Stanford men split a pair of golf matches at Cypress Point


The Stanford men's golf team downed rival Cal in the opening round of the Cypress Point Classic, as the two-day men's golf event opened Monday. The Cardinal later fell in foursome play to Georgia Tech.

The event concludes Tuesday with singles matches at prestigious Cypress Point Club.

Bradley Knox
In best ball play, the Cardinal scored a 10.5-1.5 win over the Golden Bears.

Portola Valley resident Maverick McNealy paired with Brandon Wu, Viraat Badhwar paired with Franklin Huang, and Sacred Heart Prep grad Bradley Knox paired with Jeffrey Swegle. All three pairs were victorious to give Stanford the sweep.

The second round featured foursome (alternate shot) action. McNealy and Wu fell to Luke Schniederjans and Tyler Strafaci, 3.5-0.5, with Knox and Swegle suffering a 4-0 setback to Vince Whaley and James Clark.

Stanford was carried by Badhwar and Huang, who posted a 3.5-0.5 win over Chris Petefish and Tyler Joiner.

The Cypress Point Classic is a bracketed match play event hosted by Stanford and featuring Alabama, California, Georgia, USC, UCLA and Wake Forest, six of whom are ranked among the top 30 teams in the nation.

The eight teams competing have been pre-seeded No. 1 through No. 8 in order by average ranking between Golfstat and Golfweek rankings seven days prior to the event.

The top seed plays the eighth seed, etc., in the first round of bracketed play. Winners go forward in bracket play; losers move to the consolation bracket. Each team is guaranteed three matches under each format outlined.

The first two rounds were played Monday. Round one was contested with fourball (best ball) matches. Teams competed in foursomes (alternate shot) matches in round two. Round three on Tuesday will feature singles matches.

Four total points are available per match. One point each is awarded for the front nine match and for the back-nine match, and two points for the overall match.

Each match is played over 18 holes under the format set for that round. The total number of "holes won" by each side over the full 18-holes will settle ties. Teams with highest point total at the end of each round will advance in the bracket.

— Stanford Athletics

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