Cal Men's Golf Climbs To Second Place at Western Intercollegiate
March 20, 2007
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - Having played in windy and rainy conditions earlier this season clearly helped the California men's golf team on Tuesday. The Golden Bears jumped all the way from seventh place to second place at the 61st annual Western Intercollegiate at Pasatiempo Golf Course for their top finish of the season. Junior Michael Jensen had his second below-par round of the tournament, firing a two-under 68 to climb to fifth place among individuals, the top finish of his collegiate career, on the par-70 6,432-yard course.
Purdue won the team title with an overall score of 849 (+9). The Golden Bears were at 864, followed by Fresno State at 866. Washington, the top-ranked team in the tournament, finished fourth with an 867 while San Diego (868) and Long Beach State tied for fifth in the 18-team field.
'It was a really good day today,' head coach Steve Desimone said. 'I have to give the kids credit; we've been working hard. There were tough conditions out there today; but these guys are tough guys. I don't care what the conditions are, it seemed like when we had to play, we did it. The course played really hard today. Looking at the scores shows how hard it was today. This was a very solid round in a very solid field.'
Jensen opened the tournament with a three-under 67 before slipping to a 74 in Monday's second round. However, on Tuesday, the junior from Los Altos registered a 68 to finish with a one-under 209.
'There were only four-under par rounds today,' Desimone said. 'Michael's 68 today was one of our best rounds in the last few years. That was major league today.'
Senior Michael Wilson was the second-place finisher for the Bears, sandwiching a 70 between a pair of 73's to finish at 216 and tied for 17th place. Sophomore George Gandranata tied for 36th place with a 200.
'Michael [Wilson] had a solid tournament,' Desimone said. 'He hit the ball well, made some key putts, and finished in the top 20. It's good to have him going and playing with confidence. It couldn't come at a better time.'
John Streibach from Xavier was the individual champion, firing an impressive 199, including rounds of 67, 69 and 63. Streibich's final round featured a hole-in-one on the par 3, 194-yard 5th hole and tied a record first set by 1964 U.S. Open champion and former CBS-TV golf commentator Ken Venturi, who played for San Jose State in the 1950s, Bryan Pini of the University of the Pacific, and Jason Allred of Pepperdine University. Streibich, who won for the first time in college competition, also tied Allred's tournament record for a 54-hole score.
The Golden Bears return to action next Monday and Tuesday at the Duck Invitational in Eugene, Ore.
'We beat some really good teams here, again, we're playing well against really good competition,' Desimone said. 'If we keep playing well, and keep up on our momentum, we will keep closing in on a regional bid. We can smell it.'
61st Annual Western Intercollegiate
(Hosted by San Jose State)
Pasatiempo Golf Course (Par 70, 6,432 yards)
Santa Cruz, Calif.
Team Place: 2nd (of 18 teams)
Score: 282-294-288 - 864