Golden Bears 10th after Round 1 at NCAA Southwest Regional

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May 14, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas - First-day action at The University of Texas Golf Club left the Golden Bears in 10th place and 10 shots off the pace with 36 holes to play for a top-five finish at the NCAA Southwest Regional. Eric Mina sank three birdies Thursday to help offset a double bogey and four bogeys, making him California's top golfer in a tie for 18th place at 3-over.

At the completion of three rounds, with 18 holes per day, the top-five teams and best individual from each of this year's six regions advance to the championships May 27-30 in Toledo.

Third-seeded Texas Tech is the only team under par at minus-2 and holds a nine-stroke lead over host Texas. Florida sits third, one stroke in front of top-seeded Stanford.

UNLV and Lamar University are both at 12-over to mark the current cutoff for 5th place, above which the Bears need to climb by the end of Saturday.

The Longhorns' Lance Lopez is the top individual at 3-under (68).

John Murphy, coming off his 5th-place finish at the Pac-10 Championship, righted his ship with a birdie after his first double bogey but reversed his fortune with a double bogey after a birdie later in the round, ending the day with a 5-over 76 (T31).

George Gandranata struggled with 7 bogeys against 1 birdie and was the first Bear into the clubhouse at 77 (+6, T38)

Stephen Hale scattered five bogeys among his first 17 holes before getting sucked into a quagmire on his final hole for a triple bogey and first-day score of 79 (+8, T51)

Michael Jensen sank pars on 10 straight holes to pace the Bears through their front nine and ended his round with a birdie, but his final score did not end up tallying in the five-count-four format; a bogey followed by a 10 on the par-4 3rd hole and a triple bogey on his second-to-last hole blew apart the senior co-captain's round, leaving him at 11-over (T65).

Cal, the sixth seed, is making its 11th NCAA appearance in the last 13 years and the 14th overall regional appearance for the Bears.

NCAA Southwest Regional Men's Golf Championship (Hosted by Texas)
The University of Texas Golf Club (Par 71, 7,412 yards)
Austin, Texas

Team Place: 10th (of 14 teams) - after day one

Score: 306 (+22)

T18. Eric Mina 74 (+3)
T31. John Murphy 76 (+5)
T38. George Gandranata 77 (+6)
T51. Stephen Hale 79 (+8)
T65. Michael Jensen 82 (+11)

Team Standings:
1. Texas Tech 282 (-2)
2. Texas 291 (+7)
3. Florida 293 (+9)
4. Stanford 294 (+10)
T5. UNLV 296 (+12)
T5. Lamar 296 (+12)
7. Michigan 301 (+17)
8. Virginia Tech 302 (+18)
9. Mississippi State 305 (+21)
10. California 306 (+22)
11. Texas-Arlington 308 (+24)
12. New Mexico State 309 (+25)
13. Jackson State 335 (+51)

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