Cal Men's Golf Places 11th at The Prestige

Oct. 17, 2006

LA QUINTA, CALIF. - LA QUINTA, CALIF. -- The California men's golf team finished 11th Tuesday at The Prestige in La Quinta, Calif., shooting a three round score of 895 (298, 299, 298, +31). The 15-team tournament was played at the Greg Norman Course at PGA West, which is par 72, 7,156-yards. The Golden Bears' top individual finisher was sophomore George Gandranata, who tied for 15th with an even 216, with rounds of 70, 74 and 72. Gandranata had 37 pars over the 54 holes.

Stanford captured the tournament with a 15-under 849 (288, 281, 280), followed by UCLA with a 13-under 851 (294, 276, 281). The Prestige's individual medalist was the Cardinal's Zack Miller with a nine-under 207 (71, 67, 69).

Other individual scores for the Bears included junior Brandon Beck tying for 31st with a seven-over 223 (74, 76, 73). Beck had 40 pars during the 54 holes, second-best in the tournament behind UCLA's Chris Heintz. Junior Michael Jensen tied for 39th with a nine-over 225 (77, 72, 76), freshman Andrey Mindirgasov tied for 59th with a plus-15, 231 (77, 77, 77) and senior Michael Wilson tied for 66th with a plus-19, 235 (78, 78, 79).

So far this fall, Cal has placed third at The Falcon Invitational, Sept. 9-10 in Colorado Springs; fourth at the Husky Invitational, Sept. 25-26, in Auburn, Wash.; and first at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational, Oct. 9-10 at the Meadow Club in Fairfax, Calif., shooting a 26-under 826. The Bears' Wilson was the individual champion of the Alister MacKenzie with an 11-under 202 (65, 67, 70).

Cal will next compete in the CordeValle Classic, played Nov. 6-7 at the CordeValle Country Club in San Martin, Calif.

      11   California, U. of        298  299  298    895      T 15    George Gandranata        70   74   72    216      T 31    Brandon Beck             74   76   73    223      T 39    Michael Jensen           77   72   76    225      T 59    Andrey Mindirgasov       77   77   77    231      T 66    Michael Wilson           78   78   79    235
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