San Diego State Captures Title at Alister MacKenzie Invitational
Oct. 9, 2007
FAIRFAX, Calif. - In a dramatic turnaround, the Alister MacKenzie Invitational course at The Meadow Club played much more difficult for Tuesday's final round of the event. One of the few schools able to solve the par-71, 6,686-yard course was San Diego State, which fired an eight-under 276 to go from seventh place to first place.
Just two other schools finished Tuesday below par after a pair of rounds on Monday which saw 24 rounds of below-par golf.
'Today we had the pins in tougher spots and it was very windy and the course played quite a bit harder,' Cal head coach Steve Desimone said. 'And we obviously didn't play very well today.'
San Diego State finished the event with a three-round 828 (-24). Washington finished second at 832 (-20), followed by UC Irvine (833, -19). Oregon and Fresno State tied for fourth at 836 to round out the top five. California finished in 12th place in the event after shooting a 298.
'We didn't hit the ball very well today,' Desimone said. 'We played the par fives very poorly after playing them well yesterday. We just could not put the ball in the right spot. There are so many good teams and good players in college golf that there is not a large margin for error. You can't make mistakes like we did.'
Louisville's Daryl Fathauer won the tournament with a 13-under 200, followed by Fresno State's Todd Angel (202, -11) and Aaron Goldberg (204, -9) from San Diego State.
The Golden Bears were paced by sophomore Evan Derian, who notched a plus-one 72 on Tuesday. That followed a pair of rounds of 67 on Monday as he finished with a 206 (-7) to tie for eighth place. Freshman Stephen Hale finished with a minus-two 211 (Tied for 28th) after shooting a 72 on Tuesday as well. The rookie had fired a career-best 69 in the opening round.
'Stephen and Evan both had solid rounds today,' Desimone said. 'Anything around par was a good score today. George had one bad hole which hurt him quite a bit. Sometimes when you hit the ball in the wrong spot on a golf course, you can't get out.'
Junior George Gandranata and sophomore Andrey Mindirgasov both shot plus-six 77's on Tuesday as they both finished at 216 (+3) for the tournament. Gandranata had opened the tournament with a minus-four, including six birdies, and then shot a plus-one 72 in round two. Mindirgasov had a pair of eagles on Monday, and fired a second round 67 with five birdies.
Cal was without the services of senior Freddy Wolfe, who was injured early in the round and forced to withdraw after logging a 73-72 - 145 on day one.
The Bears had won the MacKenzie three times (2003, 2005, 2006) in the first five years of its existence. The other winners were Fresno State (2002) and Oregon State (2004).
The Golden Bears return to action next Monday and Tuesday with The Prestige at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif., hosted by Stanford and UC Davis.
'We need to play next week, no doubt about it,' Desimone said. 'Spring is the meat of the season, but we've had a lot of positives so far in the fall. We'll get back after it next week.'
Alister MacKenzie Invitational (Hosted by Cal)
The Meadow Club (Par 71, 6,686 yards)
Team Place: 12th (of 16 teams)
Score: 274-277-298 - 849 (-3)
T8. Evan Derian: 67-67-72 - 206 (-7)
T28. Stephen Hale: 68-71-72 - 211 (-2)
T50. George Gandranata: 67-72-77 - 216 (+3)
T50. Andrey Mindirgasov: 72-67-77 - 216 (+3)
WD. Freddy Wolfe: 73-72-WD - NA
1. San Diego State: 281-271-276 - 828 (-24)
2. Washington: 273-268-291 - 832 (-20)
3. UC Irvine: 276-277-280 - 833 (-19)
T4. Fresno State: 271-280-285 - 836 (-16)
T4. Oregon: 282-277-277 - 836 (-16)
T6. UC Davis: 274-274-290 - 838 (-14)
T6. Oregon State: 276-273-289 - 838 (-14)
8. Louisville: 278-270-291 - 839 (-13)
9. St. Mary's: 272-283-285 - 840 (-12)
10. Arizona State: 284-271-287 - 842 (-10)
11. Santa Clara: 275-282-291 - 848 (-4)
12. California: 274-277-298 - 849 (-3)
13. San Francisco: 282-288-292 - 862 (+10)
14. San Jose State: 286-288-289 - 863 (+11)
15. Washington State: 292-287-285 - 864 (+12)
16. Cal Poly: 290-285-296 - 871 (+19)