Cal Begins Spring Season Monday at Arizona Intercollegiate
Jan. 30, 2010
Mon., Feb. 1 (8 a.m. MST/7 a.m. PST) - Arizona Intercollegiate (Tucson, AZ - Arizona National Golf Club)
Tue., Feb. 2 (8 a.m. MST/7 a.m. PST) - Arizona Intercollegiate (Tucson, AZ - Arizona National Golf Club)
BEARS OPEN SPRING SEASON AT ARIZONA INTERCOLLEGIATE: Cal begins the spring portion of its schedule at the Arizona Intercollegiate hosted by the University of Arizona this Monday-Tuesday, February 1-2. The 54-hole event will be contested at Arizona National Golf Club with the first 36 holes scheduled for Monday, Feb. 1, and the final 18 holes scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 2. Cal placed seventh of 17 teams the last time the Golden Bears played the Arizona Intercollegiate in 2009.
LIVE RESULTS: Live results of the 2010 Arizona Intercollegiate can be found by visiting golfstatresults.com.
THE EVENT: The Arizona Invitational is the first major college golf event of the 2010 spring season. The field will feature 14 teams, including four that finished the fall of 2009 ranked among the top 30 places of the Golfweek/Sagain Performance Index released on Dec. 6. No. 3 Florida is the highest-ranked team at the event, followed by No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 24 San Diego State and No. 30 Cal. Other participants include host Arizona (two teams), Fresno State, Nevada, New Mexico, Northern Colorado, Pepperdine, Texas El-Paso, Texas San-Antonio and UNLV.
THE COURSE: Arizona National is a desert facility designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. The course is situated in the foothills of Tucson's Santa Catalina Mountains, and its diverse 6,776-yard, par 71 layout provides classic golf in the desert challenges as well as some of the most spectacular scenery of any golf facility in the Southwest. The course is host to several tournaments hosted throughout the collegiate season by the Univresity of Arizona.
DES SAYS (Head Coach Steve Desimone talks about the Bears):'Excitement is the right word to describe how we're feeling about the start of the spring season. We had a solid fall, but I don't know if we even came close to reaching our potential. We're optimistic about the spring season. Overall this is a good team, and I'm excited to get back into competition. There is a solid field here with a few nationally-ranked teams and a lot of other good squads.'
BEAR LINEUP: Cal's lineup (in order, with 2009-10 Cal statistics)
Chad Vivolo (1) Jr. 8 579 72.3 68 6Michael Weaver (2) Fr. 5 359 71.8 68 T8Brandon Hagy (3) Fr. 3 221 74.3 71 T32Stephen Hale (4) Jr. 11 781 71.0 63 1Eric Mina (5) Jr. 11 782 71.0 67 1
LINEUP LOOK: The Bears will send a strong lineup to the Arizona Invitational featuring a pair of golfers (Stephen Hale, Eric Mina) that won individual titles during the 2009 fall campaign. Hale was 10-under par (68-64) during the rain-shortened 36-hole Alister MacKenzie Invitational that the Bears hosted at the Meadow Club in Fairfax, Calif., on Oct. 12 to wrap up the fall season. Mina also shot 10-under at the Spartan Golf Classic hosted by Michigan State (Sept. 19-20) to capture the title in the 54-hole event, while Hale finished second at 8-under. Two of the five other golfers in the Tucson Invitational lineup had top-10 finishes in the fall with Chad Vivolo sixth at the Spartan Golf Classic and Michael Weaver taking eighth at the MacKenzie. Mina was also ninth in the Golfweek Conference Challenge hosted by Iowa (Aug. 30 - Sept. 1) to open the fall of 2009. Brandon Hagy is in the lineup despite playing only three rounds in the fall after impressive qualifying rounds in January.