Stanford's Badhwar among leaders at golf tournament


The Stanford men's golf team moved up one spot to second among the 14-team field at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate and Viraat Badhwar sits in a three-way tie for first after Monday's round in Mexico.

Stanford was one of three teams to finish under par and trails leader South Florida by one stroke. The Cardinal recorded a 6-under 278 and is now 8-under through 36 holes.

Badhwar followed his opening-round 4-under with a 3-under 68 to share first with Washington's Cheng-Tsung Pan and South Florida's Rigel Fernandes. Badhwar bogeyed the par-3 second and went on to drop four birdies on the next 16 holes.

"It was a great team effort and we were excited about moving up the leaderboard," Stanford coach Conrad Ray said.

The three-day tournament concludes Tuesday as the Cardinal is looking for a fourth straight top-10 finish.

David Boote, who is tied for 11th, shot a 1-under 70 and Maverick McNealy bounced back from a 74 with a 2-under 69. McNealy is tied for 17th at 1-over.

Jeffrey Swegle is tied for 17th at 1-over after an even-par round and Franklin Huang posted his second straight 1-over 72.

Meanwhile, McNealy was named the Pac-12 Conference Men's Golfer of the Month for February. The sophomore from Portola Valley, who is currently ranked sixth by, posted a pair of top-2 finishes to start the spring season, including a win at The Prestige for his third career victory.

He's also the fifth player in Stanford history with three wins in a single season, joining the likes of Tiger Woods, Patrick Rodgers, Zack Miller and Joel Kribel.

McNealy shot a 15-under 201 (67-69-65) to open the spring season with a second place finish at the Amer Ari Invitational in Waikoloa, Hawaii. He followed that performance with another 15-under 201 (68-69-64) to claim medalist honors during The Prestige at PGA West. His 64 helped to pace Stanford to a third-round 20-under, tying the best single round in program history, and a second-place finish in the team race.

Women's golf

Lauren Kim was in the lead and Stanford in fifth when play was suspended late in the second round of the Bruin Wave Invitational at El Caballero County Club on Monday in Tarzana.

The Cardinal finished the first round Monday morning in third place and rain caused a 35-minute delay during the early afternoon.

Play was suspended shortly before 6 p.m. with Washington holding onto the top spot. Most teams have three or four holes to complete before the final round commences.

Kim finished at even par in the first round, good for seventh place. She moved into the lead with a 1-under through the 16th hole, one of just two players below par so far in the second round.

Casey Danielson produced a quality first round, shooting a 2-under 70 for third. Mariko Tumangan

was in ninth after the first round.

— Stanford Athletics

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