Uploaded: Monday, October 8, 2012, 2:11 PM
The Big Game will arrive early and be played early
|The 115th Big Game between Stanford and Cal on Oct. 20 will begin at noon, as announced Monday by the Pac-12 Conference. FOX will provide a live national broadcast of the game at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley.
The only other one of the previous 114 Big Games not played in November or December took place on March 19, 1892 (the rivalry's inaugural). Stanford has won the past two games against Cal and leads the all-time series, 57-46-11.
Tickets to the 115th Big Game are available for purchase by Stanford affiliates (season ticket holders, alumni, students, parents, faculty and staff). Tickets are $65 each and can be ordered by phone at 1-800-STANFORD or at the Stanford Athletics Ticket Office.
Nationally No. 17 Stanford (4-1 overall, 2-1 Pac-12) travels to No. 7 Notre Dame (5-0) this Saturday for a 12:30 p.m. (PT) contest set to be televised live nationally on NBC.
Two regular-season home games remain for the Cardinal at Stanford Stadium this season -- Oct. 27 versus Washington State and Nov. 10 versus Oregon State.
Stanford is off to a strong start at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational at Sahalee Golf Course after carding an opening round 11-over-par 299 on Monday in Sammamish, Wash. The Cardinal sits in third place, six strokes behind tournament leader Washington.
Sally Watson fired an even-par 72 in her first action of the season to pace the Cardinal. The senior overcame a double-bogey on her first hole, but made four birdies and two bogeys to round out her day. Watson is tied for fourth, two shots behind Washington's Cyd Okino.
Freshman Mariah Stackhouse carded her lowest score this season with an opening-round 73. Stackhouse is in a five-way tie for sixth after making three birdies and four bogeys.
Stanford's Marissa Mar is tied for 15th after an opening-round 73 while teammate Mariko Tumangan fired a 79, good for a share of 43rd.
Freshman Lauren Kim, who posted the team's best finish at the Mason Rudolph Invitational to start the season, shot 80. The Los Altos native is tied for 50th.
Play continues through Wednesday.
The No. 13 Cardinal sits in eighth place at the Pac-12 Preview after play was suspended near the end of the second round due to darkness. Each golfer was scheduled to play 36 holes at Pumpkin Ridge's Witch Hollow Course on Monday, though 26 players were unable to complete the second round. The Cardinal, at 4-over par, is 22 shots behind first-place California.
"We played OK as a team," said Stanford coach Conrad Ray. "We need to continue to learn from our mistakes. The first five or six holes are the toughest on this course, and we didn't get off to a great start and were battling all day. We rebounded nicely, but we still have some work to do."
Freshman David Boote, fresh off a tie for seventh in his first collegiate tournament at Olympia Fields last week, carded back-to-back rounds of 69 for a 6-under total of 138, good for a share of third. Boote trails Tyler Salsbury of Washington by three strokes after making 10 birdies and four bogeys on the day.
"David put together two solid rounds today," said Ray. "He's shown us he's a great putter and game manager, and this is a course that rewards that play."
Patrick Rodgers, who successfully defended his title last week at Olympia Fields, is at even par with one hole remaining in the second round. Rodgers carded seven birdies on the day and wound down the second round with a double-bogey on 17 as dusk halted play. Rodgers is tied for 22nd with 19 holes remaining.
Dominick Francks, in his first career start, settled down after an opening-round 76 to fire a 71 to close the day tied for 34th. The Olympia, Wash., native enjoyed a homecoming of sorts in the Pacific Northwest, with his father and high school golf coach in attendance. The freshman made the Cardinal's first eagle of the season on the par-5, 623-yard seventh hole in the second round.
"I was proud of way Dom played today," said Ray. "He put up a good score for the team, even as he was working to settle down and get his feet under him."
Andre DeDecker carded 77-77 (154), good for a share of 53rd. DeDecker closed out the first round with a nine on 18 after shaving two shots off his score on the back nine.
Menlo School grad Patrick Grimes struggled to start the day, making three double-bogeys on the front nine. Grimes rebounded from an opening-round 87 with a 74 and is in 60th place at 161.
Play concludes Wednesday.
— Stanford Sports Information
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