Cal Leads Arizona Intercollegiate After First Day

Feb. 1, 2010

TUCSON, AZ - The Cal men's golf team opened the 2010 spring season with a strong showing and holds a seven-shot lead after the first day of the Arizona Intercollegiate played Monday at Arizona National. Michael Weaver is tied for the top individual spot at 10-under and paces four Golden Bears in the Top 10 after the first 36 of the tournament's 54 holes.

The Golden Bears finished the first two rounds 25-under par as a team with a total of 543 strokes on the par-71, 6,776-yard course. Host Arizona (-18), Fresno State (-11), Pepperdine (-9), Texas A&M (-8), New Mexico (-8), UNLV (-3) and Nevada (-2) also posted team scores under par on Monday.

'It was one of those days when golf is fun,' said a happy Cal head coach Steve Desimone. 'The game plan was solid and the execution was outstanding. We hit a lot of good shots and made some puts, especially early.'

Eric Mina (-6) is tied for fifth after the first of two rounds of action, while Brandon Hagy and Stephen Hale are among a group of eight players tied for 10th at three-under par. Chad Vivolo is tied for 18th but only a shot out of the Top 10 after a two-under par first-day effort.

Weaver blistered the course with a first round of 64 to register the day's best score. He recorded eight birdies during his opening round, including four of the last five holes, and only one bogey. He also started his second round strong with five birdies in the first nine holes before two late bogeys left him with a 68.

Mina's back-to-back rounds of 68 were starkly contrasting. He was consistent in his first round with 15 pars to go along with three birdies. On his final 18 holes, he posted an eagle on the par-four 13th and four birdies, but also had three bogeys.Hale's opening round 68 consisted of five birdies and two bogies, while he fell to a 71 during his second round when he made double bogey on his final hole of the day after three birdies and one bogey earlier in the round.

Hagy started with a one-over par 72, making two birdies and three bogies in his opening round. His second-round 67 was mostly spectacular with seven birdies, but a double bogey on hole one and a bogey on four kept him from challenging Weaver for the day's top round.

Vivolo had six birdies and four bogeys during his opening-round 69, before two birdies and two bogies on his second 18 left him with an even-par 71.

'We obviously played great today, and hopefully this will carry us right on through tomorrow,' said Desmone. 'The focus tomorrow is to stay with the game plan, keep the ball in play and if we make a few puts, we'll be fine.'

The final 18 holes are scheduled for Tuesday with the first ball off the tee at 8 a.m. MST/7 a.m. PST.

Hosted by Arizona
Tucson, AZ (Arizona National (Par 71, 6,776 yards)

TEAM STANDINGS (after 1 of 2 days/2 of 3 rounds)
1. Cal 269-274 - 543 (-25)
2. Arizona (A) 279-271 - 550 (-18)
3. Fresno State 284-273 - 557 (-11)
4. Pepperdine 284-275 - 559 (-9)
5T. Texas A&M 283-277 - 560 (-8)
5T. New Mexico 283-277 - 560 (-8)
5T. Florida 281-279 - 560 (-8)
8. UNLV 292-273 - 565 (-3)
9. Nevada 280-286 - 566 (-2)
10. Arizona (B) 288-285 - 573 (+5)
11. San Diego State 290-286 - 576 (+8)
12. Texas-El Paso 296-297 - 593 (+25)
13. Texas-San Antonio 304-291 - 595 (+27)
14. Northern Colorado 311-309 - 620 (+52)

Cal Individuals and Tournament Leader
1T. Michael Weaver (Cal) 64-68 - 132 (-10)
1T. John Catlin (New Mexico) 66-66 - 132 (-10)
T5. Eric Mina (Cal) 68-68 - 136 (-6)
10T. Brandon Hagy (Cal) 72-67 - 139 (-3)
10T. Stephen Hale (Cal) 68-71 - 139 (-3)
T18. Chad Vivolo (Cal) 69-71 - 140 (-2)