While the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate marked the final tournament of the fall for the Stanford men’s team, it also served as the collegiate debut for Cardinal freshman Viraat Badhwar.
Badhwar, who missed the team’s first three events of the fall as he recovered from a wrist injury, posted rounds of 72-70-73 en route to a T-37 finish at 2-over 215. Stanford finished second as a team.
“He has made the transition (to college) really well, but had to miss a few events because of a wrist injury,” Stanford coach Conrad Ray said. “He is healthy now, doing great and loving Stanford.”
Badhwar, a native of Australia, was one of the top recruits for the Class of 2013. He is currently No. 78 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
Ray said he expects Badhwar to play a significant role for the Cardinal this spring as he joins a lineup that already includes Patrick Rodgers, Cameron Wilson, David Boote and fellow freshman Jim Liu.
“The more he plays the more comfortable he looks, Ray said.
With Badhwar’s presence this spring, look for Stanford, which missed out on the NCAA Championship last season, to be in the mix by the time the postseason rolls around.