Strong Field Holds Cal To 11th at John Burns Intercollegiate

Feb. 23, 2007

HONOLULU - Junior Michael Jensen had his fourth career top-10 finish to lead the California men's golf team to an 11th-place finish at the John Burns Intercollegiate men's golf tournament at the Leilehua Golf Course in Hawaii. In Friday's final round, Cal tallied a 289 to finish with a one-over par 865. Jensen completed his tournament with a six-under 210 to tie for eighth place.

UNLV was seemingly in control of the event entering Friday, but BYU shot an astonishing 270 (-18) to capture the title with an 834 (-30) total. The Cougars had all five of their players shoot below 70 in the final round. UNLV finished second at 842 while Texas A&M (855), San Diego State (856) and Colorado State (858) rounded out the top five.

'We just didn't get it done, simple as that,' Cal head coach Steve Desimone said. 'We competed and I am proud of the guys, but we were close to doing something special and didn't get it done. There were a lot of great teams right near us and they edged us by a couple of shots. We're closing the gap, we're doing some good things, but this is not where we should be. We have to play smarter golf. We're doing a lot right, but we're still throwing too many shots away. We're making mistakes we can't make. We need to go out and perform.'

Jensen was below par for all three of his rounds, compiling a 69-70-71 for a 210 total.

'Michael played great; this was arguably his best tournament ever,' Desimone said. 'He has been playing well. I thought at some point he would take the next step onto the national stage; he may have done it this week. He was solid all three rounds. You finish 8th in this field, you know you've done something. Hopefully it carries through.'

Freshman Evan Derian and sophomore George Gandranata each finished at 219 for the Bears, tying for 52nd overall. Gandranata shot an even 72 on Friday while Derian slipped to a 74.

'The young guys are doing a good job,' Desimone said. 'I was very pleased with Evan, he continues to show that he's ready to play at this level and contribute. George just continues to put the ball in play, he manages his game, does a lot of things right. A 72 is a good round today, considering the conditions.'

Junior Kent Yamane also fired a 72 in the final round to complete his recovery from a tough opening round. His 145 over the final two rounds was tied for the second-best on the team, though his opening 82 dropped him to a final total of 227. Senior Michael Wilson finished with a three-round 225.

SMU's Frank Wrenn won the individual tournament title with a 203 (-13). Jake Ellison was second at 204 while Long Beach State's Michael Drake took third at 206. Brian Prouty from Arizona and Andrew Landry from Arkansas rounded out the top five with 208's.

The Bears return to action on March 5 with first-day action at the Ashworth Invitational, hosted by USC ath the North Ranch Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

John Burns Intercollegiate
(Hosted by Hawaii)
Leilehua Golf Course (Par 72, 6,917 yards)
Honolulu, Hawaii

Team Place After Day Two: T10th (of 22 teams)
Score: 287-289-289 - 865 (+1)

T8. Michael Jensen (69-70-71 - 210, -6)
T52. Evan Derian (74-71-74 - 219, +3)
T52. George Gandranata (72-75-72 - 219, +3)
T87. Michael Wilson (72-77-76 - 225, +9)
T97. Kent Yamane (82-73-72 - 227, +11)

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