Cal Men's Golf Holds Strong in Challenging Conditions

March 3, 2008

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. - Battling very tough conditions of high winds and cold, the California men's golf team holds eighth place after first-day action on Monday at the USC Collegiate Invitational at North Ranch Country Club. Sophomore Evan Derian leads the Golden Bears with a 150 (+8) to tie for 14th place as just one player in the event came in under par.

USC scorched through the course in the opening round, firing a one-over 284 to lead by an amazing 21 strokes. However, in the second round, the Trojans fired a 307 to fall back to the pack, though they still lead at 591 (+23) overall. Pepperdine is in second place at 596 (+28), followed by BYU (601, +33) and Stanford (602, +34). Washington and Loyola Marymount are tied for fifth at 603 (+35). The Golden Bears are just four strokes out of the top five at 607 (+39).

Derian was one of the top golfers in the opening round, tallying a one-over 72 on the par-71, 6,869-yard course.He registered a 78 in the second round to finish at 150 (+8), tied for 14th place. Derian finished the day with five birdies.

Of the 158 rounds played by 79 golfers, there were six below-par rounds and 48 rounds of 80 or more.

Following right behind Derian for the Bears was senior Brandon Beck, who registered an opening round 77, followed by a 74 to finish at 151 (+9) and tied for 20th place. Freshman Stephen Hale, coming off his first career tournament victory last week, recovered from an opening round 81 to close the door at 72, finishing tied for 27th place at 153 (+11). Hale also had five birdies to match Derian for team-high on the day.

Freshman Eric Mina also recovered from a tough opening round, tallying a 74 to close the door at 154 overall (+12), tied for 38th place. Sophomore George Gandranata had a 158 (+16) on the day.

Teams will continue action beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, wrapping up the event in the early afternoon.

CALIFORNIA SCORING
USC Collegiate Invitational (Hosted by USC)
North Ranch Country Club (Par 71, 6,869 yards)
Westlake Village, Calif.
Team Place: 8th (of 14 teams)

Score: 310-297 - 607 (+39)

Individuals (through two rounds):
T14. Evan Derian: 72-78 - 150 (+8)
T20. Brandon Beck: 77-74 - 151 (+9)
T27. Stephen Hale: 81-72 - 153 (+11)
T38. Eric Mina: 80-74 - 154 (+12)
T61. George Gandranata: 81-77 - 158 (+16)

Team Standings (through two rounds):
1. USC: 284-307 - 591 (+23)
2. Pepperdine: 309 - 287 - 596 (+28)
3. BYU: 311-290 - 601 (+33)
4. Stanford: 305-297 - 602 (+34)
5. Washington: 305-298 - 603 (+35)
5. Loyola Marymount: 307-296 - 603 (+35)
7. Tennessee: 318-286 - 604 (+36)
8. California: 310-297 - 607 (+39)
9. Oklahoma: 306-302 - 608 (+40)
10. UCLA: 313-303 - 616 (+48)
11. Oregon State: 314-303 - 617 (+49)
12. Fresno State: 319-299 - 618 (+50)
13. Oregon: 318-301 - 619 (+51)
14. Notre Dame: 318-302 - 620 (+52)

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