Patrick Rodgers defended his title and No. 10 Stanford tied for fourth at the Olympia Fields (Ill.)/Fighting Illini Invitational.

The Cardinal carded rounds of 297-285-291 (33 over) to finish 19 strokes behind first-place Arkansas.

Rodgers, who won at Olympia Fields a year ago in his first collegiate competition, got stronger with each round. Opening with a 72, the sophomore shot 68-67 to finish 3-under par (207), besting the five who tied for second by five strokes. Rodgers birdied three of his first seven holes Tuesday and posted his fourth birdie of the day on 18, the only competitor to finsh under par. The victory is the third in 13 career starts.

Stanford freshman David Boote (71-214) tied for seventh in his first collegiate competition.

"The conditions were tough in the final round, and the guys hung in there, Stanford coach Conrad Ray said.

  • Jim Knoll of Sunnyvale won two matches to advance in the upper bracket at the USGA Senior Amateur at West Caldwell, N.J. Knoll defeated Sam Till Jr. or Fort Wayne, Ind., 1 up, then beat Steven Ford of Trappe, Md., 3 and 2 in the round of 16 at Mountain Ridge Country Club.

    Tennis

    Stanford's John Morrissey posted a 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory over David O'Leary of Memphis in the second round of qualifying singles action at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla.

    Morrissey will face UCLA's Dennis Mkrtchian on Wednesday.


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    Morrissey teamed with Matt Kandath to defeat Louisville's Sebastian Stiefelmeyer and Albert Wagner 9-8 (1) in the second round of doubles.