Jim Liu to leave Stanford, take semester off school

Jim Liu to leave Stanford, take semester off school

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Jim Liu to leave Stanford, take semester off school

Jim Liu has decided to leave the Stanford men’s golf team. Liu, a sophomore from Smithtown, N.Y., informed Cardinal head coach Conrad Ray of his decision Monday afternoon.

“This was a hard decision to make because I love my teammates and I’m close with all of the guys,” Liu wrote Golfweek in an email.

Liu added that “some differences” led him to leave the team.

“I played well going into last year’s season, making it to the semifinals at the British Amateur and to match play in the U.S. Amateur, but some things transpired between me and coach that I definitely was not expecting,” Liu said in his email. “Additionally, I injured my back toward the tail end of last season and spent a large part of my summer recovering. By the time fall rolled around, I decided to return to Stanford and give things another shot.”

Ray said Monday evening that he was “supportive” of Liu’s decision, though it was “a little bit of a surprise.”

“We really try to take an active role in helping guys become better players and help them manage Stanford and all that it is,” Ray said. “Sometimes it matches up (with the player) and sometimes it doesn’t, and I respect that each guy has his own way. … He just felt like he needed to go do his own thing.”

A regular in Stanford’s lineup this fall, Liu played in all four of the Cardinal’s events. He tied for second in Stanford’s fall opener, the Southwestern Intercollegiate, but didn’t finish better than T-12 in his next three starts. He ended the fall ranked 179th in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings while Stanford ranked 14th as a team.

During his freshman season, Liu made nine starts with a best finish of T-7 at The Prestige at PGA West.

As a junior golfer, Liu won the 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur and was a four-time AJGA Rolex All-American. He played in two Junior Ryder Cups and twice was medalist in the U.S. Junior Amateur (2012, ’13). In all, he has played in five U.S. Junior Amateurs, four U.S. Amateurs and two U.S. Amateur Public Links events.

Liu said he plans to take the rest of the year off from school to “enjoy the game and play some amateur golf.” He intends to return to school next fall.

“This decision is a tough one for the team,” Ray said. “We’re disappointed, but we also respect his decision. I think the world of Jim Liu. He is a great player and a great kid with a bright future in golf.

“We really care about Jim and he felt like it was best for him, so we wish him well.”

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