Murphy Finishes 5th as Cal Ends in 7th at Pac-10 Championship
April 29, 2009
SEATTLE - Junior John Murphy became the third Golden Bear in program history to finish in the top 5 as No. 29 California shot a 6-over 363 for the second straight day, including one under-par and two even-par performances, to end the Pac-10 Championship in 7th place Wednesday at Seattle Golf Club.
The Bears had the opportunity to vault into the top 5 on the back nine but ultimately fell back a spot on the final day of play.
Host Washington won the event as the only team under par at 16-under, with Darren Wallace the individual champion at 11-under
'We had our fate in our hands and we didn't execute,' said Head Coach Steve Desimone. 'It was tough stuff the last four or five holes out there, no doubt. It was primarily ball-striking, with a couple into the trees, a couple in the water.'
Michael Jensen had an eagle on 18 en route to his 1-under 71 to end the event tied for 31st, but three Bears bogeyed their final hole, including Murphy, who missed a 5-foot putt for par.
Still, Murphy joined PGA pro Charlie Wi (1st, 1995) and Cal Hall of Famer Ben Furth (3rd, 1990) as the third Bear to accomplish a top-5 finish in the conference showdown.
'That's outstanding company and certainly a great job,' said Coach Desimone. 'Murphy had an absolutely fabulous tournament.'
Eric Mina ended in 23rd with an even-par final round and an overall 5-over. Stephen Hale tied Jensen after finishing the tourney with a 3-over round, and George Gandranata went 4-over on Wednesday to end up in 48th at +13.
Senior co-captain Kent Yamane delivered his best round of the tournament with a 1-over 73 to end the event 55th.
'We putted pretty well and overall we did a lot of good things, but we needed to hit the ball better down the stretch and just didn't execute,' said Desimone.
Regional selections are announced Monday, May 4.
'Where we go will have an impact on who will be in the lineup,' Desimone said. 'This has been a good, competitive team, but there are certain trends that make the difference between being in the top 15 and No. 29. The hope is that we'll stay in the West, but that's out of our hands. We've got a one-shot deal to make the NCAA Championship.'
Seattle Golf Club (Par 72, 6,806 yards)
Team Place: 7th (of 10 teams) - after final round
Score: 372-369-363-363 - 1467 (+24)
5. John Murphy 69-73-69-72 - 284 (-4)
23. Eric Mina 73-72-76-72 - 293 (+5)
T31. Michael Jensen 77-73-75-71 - 296 (+8)
T31. Stephen Hale 77-75-69-75 - 296 (+8)
48. George Gandranata 76-75-74-76 - 301 (+13)
55. Kent Yamane 79-82-79-73 - 313 (+25)
1. Washington 365-360-347-352 - 1424 (-16)
2. Oregon 366-363-350-363 - 1442 (+2)
3. ASU 375-362-356-363 - 1456 (+13)
4. Stanford 366-371-359-362 - 1458 (+18)
5. Oregon State 364-371-361-368 - 1464 (+24)
6. UCLA 371-378-365-352 - 1466 (+26)
7. California 372-369-363-363 - 1467 (+27)
8. USC 371-374-366-363 - 1474 (+34)
9. Arizona 374-375-367-367 - 1483 (+43)
10. Washington State 390-378-370-386 - 1524 (+84)