No. 29/34 Cal Plays at NCAA San Diego Regional Thursday-Saturday

May 18, 2010

Day, Date (Time) - Event (Location - Course)
Thu., May 20 (8:00 a.m. PDT) - NCAA San Diego Regional (Santee, CA - Carlton Oaks Golf Course)
Fri., May 21 (8:00 a.m. PDT) - NCAA San Diego Regional (Santee, CA - Carlton Oaks Golf Course)
Sat., May 22 (7:30 a.m. PDT) - NCAA San Diego Regional (Santee, CA - Carlton Oaks Golf Course)

CAL TO PLAY AT SAN DIEGO NCAA REGIONAL THURSDAY-SATURDAY
Cal will play at the 2010 NCAA San Diego Regional hosted by San Diego State at the par-72, 7,360-yard Carlton Oaks Golf Course this Thursday-Saturday, May 20-22. The 54-hole event will feature three days of 18 holes each. Tee times are scheduled for 8 a.m. PDT, both Thursday and Friday, with Saturday's final round scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. PDT.

MORE MINA
Eric Mina has taken the collegiate golf world by storm in the recent weeks. After becoming just the second Cal men's golfer to win the Pac-10 individual title in the 51-year history of the conference championship (Charlie Wi was the other in 1995) on April 28, Mina has since earned honors for first-team All-Pac-10, team MVP, team Coaches Award, Pac-10 Men's Golfer of the Month for April, Golf World College Player of the Week and Muscle Milk California Student-Athlete of the Week. Along with head coach Steve Desimone, Mina also appeared on CSN Bay Area's Chronicle Live on May 14, which was the same day the duo participated in a photo shoot and interview for an upcoming feature in Cal Sports Quarterly. Mina is also expected to be featured in the Contra Costa Times this week.

TOURNAMENT WEATHER
The weather forecast for the 2010 NCAA San Diego Regional calls for a high temperature of 76 on Thursday, before the forecasted highs dip a bit on Friday (73) and Saturday (69).

FOLLOW THE NCAA SAN DIEGO REGIONAL LIVE ONLINE
The 2010 NCAA San Diego Regional can be followed online via live results that will be supplied by golfstat.com and the Bear Blog. Links to the live stats and the blog updated throughout the event, as well as a recap and complete results at the end of each day's action will be available by visiting CalBears.com.

THE FIELD
Five of the 13 teams in this year's regional field in San Diego are currently ranked among the nation's top 25 teams in at least one of the main two national polls with nine in the top 50 of both (see complete regional seedings and national team rankings below).

CURRENT NCAA SAN DIEGO REGIONAL SEEDINGS AND NATIONAL TEAM RANKINGS
(Seed) Team (Golfweek, Golfstat)
(1) Oregon (9, 1)
(2) UNLV (16, 12)
(3) Augusta State (5, 13)
(4) Tennessee (28, 24)
(5) San Diego State (23, 30)
(6) California (29, 34)
(7) Chattanooga (39, 37)
(8) Central Florida (47, 45)
(9) Arizona (37, 50)
(10) UC Irvine (54, 55)
(11) Missouri (57, 64)
(12) New Mexico State (111, 116)
(13) Oral Roberts (167, 156)

CAL NO. 29 IN GOLFWEEK; NO. 34 IN GOLFSTAT NATIONAL RANKINGS
Cal held onto its No. 29 position in the most recent Golfweek national rankings and moved up one spot to No. 34 according to Golfstat. The Bears began the spring season ranked No. 30 (Golfweek) and No. 33 (Golfstat), and moved as high as No. 16 (Golfweek) and No. 21 (Golfstat) at one point.

ROOKIE POWER
Cal's lineup at the 2010 NCAA San Diego Regional will feature a trio of rookies in freshmen Brandon Hagy, Max Homa and Michael Weaver. The group will join the experienced junior duo of Stephen Hale and Eric Mina, who have both played in a pair of NCAA Regionals each.

CAL'S NCAA REGIONAL HISTORY
Cal will be making its 15th appearance in an NCAA Regional. Cal made its first regional appearance in 1990 and has also particpated in 1993, '95, '97, '98, '99, 2000, '01, '02, '03, '04, '07, '08, '09 and '10. The Golden Bears have never won an NCAA Regional but have used the tournament to qualify for the NCAA Championship on five occasions, most recently in 2004 when Cal won the NCAA crown after finishing tied for seventh at the NCAA West Regional in Sunriver, Oregon. The Bears, who will be playing in an NCAA Regional for the fourth consecutive season in 2010, also advanced to the NCAA Championship from an NCAA Regional in 1995, '98, '99 and 2000.

2009 NCAA REGIONAL REVIEW
Cal's 2008-09 season ended at the 2009 NCAA Austin Regional when the Golden Bears finished ninth out of 13 teams at the event hosted by Texas at the University of Texas Golf Club. Cal made the final turn of the tournament in fifth place (top five teams qualify for NCAA Championship) but dropped back to ninth over the event's final nine holes. Cal did have two of the top 12 individual golfers in the event as Eric Mina finished 10th (74-71-74 - 219, +6) and John Murphy was tied for 12th (76-71-74 - 221, +8). George Gandranata (41st-T, 77-73-77 - 227, +14), Stephen Hale (54th-T, 79-78-75 - 232, +19) and Michael Jensen (65th-T, 82-75-80 - 237, +24) also participated for the Bears.

OTHER REGIONAL EXPERIENCE FOR CURRENT TEAM MEMBERS
Three members of the 2009-10 Cal men's golf team played at the 2008 NCAA West Regional hosted by Washington at the Golf Mountain Golf Club. Stephen Hale (82-73-74 - 229, +13) and Evan Derian (75-74-80 - 229, +13) tied for 79th, while Eric Mina (78-76-76 - 230, +14) tied for 91st as the Bears took 20th of 27 teams overall (305-296-303 - 904, +40) and did not qualify for the NCAA Championship.

2009-10 CAL MEN'S GOLF REGULAR SEASON RECAP
The Cal men's golf team won a school-record-tying three regular-season tournaments during its 11 outings in 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) hosted by Arizona. The Bears finished in the top four in seven of the 11 regular-season events they played, also taking second at the USC Collegiate Invitational (Mar. 1-2), tying for third at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate (Feb. 17-19) hosted by Hawai'i, placing 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.

2010 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP
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 on the final day of the three-day, 72-hole 2010 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championship to capture medalist honors. Mina finished the tournament at 16-under par after firing a three-under round of 68 on the final 18 holes, capturing the crown by a single stroke over third-round leader Jesper Kennegard of Arizona State despite a triple bogey on his final hole of the event. Mina was the only player in the field to shoot four consecutive rounds in the 60's, following a career-best round of 65 in the opening round with a 68, 67 and 68 in the subsequent three rounds. Cal finished tied for sixth with an 11-under par team score of 1409 (347-357-352-353) for the tournament and featured a pair of top-10 individuals with Michael Weaver (68-71-66-69 - 274, -10) tying for sixth to join Mina. Brandon Hagy (T20th, 66-70-74-72 - 282, -2), Chad Vivolo (45th, 74-75-71-71 - 291, +7), James Coré (T-51st, 74-73-74-73 - 294, +10) and Evan Derian (60th, 74-77-77-75 - 303, +19) also played for the Bears.

DES SAYS (Head coach Steve Desimone talks about the Bears)
On the Bears' chances at the NCAA San Diego Regional
'When I look at the teams above us and behind us, I think we've got as good of a shot as anybody to advance to the NCAA Championship. We're all starting from scratch, so let's go play.'

On Eric Mina and the future for the Bears
'When you accomplish something like winning the Pac-10 title, it's usually even greater motivation to want more. I think Eric will want to defend his Pac-10 title next year, but I also think that competing for another national championship is something that we're all looking for soon.'

BEAR LINEUP
Cal's lineup for the 2010 NCAA San Diego Regional (in order, with 2009-10 Cal statistics and current national rankings)

(SPOT) PLAYER - YR - RDS - STROKES - AVG - LOW - TOP FINISH - GW RANK - GS RANK
(1) Eric Mina - Jr. - 36 - 2537 70.5 - 65 - 1 (twice) - 34 - 23
2009-10 Notes: Became only the second player in Cal history, and first since Charlie Wi in 1995, to win the individual title at the Pac-10 Championship, shooting a 16-under par 268 (65-68-67-68) ... has the club's lowest stroke average and is the team's only golfer to have played in all 12 events and 36 rounds ... has earned a series of awards in recent weeks, including first-team All-Pac-10, team MVP, team Coaches Award, Pac-10 Men's Golfer of the Month for April, Golf World College Player of the Week (May 3) and Muscle Milk California Student-Athlete of the Week (May 3) ... appeared along with head coach Steve Desimone on CSN Bay Area's Chronicle Live television show on May 14, which was the same day the duo participated in a photo shoot and interview for an upcoming feature in Cal Sports Quarterly ... also scheduled to be featured in the Contra Costa Times this week ... has been the team's top golfer in seven of 12 tournaments, including each of the last three ... has won twice, capturing the individual title at the Spartan Golf Classic (67-67-69 - 210, -10) in the fall in addition to his Pac-10 win ... leads the team with five top-10 showings, also tying for fifth at the Arizona Intercollegiate (68-68-70 - 206, -7), tying for sixth at the John A. Burns Invitational (68-70-71 - 209, -7) and tying for ninth at the Golfweek Collegiate Conference Challenge (70-72-73 - 215, -1) ... has a current string of six consecutive rounds of 68 or better, including all four rounds at the Pac-10 Championship (only player with four consecutive rounds in the 60's) and each of the last two rounds at the regular-season finale U.S. Intercollegiate ... earned the first of his two Pac-10 Men's Golfer of the Month honors in September of 2009 with his victory at the Spartan Golf Classic and ninth-place finish at the Golfweek Collegiate Conference Challenge.NCAA Regional History: Has played in a pair of NCAA Regionals, tying for 10th at the 2009 NCAA Austin Regional (74-71-74 - 209, +6) and tying for 91st at the 2008 West Regional hosted by Washington (78-76-76 - 230, +14).

(SPOT) PLAYER - YR - RDS - STROKES - AVG - LOW - TOP FINISH - GW RANK - GS RANK
(2) Michael Weaver - Fr. - 24 - 1727 - 72.0 - 64 - T2 - 147 - 170
2009-10 Notes: Has the team's second-lowest stroke average at 72.0 and is coming off an impressive outing at the Pac-10 Championship, tying for sixth at 10-under par (68-71-66-69 - 274) after having moved as high as a fourth-place tie on the leader board at one point ... has three top-10 finishes, also tying for second at the Arizona Intercollegiate (64-68-71 - 10) to open the spring schedule and tying for eighth at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational (69-68 - 137, -5) to complete the fall season ... the 64 he shot to open the Arizona Intercollegiate was the best round shot by a Cal player this season ... missed a pair of tournaments in the spring due to illness after his Arizona Intercollegiate showing before returning to action for each of the last five events.

(SPOT) PLAYER - YR - RDS - STROKES - AVG - LOW - TOP FINISH - GW RANK - GS RANK
(3) Brandon Hagy - Fr. - 22 - 1604 - 72.9 - 66 - T16 - 396 - ---
2009-10 Notes: Played the first four tournaments of the spring and then was out of the lineup for two events before playing the final tournament of the regular season at the U.S. Intercollegiate and then tying for 20th at the Pac-10 Championship (66-70-74-72 - 282, -2) ... opened the Pac-10 Championship with a 66 that is the best round of his collegiate career ... posted the team's second-best score behind Eric Mina when he returned at the U.S. Intercollegiate, firing a solid five-over par 215 (73-73-69) that included the third-best round of his career with a 69 in the third and final round ... second-best round of his career came when he shot a 67 during the middle round of the first event of the spring at the Arizona Intercollegiate (72-67-71 - 210, -3) as he finished tied for 16th for the best showing of his career.

(SPOT) PLAYER - YR - RDS - STROKES - AVG - LOW - TOP FINISH - GW RANK - GS RANK
(4) Max Homa - Fr. - 18 - 1323 - 73.5 - 67 - T16 - 301 - ---
2009-10 Notes: Returns to the lineup for the NCAA Regional after not playing in the Pac-10 Championship ... played in five of the team's seven spring events after playing just once in the fall and finished as high as tied for 16th at the USC Collegiate Invitational (75-70-67 - 212, -1) ... finished each of his first five collegiate events with the best score in his final round, shooting a combined 12-under par in his final five rounds ... reversed the trend in his most recent outing at the U.S. Intercollegiate when he fired a 69 in the opening round and then shot 75 and 72 in his final two rounds.

(SPOT) PLAYER - YR - RDS - STROKES - AVG - LOW - TOP FINISH - GW RANK - GS RANK
(5) Stephen Hale - Jr. 29 - 2090 - 72.1 - 63 - 1 - 140 - 180
2009-10 Notes: Has the team's second-lowest stroke average behind Eric Mina ... one of the club's two players along with Mina to have played in all nine events and 26 rounds in 2009-10 after leading the 2009-10 club with 40 rounds played ... won the Alister MacKenzie Invitational and also has top-10 finishes this season at the Spartan Classic (2nd) and John A. Burns Invitational (9th-T).

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 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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