Golden Bears Slip to 13th After Day Two in Arizona

April 12, 2008

TEMPE, Ariz. - Sophomore Evan Derian fired a three-under 68 to lead the California men's golf team on Saturday at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational. However, Derian was the only Golden Bear below par as Cal slipped to 13th place in the three-day event at Karsten Golf Course. The final round tees off at 8 a.m. on Sunday.

Cal actually improved on its opening round score by two strokes, but could not move up in the competitive field. Arizona State's A team leads the way after firing back-to-back 279's to stand at 558 (-10). The Sun Devils B team is second at 565 (-3), while Colorado State is in third place at 568 (Even). Denver (569, +1) and Oregon (572, +4) round out the top five. Cal is at 588 (+20).

Derian's round of 68 included six birdies and was tied for the third-best round of the day as he is currently in 21st place overall. Freshman Stephen Hale logged a plus-one 72 on Saturday and is currently in 36th place at 146 (+4). Junior George Gandranata slid to a 76 in the second round and has a total of 149 (+7). Senior Brandon Beck has a 151 (+9) and freshman Eric Mina is at 152 (+10).

Following the completion of this weekend's event, the Golden Bears are back in action next weekend at the U.S. Intercollegiate at Stanford, Cal hosts the 2008 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championship from Apr. 28-30 at the Meadow Club in Fairfax, Calif.

CALIFORNIA SCORING
ASU Thunderbird Invitational (Hosted by Arizona State)
Karsten Golf Course (Par 71, 7,057 yards)
Tempe, Ariz.
Team Place: Tied for 13th (of 16 teams) - after day two
Score: 295-293 - 588 (+20)

Individuals:
T21. Evan Derian: 76-68 - 144 (+2)
T36. Stephen Hale: 74-72 - 146 (+4)
T56. George Gandranata: 73-76 - 149 (+7)
T63. Brandon Beck: 74-77 - 151 (+9)
T66. Eric Mina: 74-78 - 152 (+10)

Team Standings:
1. Arizona State: 279-279 - 558 (-10)
2. Arizona State (B): 279-286 - 565 (-3)
3. Colorado State: 280-288 - 568 (E)
4. Denver: 285-284 - 569 (+1)
5. Oregon: 291-281 - 572 (+4)
6. Texas A&M: 287-289 - 576 (+8)
T7. Arizona: 295-284 - 579 (+11)
T7. Baylor: 291-288 - 579 (+11)
T9. UC Irvine: 292-293 - 585 (+17)
T9. Pacific: 292-293 - 585 (+8)
11. San Diego State: 304-282 - 586 (+19)
12. New Mexico: 292-295 - 587 (+20)
13. California: 295-293 - 588 (+20)
14. Oklahoma: 293-296 - 589 (+21)
15. CSU Northridge: 297-300 - 597 (+29)
16. Connecticut: 300-304 - 604 (+36)

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