13 Oct 2014
Viraat Badhwar tore his home course apart.
Former Australian squad member and Golf Queensland product Viraat Badhwar is making a splash in his time at Stanford University in the United States.
Badhwar shot a 59 at Stanford, a course record, the same weekend that he met the university’s most famous former student, Tiger Woods. Stanford’s course is a par-70.
The 19-year-old sophomore was playing with teammates, and began his day with an eagle at the par-five first. He carded 29 for the front, 30 for the back, closing with two pars. He made nine birdies and the eagle for the day, according to a report in Golf Week.
Badhwar had met Woods at the weekend because the former world No. 1 was at Stanford as part of the celebrations for his teammate Notah Begay’s induction into the university’s hall of fame.
A former winner of Australia’s Master of the Amateurs event, Badhwar was a member of Golf Australia’s national squad as recently as last year. He won the Master of the Amateurs at Royal Melbourne in 2013, coming from six shots back on the final day. At 17, he was the youngest winner of the event in its 15-year history.
Born in India, he moved to Queensland with family when he was 11. He was part of the Queensland junior squad for three years and then the Queensland men’s state squad in 2013, as well as a Queensland Academy of Sport scholarship-holder.
He has played three events for Stanford this season, logging one top-10 finish.