Stanford’s Cameron Wilson Wins Individual Title
May 27, 2014
Stanford golfer Cameron Wilson is in pretty good company.
Wilson won the national title Monday when he birdied the third hole of a playoff against Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans at the NCAA tournament at Prairie Dunes in Kansas, helping the Cardinal to the top score in team qualifying.
With the win, Wilson joins Sandy Tatum (1942) and Tiger Woods (1996) as the only Cardinal to earn NCAA medalist honors. It was Wilson’s third Individual title of the season.
“I think he was maybe the most overlooked player here,” Cardinal coach Conrad Ray told the Associated Press. “He’s had a great year. He’s a ball-striker, and if you want to find a ball-striker’s paradise, it’s Prairie Dunes.”
It was also a bit of redemption for Wilson. He bogeyed the final hole of his round, leading to the playoff with Schniederjans.
“The sun was setting, the fescue looked green everywhere, there’s (American) flags everywhere and Ollie is a friend,” Wilson said. “I was just thinking it was all really cool.”
Wilson’s winning birdie came at the par-5 17th. Among those the lefty beat for the title was teammate Patrick Rodgers, who was aiming to break Woods’ school record for victories in a season.
Rodgers recently was named the Ben Hogan Award recipient. The other two players nominated were Wilson and Schniederjans.
Stanford led team qualifying with a score of 13-under, securing the top seed for the match play quarterfinals, which began Tuesday morning.