Pair of Stanford men are named to college golf watch list

Stanford men's golfers Patrick Rodgers and Cameron Wilson were named to the watch list for the Ben Hogan Award, as announced Thursday by Texas' Colonial Country Club, the Friends of Golf (FOG) and the Golf Coaches Association of America.

This is the ninth consecutive year that Stanford has had a player named to the watch list, the longest active streak by any school. The next longest active streaks are Alabama (7) and Illinois (5).

Eight of this year's 30 players have previously been named to the watch list, including Rodgers, who was a 2012 finalist. It is third time in as many seasons Rodgers has been named to the watch list.

The most prestigious award in men's college golf, the Ben Hogan Award is presented annually to the top men's NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or NJCAA college golfer, taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during the past 12-month period.

The selection committee, which votes during each stage of the process, is comprised of leaders in professional, amateur and collegiate golf.

A list of 10 semifinalists, which could include individuals not on the current 30-man list, will be unveiled April 16. That group will be pared down to three finalists on May 7.

The winner will be crowned at a black-tie banquet at Colonial Country Club on May 18 prior to the start of the PGA Tour's Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

Men's soccer

Stanford men's soccer head coach Jeremy Gunn announced the signing of eight recruits to National Letters of Intent Friday.

Joining the Cardinal and beginning their collegiate careers in 2014 are Alex Ainscough (Canton, Mass./Canton HS), Corey Baird (Escondido, Calif./Vista Grande HS), Tomas Hilliard-Arce (Matthews, N.C./Providence Day School), Danya Kafai (Woodside, Calif./Woodside HS), Foster Langsdorf (Vancouver, Wash./Mountain View HS), Collin Liberty (Van Nuys, Calif./Cleveland HS), Drew Skundrich (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield HS), and Sam Werner (Bozeman, Mont./Lake Oswego HS).

The class joins a Stanford team that went 10-7-4 in 2013 and qualified for the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009. The Cardinal reached the Round of 16 before falling at No. 2 seed Washington.

"We are very excited to welcome such a talented class to our program. We are adding some very special talent and some truly exceptional competitors," said Gunn, who will enter his third season as Cardinal boss in 2014. "They offer flair and creativity in certain areas, while reinforcing the steel and resolve of the program in other parts. They will afford us great strength and depth when coupled with a very strong returning nucleus. Most importantly for Coach [John Smith and I, is that we feel we are bringing in exceptional people who will embrace the culture of being outstanding student-athletes at Stanford. This group exemplifies the standards that we aspire to – they have flair and ability, but most of all they understand the value of commitment and hard work."

Menlo baseball

Menlo assistant baseball coach Chris Cleary was hired as an assistant at NCAA Division I Butler it was learned Friday.

Cleary, a 2012 graduate of Menlo College, had just begun his second year as an assistant coach for the Oaks following a four-year playing career in navy and white.

"Chris Cleary is a rising star in the world of college baseball coaches," said Oaks' coach Jake McKinley. "His loyalty, work ethic and knowledge of how to make players he coaches better is well beyond his years."

Cleary will join longtime Butler head coach Steve Farley's staff immediately. Butler competed in the Atlantic-10 a season ago, finishing 25-27. They will compete in the Big East this season.

Cleary played four seasons for the Oaks as a pitcher and middle infielder where he helped the team to a conference championship in his senior season (2012).

He holds a Bachelor's degree in Sports Management and was a Dean's list student.

— Stanford, Menlo Athletics


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