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Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - February 7, 2014

Cardinal men's program honored by NorCal golf

Woods, Ray and Goodwin are inducted into NCGA Hall of Fame

by Mark Soltau

It was a big night for the Stanford men's golf program on Tuesday at the 55th annual California Golf Writers and Broadcasters Association awards dinner at The Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach.

Tiger Woods was inducted into the Hall of Fame, while former head coach Wally Goodwin and Cardinal head coach Conrad Ray were inducted into the Northern California Golf Association Hall of Fame.

Woods, who spent two years at Stanford and was a two-time All-American, won the NCAA individual championship in 1996 and was named the top collegiate player in the country. Goodwin led the Cardinal to an NCAA team title in 1994, while Ray directed Stanford to its eighth NCAA crown in 2007.

Although he was unable to attend, Woods sent a video to express his thanks for the honor.

"I'd like to thank the California Golf Writers and Broadcasters Association for this incredible award that I will always cherish," he said.

Ray, a former teammate, accepted the award on Woods' behalf.

"When he was a freshman, it was customary for them to load and unload the bags on trips," Ray said of Woods. "Tiger did it once and didn't like it. He said, 'How do I get out of this?' We told him, 'Win the next tournament,' and he did. Guess who was next on totem pole? I minored in luggage handling."

Ray, Woods and Notah Begay III all played for Goodwin, and had kind words for their former coach.

"I'd like to thank him for providing such a great atmosphere to play," Woods said.

Added Ray, "I owe that man a lot."

Begay, a former PGA Tour winner and now an analyst for the Golf Channel, presented and accepted for Goodwin, who is recovering from recent surgery.

Woods, the No. 1-ranked player in the world and 2013 PGA Tour Player of the Year, has collected two of his 14 major championships in California. He won the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links by a record-breaking 15 strokes, and also captured the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course, edging Rocco Mediate in a playoff.

"To win two U.S. Opens in the state means so much to me," Woods said.

Among his 79 PGA Tour wins, second all-time to Sam Snead (72), are seven victories in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, and a come-from-behind win in the 2000 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, where he rallied from six strokes behind with six holes remaining in the final round to beat Matt Gogel.

Women's swimming

Felicia Lee was named the Pac-12 January Swimmer of the Month, the conference office announced Thursday. It is the second swimmer of the month award for the senior after taking the honor for the first time in her career in November.

Lee was perfect throughout January, winning all 14 events she entered either individually or in a relay. She won four times against Texas (Jan. 4) and UCLA (Jan. 31) and three times versus Arizona (Jan. 24) and Arizona State (Jan. 25).

Her efforts have helped Stanford climb to No. 4 in the CSCAA poll and remain undefeated in dual meets in 2013-14.

The versatile Lee ranks in the nation's top 20 in five different events including top-10 showings in the 200 back, 100 butterfly and 200 IM. She also appears on Stanford's relay squads, which are some of the country's best.

Tennis

The top-ranked Stanford women continues to cruise along, coming off a sweep in its first road trip of the year. After defeating No. 17 Texas, 6-1, the Cardinal followed up with a 5-2 victory at No. 22 Rice.

Stanford (4-0), which has also registered shutouts over UC Davis and No. 69 Princeton, next will host No. 37 St. Mary's on Saturday at noon.

The No. 38-ranked Stanford men, meanwhile, are 3-1 and in the middle of a stretch that features six consecutive home matches. The Cardinal will need every advantage possible when No. 3 USC (Friday, 1:30 p.m.) and No. 2 UCLA (Sunday, 12 p.m.) visit The Farm this weekend.

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