Golden Bears Finish Second in Men's Golf Action

Sept. 30, 2008

BREMERTON, Wash. - While the California men's golf team strives to win every tournament, the Golden Bears are still quite pleased with three straight top-three finishes to open the 2008-09 campaign, following Tuesday's conclusion of the Husky Invitational at Gold Mountain Golf Course. Cal finished the event with a three-round 870 (+6) to take second place. The Bears finished first in their opening tournament in San Francisco and third last weekend at Michigan.

Three members of the team shot identical three-round scores to tie for seventh place overall, showing the team's impressive depth. Sophomore Eric Mina, junior John Murphy and senior Michael Jensen all finished at 217 (+1).

'That's been a hallmark of this team all year,' head coach Steve Desimone said. 'We have some very good players. Michael's already won a tournament, Eric and John have been close; Stephen Hale won last year. Any one of them with a couple of putts and a couple good shots, they can win a tournament.'

After shooting back-to-back below par rounds, the Bears tallied a 298 (+10) on Tuesday to leave them 13 shots behind host Washington, which won the event at 857 (-7) on its home course. San Diego State finished in third place (879, +15), followed b BYU (885, +21) and Oregon (887, +23). BYU had the best round of the day on Tuesday, shooting a 283.

'We played two very good rounds yesterday, but the course played hard today,' Desimone said. 'BYU is really the only ones who played well today. But you have to give credit to Washington. We just couldn't mount a charge today, we struggled on the greens all day. It was just one of those days. We couldn't do what we needed to do.

Mina has been playing very well in his sophomore campaign. He shot a plus-two 74 on Tuesday and finished his three rounds with 11 birdies. Murphy played very consistent golf, collecting just seven birdies and eight bogeys en route to his 217. Jensen, who was tied for second after the opening rounds of the tournament, slipped to 217 on Tuesday, still finishing one-over. He had a team-best 13 birdies in the event, but was hurt by a pair of double bogeys on Tuesday.

Kent Yamane had a solid finish to his first tournament since 2006-07 after redshirting last year. The senior had Cal's best round of the day at 73 and finished the event at 222 (+6), tied for 16th place. Sophomore Stephen Hale registered a 228 (+12) overall to tie for 41st place. Junior Evan Derian, who played the event as an individual, also posted a 228.

'Overall, I'm pleased with the trip and especially the start to our season,' Desimone said. 'We get another strong field at the Prestige in a week and a half and we'll see how we do.'

The Prestige, in La Quinta, Calif., on Oct. 13-14 is the Bears' final fall tournament.

Husky Invitational (Hosted by Washington)
Gold Mountain Golf Course (Par 72, 7,111 yards)
Bremerton, Wash.

Team Place: 2nd (of 11 teams)
Score: 285-287-298 - 870 (+6)

T7. Eric Mina: 71-72-74 - 217 (+1)
T7. John Murphy: 73-70-74 - 217 (+1)
T7. Michael Jensen: 69-71-77 - 217 (+1)
T16. Kent Yamane: 72-77-73 - 222 (+6)
T41. Stephen Hale: 77-74-77 - 228 (+12)
T41. Evan Derian: 80-73-75 - 228 (+12) - competing as individual

Team Standings:
1. Washington: 283-282-292 - 857 (-7)
2. California: 285-287-298 - 870 (+6)
3. San Diego State: 294-291-294 - 879 (+15)
4. BYU: 301-301-283 - 885 (+21)
5. Oregon: 298-292-297 - 887 (+23)
6. Pacific: 296-298-95 - 890 (+26)
7. Washington State: 301-301-290 - 892 (+28)
8. Oregon State: 297-302-295 - 894 (+30)
9. UC Davis: 309-297-293 - 899 (+35)
10. Idaho: 302-299-303 - 904 (+40)
11. Portland: 296-308-310 - 914 (+50)

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