Golden Bears In Strong Position After Day Two of NCAA Golf Regionals
May 18, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. - Despite earning the No. 21 seed for the NCAA Men's Golf West Regional, California is just five strokes off the pace to climb into the top 10 and qualify for the NCAA National Championships after Friday's second round at Karsten Golf Course. The Golden Bears shot a solid six-under 282 in the tourney's second round to finish day two with a 562 (-14), tied for 12th place overall in the 27-team field.
UCLA continues to lead the field after firing a 15-under 273 on Friday for an overall 541 (-35). However, South Carolina is just behind after a blistering 269 (-19) on Friday for an overall 542 (-34). USC (550) and Arizona State are tied for third while Washington (555) and East Tennessee State are tied for fifth place.
'One of the keys was to play in the morning with the leaders (top 15) and we're there,' head coach Steve Desimone said. 'I'd sure like to be closer to the 10th spot. Entering the tournament, I thought that 20-under would be the magic number, but it looks more like 26 or 27. We were close each day to putting together a round that was 12 or 14 under. We've been in this position before where we need a real solid round, maybe tomorrow will be our day.
'If you had asked me in the fall if I would have taken being tied for 12th in the regional after two rounds and needing one solid round to make the nationals with everything we had going on, I would have said, `Definitely.' I am so proud of these guys. They have left nothing in the bag. We have gotten so much out of these guys. They're laying it all on the line.'
The Golden Bears will tee off between 7:30 and 8 on Saturday morning for the final round. The top 10 teams and top two individuals not on those teams will advance to the 2007 NCAA Championships held in Williamsburg, Va., May 30-June 2 at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club (hosted by Virginia Commonwealth).
Junior Michael Jensen continues to perform admirably on the course, posting his 14th sub-par round of the year with a one-under 71 to close out day two with a 137 (-7), tied for 15th place. He posted a season-best 66 in Thursday's opening round.
'Michael had another solid round,' Desimone said. 'It's hard to back up really good rounds. He got a couple of terrible breaks. Talk about bad luck. He couldn't have had much worse. To his credit, he bounced back and closed very well.'
Junior Brandon Beck, playing in just his second tournament of the spring, posted a 68 to match his career-best round, including an eagle on the 500-yard par-five fifth hole. The junior has an overall 139 (-5) to climb into a tie for 30th place.
'This is a good course for Brandon,' Desimone said. 'He hits it long and he hits it straight. He did some damage on the par fives. I'm very proud of him. He closed well, which we liked to see. We needed every one of them.'
Freshman Chris Jensen also eagled the fifth hole as he posted a 72 in Friday's round for a two-round 145. Sophomore George Gandranata is also at 145 after the first two round, while senior Michael Wilson notched a one-under 71 on Friday to improve to 146 (+2) overall.
'The guys are in great spirits,' Desimone said. 'They feel we left some shots out there. The teams ahead of us are great teams. We're going to have to go get 10, 12, 14 under tomorrow. We might have to play the best round of the year, but at least we're here and in position to do it. These guys can't wait until tomorrow morning and I like hearing that.'
NCAA West Regional (Hosted by Arizona State)
Karsten Golf Course (Par 72, 7,033 yards)
Team Place: Tied 12th (after round two)
Score: 280-282 - 562 (-14)
T15. Michael Jensen: 66-71 - 137 (-7)
T30. Brandon Beck: 71-68 - 139 (-5)
T84. George Gandranata: 70-75 - 145 (+1)
T84. Chris Jensen: 73-72 - 145 (+1)
T99. Michael Wilson: 75-71 - 146 (+2)
1. UCLA: 268-273 - 541 (-35)
2. South Carolina: 273-269 - 542 (-34)
3. USC: 277-273 - 550 (-26)
3. Arizona State: 275-275 - 550 (-26)
5. Washington: 284-271 - 555 (-21)
5. East Tennessee State: 278-277 - 555 (-21)
7. Oregon State: 281-275 - 556 (-20)
8. Arizona: 282-275 - 557 (-19)
8. Stanford: 277-280 - 557 (-19)
8. New Mexico: 275-282 - 557 (-19)
11. Vanderbilt: 283-276 - 559 (-17)
12. California: 280-282 - 562 (-14)
12. UNLV: 281-281 - 562 (-14)
12. Pepperdine: 277-285 - 562 (-14)
12. Wake Forest: 285-277 - 562 (-14)
16. BYU: 283-280 - 563 (-8)
17. Colorado State: 284-284 - 568 (-4)
18. Augusta State: 284-285 - 569 (-7)
19. Oregon: 292-281 - 573 (-3)
20. Denver: 285-290 - 575 (-1)
20. Nevada: 289-286 - 575 (-1)
22. UC-Irvine: 289-288 - 577 (E)
23. Pennsylvania: 288-292 - 580 (+3)
24. San Diego State: 296-289 - 585 (+9)
25. Detroit: 297-297 - 594 (+18)
27. Monmouth: 302-295 - 597 (+21)26. Bucknell: 299-299 - 598 (+22)
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