Stanford junior Patrick Rodgers took control of medal play at the Western Amateur Championship with a third-round 6-under 66 at the Alotian Club on Thursday in Roland, Ark.
Rodgers, who placed 15th as an amateur at the John Deere Classic on the PGA tour (14-under 270), will take a four-stroke lead into Friday's final round.
Atherton resident Jonathan Garrick is also in the hunt as the top 16 finishers will begin match play on Saturday morning. The champion will be crowned Sunday.
Garrick shot a 4-under 68 on Thursday and is in a ninth place tie with seven others, each with a 210. Stanford's Andrew Yun is on the cusp, tied for 17th after shooting a 1-under 71 for a three-round total of 211.
Stanford's Cameron Wilson, one of the co-leaders after the first round, is in 40th with a 215 after rebounding with an even par 72. He shot a 78 on Wednesday.
"You just have to play smart," Rodgers told Barry Cronin of the event's website. "The greens have a lot of slope on them, but you can really use that to your advantage, if you aim at the right places. The greens are so good that if you just leave yourself underneath the hole, you can make some 10 or 15 footers."
Rodgers, who plans to return to Stanford for his junior year, will play on the Walker Cup team next month for the second time in his career.
"I didn't know who set up the pins today , but somebody was out to get us," Rodgers said. "There weren't too many easy ones out there."
Rodgers finished 17th at the Porter Cup tournament at the Niagara Falls Country Club, finishing strong after opening with a 3 over par.
Wilson was 12th in the same tournament, finishing three strokes ahead of Rodgers with a four-round total of 275. Yun was 29th at 282.
"I felt really in control," Rodgers said. "I played really well at the John Deere, and I had a weird week at the Porter Cup. But my ball striking has continued to get better since last week, steadily improved."
Cronin's full story can be found here.
At the Junior PGA Championship in Potomac Falls, Va., Palo Alto High's Michelle Xie and Gunn High's Anna Zhou saw their tourney runs end Thursday. Xie shot a third-round 74, her best round of the event on the 6,130-yard layout in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. Xie's total of 227 left her five strokes back of the last qualifying spot. Zhou shot 76 in the third round and finished at 229 at the Trump National Golf Club. The co-leaders shot 209.
The Sporting News' 2013 preseason all-conference and All-America teams have been released with Stanford garnering four sports on the All-Pac-12 team and two on the All-America team.
Trent Murphy and Shayne Skov earned preseason All-Pac-12 honors at linebacker. Ed Reynolds was also tabbed all-conference and All-America alongside David Yankey, who has been named to every preseason All-America team and continued to receive accolades with mention by The Sporting News.
Stanford Swimming went one-two in the men's 800 free relay and took over first place in the team standings while Felicia Lee captured the women's 100 fly and helped her teammates solidify second in team race at the U.S. Open on Thursday at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine.
The Stanford men's 'A' team of Bobby Bollier, Thomas Stephens, David Nolan and Christopher Pickard splashed to victory in 7:24.26 while the 800 relay B squad of Andrew Cosgarea, Jeff Garnier, Mitchell Stoehr and Bryan Offutt clocked 7:26.22 for second. That effort capped an evening that left Stanford in first with 198 points.
Lee, meanwhile, splashed to victory in the women's 100-meter fly in 58.94 to help the Cardinal finish the night with 150 points, trailing only Australia.
Stanford's Andi Taylor was fifth in the women's 400 IM in 4:45.16 and the Stanford 800 free team of Allison Arnold, Lee, Taylor and Julia Anderson finished fifth in 8:10.33.
For the Stanford men, Cardinal graduate Jason Dunford finished sixth in the 100 fly in 52.48 to lead individual efforts.