Cal Tied for Seventh after First Day of Fresno Lexus Classic

March 8, 2010

FRESNO - Cal ended the first day of action Monday tied for seventh place at the Fresno Lexus Classic hosted by Fresno State at the San Joaquin Country Club. Cal was at 24-over par with a team score of 683 when play was suspended due to darkness late in the second round of competition. The second round will be resumed Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. PST to be followed by the regularly scheduled third round.

Washington was on top of the team leader board at four-over par when Monday's action was suspended, followed by Pepperdine (+5), Michigan (+10), Brigham Young (+11) and San Diego (+12) to round out the top five. Oregon (+18), Cal (+24), UC Irvine (+24), Sacramento State (+27), Fresno State (+28) and Pacific (+28) make up the second half of the top 10.

Pepperdine's Andrew Putnam (-5) leads the tournament heading into Tuesday's final day, while Eric Mina is currently the top Cal player in the field at one-under par. Mina also shot Cal's best round of the day with a three-under par 68 on the first 18 and was only one shot off the pace after the first round. He started his first round with two birdies and an eagle over his first five holes before playing one-over (two birdies, three bogeys) for the remainder of the round. Mina is two-over par with four holes remaining in his second round after making 12 pars and two bogeys on the first 14 holes.

Other Cal golfers participating in the event include Stephen Hale (13th-T, +1), Michael Weaver (25th-T, +3), Chad Vivolo (62nd-T, +9), Brandon Hagy (80th-T, +13) and Max Homa (93rd-T, +16).

'We didn't play very well today,' said head coach Steve Desimone. 'We had some guys that just couldn't get going and couldn't catch a break. We've had a lot of good days, but sometimes the game just catches up to you and I have a sense that's what happened today.'

'We have some ground to make up tomorrow to make this a little more than respectable,' added Desimone. 'We haven't had to bounce back very often this year, but when we've needed to do it we have. I suspect that we will put together a very solid round tomorrow. Moving up in the standings will take care of itself if we play well.'

Cal had won three of its seven tournaments in 2009-10 heading into the Fresno Lexus Classic to tie a school-record for most regular-season wins and finished in the top four in six of those seven events.

Fresno Lexus Classic (Hosted by Fresno State)
Fresno, CA - San Joaquin Country Club (Par 71, 6,802 yards)

TEAM STANDINGS (after 1 of 2 days/play suspended during second round due to darkness, all rounds suspended between holes No. 14 and No. 17, current standings determined by relationship to par)1. Washington 363-298 - 661 (+4)
2. Pepperdine 355-309 - 664 (+5)
3. Michigan 372-286 - 658 (+10)
4. Brigham Young 361-316 - 677 (+11)
5. San Diego 366-295 - 661 (+12)
6. Oregon 369-298 - 667 (+18)
7T. Cal 365-318 - 683 (+24)
7T. UC Irvine 366-317 - 683 (+24)
9. Sacramento State 371-326 - 697 (+27)
10T. Fresno State 370-319 - 689 (+28)
10T. Pacific 372-308 - 680 (+28)
12. Nevada 377-335 - 712 (+38)
13. Cal Poly 375-327 - 702 (+39)
14T. Saint Mary's 377-333 - 710 (+40)
14T. Kansas State 380-327 - 707 (+40)
16. San Jose State 383-318 - 701 (+42)

TOURNAMENT LEADER (after 1 of 2 days/play suspended during second round due to darkness, all rounds suspended between holes No. 14 and No. 17, current standings determined by relationship to par)1. Andrew Putnam (Pepperdine) 69-56 - 125 (-5)

CAL INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (after 1 of 2 days/play suspended during second round due to darkness, all rounds suspended between holes No. 14 and No. 17, current standings determined by relationship to par)6T. Eric Mina 68-59 - 127 (-1)
13T. Stephen Hale 72-68 - 140 (+1)
25T. Michael Weaver 73-56 - 129 (+3)
62T. Chad Vivolo 77-67 - 144 (+9)
80T. Brandon Hagy 76-68 - 144 (+13)
93T. Max Homa 76-75 - 151 (+16)

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