional opportunities, Stanford will launch an immediate search for his replacement.

Rowe helped shape Cardinal standouts such as 2014 NCAA individual champion Cameron Wilson and Patrick Rodgers, who was the world's top-ranked amateur during his junior season on The Farm.

Rowe was an integral part of Stanford's 2014 Pac-12 Conference team title, the program's first since 1994. Even more, Stanford went on to finish third at the NCAA Championships and collected seven team wins throughout the 2013-14 campaign.

A four-year letterwinner for the Cardinal from 1999-2002, Rowe came back to The Farm after eight years of competing on various world tours, including a five-year stint playing on the professional circuit in France.

Rowe has won four world-wide tournaments as a professional, including a pair at the Open de La Réunion, and was ranked ninth by the Allianz Golf Tour in 2009.

Rowe was a two-time Academic All-American at Stanford and captained the team as a senior. He posted team-low scoring averages of 72.8 (2001) and 71.8 (2002).

Rowe captured the 2002 U.S. Intercollegiate Championship held at Stanford and earned honorable mention All-America honors as a senior.

A native of Cornwall, England, Rowe played for the England Boys Team at age 16, and competed with the Great Britain & Ireland Boys Team in 1996 and 1997. He accumulated 30 team match representations (caps) for the England Men's Team.

In 1999, Rowe teamed with future PGA stars Luke Donald and Paul Casey on the victorious Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team that defeated the United States at the Nairn Golf Club in Ireland.

In 2000, Rowe won all three of his matches to lead Great Britain & Ireland to victory in the Palmer Cup, sinking the deciding putt on the 18th hole to secure the win.

Rowe competed in the 2000 British Open at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland.

Rowe earned a degree in psychology from Stanford in 2002.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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