Cal Finishes 13th at Thunderbird Invitational

April 3, 2010

TEMPE - Cal had its best round of the Thunderbird Invitational on Saturday but it was only enough to move the Bears up one spot from their position at the beginning of the day's action to a 13th place finish at the event hosted by Arizona State at the ASU Karsten Golf Course. After shooting 14-over par during the first 36 holes on Friday, the Golden Bears improved to only one-over as a unit on Saturday and finished the 54 holes with a team score of 867 (288-294-285).

'Even though we struggled, I don't think there's any doubt that playing this tournament will help us do better here in three weeks when the Pac-10's are here,' said head coach Steve Desimone in reference to the Pac-10 Championship being played at the same golf course April 26-28. 'It was nice to improve today and have three guys shoot par or better.'

Washington (287-284-268 - 839) shot a blistering 16-under par as a team on Saturday to win the tournament after starting the day tied for seventh. Eight Pac-10 schools finished in the top 10 of a 16-team with UCLA (281-277-283 - 841, -11), USC (278-278-286 - 842, -10), Oregon (287-282-277 - 846, -6), Arizona (278-276-292 - 846, -6), Stanford (281-290-275 - 846, -6), Oregon State (292-280-279 - 851, -1) and Arizona State (291-276-289 - 856, +4) taking second through eighth place. UNLV (289-286-281 - 856, +4) and San Diego State (282-290-284 - 856, +4) also tied the host Sun Devils for eighth to round out the top 10.

San Diego State's J.J. Spaun won the tournament when he chipped in the winning shot in a playoff on an 18th hole playoff after he and Washington's Chris Williams had both completed the 54 regulation holes with eight-under par scores of 205. Williams started Saturday's action eight shots off the lead in a tie for 18th, but equaled the best round of the tournament with a 64 on Saturday. Spaun shot 70 on Saturday after having begun the day in second place behind second-round leader Steve Lim of USC. Lim soared to a four-over par 75 Saturday to finish tied for eighth after having been a combined nine-under following the first two rounds.

Eric Mina (71-73-69 - 213, E) was Cal's top finisher, moving up 10 spots Saturday to tie for 24th overall after firing a two-under 69. Mina posted five birdies during Saturday's round, including four during a five-hole stretch at one point.

Michael Weaver (69-71-74 - 214, +1) entered Saturday's action tied for 11th at two-under par through 36 holes but wound up tied for 30th after shooting a three-over 74 on Saturday with the round including back-to-back double bogeys.

Chad Vivolo (75-73-71 - 219, +6), who played in the top spot for the Bears, posted his best round of the tournament on Saturday with an even-par 71 and ended up finishing tied for 57th. Vivolo's five birdies were offset by three bogeys and a double.

Max Homa (76-81-71 - 228, +15) also had an even-par round on Saturday (12 pars, three birdies, three bogeys) after being a combined 15-over during his first two rounds. Homa tied for 81st overall.

Stephen Hale (73-77-83 - 233, +20) tied for 84th.

'One of the things you want to do is have momentum heading into the conference championship, NCAA Regionals and hopefully the NCAA Championship,' said Desimone. 'Unfortunately, we obviously did not accomplish that, far from it. We are like any other team in any sport. If our best players don't play well, we are going to have a rough time and that pretty well summarized what happened here.'

Cal returns to action April 11-13 at the U.S. Intercollegiate hosted by Stanford at the Stanford Golf Course.

Thunderbird Invitational (Hosted by Arizona State)
Tempe, AZ - ASU Karsten Golf Course (Par 71, 7,057 yards)

FINAL TEAM STANDINGS (after 2 of 2 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)
1. Washington (287-284-268 - 839, -13)
2. UCLA (281-277-283 - 841, -11)
3. USC (278-278-286 - 842, -10)
4T. Oregon (287-282-277 - 846, -6)
4T. Arizona (278-276-292 - 846, -6)
4T. Stanford (281-290-275 - 846, -6)
7. Oregon State (292-280-279 - 851, -1)
8T. Arizona State (291-276-289 - 856, +4)
8T. UNLV (289-286-281 - 856, +4)
8T. San Diego State (282-290-284 - 856, +4)
11T. Colorado State (294-287-276 - 857, +5)
11T. UC Irvine (290-279-288 - 857, +5)
13. Cal (288-294-285 - 867, +15)
14T. Brigham Young (295-288-290 - 873, +21)
14T. Washington State (291-285-297 - 873, +21)
16. Denver (292-301-297 - 890, +38)

TOURNAMENT WINNER (after 2 of 2 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)
1. J.J. Spaun (San Diego State) 69-66-70 - 205 (-8)

FINAL CAL INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (after 2 of 2 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)
24T. Eric Mina 71-73-69 - 213 (E)
30T. Michael Weaver 69-71-74 - 214 (+1)
57T. Chad Vivolo 75-73-71 - 219 (+6)
81T. Max Homa 76-81-71 - 228 (+15)
84T. Stephen Hale 73-77-83 - 233 (+20)

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