Cal Men's Golf Places 14th at Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge

Oct. 4, 2005

GLENVIEW, ILL - The University of California men's golf team placed 14th at the second annual Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge Tuesday at The Glen Club (par 72, 7,149 yards) in Glenview, Ill. The Golden Bears shot a three-round score of 920 (298, 310, 312). Junior Michael Wilson (75-74-78) and freshman George Gandranata (75-74-78) paced the Bears with scores of 227 (+11), tying for 49th.

This year's field includes seven schools from each league: Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, UCLA, Oregon, USC and Washington from the Pac-10; Indiana, Illinois, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State and Purdue from the Big Ten. Host Northwestern ended up winning the tournament with a score of 860 (286, 289, 285, -4). With three birdies on his last four holes, Northwestern's David Merkow came from behind to capture the individual title, and in the process, help the Wildcats claim the team title by three strokes over Minnesota.

Merkow, who carded a 4-under 68 for the third round and a career-best 7-under 209 (71-70-68) for the tournament, edged Washington's James Lepp, the 2005 NCAA champion, by a single stroke. Cal's other finishers included sophomore Jeff Vetterick at 234 (63rd, 78-82-74, +18), true freshman Larry Wong, from Diamond Bar, Calif. (Diamond Ranch High School) at 239 (68th, 75, 79, 85, +23) and senior Fredrik Svanberg at 242 (70th, 82, 80, 80, +26).

The Bears will next host the Alister MacKenzie Invitational, Mon-Tue., Oct. 10-11 at The Meadow Club in Fairfax, Calif. Teams competing in this years' Alister MacKenzie Invitational include Cal, Cal Poly, Fresno State, Hawaii, Kansas State, Michigan, Oregon, Oregon State, Penn State, Purdue, San Jose State, Stanford, UC Irvine, San Francisco, Washington State and Wichita State. Last year, Oregon State was the team champion with a minus 4 848, while Cal placed third with an 856 (+4).

1 	Northwestern-4 	F 	  -3 	286 	289 	285 	8602 	Minnesota-1 	F 	  -1 	294 	282 	287 	8633 	Arizona State U.+1 	F 	  +4 	288 	285 	292 	8654 	UCLA+4 	F 	  +4 	293 	283 	292 	8685 	Washington+10 	F 	  -1 	289 	298 	287 	8746 	Ohio State Univ.+13 	F 	  +8 	287 	294 	296 	877T7 	Arizona+14 	F 	  +4 	296 	290 	292 	878T7 	Michigan State+14 	F 	  +2 	290 	298 	290 	8789 	Purdue+18 	F 	  +12 	298 	284 	300 	88210 	Illinois+21 	F 	  +6 	290 	301 	294 	88511 	Indiana University+22 	F 	  +11 	293 	294 	299 	88612 	Southern California+35 	F 	  +21 	293 	297 	309 	89913 	Oregon, U. of+41 	F 	  +8 	305 	304 	296 	90514 	California, U. of+56 	F 	  +24 	298 	310 	312 	920

Cal Individual ResultsT 49 George Gandranata 70 77 80 227, +11T 49 Michael Wilson 75 74 78 227, +1163 Jeff Vetterick 78 82 84 234, +1868 Larry Wong 75 79 85 239, +2470 Fredrik Svanberg 82 80 80 242, +26
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