No. 24 Men's Golf Takes All-Academic Honors and Excels at State Fair

Sept. 11, 2009

BERKELEY - The Golden Bears' men's golf program enjoyed success and accolades as its fall season got underway in September, with All-Academic recognition, strong play at the California State Fair and a top-25 national ranking.

The team was honored with All-Academic honors Sept. 1 by the Golf Coaches Association of America for its GPA above 3.0 for 2008-09. The Golden Bears, with their GPA just under 3.2, were one of two Pac-10 teams to be so recognized among the 48 Division I institutions that qualified for the accolade.

The GCAA previously recognized outgoing senior and current Undergraduate Volunteer Assistant George Gandranata and returning senior John Murphy as Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars.

Over Labor Day Weekend, 144 of the best amateur players in the country competed on the historic MacKenzie Golf Course at Haggin Oaks for National Golfweek/Titleist points, NCGA points and the prestigious title of the 85th California State Fair Champion.

The par-72 course set the stage for one of the premier amateur championships in the Western United States and the Bears responded well to the challenge.

Newly arrived freshman Brandon Hagy was a co-medalist with rounds of 68-69-68 for an 11-under performance. Fellow freshman Michael Weaver finished tied for 5th at 8-under.Weaver's first-round 67 had him in a tie for the lead after 18 holes. Also in the top 10 was junior transfer Chad Vivolo at 7-under (68-71-70, T9). Freshman Brandon Loop ended the event tied for 12th at 6-under with a final-round 66.

Returning players at the event included Stephen Hale at 5-under (T16), Jeff Hamm at 4-under (T23)and James Coré at 4-over (T44).

In its preseason rankings released Sept. 9, Golfweek Magazine has slotted the Golden Bears as the No. 24 team in the nation, up eight spots from their final spring 2009 season ranking.

California, which returns six veterans who will combine with six newcomers to comprise the 2009-10 roster, continues the fall portion of the Bears' 2009-10 season Sept. 19-20 at the Spartan Golf Classic, hosted by Michigan State.

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