Cal Men's Golf Tied For Fourth After Day One in Michigan

Sept. 20, 2008

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - California used a strong second round to jump from eighth to fourth place in men's golf action at the first day of the Wolverine Intercollegiate at U-M Golf Course on Saturday. The Golden Bears tallied a five-under 279 in the afternoon round to finish the opening day at 569 (+1). Junior John Murphy paced the team with a 69-71 - 139 (-2) and is tied for fifth place on the individual board.

Host Michigan leads the event with a 557 (-11), followed by UC Davis at 559 (-9). Colorado State holds third (568, Even) with Cal and Michigan State tied for fourth.

Action wraps up on Sunday with the final round beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. Cal will be grouped with Michigan State and Wisconsin for the final 18.

Murphy, playing in his second tournament for Cal, fired a 68 (-3) in the morning round, including an eagle on the par-5, 530-yard first hole. He finished the day with nine birdies, in addition to the eagle.

Sophomore Eric Mina is tied for ninth overall after two rounds of play, notching a 72 on the opening 18, then tallying a solid 68 in his second round, including four birdies and just one bogey. The 68 is the top round of his career to date.

Senior Michael Jensen and sophomore Stephen Hale matched each other through the day, shooting 75's in the early round before recovering with 70's in the afternoon to tie for 38th place overall at 145 (+3). Both had seven birdies in the day's two rounds. Senior George Gandranata rounded out Cal's five with a 151 (+9).

CALIFORNIA SCORING
Wolverine Intercollegiate (Hosted by Michigan)
U-M Golf Course (Par 71)
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Team Place: T4th (of 16 teams)
Score: 290-279 - 569 (+1)

Individuals:
T5. John Murphy: 69-71 - 139 (-2)
T9. Eric Mina: 72-68 - 140 (-1)
T38. Michael Jensen: 75-70 - 145 (+3)
T38. Stephen Hale: 75-70 - 145 (+3)
T71. George Gandranata: 77-74 - 151 (+9)

Team Standings:
1. Michigan: 282-275 - 557 (-11)
2. UC Davis: 285-274 - 559 (-9)
3. Colorado State: 286-282 - 568 (E)
T4. California: 290-279 - 569 (+1)
T4. Michigan State: 286-283 - 569 (+1)
T6. Virginia Tech: 288-284 - 572 (+4)
T6. Wisconsin: 286-286 - 572 (+4)
T8. Eastern Michigan: 297-278 - 575 (+7)
T8. Toledo: 280-295 - 575 (+7)
T8. Iowa State: 290-285 - 575 (+7)
11. Missouri: 294-283 - 577 (+9)
12. Gardner-Webb: 294-289 - 583 (+15)
13. San Diego: 296-289 - 585 (+17)
14. Xavier: 300-287 - 587 (+19)
15. Oakland: 300-300 - 600 (+32)
16. Columbia: 298-306 - 604 (+3

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