No. 28/34 Cal Closes Regular Season at U.S. Intercollegiate Sunday-Tuesday

April 11, 2010

Sun., Apr. 11 (9:00 a.m. PDT) - U.S. Intercollegiate (Stanford, CA - Stanford Golf Course)
Mon., Apr. 12 (9:00 a.m. PDT) - U.S. Intercollegiate (Stanford, CA - Stanford Golf Course)
Tue., Apr. 13 (7:30 a.m. PDT) - U.S. Intercollegiate (Stanford, CA - Stanford Golf Course)

CAL CLOSES OUT REGULAR SEASON AT U.S. INTERCOLLEGIATE
Cal will close out its regular season by playing at the U.S. Intercollegiate hosted by Stanford this Sunday-Tuesday, Apr. 11-13. The three-day 54-hole event will take place at the Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif. A single round of 18 holes is scheduled to be played each day. The teams will tee off from the first and 10th holes Sunday and Monday beginning at 9:00 a.m PDT. The final 18 holes on Tuesday are scheduled to begin with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. PDT.

LIVE RESULTS AND RECAPS
Live results from the U.S. Intercollegiate provided by golfstat.com will be available via a link from CalBears.com during all three days of the event. A recap and complete results will also be available at CalBears.com after the conclusion of play each day.

BEAR BLOG
CalBears.com will also blog periodically with information from throughout the U.S. Intercollegiate.

CAL NO. 28 IN BOTH GOLFWEEK AND NO. 34 IN GOLFSTAT RANKINGS
Cal dropped four places in the Golfweek national rankings to No. 24 and six spots in the list published by Golfstat (No. 28) after managing to finish only 13th of 16 teams in its most recent outing Apr. 2-3 at the Thunderbird Invitational hosted by Arizona State. The Bears began the spring season ranked No. 30 (Golfweek) and No. 33 (Golfstat) but moved as high as No. 16 (Golfweek) after winning its first tournament of the 2010 spring season Feb. 1-2 at the Arizona Intercollegiate in Tucson. Their highest position in the Golfstat rankings this season is No. 21.

CAL'S U.S. INTERCOLLEGIATE HISTORY
Cal finished sixth the last the Golden Bears played at the U.S. Intercollgiate in 2009. Eric Mina was the only player in this week's lineup to participate in last year's event when he finished tied for 52nd with a six-over par 54-hole total of 216. The Bears were third in 2008 with Evan Derian (who is playing as an individual this season) tying for 16th overall at five-over par 215 and Mina tying for 49th at 15-over par 225. No other current Cal golfers have played in the event. Cal's only team and individual victory in the event both came in 2000 when Han Lee won individual medalist honors to lead the Bears to the team title. Washington won the 2009 event with a team score of 804, while the Huskies' Nick Taylor was the individual medalist.

THE EVENT
The U.S. Intercollegiate was first played in 1968 and has been held annually except for 1981 and 2005. There were two editions of the tournament in 1987 with one in both the spring and fall. The field for this year's event at the par-70, 6,727-yard Stanford Golf Course will feature 20 teams, including nine of the 10 Pac-10 squads (all except Arizona) that will face off again Apr. 26-28 at the Pac-10 Championship at the ASU Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. Seven of the teams in this season's U.S. Intercollegiate field are currently ranked in the top 25 nationally by both Golfweek and Golfstat. The entire field consists of Arizona State (#12 Golfstat, #16 Golfweek), Cal, Denver, Fresno State, Hawai'i, Lamar, Long Beach State, Oregon (#6 Golfstat, #14 Golfweek), Oregon State (#24 Golfstat, #25 Golfweek), Pepperdine, San Diego State, San Francisco, San Jose State, Stanford (#2 Golfstat, #3 Golfweek), UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA (#4 Golfstat, #7 Golfweek), USC (#12 Golfweek, #14 Golfstat), Washington (#3 Golfstat, #5 Golfweek) and Washington State. Each team will field five players with the top four scoring.

2009-10 CAL MEN'S GOLF RECAP
The Cal men's golf team won a school-record-tying three regular-season tournaments during its five outings of 2009-10. The Golden Bears captured the Spartan Golf Classic (Sept. 19-20) hosted by Michigan State and its own Alister MacKenize Invitational (Oct. 12) in the fall of 2009. Cal then started the spring portion of its schedule with a victory at the Arizona Intercollegiate (Feb. 1-2). The Bears have finished in the top four in seven of the 10 events they have played overall, taking second at the USC Collegiate Invitational (Mar. 1-2), tied for third at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate (Feb. 17-19) hosted by Hawai'I, fourth at the season-opening Golfweek Conference Challenge (Aug. 30 - Sept. 1) hosted by Iowa and fifth at the National Invitational Tournament (Mar. 17-18) hosted by Arizona, in addition to the three tournament victories. The only times the Bears have placed out of the top five at a tournament in 2009-10 have been a ninth-place finish at the Fresno Lexus Classic (Mar. 8-9), a 12th-place showing at the Windon Memorial (Oct. 4-5) and a season-low 13th place effort at their most recent event at the Thunderbird Invitational (Apr. 2-3).

BEAR LINEUP
Cal's lineup for the Thunderbird Invitational (in order, with 2009-10 Cal statistics and national rankings)

(SPOT) PLAYER - YR - RDS - STROKES - AVG - LOW - TOP FINISH - GW RANK - GS RANK
(1) Eric Mina - Jr. - 29 - 2060 - 71.0 - 67 - 1 - 60 - 39
2009-10 Notes: Has the club's lowest stroke average in 2009-10 and is of only two golfers along with Stephen Hale to have played in all 10 of the team's events and each of its 29 rounds ... was victorious at the Spartan Classic and is tied for the team lead along with Chad Vivolo with four top-10 showings ... named the Pac-10 Men's Golfer of the Month in October of 2009 after winning the Spartan Classic ... was Cal's top finisher (tied for 24th) in the Golden Bears' most recent event at the Thunderbird Invitational.

(SPOT) PLAYER - YR - RDS - STROKES - AVG - LOW - TOP FINISH - GW RANK - GS RANK
(2) Michael Weaver - Fr. - 17 - 1222 - 71.9 - 64 - T2 - 108 - 110
2009-10 Notes: Tied for second at the Arizona Intercollegiate to open the spring schedule before missing a pair of tournaments due to illness ... has returned to the lineup for each of the last three events and was the team's second-best finisher at its most recent outing at the Thunderbird Invitational, tying for 30th ... tied for eighth at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational to complete the fall season.

(SPOT) PLAYER - YR - RDS - STROKES - AVG - LOW - TOP FINISH - GW RANK - GS RANK
(3) Chad Vivolo Jr. - 26 - 1875 - 72.1 - 66 - T5 - 218 - 214
2009-10 Notes: Has finished in the top 10 four times this season (National Invitational Tournament, Spartan Classic, USC Collegiate Invitational, Arizona Intercollegiate), including two of his last four events ... was a career-best tied for fifth to lead the Bears at the National Invitational Tournament ... played in the top slot for the first time at Cal in his most recent outing at the Thunderbird Invitational, but struggled by finishing tied for 57th.

(SPOT) PLAYER - YR - RDS - STROKES - AVG - LOW - TOP FINISH - GW RANK - GS RANK
(4) Max Homa - Fr. - 15 - 1107 - 73.8 - 67 - T16 - 333 - ---
2009-10 Notes: Has come on strong in the spring, playing in four of the team's six events and finishing as high as tied for 16th at the USC Collegiate Invitational after playing just once in four tournaments last fall ... has finished each of his five events strong this season, shooting a combined 12-under par in his five final rounds of tournaments while shooting under in four of the five events and even-par in the other.

(SPOT) PLAYER - YR - RDS - STROKES - AVG - LOW - TOP FINISH - GW RANK - GS RANK
(5) Brandon Hagy - Fr. 15 - 1107 - 73.8 - 67 - T16 - 576 - ---
2009-10 Notes: Returns to the lineup after having not played in the last two events ... struggled the last time he played at the Fresno Lexus Class, finishing tied for 91st overall ... put together his best tournament of the season at the Arizona Intercollegiate to open the spring campaign as he ended up tying for 16th and shooting three-under par over 54 holes, including a career-best 67 in the middle of his three rounds.

(SPOT) PLAYER - YR - RDS - STROKES - AVG - LOW - TOP FINISH - GW RANK - GS RANK
(I) Evan Derian - Jr. - 6 - 458 - 76.3 - 74 - T65 - 253* - ---
2009-10 Notes: Will participate as an individual at the U.S. Intercollegiate ... has played in only two tournaments in 2009-10, tying for 65th at both the Windon Memorial and John A. Burns Intercollege ... was a respectable nine-over par during his 54 holes at the John A.Burns Intercollegiate.* - Secondary ranking (not enough rounds to qualify for primary ranking)
(I) - Individual

COACHING STAFF
Cal men's golf has made amazing strides since Steve Desimone (Cal, 1970) began his tenure as head coach in the spring of 1980, evolving from a club sport into one of the elite varsity golf programs in the country in the 1990's before winning the NCAA title in 2004. In the midst of his 31st season at the helm of Cal golf, Desimone is largely responsible for the level of success enjoyed by the program. He was named Golfweek's 2003-04 College Coach of the Year and was presented with the 2004 Grand Master of the Year award by the Northern California Golf Association after leading the Golden Bears to the 2004 national title. Desimone has directed the Bears to 14 NCAA West Regionals (1990, '93, '95, '97, '98, '99, 2000, '01, '02, '03, '04, '07, '08, '09) and five NCAA Championship events (1995, '98, '99, 2000, '04). He was voted Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year in 1987. A member of the Cal basketball team as an undergraduate, Desimone graduated from Cal in 1970.

Associate head coach Walter Chun (Cal, 2001) is in his sixth season on the Bears coaching staff and his first in his current role. Chun, who spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Cal from 2004-09, was named the 2008 Jan Strickland Award winner honoring best assistant coach in the nation.

Director of Golf Operations Curt David (Pacific, 1989) and volunteer assistant coach Gene Bakkum (UC Davis, 2000) are also in their sixth season with the Bears. George Gandranata (Cal, 2010) is in his first season as a Cal volunteer undergraduate assistant.

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