Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - June 8, 2012

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U.S. OPEN GOLF. . . The Stanford men's golf team saw its season end at last week's NCAA Championships, but Cardinal sophomore Cameron Wilson appears far from being done for the season. Wilson is headed to the U.S. Open next week at the Olympic Club in San Francisco after making it through sectional qualifying on Monday at the Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, N.J. Wilson shot a 36-hole score of 136 with rounds of 71 and 65 to earn medalist and low amateur honors. More importantly, he gained one of four spots out of the field of 73 for the U.S. Open, which begins June 14. Nearly 1,000 players nationwide were competing for 58 spots (from 11 sectional sites around the nation) for the 156-player field for the U.S. Open Championship, which will be played on the Lake Course at the Olympic Club. Wilson made nine birdies in his 36 holes, with 16 pars and seven bogeys. Wilson wasn't the only golfer with Stanford connections to make it through sectional qualifying as Casey Martin, 40, shot a 36-hole score of 138 at Emerald Valley Country Club in Creswell, Ore., and earned a trip to San Francisco.

CARDINAL CORNER . . . Considered one of the most iconic and inspirational players in Stanford men's basketball history, Mark Madsen is returning to The Farm as an assistant coach. Cardinal head coach Johnny Dawkins made the announcement on Tuesday. Madsen replaces Dick Davey, who announced his retirement in March after serving the past four years as the program's associate head coach. Madsen will work primarily with the team's post players . . . Stanford senior Katerina Stefanidi set a meet record to win the women's pole vault Wednesday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. The victory elevated the Cardinal women into first place, after three events, on the opening day. Stefanidi who had been the NCAA runner-up a year ago, cleared 14-7 1/4 on her first try and became the first Stanford woman to win an NCAA title in the pole vault. Stanford freshman Brianna Bain finished second in the women's javelin with a school record of 180-2. Teammate Justine Fedronic set a school record of 2:03.54 in the women's 800 semifinals, but failed to advance. In the men's competition, Stanford senior Chris Derrick completed a distinguished college career with a third-place finish of 28:17.28 in the 10,000 meters.

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