Golden Bears Tied For Fifth After Day One of Alister MacKenzie
Oct. 8, 2007
FAIRFAX, Calif. - After two rounds of action on Monday, the University of California men's golf team is tied for fifth place at the sixth annual Alister MacKenzie Invitational at the Meadow Club's Par 71, 6,686-yard course. Sophomore Evan Derian fired back-to-back 67's to lead the Golden Bears with impressive 67's. The event concludes on Tuesday with the final round of action teeing off at 8 a.m.
Washington leads the event after firing a 273 and a 268 to finish the day at 541 (-27). Louisville are UC Davis are tied for second place at 548 (-20). Oregon State is fourth at 549 (-19) and Cal and Fresno State are tied for fifth place at 551.
Derian, who had a previous best round of 69, opened the day with eight birdies in the first round en route to his first 67. In the second round, he played very consistent golf, connecting on four birdies and going even par over the other 14 holes for another 67.
While Derian was impressive with his consecutive 67's, Louisville's Daryl Fathauer leads after day one with a two round 128 (-14), including an opening round 61. Washington's Zach Bixler had the top round of the day, an amazing minus-11 60 to finish in second place overall at 131 (-11).
'Evan continues to play really well for us,' Cal head coach Steve Desimone said. 'but we had a 60 and a 61 out there. It's really impressive; it was a pretty good show of college golf today. Overall we competed. We didn't putt real well, but we hit the ball pretty well.'
In addition to Derian, the Bears had three other players fire matching minus-three 139's. Junior George Gandranata opened the day with a minus-four, including six birdies, and then shot a plus-one 72 in round two. Sophomore Andrey Mindirgasov had a pair of eagles on the day, and fired a second round 67 with five birdies and one of his eagles (on the par-five 15th). Freshman Stephen Hale continued his impressive rookie campaign, shooting an opening round 69 with four birdies and an eagle, then finishing with an even-par round.
Senior Freddy Wolfe rounded out the lineup for the Bears, firing career-best rounds of 73 and 72 on the day.
'We're never won this tournament going into the final round with the lead,' Desimone said. 'So we'll see how it goes tomorrow, but we're going to have to play really well considering how everyone is playing. If we do what we can do, we'll have a chance. But there's a very small margin for error. We'll have to hit it well and putt it well; certainly better than we did today.'
Cal has won the MacKenzie three times (2003, 2005, 2006) in the first five years of its existence. The other winners Fresno State (2002) and Oregon State (2004).
CALIFORNIA SCORING - after two rounds
Alister MacKenzie Invitational (Hosted by Cal)
The Meadow Club (Par 71, 6,686 yards)
Team Place: 5th (of 16 teams)
Score: 274-277 - 551 (-17)
1. Washington: 273-268 - 541 (-27)
T2. Louisville: 278-270 - 548 (-20)
T2. UC Davis: 274-274 - 548 (-20)
4. Oregon State: 276-273 - 549 (-19)
T5. California: 274-277 - 551 (-17)
T5. Fresno State: 271-280 - 551 (-17)
7. San Diego State: 281-271 - 552 (-16)
8. UC Irvine: 276-277 - 553 (-15)
T9. Arizona State: 284-271 - 555 (-13)
T9. St. Mary's: 272-283 - 555 (-13)
11. Santa Clara: 275-282 - 557 (-11)
12. Oregon: 282-277 - 559 (-9)
13. San Francisco: 282-288 - 570 (+2)
14. San Jose State: 286-288 - 574 (+6)
15. Cal Poly: 290-285 - 575 (+7)
16. Washington State: 292-287 - 579 (+11)