Men's Golf Hosts Alister MacKenzie Invitational

Oct. 7, 2007

BACK ON COURSE: The California men's golf team hopes to continue its recent success on its home course - The Meadow Club in Fairfax, Calif. - as it hosts the sixth annual Alister MacKenzie Invitational. In its first two fall tournaments, the Golden Bears have finished fifth twice. Junior George Gandranata led the Bears with a 213 at the Falcon Invitational while sophomore Evan Derian and freshman Stephen Hale tied for the team lead with two-round 146's at the Husky Invitational.

THE EVENT: The sixth annual Alister MacKenzie Invitational is being hosted by the Golden Bears at the Meadow Club in Fairfax, Calif. Cal has won the event three times (2006, 2005, 2003) in the first five years. Action begins with two rounds on Monday on the par-71, 6,686-yard course. The final round will tee off Tuesday at 8 a.m. Results will be available at www.CalBears.com and www.GolfStat.com. There will not be any live scoring for the event.

THE COURSE: A Dr. Alister MacKenzie design established in 1927, The Meadow Club is located in the North Bay's Marin County. The course sits high above the town of Fairfax, near the Pacific Ocean. The Meadow Club will be the site of the 2008 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championship hosted by the University of California. The Club has hosted 17 satellite fundraising events for Men's Golf beginning in1989. Meadow Club has hosted the 2001 US Open qualifying, the 1997 NorCal PGA Section Championship and the 1990 NCGA Junior Championship.

DEZ SAYS: With a couple of fifth-place finishes under their belts using a variety of lineups - seven different players have played in the two tournaments this fall - head coach Steve Desimone is ready to see what the Bears can do with some home-cooking. 'We've been playing well. We had a good week of qualifying. We know the course very well. Usually good teams play their home courses well. I would expect us to do exactly that and I expect us to be very competitive. They [the team] know the legacy; they understand that we've won three out of five and they understand there are expectations and they're comfortable with that.'

BEAR LINE-UP: Cal's lineup (in order, with 2007-08 final statistics) for the Alister MacKenzie Invitational is listed below.
Player (YR): RDS - STROKES - AVG (LOW - TOP FINISH)
Stephen Hale (Fr.): 5 - 364 - 72.8 (70 - T8)
Evan Derian (So.): 2 - 146 - 73.0 (70 - T8)
Andrey Mindirgasov (So.): 5 - 371 - 74.2 (68 - T13)
Freddy Wolfe (Sr.): 5 - 384 - 76.8 (74 - T51)
George Gandranata (Jr.): 3 - 213 - 71.0 (69 - T8)

LINEUP LOOK: Cal's lineup for the Alister MacKenzie Invtitational features a senior, a junior, a freshman and two sophomores. Missing once again from the rotation is senior Brandon Beck, who has not seen action this fall due to illness. Rookie Stephen Hale has snagged the top slot in the lineup after a pair of strong efforts. Sophomore Evan Derian is at No. 2 and hopes to continue a successful fall after not playing in the fall of 2006 due to injury. Sophomore Andrey Mindirgasov and junior George Gandranata have the most experience in this week's lineup, while senior Freddy Wolfe looks to turn in a solid performance.

A LOOK AT THE FIELD: The Alister MacKenzie Invitational field features 16 teams, including eight NCAA Regional participants from each year. In addition to Cal, Arizona State, UC Irvine, Louisville, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State and Washington played in regionals. Rounding out the field are Cal Poly, UC Davis, Fresno State, St. Mary's, University of San Francisco, San Jose State, Santa Clara and Washington State.

LAST YEAR: Led by individual champion Michael Wilson, the California men's golf team shot an impressive 26-under three round score of 826 to win the fifth annual Alister MacKenzie Invitational in 2006. The Golden Bears outscored second place San Jose State (842, -10), and third place Oregon State (848, -4). Individually, Wilson, who was a member of Cal's 2004 National Championship squad, led the tournament the entire way with an 11-under 202 after shooting rounds of 65, 67 and 70. He also tied a school record with his third career individual tournament title. Other final scores for the Bears included sophomore George Gandranata tying for fifth with a four-under 209 (67, 67, 75), freshman Andrey Mindirgasov tying for 10th with a two-under 211 (67, 72, 72), junior Brandon Beck tying for 13th with a one-under 212 (69, 75, 68) and junior Michael Jensen tying for 16th with an even 213 (71, 69, 73).

LAST TIME OUT - HUSKY INVITATIONAL: Cal had a solid first two rounds at the Husky Invitational on Monday. However, the Golden Bears did not have a chance to use its momentum on the second day as rain and wind on Tuesday cancelled the final round at Gold Mountain Golf Club's 7,061-yard par-72 Olympic Course. The Bears finished in a tie for fifth place in the event. Oregon State won the tourney with a 585 (+9), followed by Washington (592) and Pepperdine (595). Oregon was fourth with a 596 (+20). The Golden Bears tallied a 21-over 597 to tie for fifth with San Diego State. Cal freshman Stephen Hale and sophomore Evan Derian were the top scorers for the Bears, both shooting two-round 146's (+2) to tie for eighth place. Hale opened the event by firing an even-par 72 with three birdies cancelling out three bogeys. In the second round, he continued his excellent play, finishing with a 74 to check in at a 146. Derian also had an excellent day, shooting a two-under 70 followed by a 76 to finish at 146.That's a great Oregon State team. Freshman Eric Mina made his collegiate debut and was solid with a 151 (+7), including six birdies. Sophomore Andrey Mindirgasov and senior Freddy Wolfe rounded out the competitors for the Golden Bears. Mindirgasov shot a 156 while Wolfe closed the event with a 159 (+15).

FALL OPENER AT AIR FORCE: California sophomore Andrey Mindirgasov fired the fourth-best round of the day to lead the Golden Bear men's golf team which finished fifth at the 39th annual Falcon Invitational at the U.S. Air Force Academy's Eisenhower Golf Club on Sept. 10. Junior George Gandranata was the overall leader for the Bears, finishing tied for eighth place in the three-round event. Cal fired a plus-six 870 in the event, including a minus-three 285 in Sunday's final round - the third-best score of the day. Iowa State and Wichita State tied for first place with minus-12 852's. UTEP was third (285, -6), while Xavier earned fourth place (286, -2). Gandranata continued to build his reputation for consistency in the event, firing rounds of 73, 69 and 71 to finish at 213 (-3). Mindirgasov, meanwhile, stormed back in the final round by firing a 68 to wrap up a three-round 215 (-1), tied for 13th place. Freshman Stephen Hale notched an even-par day on Sunday to shoot 218 (+2) for the tournament, tied for 19th place. Senior Freddy Wolfe and freshman Feldman Tan rounded out the Golden Bear lineup. Wolfe improved each day to finish at 225 while Tan shot a 233.

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