SALT LAKE CITY, Ut. (April 30, 2016) -- Stanford shot the low round of the day on Saturday and extended their five shot lead to 12 over Cal Berkeley and lead third place USC by 31 strokes.
Once again Stanford showed impressive depth with five of their six players shooting par or better in windy conditions. Franklin Huang's 68 was low for the team and puts him in a tie for 5th at 7-under. David Boote continued his strong play with a 1-under par 70 as he continues to share 2nd place. Maverick McNealy's round of 69 put him up into the top 10 at 4-under par.
“It’s a team effort for sure,” Stanford coach Conrad Ray told Stanford Athletics. “I think we had five guys out of six that had par or better today. The set up was tough, the wind was blowing, and it was kind of chilly. I was proud of our guys and we just ground it out. Cal and USC are great teams, so we know that we have a lot of golf left to play tomorrow.”
K.K. Limbhasut further increased is individual lead with his third straight 5-under 66. For the 2nd time in the tournament, Limbhasut played bogey-free golf. He'll take a six shot lead over Boote, Jon Rahm, and Jonathan Garrick into tomorrow's final round.
DAY ONE STORY
Coming off a 10-shot win at the Western Intercollegiate, Stanford kept their momentum going into the Pac 12 Championship, taking a five-shot lead after a blistering 19-under par 2nd round.
The Cardinals have been lead thus far by senior David Boote who opened with exceptional rounds of 66 and 68 for an 8-under par total. Franklin Huang sits in a tie for 8th after rounds of 66, 72 while Maverick McNealy and Jeffery Swegle are at 2-under and tied for 12th. Swegle gave the Cardinals a huge 2nd round boost with a 64 after opening with a 76.
Stanford holds a five-shot lead over Cal Berkeley and a 16-stroke lead over USC. Berkeley have been lead by the individual leader K.K. Limbhasut after back-to-back rounds of 66. Limbhasut has only recorded one bogey to go along with nine birdies and an eagle.
With the top five out of six players counting for each team, a premium is placed on depth this week. Stanford has shown that they have plenty of that to go around thus far as they look to capture their third straight division title.