Gandranata Leads Golden Bears at Spring Opener

Jan. 29, 2007

TUCSON - Sophomore George Gandranata and freshman Evan Derian led the California men's golf team in day one of action at the Ping/Arizona Intercollegiate on Monday in Tucson. It was the first day of action in the spring campaign for the Golden Bears.

California shot a +17 301 in the first round, but rebounded to a solid +2 with five holes to play on the par-71, 6,900-yard Arizona National course. The remaining five holes were suspended due to darkness and will be completed beginning at 7 a.m. (Pacific) on Tuesday morning. Cal is currently in 14th place at +19. UNLV leads the field with a total of 17-under par. Brigham Young (-14), Arizona (-13), and UC-Irvine and Tennessee (-5) round out the top-five places.

'This is a great field and you can't make mistakes,' head coach Steve Desimone said. 'We need to keep the ball out of the desert. We did a better job of that in the afternoon, but we had four or five shots this morning that hurt us a lot. There's not enough birdies to make up for those mistakes, but I was pleased with the way we battled back this afternoon; it was similar to the way we played in practice. We had superb practice rounds on Sunday; I thought we were as ready to play as I've seen us.'

Gandranata fired a 76 (+5) in the first round, connecting on a trio of birdies. In round two, the sophomore from Indonesia connected on four more birdies while being more consistent on the rest of the holes for a minus-one 70. He finished the day tied for 48th in the 88-player field.

'George played really well,' Desimone said. 'Two bad swings this morning cost him seven shots. That's the kind of golf course this is. There is no forgiveness when you make any kind of mistake, it doesn't even need to be a big mistake.'

Freshman Evan Derian, playing in his first collegiate tournament, overcame a 78 (+7) to tally a second-round 70 (-1) with four birdies to match Gandranata for the Bears' top round of the day. Junior Michael Jensen shot a plus-four 75 in the first round and is at +1 with one hole to go (the par-three fourth). Junior-college transfer Kent Yamane shot a two-round 149 (+7) while freshman Andrey Mindirgasov logged a 78 (+7) in the opening round and is at a plus-five 61 with four holes remaining to be completed on Tuesday morning.

'This is a unique golf course, you can't lose your heads,' Desimone said 'We were gaining confidence and gaining momentum. Hopefully that continues tomorrow.'

Following the completion of round two action, the third and final round will commence. Live scoring is available at

Ping/Arizona Intercollegiate
(Hosted by Arizona)
Arizona National (Par 71, 6,900 yards)
Tucson, Ariz.

Team Place After Day One: 14th (of 16 teams)
Score: 301-INC (with five holes to play in second round)
T48. George Gandranata (76-70) - +4
T56. Michael Jensen (75-INC) - +5
T60. Evan Derian (78-70) - +6
T64. Kent Yamane (72-77) - +7
T75. Andrey Mindirgasov (78-INC) - +12

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