Golden Bears Holding Third Place After Day Two of Pac-10 Men's Golf Championship

April 29, 2008

FAIRFAX, Calif. - Day Two Results

George Gandranata had another strong round on Wednesday to lead California at the Pac-10 Men's Golf Championships at the Meadow Club. The Golden Bear junior fired an even-par 71 in tough, windy conditions to help Cal to third place after day two with the final round teeing off at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

USC, ranked No. 2 in the nation, leads the event with a 1069 (+4) after firing a third-round 357. No. 29 Arizona State, which had the top round of the day with a 356, climbed to second place with a 1071 (+6). Cal is in third place with a 1079 (+14), while third-ranked UCLA (1081, +16) and No. 11 Stanford (1087, +22) round out the top field.

'We got off to a slow start and we're not putting well and not playing the par-fives very well,' Cal head coach Steve Desimone said. 'But we're doing a lot of other things well. We're 10 shots from the lead and with conditions like this, you play a great round tomorrow and anything's possible. I would sure like to be closer. If we can go out and play a great round tomorrow, somewhere around par, we'll see what happens.'

UCLA's Kevin Chappell is the tourney's individual leader with a 209 (-4). James Byrne, from Arizona State, climbed into a second-place tie at 210 (-3) with the only under-par round of the day at 67. Gandranata is tied for second, along with Creighton Honeck (Arizona State), Matthew Giles (USC) and Rob Grube (Stanford).

Gandranata had just two bogeys on the afternoon, despite battling the swirling winds. The junior has been the Cal's top finisher in a team-high six events this year.

'George is a warrior,' Desimone said. 'He just hits its straight and there's no quit in him and he loves to compete. He and Rob Grube (Stanford) had great rounds playing together; I don't know if there's a better group on the golf course today.'

After Gandranata, the Golden Bears had an outstanding performance out of No. 6 golfer Andrey Mindirgasov. The sophomore connected on six birdies, finishing the third round with a 73 to climb to a 34th place tie at 222 in the event. Mindirgasov had played in just two events this spring as most competitions are of the five-count-four format (five players compete with the top four scores counting). The Pac-10 Championship is six-count-five.

Sophomore Evan Derian is currently tied for 13th overall after shooting a 74 on Tuesday to finish the day at 215 (+2) overall. Senior Brandon Beck is tied for 24th at 219 (+6), while freshman Stephen Hale is tied for 28th at 220 (+7). Freshman Eric Mina is tied for Mindirgasov for 34th place.

Pac-10 Men's Golf Championship (Hosted by Cal)
The Meadow Club (Par 71, 6,686 yards)
Fairfax, Calif.

Team Place: 3rd (of 10 teams) - after day two
Score: 346-362-371 - 1079 (+14)

T2. George Gandranata: 69-70-71 - 210 (-3)
T13. Evan Derian: 68-73-74 - 215 (+2)
T24. Brandon Beck: 68-74-77 - 219 (+6)
T28. Stephen Hale: 68-74-78 - 220 (+7)
T34. Eric Mina: 75-71-76 - 222 (+9)
T34. Andrey Mindirgasov: 73-76-73 - 222 (+9)

Team Standings:
1. USC: 338-374-357 - 1069 (+4)
2. Arizona State: 354-361-356 - 1071 (+6)
3. California: 346-362-371 - 1079 (+14)
4. UCLA: 348-361-372 - 1081 (+16)
5. Stanford: 350-357-380 - 1087 (+22)
T6. Washington: 357-367-370 - 1094 (+29)
T6. Oregon State: 354-366-374 - 1094 (+29)
8. Arizona: 354-360-381 - 1095 (+30)
9. Oregon: 359-363-374 - 1096 (+31)
10. Washington State: 369-380-377 - 1126 (+61)

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