National golf champions

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Few considered 12th-ranked Stanford a serious threat entering the NCAA Championships. Although the Cardinal arrived with four consecutive team wins, powerhouse Oklahoma NCAA State was the prohibitive favorite and boat-raced the 30-team field by 31 strokes in 72-hole stroke play qualifying.

After a strong start, Stanford sputtered the last two rounds on the steep and punishing 7,500-yard layout and seemed in danger in missing of one of the eight match play berths. But as has been the case all year, different players stepped up when it mattered the most and the Cardinal secured the sixth spot.

After knocking off higher seeds Wake Forest and Vanderbilt on Tuesday in dramatic 3-2 finishes, Stanford drew fifth-seeded Texas in Wednesday’s final. The Longhorns upset Oklahoma in near darkness Tuesday night and felt confident about their chances. But once again, the Cardinal took care of business.



Underdog Cardinal runs the table for ninth NCAA title! #GoStanford pic.twitter.com/BYuvLDQFty

- Stanford Men’s Golf (@StanfordMGolf) May 29, 2019

Falling behind early for the second straight match, which began at 4:45 a.m. PT to beat thunderstorms, first and each delivered a win in the 3-2 victory.

"I’m just so proud of these guys," said Ray. "We battled all week. It is the longest week in golf and to play that fine Texas team and do what we did today, I can’t say enough about my guys."


Heartiest congrats to @StanfordMGolf for winning the #NCAAGolf Men’s Championship today. Well done Cardinal!!! #GoStanford

- Tom Watson (@TomWatsonPGA) May 29, 2019

First-year assistant coach competed for Arkansas for three years and the Blessings Golf Club was his home course. He transferred - wait for it - to Texas and played for the Longhorns his senior season.

"Pretty special," he said.

The Cardinal utilized his home course knowledge to full advantage.

"I give a ton of credit to Coach Bortis," said Shimp, who clinched the title on 17 with a 2 and 1 victory against Spencer Soosman in the leadoff spot. "He does a great job of keeping me calm out there. I just stayed confident and tried to hit good shots."


Tree is standing tall again. pic.twitter.com/i4rtUu6II5

- Stanford Men’s Golf (@StanfordMGolf) May 29, 2019

The win was especially satisfying for seniors Salinda and Wu, who competed for Stanford for the last time. Both went 3-0 in match play.