Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - May 11, 2012

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CARDINAL CORNER . . . Stanford freshman Patrick Rodgers, along with UCLA's Patrick Cantlay and Jordan Spieth of Texas, have been named finalists for the 2012 Ben Hogan Award, presented annually to the top player in collegiate golf. 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 Ben Hogan Award Selection Committee represents leaders in professional, amateur and collegiate golf. Rodgers, a native of Avon, Ind., is currently among the top four in all four major rankings systems: WAGR, Scratch Players, Golfweek/Sagarin and Golfstat. Last summer, he represented the United States at the 2011 Walker Cup, finished second at the Players Amateur, took fourth at the Northeast Amateur and reached the round of 16 at the U.S. Amateur . . . Stanford Provost John Etchemendy has asked Patrick Dunkley, deputy director of athletics, to serve as interim Athletic Director over the summer months after Athletics Director Bob Bowlsby departs in June 16 to lead the Big 12 Conference. Dunkley joined Stanford Athletics in spring 2011 after nearly a decade in the Office of the General Counsel, where he handled athletics among other legal matters.  Within Athletics, Dunkley has been responsible for human resources, NCAA, Pac-12 and institutional compliance and legal affairs.

OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Veteran Castilleja School Athletic Director Jez McIntosh will be starting a new job on Wednesday, as the Facilities, Event and Operations Manager at Stanford University. He will oversee the soccer, softball and track and field stadiums. McIntosh, who spent 14 years building Castilleja into a solid athletics program and raised the visability of the schools' sports teams to levels never before seen at the Palo Alto campus, will spend his final day at school on Monday after accepting the job at Stanford this past Tuesday. McIntosh, who founded the West Bay Athletic League and is the current commissioner, hopes to stay on in that position. The Board of Directors will meet Tuesday and vote. McIntosh also coached the Castilleja basketball team, so the school will need to fill two positions with McIntosh leaving . . . Gunn High badminton coach Marc Tsukakoshi was recently awarded the 2011 Volunteer Coach of the Year Award from the United States Olympic Committee. The nominees are named at the end of the year, and the awards are presented in the spring of the following year. Tsukakoshi, a 1997 Gunn grad, has coached 31 CCS medalists — players who reached the semifinals in singles or doubles — in 11 years as head coach. Of that group, 12 were section champions.

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