Cal Moves into Sole Possession of Lead at John A. Burns Intercollegiate

Feb. 18, 2010

WAHIAWA, HI - Cal moved into sole possession of the lead at the John A. Burns Invitational after shooting an eight-under par team score of 280 on Thursday. The Golden Bears now an 18-under par tournament total of 558 to lead by two shots over Texas A&M (285-275 - 560) at the 54-hole event being hosted by the University of Hawai'i.

Stephen Hale (65-71 - 136, -2) maintained his lead in the individual competition, shooting a one-under par 71 at the Leilehua Golf Course after posting the tournament's best round to date with a 65 on Wednesday.

Cal, who has already equaled a school record with three tournament victories this season, is also looking to hold off the remainder of the top five teams in UNLV (279-283 - 562, -14), BYU (286-277 - 563, -13) and Arizona (287-281 - 568, -8).

'There are a bunch of good teams in this tournament, and we're still in the lead so we must be doing something right,' said Cal head coach Steve Desimone. 'We've led all five rounds this spring and we sure would like to make it six tomorrow. We have good players and smart players that trust their game.'

Hale has posted an eight-under par two-day total of 136. His three-stroke lead after the first day has shrunk to one shot ahead of second-place Derek Ernst of UNLV (68-69 - 137). Eric Mina shot a 70 on Thursday after a 68 on Wednesday and is now six-under par for the tournament, along with four others two off Hale's pace.Hale won the John A. Burns Intercollegiate as a freshman the last time the Bears played the event in 2008 and will be looking for his third career collegiate victory when he takes to the event's final 18 holes on Friday.

'I've been in this position before,' said Hale. 'I started a little slow today but battled back. If I take care of business tomorrow and stick with the game plan I should have a good round.'

While Hale continued to lead the tournament, Chad Vivolo was Thursday's hero for the Bears. Vivolo bounced back from an opening-round of 76 on Wednesday to equal the day's best score Thursday by shooting a six-under par 66. He is now tied for 16th at two-under par for tournament.

'This team has great balance,' said Desimone. 'It seems like a different guy jumps up every day and Chad carried us today with his great round.'

Other Cal golfers competing in the tournament are Brandon Hagy (71-73 - 144, E, 32nd-T) and Evan Derian (74-75 - 149, +5, 57th-T).

The three-day event concludes with the final 18 holes of action Friday. A shotgun start is scheduled at 8 a.m. HST/10 a.m. PST.

JOHN A. BURNS INTERCOLLEGIATE (Hosted by Hawai'i)
Wahiawa, HI - Leilehua Golf Course (Par 72, 6,917 yards)

TEAM STANDINGS (after 2 of 3 days/2 of 3 rounds/36 of 54 holes)
1. Cal 278-280 - 558 (-18)
2. Texas A&M 285-275 - 560 (-16)
3. UNLV 279-283 - 562 (-14)
4. BYU 286-277 - 563 (-13)
5. Arizona 287-281 - 568 (-8)
6. SMU 278-292 - 570 (-6)
7. New Mexico 294-277 - 571 (-5)
8. Nevada 281-291 - 572 (-4)
9. Fresno State 286-287 - 573 (-3)
10. UC Santa Barbara 290-299 - 589 (+13)
11. Hawai'i 293-297 - 590 (+14)
12. Denver 298-294 - 592 (+16)
13. UTEP 293-301 - 594 (+18)
14. Hawai'i Pacific 300-300 - 600 (+24)
15. BYU-Hawai'i 308-305 - 613 (+37)

TOURNAMENT LEADER (after 2 of 3 days/2 of 3 rounds/36 of 54 holes)
1. Stephen Hale (Cal) 65-71 - 136 (-8)

CAL INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (after 2 of 3 days/2 of 3 rounds/36 of 54 holes)
1. Stephen Hale 65-71 - 136 (-8)
3T. Eric Mina 68-70 - 138 (-6)
16T. Chad Vivolo 76-66 - 142 (-2)
32T. Brandon Hagy 71-73 - 144 (E)57T. Evan Derian 74-75 - 149 (+5)

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