Golden Bears Open Strong at NCAA West Regional

May 17, 2007

TEMPE, Ariz. - Michael Jensen picked a good day to post his best round of the season for the California men's golf team. The junior fired an opening round 66 (minus-6) to rank among the top golfers of the day as the Golden Bears recorded a 280 (-8) in the first round of the NCAA West Regional on Thursday at Karsten Golf Course. The 280 is the top round for Cal this spring and puts the Bears near the top of the 27-team field.

Cal was part of the opening group of 12 teams which teed off at 6 a.m. The remaining 15 teams are still in action.

Full results and head coach Steve Desimone's thoughts will be available upon conclusion of the event. Live stats are available by visiting

Jensen's 66 matches his collegiate best round set in the fall of 2005 at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational, hosted by Cal.

While Jensen was consistent all morning with seven birdies and just one bogey, he was not the only Golden Bear posting an outstanding round. Sophomore George Gandranata had four birdies and just two bogeys to finish at a minus-2 70 and junior Brandon Beck shot a 71 with five birdies.

Freshman Chris Jensen, Michael's younger brother, also was solid, though a late double-bogey let him slip above par with a 73 for the day. Senior Michael Wilson rounded out the field for Cal, finishing at 75.

NCAA West Regional (Hosted by Arizona State)
Karsten Golf Course (Par 72, 7,033 yards)
Tempe, Ariz.

Team Place: TBD (after round one)
Score: 280 (-8)
T2. Michael Jensen: 66 (-6)
T22. George Gandranata: 70 (-2)
T39. Brandon Beck: 71 (-1)
T89. Chris Jensen: 73 (+1)
T115. Michael Wilson: 75 (+3)

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