My teammates have used this opportunity to talk about their golf games, highlight the many ways in which Stanford is a great place to be, and detail some of our results thus far. I thought I’d use this blog to tell our supports a little more about each of my teammates and coaches. Before I do that, I’d like to extend a quick thanks to our supporters and donors who have supported our program this year. You all are too numerous to thank in this post, but know that your efforts are appreciated by everyone on the team. Nowhere else would we be able to have so many great experiences all in the course of one season.
That said, here are some of the idiosyncrasies of each player/coach on the team. These descriptions are 100% accurate, especially the final part of Wilson’s.
Coach Ray- Longs to return to his high school days as a three sport star and lead in the school play. Would prefer that we hit irons off most tees and never hit the ball above the tree-line. This philosophy is exemplified by the tee shot he calls the “seed ball” or “crop duster.” Favorite place to hang out is tee boxes on par 3’s, closely followed by the Duck Blind at Dutch Goose.
Coach Rowe-Has a propensity to put hook spin on all of his short shots. Uses his knowledge of wedge play and chipping technique to dominate short game contests. Calls Butler National in Chicago “The greatest course in the world,” mainly due to his career round of 68 in September.
Wilson Bowen- Resident bio-mechanical and medicinal expert. On occasion hits his driver prodigious lengths. Also the only person I know that still carries a two iron. He is rumored to have killed a mountain lion on the Dish with only his bear hands and said two iron.
David Chung- Best distance runner on the team, by a close margin over Shane. Who lifts more weight is a matter that I am not allowed to disclose. Hits flop shots that would make Phil Mickelson jealous. Best known for his “pop catch” in which he makes a full swing with a wedge, hitting the ball straight up in the air and only three feet forward.
Andrew Yun- Formerly known as “Iceman,” rarely shows emotion on the course. Plays golf with machine like precision. Proud of his undefeated record vs. Coach Ray, as well as his two hole in ones on the 17th hole at Stanford.
Steven Kearney- Possibly the farthest and straightest driver of the ball on the team. Always has surfboard in his car, just in case... Known for winning last year’s Wilson Bowen Invitational at the Olympic Club. This year’s event has been named the Steven Kearney Invitational in honor of his phenomenal victory.
Andre de Decker-Deadliest with a wedge in his hands. Often scares the hole from 20-50 yards, as well as most greenside bunkers. Wields the long putter efficiently, rarely missing from inside 10 feet. Has a funny accent, probably Australian but possibly South African?
Shane Lebow- Most excitable team member, as well as most energetic. Master of the bump and run shot, as well as all shots from deep rough. Always contends for victory in team runs, often surging ahead in the final lap to overcome leader.
Cameron Wilson (description by Andrew Yun): Resident geographical and political expert. More likely to be reading NY Times than to go on Facebook. Effectively uses wide hips to hit booming drives. Driest sense of humor on the team.
Patrick Grimes- Biggest proponent of using the long putter. Uses his long putter to make putts from everywhere, but also to attack playing partners that take too long or step in his line. A California native, he knows every single college golfer in the state of California.
Patrick Rodgers- Sometimes known as Daddy Longlegs for legs that reach to most peoples’ neck. Without a doubt wears the longest inseam on the team. Believes Indiana to be the greatest place in the world. Also is adamant that Q’doba is better than Chipotle.
Marcel Puyat- Team’s best putter from 5-10 feet. Repeatedly bends down to pick his ball out of the hole before he has made the putt. We do not know if he spends more time practicing or playing Words with Friends on his phone. Most forgetful, very prone to locking keys in car and leaving headlights on.
Cameron Wilson, sophomore from Rowayton, Connecticut