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September 19, 2011


Sept. 12-18__


Patrick Rodgers__, Stanford


A week after playing in Scotland for the U.S. Walker Cup team, the 18-year-old from Fort Wayne, Ind., competed in his first college event, taking the title at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Classic. Rodgers shot a final-round 68 at Olympia Fields (Ill.) CC's North course to beat Texas' Dylan Frittelli by three strokes.

"We could sense that Patrick was motivated to play well and feeling good about his game," Stanford coach Conrad Ray said afterward. "He's really excited, and he's looking forward to getting to school and settling down a bit after a busy summer."

Rodgers (photo right courtesy of the USGA/John Mummert) flew directly from Scotland back home to Indiana before joining the team outside of Chicago for its first tournament of the 2011-12 season.

Rodgers' performance also helped the Cardinal claim the team title by 16 strokes over Oklahoma State. Stanford shot a collective nine-over 849 to win its first tournament since February 2010, with __Andrew Yun__and Cameron Wilson finishing third and fourth individually.

Here is a YouTube clip (courtesy of with Ray talking about the performance of his team and Rodgers

OSU's final-round 13-under 275 was the second lowest 18-hole total in school history and good enough to give Alan Bratton a victory in his debut as women's coach at his alma mater.

Panos, playing in her first college tournament for Oklahoma State, jumped from T-21 to solo second with her showing over the final 18 holes, finishing at two-under 214, four back of Arizona State's Giulia Molinaro.

Honorable mentions:

Demi Runas, UC Davis ... 3-stroke win at Ptarmigan Ram

Caroline Powers, Michigan State ... medalist at Mary Fossum

Carlie Yadloczky, Auburn ... won Mo-Morial with tournament record