Wilson comes up big again for Stanford at NCAAs

Stanford senior Cameron Wilson, left, pictured being congratulated by Cardinal head coach Conrad Ray after Monday's third round, won his quarterfinal match Tuesday at the NCAA Championship.
Stanford senior Cameron Wilson, left, pictured being congratulated by Cardinal head coach Conrad Ray after Monday's third round, won his quarterfinal match Tuesday at the NCAA Championship. ( Tracy Wilcox )

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

HUTCHINSON, Kan. –– Stanford senior Cameron Wilson knows what it feels like to win an NCAA individual title – he did that Monday, defeating Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans in a three-hole playoff.

He knows the nerves. He knows the excitement. He knows the pressure.

Tuesday, he got a taste of match-play pressure.

"It wasn't even close," said Wilson, who needed 18 holes to notch a 1-up victory over Illinois' Alex Burge. The victory clinched a 3-2 victory for the top-seeded Cardinal, who will face Oklahoma State in the semifinals Tuesday afternoon at Prairie Dunes Country Club.

"I had to put the whole team on my back this afternoon and it was staring me in the face that if I didn't win it was my last holes of college golf."

Wilson closed out Schniederjans with a birdie on the par-5 17th to win medalist honors Monday. A day later, he used another birdie at the 17th to take the final lead in his quarterfinal match against Burge.

"Once we got to 17 I felt pretty good because I played 17 great twice yesterday – I birdied it in regulation and then again in the playoff with awesome tee shots every time," Wilson said. "And I knew I was going to hit a good tee shot again today."

Needing birdie, Burge gave himself a 20-footer at the par-4 18th for a chance to force extra holes. Wilson, who missed a par putt at the finishing hole Monday to fall back into the playoff with Schniederjans, calmly sunk a 3-footer for par to close out his match.

"He's super, super clutch; one of the best putters on the team," said Stanford junior Patrick Rodgers, who won four straight holes on the front nine en route to a 3-and-2 victory over Jonathan Hauter. "He's a special player. He's not scared of anything."

Said Stanford coach Conrad Ray: "There isn't another player I would've rather had out there."

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