Supriya Limaye
Men's Golf

Vilips Fires Bogey-Free First Round

CARLSBAD, Calif. - Senior Karl Vilips went bogey-free to open stroke play at the NCAA Men's Golf Championships, turning in a 3-under 69 performance to finish the day third on the individual leaderboard. Stanford finished the day tied for 12th in the team standings. 

I felt my round was disciplined and professional," VIlips said. "I haven't been playing that well as of late, so I really concentrated on staying even keel throughout the round." 

With Omni La Costa projected to be a challenging test for golfers in this weekend's NCAA Championships, Vilips' acknowledged his ability to stay in the fairways and find greens in regulation proved to be a difference-maker in Friday's round. 

"I thought my game management was excellent today. My goal was to hit every green in regulation and I felt like I succeeded," the senior added. "The pin placements were tough. You have to stay disciplined here or things can change in a hurry." 

The rest of Vilips' teammates found the course to be a bit more difficult during Friday's opening round as each of Stanford's remaining four golfers finished the day over par, contributing to a 9-over team effort after one round. 

Seniors Michael Thorbjornsen and Barclay Brown posted identical 2-over 74 rounds on Friday, each tallying three birdies, three bogeys, and a double-bogey in their first trips around the North Course.

Jake Beber-Frankel and Ethan Gao both struggled in their opening round, combining for fourteen bogeys and two double-bogeys with only a single birdie a piece en route to their 8-over 80 scorecards after Friday's play.

Stanford returns to action tomorrow afternoon with tee times beginning at 12:22 p.m. PT. The Cardinal will continue it's second round of the tournament alongside pairing partners Purdue and Wake Forest. 


NCAA Men's Golf Championships (Omni La Costa North Course, par 70)

NameRound 1Round 2Round 3Total
T12. Stanford297 (+7)--- ------
T3. Karl Vilips69 (-3)---------
T41. Michael Thorbjornsen74 (+2)---------
T41. Barclay Brown74 (+2)---------
T135. Jake Beber-Frankel80 (+8)---------
T135. Ethan Gao80 (+8)---------

Italics - Non-scoring round