Stanford roundup: Men's golf wins regional, heads to NCAAs


Top-seeded Stanford rallied to earn a share of the NCAA Men's Golf Stanford Regional Championships crown with Baylor, as the 54-hole event concluded Wednesday at Stanford Golf Course.

With the win, the Cardinal advances to the NCAA Championships (May 26-31) in Sugar Grove, Illinois.

Maverick Handley
Stanford (271-278-274) has won two consecutive regional crowns.

"It was good to defend our home turf and pick up another win," said Stanford coach Conrad Ray, who has led the Cardinal to its 10th appearance in the NCAA championships in 13 years at the helm. "Our goal was to win the day, and we did it by posting the low team score. We had a lot of solid contributions across the board, and Maverick (McNealy) played solid for us. We've all got some added motivation heading into the NCAA Championships."

The Cardinal trailed Baylor by seven strokes heading into the final round of the three-day event, and went 6-under to match the Bears' final 17-under total.

Pepperdine (-5), Oklahoma (-3) and North Carolina (+3) also advanced to the NCAA Championships. Individual Travis Trace (-2) of North Florida also earned bid to the national finale.

Oklahoma's Brad Dalke (-12) took home medalist honors, with Baylor's Cooper Dossey (-9) claiming second. Maverick McNealy (-8) was third in his final home appearance.

Franklin Huang (67-71-68) and Brandon Wu (70-71-65) tied for fourth at 4-under. Wu's 65, which included only one bogey, was the best score on the day by any player.

Viraat Badhwar (70-69-71) tied for 12th at even-par and Isaiah Salinda (69-71-72) was 2-over for 20th.

Stanford has won eight national titles and twice been the NCAA runner-up. The Cardinal will be playing for a chance at its first title since 2007.


Junior Jesse Kuet's four hits and career-high four RBI led No. 9 Stanford to a 15-9 win over Santa Clara at Stephen Schott Stadium on Wednesday night.

Nico Hoerner, Maverick Handley, Duke Kinamon and Quinn Brodey each knocked in two runs, and every Stanford starter scored a run.

Stanford's early 6-1 lead was cut to 6-5 before a seven-run sixth inning gave the Cardinal enough separation to hold off the Broncos (13-37).

The Cardinal finished undefeated in 10 midweek games this season, and has won nine straight non-conference contests to improve to 34-14 overall.

Stanford scored just two batters into the game. Junior Matt Winaker was hit by a pitch and scored when Hoerner dented the wall with a double to left centerfield.

Hoerner then added his second RBI in as many innings. It came after Jesse Kuet's run-scoring single up the middle and Winaker's sacrifice fly. Hoerner went the opposite way and looped a two-out single to right to score Kuet from second and make it 4-0.

Kuet, who finished 4-for-5, knocked in two more in the third. Stanford loaded the bases with two outs, and the Huntington Beach native lofted one over short for a 6-1 lead.

Santa Clara pushed a run across in the second, one in the third and three in the fifth to close within 6-5.

In the next half inning, Stanford sent 13 to the plate, had six hits, and capitalized on two walks and two errors. Kuet had two hits in the inning, including a single to start the rally and a run-scoring single to cap the scoring. In between, Brodey ripped a two-run single through the right side, sophomore Brandon Wullf added an RBI single, and Handley doubled home two more for a 13-5 lead.

— Stanford Athletics


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