Cal Men's Golf Set to Host Fifth Annual Alister MacKenzie Invitational

Oct. 4, 2006

BERKELEY, CALIF. - The University of California men's golf team will host the fifth annual Alister MacKenzie Invitational this Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 9-10, at The Meadow Club in Fairfax, Calif. The Alister MacKenzie Invitational is a 54-hole tournament, with 36 holes played on Monday and 18 holes on Tuesday. The Meadow Club course, founded in 1927, measures 6,606 yards and is a par-71.

Tee times start at 7:20 a.m. on Monday and 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday. A practice round will be held Sunday. Results of the Alister MacKenzie Invitational will be available on the Cal men's golf page on www.calbears.com.

The field for this year's event includes some of the nation's best collegiate golf teams. Joining Cal at this 15-team event will be Cal Poly, Fresno State, Kansas State, Long Beach State, Oregon, Oregon State, Penn State, UC Davis, San Francisco, San Jose State, Santa Clara, UC Irvine, Washington State and Saint Mary's.

The Bears, the 2004 NCAA champions, won last year's Alister MacKenzie Invitational behind the solid play of Jeff Vetterick, George Gandranata, Michael Wilson and Michael Jensen. The Golden Bears finished with a three-round score of 844 (276, 281, 287), ahead of Fresno State's 847 (280, 283, 284) and Purdue's 848 (277, 277, 294). Cal had won the 2003 (833, -19) Alister MacKenzie Invitational as well. Fresno State (841, -11) won the tournament in 2002 and Oregon State (848, -4) captured the title in 2004.

Vetterick paced the Bears, finishing tied for eighth with a three-under 210 (70, 65, 75). After shooting a career-best 65 during the second round, he notched his highest collegiate finish. George Gandranata was also impressive, shooting a two-under 211 for the tournament (69, 74, 68), including hitting a hole in one of the number eight 168 par three, to finish tied for 10th. Veteran Michael Wilson, the only returnee from Cal's NCAA championship team, and Michael Jensen, both registered one-under 212's, finish tied for 17th.

Fresno State's Jon Rosa was the 2005 individual champion, shooting a three-round 205 (71, 67, 67), one better than Stanford's Rob Grube's 206 (66, 67, 73).

So far this fall, Cal has placed third at The Falcon Invitational, Sept. 9-10 in Colorado Springs, and fourth at the Husky Invitational, Sept. 25-26. In its opening tournament of the 2006-07 season at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., the Bears shot a three-round score of nine under 855 (293, 280, 285), trailing only Xavier (845, -19) and Colorado State (854, -10). Top finishers for the Bears were junior Jensen, who placed eighth with a four under 212 (72, 72, 68), and freshmen Andrey Mindirgasov (74, 69, 71) and Chris Jensen (74, 67, 73, brother of Michael), who placed 10th with a two-under 214.

At the Husky Invitational, Bears shot a three-round 13-over 877 (287, 296, 295), trailing only champion UCLA (280, 287, 288 - 855, -9), host Washington (289, 294, 281 - 864, E) and UC Davis (286, 298, 292 - 876, +12). Top individual finisher for Cal was sophomore Gandranata, who tied for 11th with a one-under 215 (72, 70, 73).

The 2006-07 Cal men's golf team will be led by senior Wilson, who was named the 2002-03 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and a member of Cal's national championship squad in 2004, and Jensen, a 2005 honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection. Cal is coached by Steve Desimone, Golfweek's 2003-04 College Coach of the Year, who is in his 28th season directing the Bears' men's golf program. The Meadow Club will be the site of the 2008 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championship, Apr. 27-30, 2008.

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