Golden Bears Slip To 10th at Duck Invitational
March 27, 2007
EUGENE, Ore. - The California men's golf team finished the 2007 Duck Invitational in 10th place on Tuesday afternoon at shooting a 310 in the tourney's final round. Junior Michael Jensen was the top Golden Bear finsher for the second tournament in a row, tying for 24th place with a seven-over par 223 on the 7,033-yard par-72 course.
USC wrapped up the team title after leading wire-to-wire and finishing with an 868 (plus four). Oregon State took second place with an 874 while Arizona and Oregon tied for third at 875. Stanford rounded out the top five with an 880. California shot an opening round 291 before slipping to 301 in the second round and a 310 in the final round to finish at 902.
'This was a rough day,' Cal head coach Steve Desimone said. 'It was a very disappointing day for us. There was a lot to play for and we just didn't get it done. The teams that are going to advance are the ones that play well in the final rounds. We have to be more consistent and play better in final rounds. We sure didn't do it today.'
Jensen, coming off the best finish of his career last week, was again the Golden Bears top finisher, shooting a three-round 223. The junior fired an opening round 71 to tie for eighth, then came back with a 73, which actually lifted him in the standings to a tie for fourth overall. However, his final round 79 dropped him to a tie for 24th in the final standings.
Freshman Andrey Mindirgasov and senior Michael Wilson, who finished at 228 (tied for 41st) and 229 (tied for 44th), respectively, followed Jensen on the leaderboard for the Bears. Mindirgasov had Cal's best round of the day on Tuesday with a 74. Freshman Evan Derian matched Wilson at 229.
The format for this year's Duck Invitational featured six golfers from each team participating with the best four scores being counted in each round. This is a slight departure from the traditional five-count-four scoring that is the norm in college golf. The main impetus for the six-player format is that the Ducks will be hosting the Pac-10 championships at the end of next month at ECC, where teams will also compete with six golfers (with five scores counting).
'We get a chance to rest now with spring break,' Desimone said/ 'Hopefully it gives the guys a chance to get home and relax and do some practicing, then we head to Arizona State (4/13-15) at the same course as the regionals. We should still be in good shape for the regional. It was good for us to see Eugene Country Club because we'll be back up here for the Pac-10 Championships (4/23-25). Hopefully we gained some experience from this.'
(Hosted by Oregon)
Eugene Country Club (Par 72, 7,033 yards)
Team Place: 10th (of 12 teams)
Score: 291-301-310 - 902
T24. Michael Jensen: 71-73-79 - 223
T41. Andrey Mindirgasov: 76-78-74 - 228
T44. Michael Wilson: 74-77-78 - 229
T44. Evan Derian: 77-73-79 - 229
T57. Freddy Wolfe: 74-79-81 - 234
64. George Gandranata: 72-83-81 - 236
1. USC: 282-295-291 - 868
2. Oregon State: 287-292-295 - 874
3. Arizona: 290-300-285 - 875
3. Oregon: 287-293-295 - 875
5. Stanford: 300-297-283 - 880
6. Washington: 292-299-296 - 887
6. UCLA: 291-296-300 - 887
8. Arizona State: 294-296-299 - 889
9. San Diego State: 298-297-298 - 893
10. California: 291-301-310 - 902
11. Washington State: 303-295-309 - 907
12. Pacific: 322-307-294 - 923