Bears Hold On for Third at USC Collegiate

Feb. 24, 2009

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. - No. 29 California looked to solidify its team play entering the second event of the spring and did just that Tuesday, winding up the USC Collegiate Invitational with a third-place finish at +6, edging the host and No. 4 Bruins by one stroke and finishing ahead of conference foes No. 9 Washington, No. 19 UCLA, and Oregon State.

Each of Cal's top-five golfers shot at or below par in at least one round, with senior Kent Yamane ending tied for 8th overall to lead the Bears. Stanford won the event at -13 as a team and had the No. 1 individual finisher in Steve Ziegler (-9).

Having stumbled out of the gate at The Prestige to end the fall and digging itself a hole once again to kick off the spring at the Arizona Intercollegiate, the Bears needed to demonstrate quality and consistency at North Ranch Country Club.

Senior George Gandranata shot Cal's best round on Monday with a 69 to open his play. Sophomore Stephen Hale and senior Michael Jensen shaved a stroke or more off of each round they shot, and Eric Mina fired four birdies on the front nine of Round 3 to keep Cal on track. Yamane finished the event emphatically for Cal, with four birdies after the final turn to end Round 3 with a -1 (70). Jeff Hamm ended with a third-round 72 and a tie for 60th playing as an individual.

The Bears next visit Las Vegas to play the Southern Highlands Collegiate Championship over three days March 13-15.

CALIFORNIA SCORING
USC Collegiate Invitational (Hosted by USC)
North Ranch Country Club (Par 71 - 6869 yards)
Westlake Village, Calif.
Team Place: 3rd (of 14 teams)

Score: 285-286-287 - 858 (+6)

Individuals:
T8. Kent Yamane: 70-72-70 - 212 (-1)
T15. Stephen Hale: 73-71-71 - 215 (+2)
T18. George Gandranata: 69-72-76 - 217 (+4)
T26. Michael Jensen: 74-75-70 - 219 (+6)
T36. Eric Mina: 73-71-77 - 221 (+8)
* T60. Jeff Hamm: 81-76-72 - 229 (+16)
*competed as individual

Final Team Standings
1. Stanford 284-276-279 - 839 (-13)
2. Brigham Young 275-287-287 - 849 (-3)
3. California 285-286-287 - 858 (+6)
4. Southern California 292-292-275 - 859 (+7)
5. UCLA 292-287-288 - 867 (+15)
6. Pepperdine 288-295-289 - 872 (+20)
T7. San Diego State 294-293-291 - 878 (+26)
T7. Fresno State 288-300-290 - 878 (+26)
9. UC Irvine 284-295-303 - 882 (+30)
10. Washington 288-292-303 - 883 (+31)
11. Pacific 290-297-305 - 892 (+40)
12. Oregon State 300-296-298 - 894 (+42)
13. Loyola 299-299-302 - 900 (+48)

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