Murphy Leads Golden Bears to Third Place at Wolverine Intercollegiate

Sept. 21, 2008

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Playing in his second career tournament for the California men's golf team, junior transfer John Murphy may have anchored himself in the Golden Bears' talented lineup with a second-place effort at the Wolverine Intercollegiate which wrapped up Sunday at U-M Golf Course. Cal finished in third-place overall in the 16-team field, shooting a three-round 846 (-6). The Bears shot a final-round 277 as a team, the best round of the day.

Host Michigan won the event with an overall score of 841 (-11). UC Davis earned second with an 843 (-9), with the Bears just behind at 846. Michigan State (848, -4) and Colorado State (851, -1) rounded out the top five.

'We had two real good solid rounds to finish the tournament,' head coach Steve Desimone said. 'We played really well today and had the low round of the day against a good solid field. There were four teams in the field that had already won tournaments and Michigan State is in the top-15, so we knew it would be a good challenge. If we had made a few more putts and made a few less mistakes, we could have won another one, but you're not going to win them all. We know it got away from us in the first round yesterday. I was proud of the way we came back yesterday afternoon and today. We're a good team and we're getting better.'

In Cal's last outing, the Bears won the San Francisco Intercollegiate on Sept. 8-9.Murphy's final round 68 was matched by sophomores Eric Mina and Stephen Hale. Mina, who had shot a career-best 68 in Saturday's second round, matched that on Sunday to finish in a tie for third. His previous best finish was a tie for 17th last season. Hale's 68 lifted him into 16th place overall.

'[Even though John is new to our team], he is a very accomplished player,' Desimone said. 'He has played well on the major amateur circuit. It's great to see him doing this well as quickly as he is, but not really surprised. Great players, their games travel. That's one of the marks of a player like John. On different courses, he can play very well.

'Eric had a great summer and played pretty well last week,' Desimone said. 'He's in a very good rhythm right now and very confident. Confidence in this game goes a long ways. I'm also pleased with the way Stephen Hale came back with two really good rounds. He birdied three of the last four holes today to finish great.'

Senior Michael Jensen finished at 218 (+5), tied for 40th place while senior George Gandranata rounded out the Bear rotation with a 224 (+11).

Cal returns to action on Sept. 29-30 at the Husky Invitational in Bremerton, Wash.

Wolverine Intercollegiate (Hosted by Michigan)
U-M Golf Course (Par 71)
Ann Arbor, Mich.

Team Place: 3rd (of 16 teams)
Score: 290-279-277 - 846 (-6)

2. John Murphy: 69-71-68 - 207 (-6)
T3. Eric Mina: 72-68-68 - 208 (-5)
T16. Stephen Hale: 75-70-68 - 213 (E)
T40. Michael Jensen: 75-70-73 - 218 (+5)
T64. George Gandranata: 77-74-73 - 224 (+11)

Team Standings:
1. Michigan: 282-275-284 - 841 (-11)
2. UC Davis: 285-274-284 - 843 (-9)
3. California: 290-279-277 - 846 (-6)
4. Michigan State: 286-283-279 - 848 (-4)
5. Colorado State: 286-282-283 - 851 (-1)
6. Wisconsin: 286-286-283 - 855 (+3)
7. Virginia Tech: 288-284-285 - 857 (+5)
8. Eastern Michigan: 297-278-288 - 863 (+11)
9. Iowa State: 290-285-295 - 870 (+18)
T10. Xavier: 300-287-284 - 871 (+19)
T10. Toledo: 280-295-296 - 871 (+19)
12. Missouri: 294-283-295 - 872 (+20)
13. San Diego: 296-289-288 - 873 (+21)
14. Gardner-Webb: 294-289-291 - 874 (+22)
15. Oakland: 300-300-299 - 899 (+47)
16. Columbia: 298-306-300 - 904 (+52)

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