Cal Finishes Tied for Third at John A. Burns Intercollegiate

Feb. 19, 2010

WAHIAWA, HI - Cal shot a two-over par 290 on the final day of action at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate on Friday to fall out of the lead and finish tied for third with a three-day team score of 848 (-16). UNLV and Texas A&M both passed the Golden Bears and tied for the top spot after 54 holes of regulation golf with 28-under par scores of 836. UNLV won the team title on the first playoff hole.

'There was a pretty good script here, unfortunately a couple of other teams wrote the ending and they didn't include us,' said head coach Steve Desimone. 'We played a fairly substantial role in that by obviously not being very sharp today. But hats off to UNLV and Texas A&M today. They just played lights out, and we weren't able to match it. It's as simple as that.'

BYU equaled Cal's three-day team score to tie for third, while New Mexico (853, -11), Arizona (854, -10), Fresno State (855, -9) and SMU (855, -9) were the other teams that finished under par for the University of Hawai'i hosted event played at the Leilehua Golf Course.

Texas A&M's Andrea Pavan won the tournament at -12 under par (204) after shooting the best round of the day on Friday with a 65 to finish two strokes ahead of UNLV's Derek Ernest (206, -10).

Eric Mina, who shot a 71 on Friday, was the top Cal finisher at seven-under par for a three-day total of 209.

Stephen Hale had led the tournament after each of the first two days but struggled Friday with a four-over par 74 to finish tied for ninth at six-under (210). Hale hit a tree root on his second shot of the day that left him with a sore hand, but was able to play through the remainder of the round.

'Eric and Stephen played really well during the tournament,' said Desimone. 'Both finished in the top 10 and overall were very steady. It's unfortunate that Stephen suffered the injury early in the day today. I have to give him credit for playing through the remainder of the round.'

Hale had won the event the last time the Bears played the tournament in 2008 and was shooting for his third career collegiate victory.

Chad Vivolo, who had shot a 66 to tie for the low score of the day on Thursday, posted an even-par 72 on Friday and finished the tournament tied for 18th at six-under par (214).

Other Cal golfers were Brandon Hagy (71-73-73 - 217, +1, 29th-T) and Evan Derian (74-75-76 - 225, +9, 65th-T).

'Overall, it was a pretty good performance at the tournament,' summed up Desimone. 'We had the lead going into the final round, so I'm disappointed but sometimes it doesn't work out and sometimes teams outplay you. It was a little of both today.'

Cal returns to action March 1-2 at the USC Intercollegiate.

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

FINAL TEAM STANDINGS (after 3 of 3 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)
*1T. UNLV 279-283-274 - 836 (-28)
1T. Texas A&M 285-275-276 - 836 (-28)
3T. BYU 286-277-285 - 848 (-16)
3T. Cal 278-280-290 - 848 (-16)
5. New Mexico 294-277-282 - 853 (-11)
6. Arizona 287-281-286 - 854 (-10)
7. Fresno State 286-287-282 - 855 (-9)
7. SMU 278-292-285 - 855 (-9)
9. Nevada 281-291-294 - 866 (+2)
10. Denver 298-294-283 - 875 (+11)
11. UC Santa Barbara 290-299-290 - 879 (+15)
12. UTEP 293-301-294 - 888 (+28)
13. Hawai'i 293-297-302 - 892 (+28)
14. Hawai'i Pacific 300-300-305 - 905 (+41)
15. BYU-Hawai'i 308-305-309 - 922 (+58)
*won on first playoff hole

TOURNAMENT WINNER (after 3 of 3 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)
1. Andrea Pavan (Texas A&M) 70-69-65 - 204 (-12)

FINAL CAL INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (after 3 of 3 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)
6T. Eric Mina 68-70-71 - 209 (-7)
9T. Stephen Hale 65-71-74 - 210 (-6)
18T. Chad Vivolo 76-66-72 - 214 (-2)
29T. Brandon Hagy 71-73-73 - 217 (+1)
65T. Evan Derian 74-75-76 - 225 (+9)

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