Stanford men win regional, advance to NCAA golf finals


Sophomore Franklin Huang posted his first collegiate win to spark the Stanford men's golf team to the top of the podium Wednesday at the NCAA Tucson Regional Championships in Marana, Ariz.

The team title advances Stanford to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., after securing its second regional title in the past three seasons.

The top-seeded Cardinal blasted the field by going 31-under (274-284-275). Oregon (-17) was second, UAB (-7) third, Cal (-2) fourth and Wake Forest (-1) fifth. Stanford placed four performers in the top-10.

Huang (67-69-68) was 12-under through the 54-hole event, holding off teammate and second-place finisher Maverick McNealy (68-71-67) on the last circuit of play at the par-72 Gallery Golf Club. Huang's only final-round blemish was a double-bogey on the par-5 ninth. He responded with birdies on holes 10 and 11, eventually going 4-under on the back nine.

McNealy's six-birdie, one-bogey outing put the final touches on his 10-under performance and third-straight top-10 finish.

Eighth-place David Boote (69-72-71) was 4-under overall, one shot ahead of ninth-place Jeffrey Swegle (72-72-69).

Each of the top-10 performers combined for 12 rounds of even-par or better.

Brandon Wu's 40th-place effort came after rounds of 70-75-77. He was 6-over for Stanford.

The NCAA Championships will be hosted by Eugene Country Club from May 27-June 1.

Men's crew

Stanford will field two boats in the 2016 Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships as entries were announced on Wednesday.

The Cardinal earned an automatic berth in the IRA Championships by placing third as a team in this past weekend's Pac-12 Championships.

The 2016 IRA Championships will take place on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, New Jersey, Friday – Sunday, June 3-5.

Stanford will field a varsity eight and a varsity four in the 2016 IRA Championships. The Cardinal's varsity eight, ranked No. 14 in the latest USRowing Coaches Poll, will be one of 24 entries in the national regatta.

Also competing in the varsity eight event at the IRA's will be Boston, Brown, California, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Drexel, Florida Institute of Technology, George Washington, Harvard, Hobart, Navy, Northeastern, Oklahoma City, Oregon State, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Santa Clara, Syracuse, Temple, Washington, Wisconsin, and Yale.

The Cardinal varsity four is one of 29 entries in the IRA Championships. Stanford is joined by Boston, Brown, California, Colgate, Holy Cross, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Drexel, Fairfield, Harvard, Jacksonville, Loyola, Marietta, Marist, Milwaukee School of Engineering, MIT, Navy, Northeastern, Oklahoma City, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Santa Clara, Temple, Washington, Washington College, Wisconsin, and Yale.

The varsity four captured a bronze medal in last year's IRA Championships, also held on the West Windsor, New Jersey course. The varsity eight placed 18th overall in last year's IRA Championships. Stanford has placed in the top 20 of the varsity eight every year since the results go back to 1999.

— Stanford Athletics

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