Stanford's Boote on early list to compete in the Walker Cup


Stanford junior golfer David Boote was selected to an initial 20-man squad for the Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team to face the United States at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in September, as recently announced by The R&A.

Boote, who enjoyed a top-10 finish in last year's European Amateur Championship, is the sole Welshman included on the 20-man squad.

The native of Surrey, England, was one of three players to represent Wales at the 2014 World Amateur Team Championship, tying for 60th at the event. He led Wales to a second-place finish at the 2014 Home Internationals.

The successful outings with his homeland teammates came after the All-American placed third at the 2014 NCAA Championships.

The 45th Walker Cup match will be played Sept. 12-13 and will see GB&I bidding to win back the historic trophy after the United State's convincing 17-9 victory in the 2013 match at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, New York.

"We have selected a strong squad of players and they will all know that they are in contention for a place on the team and it is up to them to perform this season," said Nigel Edwards, captain of the GB&I team.

Men's basketball

Stanford senior basketball guard Chasson Randle has been named one of 30 candidates for the 2014-15 Senior CLASS Award.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence -- community, classroom, character and competition.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists later in the regular season.

A senior tri-captain, Randle leads the Pac-12 in scoring at 20.2 points per game, also averaging 3.0 rebounds while shooting 43.2 percent overall, 39.4 percent from three-point territory and 89.8 percent from the foul line. In addition to reaching double figures in all but one game, Randle has notched 11 20-point games and two 30-point games.

A native of Rock Island, Ill., Randle is 302 points away from passing Todd Lichti (2,336) as Stanford's all-time leading scorer and recently eclipsed the 2,000-point career mark last week against Arizona, becoming only the 15th player in conference history to reach the plateau.

Also this season, Randle has established school records for three-point field goals and minutes played while remaining among the top-five in career field goals made, field goals attempted and steals.

— Stanford Athletics

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