Murphy Tied for 2nd, Bears 6th after Day One at Pac-10 Championship

April 27, 2009

SEATTLE - Junior John Murphy led the field with a first round 69 Monday at the Pac-10 Championship and ended the day 2-under in a tie for 2nd as the Golden Bears finished the first day in 6th after two rounds at the Seattle Golf Club.

Eric Mina is in 7th with his 1-over 145 after two rounds. Only the top-3 teams - Washington, in first place at 5-over; Oregon and Oregon State - share the distinction of having two or more golfers among the top 10 after 36 holes.

The host Huskies lead the event after Monday's action with Darren Wallace the individual leader at 2-under. His teammates Chris Killmer is tied with Murphy.

California's lineup on Monday rounded out the scoring with a 6-over 150 from Michael Jensen (T31), one stroke ahead of George Gandranata (T36) and two strokes in front of Stephen Hale (T40).

Murphy shot a 69 to lead the field over the first 18 holes. His first round was afire with 5 straight birdies, ending with 6 against 1 double bogey and a bogey.

The first-year Bear who transferred last summer from Old Dominion stumbled out of the gate in round two, bogeying the first hole before playing even-par golf most of the way back to the clubhouse.

Eric Mina fired 4 birdies against 3 bogeys in round one, then played practically dead-even golf with one 1 birdie and 1 bogey to end the day 1-over.

Michael Jensen improved his second-round score by 4 strokes, and George Gandranata also shaved one stroke between rounds despite a 7th-hole double bogey in the second round.

Stephen Hale suffered two bogeys en route to a plus-5 in round one but settled a bit to fire a 3-over second round.

The six-count-five format means that Kent Yamane's 79 and 82 (+17) did not count toward today's tally.

Play resumes tomorrow with one round followed by the tournament's final 18 holes Wednesday.

CALIFORNIA SCORING

Pac-10 Championship
Seattle Golf Club (Par 72, 6,806 yards)
Seattle, Wash.

Team Place: 6th (of 10 teams) - after two rounds

Score: 372-369 - 741 (+21)

Individuals:

T2. John Murphy 69-73 - 142 (-2)
T7. Eric Mina 73-72 - 145 (+1)
T31. Michael Jensen 77-73 - 150 (+6)
T36. George Gandranata 76-75 - 152 (+7)
T40. Stephen Hale 77-75 - 152 (+8)
58. Kent Yamane 79-82 - 161 (+17)

Team Standings:

1. Washington 365-360 - 725 (+5)
2. Oregon 366-363 - 729 (+9)
3. Oregon State 364-371 - 735 (+15)
T4. ASU 375-362 - 737 (+17)
T4. Stanford 366-371 - 737 (+17)
6. California 372-369 - 741 (+21)
7. USC 371-374 - xx (xx)
T8. Arizona 374-375 - 749 (+29)
T8. UCLA 371-378 - 749 (+29)
10. Washington State 390-378 - 768 (+48)

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