2021 Tournament | February 28 - March 2, 2021
photo credit to Dino Gomez

When: March 2, 2020
What: 2020 Cabo Collegiate
Where: Cove Club (par 71, 6,807 yards) – Cabo Del Sol, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Rapid Recap and Scoring/Pairings: www.golfstat.com

Arizona, fueled by David Laskin’s 67 and a pair of 69s from Trevor Werbylo and Briggs Duce, posted a 9-under 275 to take a 3-stroke lead over surging Vanderbilt.

Coach Jim Anderson’s Wildcats shared the first-round lead with Baylor and three-time defending champion Oklahoma State and through 36 holes stand at 15-under-par 553. Their fourth score of 70 was posted by Aidric Chan.

“Any time you tee it up, you want to have an opportunity to win one round, or nine holes, or the one hole to go and our job of this week is just to focus on one round at a time, even more specifically just one shot at a time,” Anderson said. “I know that sounds a little cliché, but putting yourself in this position is exactly what you want to do and now we have a chance to perform our best on our final round and if that happens, then we are probably going to be a pretty great shape for the tournament.”

Arizona State held third place at 558 and Florida State and Stanford were tied for fourth at 559. The Cardinal made the largest leaderboard jump of the day, seven places from 11th to T4th.

Vanderbilt, led by William Moll’s 5-under 66, moved up three positions into second place.

Stanford freshman Barclay Brown of England logged the 2020 tournament’s lowest round (and second lowest in event history) with a clean card of 7-under 64 that included five birdies and one eagle. He was joined by Ethan Ng (68), Henry Shimp and Daulet Tuleubayev (69) for a second-round total of 14-under par 270, one stroke off the tournament mark 269.

“I hit a few shots close, made a few putts, really just keeping out of trouble because there are plenty of good scores out there,” Brown said. “It was really just keeping the bogeys and the doubles off the card which I think we all did well today.”

Brown shot a first-round 71 and shares the top spot on the individual leaderboard at 7-under 135 with Baylor freshman Johnny Keefer, of San Antonio, Texas, and Arizona’s Trevor Werbylo, a junior from Tucson.

Arizona’s first-round co-leaders Oklahoma State and Baylor each finished at 283 for the day and 561 for 36 holes and dropped five positions to T6. The Cowboys are vying to win their fourth consecutive title.

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Quotable

Coach Jim Anderson, Arizona

  • (On finishing solidly) “The wind picked up when we were finishing on a few holes at 14, 15, where it was not easy to make par and (Trevor Werbylo) certainly and the entire team did a fairly good job of getting through that stretch and taking advantage of a couple of the downwind holes to finish.”
  • (On playing with the lead) “I know that being in the lead by a few means that we can make a couple mistakes and still be in the lead. I would much rather be in the lead to tee off tomorrow. We played six tournaments this year and in five of them we have had legitimate chances to win. We've played with the lead and won. We played without the lead and tried to catch them and haven’t. I think we can reflect on our experience and ultimately, we are still going to shoot 280 something shoots tomorrow so there’s a long way to go and we’ll just focus on the one shot, one hole, and do the best we can with whatever the course presents tomorrow.

Barclay Brown, Stanford

  • “I thought it was probably one of our better days in the spring. We hadn't had many yet, but just to kind of see some guys that didn't play the way they wanted to play [yesterday] and kind of bounce back today. I think of Reid Davenport especially. He shot three over yesterday but went out there and had it to five under, had a couple bogeys come in but took advantage of the holes he was supposed to and just competed really well. That’s all you can ask of your guys. Freshman William Moll shot 66 for us today, we know that’s what he is capable of and for him to put a round together like that on our moving day at the Cabo Collegiate I think gives us all great energy.”

Notable

  • Stanford’s Round 2 270 is one stroke off the tournament’s round of 269 shared by Oklahoma State (Rd. 2 in 2019) and Arizona State (Rd. 1 in 2019)
  • Barclay Brown’s 64 ties the second-lowest round in tournament history, which is shared by Matthew Wolff of Oklahoma State (Rd. 3 in 2019), Collin Morikawa of California (Rd. 3 in 2018) and Rigel Fernandes of South Florida (Rd. 1 in 2015)
  • Five competitors in the field are on the 2020 Ben Hogan Watchlist as the nation’s best Division I player. The winner gets to wear a tuxedo when the award is presented at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth on June 4:
    • John Augenstein, Vanderbilt, Sr., Owensboro, Ky.
    • Cooper Dossey, Baylor, Sr., Austin, Texas
    • Austin Eckroat, Oklahoma State, Jr., Edmond, Okla.
    • John Pak, Florida State, Jr., Scotch Plains, N.J.
    • Trevor Werbylo, Arizona, Jr., Tucson, Ariz.
  • James Song of California posted a 1-under 70 after a Round 1 87 for a ‘course correction’ improvement of 17 strokes.
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Media Services Note

Link to photos: https://clients.dinogomez.com/cabo-collegiate-2020
Links to post-round Q&A videos:
Barclay Brown, Stanford (player):
Johnny Keefer, Baylor (player):
Jim Anderson, Arizona (coach):

Videos

Barclay Brown, Stanford (player):

Cabo Collegiate 2020 from Dino Gomez on Vimeo.

Johnny Keefer, Baylor (player):

Cabo Collegiate 2020 from Dino Gomez on Vimeo.

Jim Anderson, Arizona (coach):

Cabo Collegiate 2020 from Dino Gomez on Vimeo.