Stanford freshman Huang has a big day on the golf course


Freshman Franklin Huang was 4-under on his back nine at The Prestige at PGA West, finishing with a 68 to lead the Stanford men's golf team Tuesday.

Huang, who started his day with a birdie on hole 10 of the Nicklaus Course, was even on the front and used three-straight birdies on the final stretch to add a layer of shine on his team-best mark.

Portola Valley resident Maverick McNealy is tied for third after his second straight sub-70 round. He turned in a 69 with five birdies and an eagle on the par-5 seventh. He bogeyed the seventh hole in his opening round.

As a team, Stanford (288-281) moved up three spots to seventh with its 7-under performance. Arizona State leads the 14-team field at 23-under heading into Wednesday's final round of the 54-hole event.

Huang, tied for 20th, and McNealy are within striking distance of Arizona State's Max Rottluff and Jon Rahm. The Sun Devil teammates are tied atop the leaderboard at 8-under through 36 holes.

Viraat Badhwar's 73 matched his opening-round score. David Boote was five shots better than Monday's 76, firing a 1-under 71 to share 47th place.

Jeffrey Swegle was even on his front nine but went 5-over on the back for a 77.

Patrick Grimes (73), Dominick Francks (76) and Bradley Knox (80) are representing Stanford as individual competitors.

Men's tennis

Stanford recorded its first shutout of the season, beating visiting Sacramento State, 7-0, in a nonconference match Tuesday at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

The Cardinal (4-2) will take a three-match winning streak into Saturday's nonconference contest with host No. 14 California. The match is set to begin at 10 a.m.

Stanford earned the doubles point and had straight-set victories at each singles position.

John Morrissey posted a 6-2, 6-0 win against Roy Brandys at the No. 3 spot, extending Stanford's lead.

Robert Stineman's 6-4, 6-1 triumph over Christopher Clayton on court six put the Cardinal on the verge of securing the match.

The clincher came from Tom Fawcett, who breezed past Sean Kolar 6-1, 6-1 at the top spot of the lineup. Fawcett improved his team-best overall record to 16-4.

Stanford also received wins from Nolan Paige at No. 5, Maciek Romanowicz at No. 4 and David Wilczynski at No. 2. In five duals, Wilczynski has now played at every spot of the lineup except No. 1.

Women's gymnastics

Stanford's Taylor Rice was named the Pac-12 Specialist of the Week, as announced by the conference.

Rice registered three top-two results with scores of 9.850 or higher during Saturday's 197.075-196.225 loss to visiting No. 10 UCLA in Pac-12 action.

Rice scored a career-best 9.925 on floor helped No. 3 Stanford earn a 49.400 -- the team's highest score in the event since March 1, 2013.

Rice added a first-place result on vault by tying her career-high of 9.900 and tied for second on beam with a 9.850. Her performance on beam was crucial because it came immediately after the gymnast before her fell.

It is the third Pac-12 weekly honor of the season for Stanford after Elizabeth Price was named the Freshman/Newcomer of the Week on Jan. 12 and Ivana Hong earned Specialist of the Week honors Jan. 20.

— Stanford Athletics

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