Eric Mina Wins Pac-10 Title; Cal Finishes Tied for Sixth
April 28, 2010
TEMPE - Eric Mina became only the second player in the history of Cal men's golf to win the Pac-10 individual title when he came back from four shots off the lead Wednesday to capture individual medalist honors at the 2010 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championship. Mina finished the 72-hole tournament at 16-under par after firing a three-under round of 68 on the final 18 holes to defeat third-round leader Jesper Kennegard of Arizona State.
'This was the best tournament win of my life,' said Mina, who is the first Cal men's golfer to win the Pac-10 since current PGA Tour professional Charlie Wi was victorious in 1995.
Mina captured the crown despite a triple bogey on his final hole Wednesday.
'That was the best triple bogey I ever shot,' said Mina. 'I didn't know what I needed [to win] until I got to the fairway [of his final hole]. When I heard Jesper had doubled [the 18th hole], I knew where I had to be and what I had to do. But getting birdies on three of the four holes prior set me up well.'
Mina, who started his round on the 10th hole, had a total of eight birdies (13, 14, 15, 17, 3, 5, 7, 8), two bogeys (16, 18) and seven pars as he chased and then moved past Kennegard and Stanford's Joseph Bramlett, who started the day in second place behind Kennegard and two shots ahead of Mina but finished tied for fourth at 11-under after a three-over par 75.
Mina started his Pac-10 effort with a six-under par 65 and a three-under 68 during his two rounds on Monday, before shooting a four-under 67 Tuesday. Mina's effort Wednesday then marked his sixth consecutive round of 68 or better dating back to the final two rounds of the team's regular-season finale at the U.S. Intercollegiate.
'I hit really good shots all week at the flag and was able to pick and choose when to go after the hole,' Mina said. 'I had a good game plan and stuck to it. It feels great to win for Cal. I just made a lot of birdies and put myself in good position all week.'
Cal finished tied for sixth with an 11-under par team score of 1409 over the 72-hole event at the ASU Karsten Golf Course, moving up three spots from the ninth-place position the Bears held at the beginning of the day's action by shooting a 353 that tied for the second-best team score Wednesday.
Washington defended its 2009 title with a three-stroke victory over second-place Stanford as the Huskies erased the seven-stroke advantage the Cardinal held at the start of the day by shooting a two-under round of 353 and a 72-hole total of 1383 (338-352-340-353, -37). The eight-over par round shot Wednesday by Stanford (330-345-348-363 - 1386, -34) was the third-worst of the entire tournament.
USC (340-349-356-351 - 1396, -24) finished third in the final team standings and was followed by Arizona State (337-351-348-365 - 1401, -19), Oregon State (355-349-346-357 - 1407, -13), Cal (347-357-352-353 - 1409, -11), Oregon (351-352-346-360 - 1409, -11), UCLA (340-353-351-370 - 1414, -6), Arizona (351-358-346-366 - 1421, +1) and Washington State (361-361-359-357 - 1438, +18).
Selections for NCAA Regional play will be announced on Monday, May 10.
A full recap will follow.