Have you ever gone out for an afternoon round, fired a 3-under 67 and come in last place among your friends? No, didn’t think so. After all, the chances of that happening are pretty astronomical.
But sometimes, the stars align and crazy things happen. This past Sunday, three members of the Stanford golf team went out on the course to play a practice round.
Viraat Badhwar was among the three-ball and carded a jaw-dropping 11-under 59, just good enough for the Stanford Golf Course Record, which is an incredible feat to have on your resume.
The Stanford Cardinals have one of the best collegiate golf programs in the country, boasting sporting alumni like Tiger Woods and Michelle Wie. In fact, the day before Badhwar broke the course record, he met Woods when the future hall of famer stopped by while the team was practicing. Nothing like a visit from Tiger to spark some motivation.
During the round, Badhwar played with two teammates who shot 65 and 67 respectively. One of those teammates was Maverick McNealy, who qualified for this year’s US Open at Pinehurst. Imagine being a U.S. Open qualifier and shooting 5-under par nonetheless, and still taking a six-stroke beating.
From the get go, Badhwar was red hot. He eagled the first hole and made four more birdies on the front nine to shoot a six under par 29. The sophomore continued his relentless play on the back nine making five more birdies to cap off an amazing day and an amazing weekend.The 59 beats the former record of 61 previously set by Badhwar himself and the Stanford women’s golfer Mariah Stackhouse.
The Aussie is off to a solid start this year at Stanford. He has played in all three tournaments so far with a sixth place showing at the Southwestern Intercollegiate as his best finish.
Interestingly enough, Badhwar has not been the Cardinal tearing it up this year on the golf course. Maverick McNealy has been on fire claiming medalist honors in the first two tournaments of the season.
Golf has a funny way of working itself out though. Who knows, this could be just what Badhwar needs to vault to the next level, which would no doubt please Coach Conrad Ray. With guys like McNealy winning tournaments and Badhwar throwing out 59s in practice rounds, you know Stanford will in the running all year long for a National Championship.