Bears Wrap Up Play 15th at Southern Highlands Collegiate Championship

March 15, 2009

LAS VEGAS - California exited the Southern Highlands Collegiate Championship in 15th place Sunday, ending its first visit to the UNLV-hosted event as Michael Jensen delivered the Bears' best individual finish in a tie for 29th with his 76 (+4) on the final 18. The Runnin' Rebels shot the best round of the day and won the event at -9.

Cal's day-three scoring featured a team-best 74 (+2) by Eric Mina, but also included three plus-8 cards turned in by Stephen Hale, George Gandranata and John Murphy. With the top-four scores counted in each day's team total, one of those 80s did not tally in Sunday's final score.

'We're very disappointed,' said Head Coach Steve Desimone. 'This trip was a great opportunity squandered. We played the par-fives very poorly. The good news is we get a chance to redeem ourselves in a week.

'It was a great field, very possibly the best regular-season field we've ever played in, and a very tough golf course,' Desimone continued. 'We're disappointed, yes, but in no way does it have any consequences for postseason competition. It does show how much more we have to do to get where we want to be.

'A golf course like this has a way of testing all parts of your game. This was a power golf course. And finesse out here wasn't going to do it. We'll regroup and be back at it next week.'

Next up for the Bears is the National Invitational in Tucson, Ariz., Sun.-Mon., March 22-23.

CALIFORNIA SCORING
Southern Highlands Collegiate Championship (Hosted by UNLV)
Southern Highlands Golf Club (Par 72, 7,510 yards)
Las Vegas, Nev.

Team Place: 15th (of 15 teams) - after day three
Score: 298-305-310 - 913 (+49)

Individuals:
T29. Michael Jensen 76-72-76 - 224 (+8)
T57. Stephen Hale 75-74-80 - 229 (+13 )
66. George Gandranata 73-79-80 - 232 (+16)
T67. Eric Mina 79-80-74 - 233 (+17)
74. John Murphy 74-82-80 - 236 (+20)

Team Standings:
1. UNLV 285-288-282 - 855 (-9)
2. Oklahoma State 291-270-295 - 856 (-8)
3. Georgia 303-284-283 - 870 (+6)
4. Florida 290-293-289 - 872 (+7)
5. USC 295-294-290 - 879 (+15)
6. Georgia Tech 289-295-300 - 884 (+20)
7. Clemson 283-298-306 - 887 (+23)
8. UCLA 296-293-299 - 888 (+24)
9. Arizona 287-289-316 - 892 (+28)
10. Arizona State 309-285-300 - 894 (+30)
T11. Charlotte 300-300-304 - 904 (+40)
T11. Texas A&M 308-299-297 - 904 (+40)
13. Texas 312-293-300 - 905 (+41)
14. Auburn 302-300-305 - 907 (+43)
15. California 298-305-310 - 913 (+49)

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