Hale and Gandranata Lead Bears to Third-Place Finish

April 20, 2008

STANFORD, Calif. - The California men's golf team had another outstanding performance on Sunday, finishing the U.S. Intercollegiate Championship in third place at the Stanford Golf Course. Junior George Gandranata and freshman Stephen Hale led the Golden Bears, both finishing the event at 213 (+3) to tie for 13th place overall.

USC, ranked No. 2 in the nation, won the event, firing a 275 on Sunday to wrap up at 828 (+12). Host and 11th-ranked Stanford was 11-under on Sunday at 269 to close the gap a bit, but still finished in second at 841 (+1). Cal and UCLA were tied for third at 857 (+17). UC Irvine finished in fifth place with an 861 (+21). Five ranked teams finished below the Golden Bears.

While Gandranata and Hale were the Bears top finishers, on Sunday it was senior Brandon Beck pacing the squad as he shot a one-under 69 with five birdies to climb to 20th overall in the field. Sophomore Evan Derian matched Gandranata by shooting a 70 on Sunday to climb to 16th place. Derian had three birdies and three bogeys in the final round while Gandranata had just one bogey which he offset with a birdies on the ninth hole.

Hale wrapped up a very solid tournament with a 71 in Sunday's action. The freshman had shot a 72 and a 70 in Saturday action. Freshman Eric Mina also had a solid final round, tallying a 71 to climb to 49th place overall with a 225 (+15).

This event was the final regular-season tournament for the Golden Bears who will host the Pac-10 Championships from April 28-30 at the Meadow Club in Fairfax, Calif.

CALIFORNIA SCORING
U.S. Intercollegiate (Hosted by Stanford)
Stanford Golf Course (Par 70, 6,835 yards)
Stanford, Calif.

Team Place: 3rd (of 17 teams)
Score: 288-289-280 - 857 (+17)

Individuals:
T13. Stephen Hale: 72-70-71 - 213 (+3)
T13. George Gandranata: 68-75-70 - 213 (+3)
T16. Evan Derian: 73-72-70 - 215 (+5)
T20. Brandon Beck: 75-72-69 - 216 (+6)
T49. Eric Mina: 76-78-71 - 225 (+15)

Team Standings:
1. USC: 266-288-275 - 828 (-12)
2. Stanford: 279-293-269 - 841 (+1)
T3. California: 288-289-280 - 857 (+17)
T3. UCLA: 284-290-283 - 857 (+17)
5. UC Irvine: 285-296-280 - 861 (+21)
6. Arizona State: 286-298-288 - 872 (+32)
7. San Diego State: 285-298-291 - 874 (+34)
8. Oregon State: 291-299-285 - 875 (+35)
9. UC Davis: 293-303-292 - 888 (+48)
10. Oregon: 287-305-297 - 889 (+49)
11. Washington: 298-300-292 - 890 (+50)
12. TCU: 294-308-291 - 893 (+53)
T13. Toledo: 295-302-298 - 895 (+55)
T13. San Jose State: 302-301-292 - 895 (+55)
15. Nevada: 307-301 - 608 (+21)
16. Minnesota: 300-304-304 - 908 (+68)
17. Northern Colorado: 316-324 - 640 (+44)

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