Golden Bears Still in the Hunt at NCAA Men's Golf Regional

May 16, 2008

BREMERTON, Wash. - The California men's golf team improved by nine shots in round two of the NCAA West Regional Championship on Friday afternoon at Gold Mountain Golf Club, however, the Golden Bears dropped six shots on the final two holes to slip from 10th to 16th place at the end of the day. The top 10 teams at each of three regionals advance to the NCAA National Championships. Cal is seven shots out of the top-10.

The Pac-10 as a league continued its impressive performance with five conference teams among the top six in the standings. USC leads the event after an impressive minus-five 283 second round to improve to 574 (-2) overall. Oregon holds second place with a 579 (+3) with third-place Clemson (580, +4) from the ACC being the only non-Pac-10 squad in the top six. UCLA and host Washington are tied for fourth place at 585 (+9) while Arizona State, which fired a red-hot 285 on Friday, climbed all the way from 17th into sixth place.

'Overall we played a good solid round, but we needed more than that and we needed to finish today and we just didn't get it done.' Cal head coach Steve Desimone said. 'We still have another round. The unfortunate thing is that we caught the best end of the weather, the wind died down and the conditions were perfect for scoring. We made a lot of birdies, but we made mistakes too; we lost six shots in the last two holes to move out of a tie for 10th. When we needed some putts, we just didn't do it. We had a couple of three putts on the ninth hole, our final hole. You can not give up shots in this kind of field. This is not an easy course and we didn't want to be in that situation. There is no margin for error tomorrow.'

Despite the rough finish, four of Cal's five golfers improved on their scores from their opening round, with the fifth, junior George Gandranata, matching his 75 from day one. Sophomore Evan Derian leads Cal with a 149 (+5), tied for 42nd place. Freshman Stephen Hale recovered from an opening round 82 to shoot a 73 on Friday, improving to 155 (+11) overall.

Senior Brandon Beck shaved three shots of his opening round tally, from 77 to 74, to finish at 151 (+7). Freshman Eric Mina rounded out the Cal rotation with a 76 for a 154 (+10) overall.

The Golden Bears will tee off in the second group for the final round on Saturday. The top half of the bracket opens the day at 7 a.m., while the bottom half plays the afternoon round. Cal is scheduled to tee off at 12:12 p.m.

This is Cal's 10th NCAA appearance in the last 12 years as well as the 13th overall regional appearance for the Golden Bears who placed third in the Pac-10 Championships in late April, their best finish since 2000.

CALIFORNIA SCORING
NCAA West Regional Men's Golf Championship (Hosted by Washington)
Gold Mountain Golf Club (Par 72, 7,111 yards)
Bremerton, Wash.

Team Place: Tied 16th (of 27 teams) - after day two
Score: 305-296 - 601 (+25)

Individuals:
T42. Evan Derian: 75-74 - 149 (+5)
T51. George Gandranata: 75-75 - 150 (+6)
T65. Brandon Beck: 77-74 - 151 (+7)
T87. Eric Mina: 78-76 - 154 (+10)
T96. Stephen Hale: 82-73 - 155 (+11)

Team Standings:
1. USC: 291-283 - 574 (-2)
2. Oregon: 289-290 - 579 (+3)
3. Clemson: 295-285 - 580 (+4)
T4. UCLA: 291-294 - 585 (+9)
T4. Washington: 291-294 - 585 (+9)
6. Arizona State: 304-285 - 589 (+13)
T7. Pepperdine: 292-301 - 593 (+17)
T7. Stanford: 296-297 (+17)
T7. Kentucky: 302-291 - 593 (+17)
10. Wisconsin: 304-290 - 594 (+18)
T11. St. Mary's: 294-301 - 595 (+19)
T11. Oklahoma: 306-289 - 595 (+19)
13. Oregon State: 302-295 - 597 (+21)
T14. Texas Tech: 302-296 - 598 (+22)
T14. Texas: 299-299 - 598 (+22)
T16. California: 305-296 - 601 (+25)
T16. North Carolina: 295-306 - 601 (+25)
18. UCF: 301-302 - 603 (+27)
19. Kansas State: 305-299 - 604 (+28)
20. San Diego State: 302-303 - 605 (+29)
21. Florida State: 304-305 - 609 (+33)
22. Denver: 309-301 - 610 (+34)
UNLV: 301-311 - 612 (+36)
LSU: 304-313 - 617 (+41)
San Diego: 308-310 - 618 (+42)
Navy: 312-309 - 621 (+45)
Columbia: 314-327 - 641 (+65)

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