Strong Finish for Cal Men's Golf at ASU Thunderbird

April 13, 2008

TEMPE, Ariz. - The California men's golf team had its best round of the weekend on Sunday, closing the ASU Thunderbird Invitational with a flourish, climbing to ninth place after entering the day in a tie for 13th. Freshman Eric Mina was the key performer for the Golden Bears, firing a minus-two 70, the seventh-best round of the day.

Cal opened the tournament with a 295, then improved on Saturday to 293 before wrapping up Sunday with a 289 to finish at 877 (+25). Arizona State's A team won the event with an 843 (-9) while the Sun Devils B team was second at an even-par 852. Texas A&M and Colorado State tied for third at 859 (+7) while Denver (860, +8) rounded out the top five.

'We were hurting after the first two rounds, we really played out of character,' Cal head coach Steve Desimone said. 'We knew that with good play, there were opportunities to move up. We didn't hit the ball well in any of the three rounds and that's been a staple of ours. We putted a little better today; our short games were a little more solid. We played better today; so we're coming out of here feeling good that we made a comeback, but still not real pleased with where we finished.'

Sophomore Evan Derian was the top finisher for the Golden Bears, tying for 24th place with a 217 (+4). He had Cal's top round of the event with a second-round 68. Freshman Stephen Hale had a consistent effort, shooting 74-72-73 to finish at 219 (+6), tied for 31st place. Mina was the strong finisher on Sunday, helping himself climb 20 spots in the individual standings to finish at 46th with a 222 (+9). He had a team-best five birdies in the final round.

'Eric had an under-par round today; there weren't a lot of those,' Desimone said. 'He was fairly quiet the last day or so and I had a feeling he would put a good round together and he did. Brandon [Beck] played well today and helped himself. Evan and Stephen did what they've been doing, playing well. George [Gandranata] couldn't get his engine going, but the other guys picked him up today.'

Beck, a senior, shot a 73 on Sunday to finish at 224 (+11) overall. Gandranata finished the event at 226 (+13).

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 9th (of 16 teams)
Score: 295-293-289 - 877 (+25)

Individuals:
T24. Evan Derian: 76-68-73 - 217 (+4)
T31. Stephen Hale: 74-72-73 - 219 (+6)
T46. Eric Mina: 74-78-70 - 222 (+9)
T57. Brandon Beck: 74-77-73 - 224 (+11)
T69. George Gandranata: 73-76-77 - 226 (+13)

Team Standings:
1. Arizona State: 279-279-285 - 843 (-9)
2. Arizona State (B): 279-286-287 - 852 (E)
T3. Texas A&M: 287-289-283 - 859 (+7)
T3. Colorado State: 280-288-291 - 859 (+7)
5. Denver: 285-284-291 - 860 (+8)
6. Oregon: 291-281-295 - 867 (+15)
7. Baylor: 291-288-293 - 872 (+20)
8. San Diego State: 304-282-290 - 876 (+24)
9. California: 295-293-289 - 877 (+25)
T10. Arizona: 295-284-301 - 880 (+28)
T10. Oklahoma: 293-296-291 - 880 (+28)
12. UC Irvine: 292-293-296 - 881 (+29)
13. CSU Northridge: 297-300-285 - 882 (+30)
14. Pacific: 292-293-301 - 886 (+34)
15. New Mexico: 292-295-301 - 888 (+36)
16. Connecticut: 300-304-308 - 912 (+60)

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