USC Collegiate Invitational: Stanford by 10

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. (Feb. 24, 2009) -- Led by tournament individual champion No. 32 sophomore Steve Ziegler, the No. 6 Stanford men's golf team prevailed over a 13-team field at the USC/Ashworth Collegiate Invitational to capture its first team title of the year at North Ranch C.C.

The Cardinal were one of only two teams to post a cumulative under-par total (-13, 830) and topped second-place No. 79 BYU by 10 strokes. No. 27 California checked in at third with a six-over-par 858.

Ziegler shot a nine-under-par 204 and posted the lowest round of the tournament (-6, 65) in the final round to give him the one-stroke victory over Pepperdine's Andrew Putnam. He birdied 13 holes over three rounds, including six in the back-nine in today's final round, as well as an eagle on the 15th hole in the second round.

Freshman David Chung and No. 96 sophomore Sihwan Kim also secured top-10 finishes, as Chung, who eagled No. 8 in the second round and No. 12 today, tied for fifth with a four-under-par 209, and Kim recorded two straight rounds of one-under 70 to tie for 10th at even-par 213. Kim also posted one eagle on the card, needing only three strokes on No. 15.

Senior Dodge Kemmer tied for 18th with a four-over-par 217 and junior Jordan Cox finished out the tournament with a three-over-par 74, his best round of the three, to score a 21-over-par 234.

Senior Daniel Lim, who traveled to compete as an individual, carded a six-over-par 219 to finish in a tie for 26th. Sophomore Graham Brockington finished in 77th (+22, 235). Lim and Brockington were the fourth and fifth Cardinal golfers to notch an eagle over the course of the tournament, as both only needed three strokes on No. 12 in the second round.

BYU was led by Brady Johnson in its runner-up finish. Johnson posted a 1-under 209.

Pepperdine's Andrew Putnam was the runner-up, while UCLA's Gregor Main (a frequent competitor at amateurgolf.com events) placed third.

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