Cal One Stroke Out of First After Day One of Pac-10 Championships

April 28, 2008

FAIRFAX, Calif. - Junior George Gandranata had a pair of under-par rounds to lead the California Men's Golf team to second place on the first day of the 49th annual Pac-10 Championship on Monday at the Meadow Club. Cal, with a two-round 708 (-2), is one stroke behind No. 7 Stanford (707, -3) in the event. Gandranata is tied for fifth place among individuals with a three-under 139.

The third round will tee off on Tuesday at 8 a.m. and the final round tees off on Wednesday at 8 a.m.

'We played well,' California head coach Steve Desimone said. 'The teams all around us are all in the top 10. We're just jockeying for position, we've only played 36 holes, there's a lot of golf left. There were some tough conditions today and they will probably be even tougher tomorrow; and I don't have a problem with that. The golf course was not real difficult early, but it got real difficult late - the wind kicked up with tough hole locations. It made for some very interesting play.'

After Cal and Stanford, No. 3 UCLA holds third place with a 709 (-1). Fourth-ranked USC is in fourth place at 712 (+2).

Four players tied for the overall individual lead with minus-four 138's: UCLA's Kevin Chappell, Washington Tze Huang Choo, Stanford's Rob Grube and Arizona's Creighton Honeck. In addition, three players registered holes-in-one on the par-three 11th hole - Stanford's Steve Ziegler, Oregon State's Diego Velasquez, UCLA's Erik Flores and Washington State's Jordan Mason.

Gandranata played his usual consistent round, connecting on seven birdies with just four bogeys in the two rounds of action. Sophomore Evan Derian was Cal's second finisher with a 141 (-1), tallying eight birdies as well as an eagle on the par-five, 492-yard first hole.

'George has been steady forever, he just kept battling as he always does,' Desimone said. 'He finds a way to get it done. You have to respect and admire his game.

'Everybody played solid golf today, everybody counted at least once. When you are one shot back of Stanford, one up on UCLA and four up on USC, you know you're playing some good golf. Our goal coming in was to be in position tomorrow night to win on Wednesday. If we do like we did today tomorrow, we will be; I can't ask for much more that.'

Senior Brandon Beck and freshman Stephen Hale were both tied for 17th overall with even-par 142's. Hale led the Bears with 11 birdies on the day. Freshman Eric Mina recovered from an opening round 75 with a solid par-round of 71 in the afternoon.

CALIFORNIA SCORINGPac-10 Men's Golf Championship (Hosted by Cal)The Meadow Club (Par 71, 6,686 yards)Fairfax, Calif.

Team Place: 2nd (of 10 teams) - after day oneScore: 346-362 - 708 (-2)

Individuals:T5. George Gandranata: 69-70 - 139 (-3)T12. Evan Derian: 68-73 - 141 (-1)T17. Brandon Beck: 68-74 - 142 (E)T17. Stephen Hale: 68-74 - 142 (E)T33. Eric Mina: 75-71 - 146 (+7)T46. Andrey Mindirgasov: 73-76 - 149 (+7)

Team Standings:1. Stanford: 350-357 - 707 (-3)2. California: 346-362 - 708 (-2)3. UCLA: 348-361 - 709 (-1)4. USC: 338-374 - 712 (+2)5. Arizona: 354-360 - 714 (+4)6. Arizona State: 354-361 - 715 (+5)7. Oregon State: 354-366 - 720 (+10)8. Oregon: 359-363 - 722 (+12)9. Washington: 357-367 - 724 (+14)10. Washington State: 369-380 - 749 (+39)

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