Cal Finishes Ninth at Fresno Lexus Classic
March 9, 2010
FRESNO - Cal finished ninth at the Fresno Lexus Classic that concluded Tuesday on a second consecutive windy and cold day at the San Joaquin Country Club. The Golden Bears shot a season-high 45-over par (365-377-368 - 1110) for the tournament hosted by Fresno State and were 25 shots off the pace set by Brigham Young (361-362-362 - 1085, +20) and San Diego (366-359-360 - 1085, +20). Brigham Young won the event on the first playoff hole.
'We played a solid first round and a solid final round,' said Cal head coach Steve Desimone. 'But, clearly that second round took us out of any chance to finish in the top five or higher.'
Robbie Fillmore (Brigham Young) won individual medalist honors by recording a birdie on the first playoff hole to defeat John Chin (UC Irvine) after both players had tied with five-under par 54-hole totals of 208. The two players also had the best two final 18 holes Tuesday with Chin's 66 followed by Filmore's 67.
Pepperdine's Andrew Putnam (69-69-75 - 213, E) had led the tournament by two strokes over Oregon's Eugene Wong (74-66-71 - 211, -2) after shooting back-to-back rounds of 69 heading into the final round but skied to a 75 on Tuesday to finish tied for fifth at even-par with BYU's Brady Johnson (70-71-72 - 213, E). Wong took third and was followed by fourth-place Scott Brace (71-71-70 - 212, -1) of San Diego.
Eric Mina (68-76-71 - 215, +2) was Cal's top finisher with an 11th-place tie after playing an even-par final round 71 to rebound from a score of 76 on the middle 18 holes. Mina's final round included three birdies and three bogies after he stumbled to five bogeys without making a birdie during his second round that began Monday and concluded Tuesday after the first day of action was suspended due to darkness on Monday.
Stephen Hale (72-70-75 - 217, +4) entered the final round at even-par and only four shots off Putnam's 36-hole pace but fell to a four-over 75 in the final round with six bogeys and two birdies to finish tied for 19th.
'Eric and Stephen continued to play very well and demonstrate that they're two of the best players in the country,' said Desimone. 'Most of the year we've been able to give them some help, but we obviously weren't able to give them enough help here. If we had given Stephen and Eric some help we would have been just fine. We might not have won, but we certainly would have been in the mix.'
Mina and Hale did get some help Tuesday from Max Homa (76-80-68 - 224, +11), who rebounded from an 80 in the second round to shoot Cal's best round of the day and the third-best final round of the field with a 68 (four birdies, one bogey) over the last 18 holes. Homa's strong finish moved him into a tie for 43rd place in the final individual standings.
'Max played a great final round today,' said Desimone.
Michael Weaver (73-77-76 - 226, +13) wrapped up his first tournament since finishing tied for second at the Arizona Intercollegiate to open the spring by shooting a 76 and tied for 52nd overall playing in his hometown. He had missed both the John A. Burns Intercollegiate and USC Collegiate Invitational due to illness.
The ninth-place finish was Cal's second-lowest of the year. The Bears had won three of its seven tournaments in 2009-10 to tie a school-record for most regular-season wins heading into the Fresno Lexus Classic and finished in the top four in six of those seven events.
'Great players have amnesia,' said Desimone when asked how the Bears would recover. 'We want to forget this as quickly as possible. We need to take a look at what we did right and what we did wrong before we head out next Monday.'
The Bears will be in the state of Arizona for each of their next two events, playing March 17-18 in Tucson at the National Invitational Tournament hosted by Arizona and April 2-3 at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational hosted by Arizona State in Tempe.
Fresno Lexus Classic (Hosted by Fresno State)Fresno, CA - San Joaquin Country Club (Par 71, 6,802 yards)
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS (after 2 of 2 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)*1T. Brigham Young 361-362-362 - 1085 (+20)1T. San Diego 366-359-360 - 1085 (+20)3. Washington 363-356-368 - 1087 (+22)4. Oregon 369-358-361 - 1088 (+23)5. Michigan 372-349-371 - 1092 (+27)6. Pepperdine 355-365-374 - 1094 (+29)7. UC Irvine 366-377-364 - 1007 (+42)8. Fresno State 370-372-367 - 1109 (+44)9. California 365-377-368 - 1110 (+45)10T. Sacramento State 371-370-375 - 1116 (+51)10T. Cal Poly 375-372-369 - 1116 (+51)12. Pacific 372-373-377 - 1122 (+57)13. Saint Mary's 377-378-372 - 1127 (+62)14. Nevada 377-377-374 - 1128 (+63)15. Kansas State 380-373-379 - 1132 (+67)16. San Jose State 383-377-375 - 1135 (+70)*BYU defeated San Diego on the first playoff hole (18th hole)
TOURNAMENT WINNER (after 2 of 2 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)*1. Robbie Fillmore (Brigham Young) 74-67-67 - 208 (-5)*Fillmore recorded a birdie on the first playoff hole to defeat UC Irvine's John Chin (75-67-66 - 208, -5)
FINAL CAL INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (after 2 of 2 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)11T. Eric Mina 68-76-71 - 215 (+2)19T. Stephen Hale 72-70-75 - 217 (+4)43T. Max Homa 76-80-68 - 224 (+11)52T. Michael Weaver 73-77-76 - 226 (+13)74T. Chad Vivolo 77-75-78 - 230 (+17)91T. Brandon Hagy 76-79-81 - 236 (+23)