Golden Bears Jump to Seventh at Pac-10 Men's Golf Championship
April 24, 2007
EUGENE, Ore. - California entered the Pac-10 Men's Golf Championship with one of the youngest squads in the event. On Tuesday, the youth led the Golden Bears, who climbed into a seventh place tie with one round remaining at Eugene Country Club. Freshman Evan Derian shot a team-best 69, while classmates Chris Jensen and Andrey Mindirgasov each fired 72's as the Bears passed Oregon and Oregon State to move into a tie with Washington State.
'The young guys did a really good job today,' Cal head coach Steve Desimone said. 'They really responded: 69-72-72; you like seeing that any time, but you really like seeing that out of freshmen. If you told me Michael [Jensen] was going to be our high scorer and we would still shoot like we did, I would have been surprised. I expect Michael to come back with a good strong round tomorrow.'
USC continues to dominate the event, leading by 23 strokes with a minus-35 1045 after three rounds. UCLA is in second place at 1068 (-12), followed by Arizona State (1076, -4). Stanford (1081, +1) and Washington (1083, +3) round out the top five.
Derian, who shot a 75 and 76 in the opening rounds on Monday, connected on six birdies en route to his 69 on Tuesday. His overall score of 220 (+4) is tied for 33rd place.
Junior Michael Jensen, who tallied a 74 on Tuesday, still remains atop the Cal leaderboard with an overall 216 (Even), tied for 15th place. Chris Jensen, meanwhile, added today's 72 to a 72 and 74 from Monday and is at 18 overall and tied for 22nd place.
'We had a very serious monologue last night and the kids worked all day today,' Desimone said. 'We managed our games better today than yesterday; we were much more careful when we were in trouble; and our decision-making was a lot better; that was critical.'
Mindirgasov fired his top round of the event on Tuesday as well as his 72 lifted him to a tie for 43rd place with a plus-seven 223. Junior Brandon Beck and senior Michael Wilson both logged 73's on Tuesday. Beck is at 224 (+8) overall while Wilson is at 230 (+14).
Final round action will begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
'We just need to finish this thing off tomorrow and see if we can move up,' Desimone said. 'Tomorrow is a big day for us. If we play well, we can put ourselves in the regionals. You can't ask for more than that for your last round of the regular season.'
Pac-10 Championship (Hosted by Oregon)
Eugene Country Club (Par 72, 7,033 yards)
Team Place: Tie for seventh (after day two)
Score: 371-370-359 - 1100
T15. Michael Jensen: 74-68-74 - 216 (Even)
T22. Chris Jensen: 72-74-72 - 218 (+2)
T33. Evan Derian: 75-76-69 - 220 (+4)
T43. Andrey Mindirgasov: 77-74-72 - 223 (+7)
T46. Brandon Beck: 73-78-73 - 224 (+8)
T57. Michael Wilson: 79-78-73 - 230 (+14)
1. USC: 358-342-345 - 1045 (-35)
2. UCLA: 355-353-360 - 1068 (-12)
3. Arizona State: 356-366-354 - 1076 (-4)
4. Stanford: 356-364-361 - 1081 (+1)
5. Washington: 364-361-358 - 1083 (+3)
6. Arizona: 369-364-360 - 1092 (+12)
T7. California: 371-370-359 - 1100 (+20)
T7. Washington State: 367-366-367 - 1100 (+20)
9. Oregon State: 369-367-365 - 1101 (+21)
10. Oregon: 358-374-370 - 1102 (+22)