California Men's Golf Opens Action at Pac-10 Championship

April 23, 2007

EUGENE, Ore. - After the first two rounds of the Pac-10 Men's Golf Championship on Monday at Eugene Country Club, the California Golden Bears continue to search for consistency. Cal is currently in 10th place in the field, though an improved second round lifted the Bears to within nine strokes of the top six in the tight field.

USC, ranked No. 10 in the nation, holds first place after a blistering 342 (-18) in the second round alone, to finish the day at 700 (-18). The Trojans are followed by fourth-ranked UCLA (708, -12) and second-ranked Stanford (720, Even). Arizona State (722, +2) and Washington (725, +5) round out the top four. Cal tallied a 741 in the first two rounds (+21).

'This is as disappointed as I have been all season,' Cal head coach Steve Desimone said. 'We played like junior golfers and not like college golfers. If we can't be a little smarter than we were today, then it will be a long trip home.'

Junior Michael Jensen and younger brother Chris Jensen, a freshman, are once again battling for team medalist honors. After Chris opened the day with an even-par round which included five birdies and Michael was two-over on the opening 18, the older brother settled into a groove, firing a four-under 68 in a second round which featured five birdies. Chris registered a 74 in the second round to finish the day at 146, tied for 25th place. Michael is tied for eighth place after day one.

'Michael played solid golf all day,' Desimone said. 'The afternoon round, you couldn't play much better. Chris had a good round this morning, but this afternoon, he gave away too many shots. He made some mistakes that will haunt him. He hit the ball very well and had a chance for a great round, but remember, he's just a freshmen. We have three freshmen playing out there.'

Junior Brandon Beck, making his spring debut for the Golden Bears, fired an impressive 73 in the opening round before slipping to 78 in round two to finish tied for 48th place with a 151. Freshman Evan Derian also opened the day on a hot streak, entering the final four holes of the first round at minus-one, however, a pair of bogeys and a double bogey slipped him to plus-three after the morning session. He notched a four-over 76 in round two to finish at 151 also.

Freshman Andrey Mindirgasov and senior Michael Wilson rounded out the field for Cal. Mindirgasov shot a 77 in the opening round and came back with a plus-two 74 in round two to finish at 151 as well. Wilson shot a two-round 157. The top five scores in each round counted towards the team score.

Action resumes Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. with round three, while the event will finish with another 18 holes on Wednesday morning.

'Thankfully we have two rounds left, we still like to think we can climb up to fifth or sixth,' Desimone said. 'There are some great teams here; it's no coincidence that three of the top 10 teams in the nation are 1-2-3 now. They have a lot of experience on all three of those teams. USC's second round today was one of the all-time great rounds I have seen in college golf.'

Pac-10 Championship (Hosted by Oregon)
Eugene Country Club (Par 72, 7,033 yards)
Eugene, Ore.

Team Place: 10th (after day one)
Score: 371-370 - 741
T8. Michael Jensen: 74-68 - 142
T25. Chris Jensen: 72-74 - 146
T48. Evan Derian: 75-76 - 151
T48. Andrey Mindirgasov: 77-74 - 151
T48. Brandon Beck: 73-78 - 151
T60. Michael Wilson: 79-78 - 157

Team Standings:
1. USC: 358-342 - 700 (-20)
2. UCLA: 355-353 - 708 (-12)
3. Stanford: 356-364 - 720 (E)
4. Arizona State: 356-366 - 722 (+2)
5. Washington: 364-361 - 725 (+5)
6. Oregon: 358-374 - 732 (+12)
T7. Arizona: 369-364 - 733 (+13)
T7. Washington State: 367-366 - 733 (+13)
9. Oregon State: 369-367 - 736 (+16)
10. California: 371-370 - 741 (+21)