Cal 3 Shots off Pace for NCAA Championships Slot after 2nd Regional Round

May 15, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas - The Golden Bears gained significant ground in their pursuit of a top-5 finish at The University of Texas Golf Club, ending Friday three strokes off the pace for an NCAA Championships berth with 18 holes to play Saturday at the Southwest Regional. Eric Mina's even-par 71, which left him tied for 9th at 3-over after 2 rounds, was matched by teammate John Murphy as California fired a top-5 round amid the 13-team field.

Host Texas shot 1-over as a team on Thursday to take a 2-shot lead over Texas Tech, with the Longhorns' Lance Lopez still the top individual after his 3-under 69 put him at -5.

Mina birdied his first two holes to jump out of the gate in round two, adding two more birds to negate his four bogies. Murphy (T18th, +5) had a similar round of three birdies against three bogeys.

George Gandranata had a double bogey overshadow his three-birdie, three-bogey round, leaving him tied for 34th.

Michael Jensen made up ground with his 4-over 75 to end round 2 tied for 57th with Stephen Hale, whose 78 did not count in today's tally.

Jensen and Hale are also tied with Clay Myers of Jackson State, who had a hole-in-one on the par-3 eighth hole using a 4-iron from 215 yards.

Play resumes with the final round tomorrow morning and live scoring available at NCAA.com and Golfstat.com. Cal, the sixth seed, is making its 11th NCAA appearance in the last 13 years and the 14th overall regional appearance for the Bears.

CALIFORNIA SCORING
NCAA Southwest Regional Men's Golf Championship (Hosted by Texas)
The University of Texas Golf Club (Par 71, 7,412 yards)
Austin, Texas

Team Place: T7th (of 13 teams) - after day two

Score: 306-290 - 596 (+28)

Individuals:
T9. Eric Mina 74-71 - 145 (+3)
T18. John Murphy 76-71 - 147 (+5)
T34. George Gandranata 77-73 - 150 (+8)
T57. Michael Jensen 82-75 - 150 (+15)
T57. Stephen Hale 79-78 - 157 (+15)

Team Standings:
1. Texas 291-285 - 576 (+8)
2. Texas Tech 282-296 - 578 (+10)
3. Florida 293-287 - 580 (+12)
4. UNLV 296-289 - 585 (+17)
5. Stanford 294-299 - 593 (+25)
6. Lamar 296-298 - 594 (+26)
T7. California 306-290 - 596 (+28)
T7. Michigan 301-295 - 596 (+28)9. Texas-Arlington 308-290 - 598 (+30)
10. New Mexico State 309-292 - 601 (+33)
11. Mississippi State 305-297 - 602 (+34)
12. Virginia Tech 302-306 - 608 (+40)
13. Jackson State 335-315 - 650 (+82)

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