Cal Men's Golf Fighting in Competitive Field at Duck Invitational

March 26, 2007

EUGENE, Ore. - In poor weather and a tightly contested field, the California men's golf team holds eighth place after the first two rounds of the Duck Invitational at Eugene Country Club on Monday. The Golden Bears are just 15 strokes off the lead on the 7,033-yard par-72 course. Action will wrap up on Tuesday with final round action beginning at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start.

Michael Jensen, coming off the best finish of his career last week, turned in another impressive performance. The junior fired an opening round 71 to tie for eighth, then came back with a 73, which actually lifted him in the standings to a tie for fourth overall.

USC, which opened the day with a tourney-best 282, holds first place after two rounds with a 577. Oregon State had the best second round of the day (292) in much tougher conditions to finish day one in second place at 579. Oregon (580) and UCLA (587) are in third and fourth place, respectively, while Arizona and Arizona State tied for fifth at 590. California shot an opening round 291 before slipping to 301 in the second round to finish at 592. Twenty-one strokes separate first from 11th in the balanced field, made up of all 10 Pac-10 teams as well as San Diego State and Pacific.

Following up Jensen on the leaderboard for the Bears are freshman Evan Derian and senior Michael Wilson. Derian recovered from an opening-round 77 to shoot a strong 73 in the afternoon round, finishing at 150 in a tie for 31st place. Wilson opened the day with a 74 before notching a 77 in the afternoon to log a 151 and tie for 38th place.

Sophomore Freddy Wolfe is fourth overall for the Bears with a 153, while freshman Andrey Mindirgasov shot a 154 and sophomore George Gandranata had a 155.

The format for this year's Duck Invitational features six golfers from each team participating with the best four scores being counted in each round. This is a slight departure from the traditional five-count-four scoring that is the norm in college golf. The main impetus for the six-player format is that the Ducks will be hosting the Pac-10 championships at the end of next month at ECC, where teams will also compete with six golfers (with five scores counting).

Duck Invitational
(Hosted by Oregon)
Eugene Country Club (Par 72, 7,033 yards)
Eugene, Ore.

Team Place: 8th (of 12 teams) - after first two rounds
Score: 291-301 - 592
T4. Michael Jensen: 71-73 - 144
T31. Evan Derian: 77-73 - 150
T38. Michael Wilson: 74-77 - 151
T49. Freddy Wolfe: 74-79 - 153
T52. Andrey Mindirgasov: 76-78 - 154
58. George Gandranata: 72-83 - 155

Team Standings:
1. USC: 282-295 - 577
2. Oregon State: 287-292 - 579
3. Oregon: 287-293 - 580
4. UCLA: 291-296 - 587
5. Arizona: 290-300 - 590
5. Arizona State: 294-296 - 590
7. Washington: 292-299 - 591
8. California: 291-301 - 592
9. San Diego State: 298-297 - 595
10. Stanford: 300-297 - 597
11. Washington State: 303-295 - 598
12. Pacific: 322-307 - 629

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