Men's Golf Holds Third Place at Fresno Lexus Classic

March 10, 2008

FRESNO, Calif. - Junior George Gandranata matched his own team-best round of the year, firing a 66 in the second round of the Fresno Lexus Classic to lead the California men's golf team on Monday at the Fort Washington Country Club. Gandranata's round lifted him to a 139 overall, tied for seventh place overall, as the Golden Bears closed day one in third place.

San Diego State opened the tournament with a very impressive round of 275 (-12) and then proceeded to nearly match it with a round of 277 for an overall 552 (-24) to lead the event by six strokes. Texas holds second place at 558 (-18). Cal has a two-round 565 (-11) to hold third-place, its best position after two rounds this year. TCU (570, -6) and Oregon (571, -5) round out the top five. The final round will tee off at 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

'Overall, we played well,' Cal head coach Steve Desimone said. 'George is playing No. 5 and he shoots a 66 for us. Everybody contributed again. That's what good teams do. We've been playing well over the last two to three weeks. We had a good three days of practice and a god practice round yesterday and I felt like we were ready to play. We didn't finish the morning round as well as I would have liked, but we did this afternoon and George's 66 sure helps the cause. No surprises. We're doing what I expect.'

Gandranata shot a one-over 73 in the opening round, but then connected on seven birdies with just one bogey in his second 18 to match the round of 66 which he shot at the Ping-Arizona Intercollegiate in January.

'George is so steady,' Desimone said. 'This course sets up well for all of us, but it sets up really well for George. A bit over 6,700 yards and firm; he hits it real straight and he can get the putter going and he did today. He had a good stretch of birdies right near the end of his round. Not only did he play well down the stretch, but it shows he's in very good condition; 36 holes is a long day.'

The Bears had four players finish the day with under-par scores, while freshman Stephen Hale was also solid, shooting a 74-71 - 145 (+1), tied for 37th place. Sophomore Evan Derian recorded an opening round 70 with three birdies, then shot a 71 with six birdies to finish the day at 141 (-3), tied for 15th place. Senior Brandon Beck and freshman Eric Mina are both tied for 26th place as they finished the day at 143 (-1). Beck's opening round 71 matches his top round of the year.

CALIFORNIA SCORING
Fresno Lexus Classic (Hosted by Fresno State)
Fort Washington Country Club (Par 72, 6,729 yards)
Fresno, Calif.
Team Place: 3rd (of 20 teams)

Score: 287-278 - 565 (-11)

Individuals (through two rounds):
George Gandranata: 73-66 - 139 (-5)
Evan Derian: 70-71 - 141 (-3)
Brandon Beck: 71-72 - 143 (-1)
Eric Mina: 73-70 - 143 (-1)
Stephen Hale: 74-71 - 145 (+1)

Team Standings (through two rounds):
1. San Diego State: 275-277 - 552 (-24)
2. Texas: 281-276 - 558 (-18)
3. California: 287-278 - 565 (-11)
4. TCU: 288-282 - 570 (-6)
5. Oregon: 286-285 - 571 (-5)
6. Nevada: 283-289 - 572 (-4)
T7. Portland: 290-285 - 576 (E)
T7. Boise State: 295-281 - 576 (E)
T9. Loyola Marymount: 287-290 - 577 (+1)
T9. CSU-Northridge: 286-291 - 577 (+1)
11. Kansas State: 295-283 - 578 (+2)
12. CSU-Bakersfield: 286-293 - 579 (+3)
T13. Pacific: 286-293 - 580 (+4)
T13. BYU: 291-289 - 580 (+4)
15. Santa Clara: 287-296 - 583 (+7)
16. Fresno State: 295-293 - 588 (+12)
17. Long Beach State: 297-294 - 589 (+13)
18. Idaho: 303-295 - 597 (+21)
19. Sacramento State: 307-292 - 599 (+23)
20. Wyoming: 306-309 - 615 (+39)

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