Cal Continues Spring Season at John A. Burns Intercollegiate

Feb. 16, 2010

Wed., Feb. 17 (8 a.m. HST/10 a.m. PST) - John A. Burns Intercollegiate (Honolulu, HI - Leilehua Golf Course)
Thu., Feb. 18 (8 a.m. HST/10 a.m. PST) - John A. Burns Intercollegiate (Honolulu, HI - Leilehua Golf Course)
Fri., Feb. 19 (8 a.m. HST/10 a.m. PST) - John A. Burns Intercollegiate (Honolulu, HI - Leilehua Golf Course)

Cal continues its spring season at the 2010 John A. Burns Intercollegiate hosted by the University of Hawai'i this Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 17-19. The 54-hole event will take place at the Leilehua Golf Course with 18 holes scheduled to be played on each of the event's three days with daily shotgun starts scheduled for 8 a.m. HST/10 a.m. PST.

Results for the John A. Burns Intercollegiate will be available at following the conclusion of action each day. There will be no live results available.

After winning its first tournament of the 2010 spring season Feb. 1-2 at the Arizona Intercollegiate in Tucson, Cal has moved up in the most recent national rankings released by Golfweek (Feb. 14) and Golfstat (Feb. 10). The Bears are now ranked No. 16 by Golfweek and No. 22 according to Golfstat after finishing the fall ranked No. 30 and No. 33, respectively.

Cal last played in the John A. Burns Intercollegiate in February of 2008. Then freshman Stephen Hale won his first collegiate event by shooting three consecutive rounds of 67 for a 15-under par tournament showing. As a team, the Bears finished sixth out of 21 squads at 21-under par.

The John A. Burns Intercollegiate is an annual spring tournament hosted by the University of Hawai'i that is in its 34th edition in 2010. This year's field will feature 16 teams, including six currently ranked among the top 50 by both Golfstat (released Feb. 10) and Golfweek (released Feb. 14). Texas A&M (5 GW/8 GS) is the tournament's top ranked team, followed by Cal (16 GW/22 GS), UNLV (23 GW/23 GS), SMU (25 GW/27 GS), Fresno State (46 GW/46 GS) and New Mexico (47 GS/48 GW). The remainder of the field includes Arizona, BYU, BYU-Hawai'i, Denver, Hawai'i, Hawai'i-Hilo, Hawai'I Pacific, Nevada, UC Santa Barbara and UTEP. Texas A&M is the tournament's defending champion, while New Mexico's James Erkenbeck won the 2009 individual title by one shot at 11-under par.

BEAR LINEUP: Cal's lineup (in order, with 2009-10 Cal statistics)

PLAYER (SPOT)	YR	RDS	STROKES	AVG	LOW	TOP FINISHEric Mina (1)	Jr.	14	988	70.6	67	1Chad Vivolo (2)	Jr.	11	579	71.5	68	6Brandon Hagy (3)	Fr.	6	431	71.8	67	T16Stephen Hale (4)	Jr.	14	992	70.9	63	1Evan Derian (5)	Jr.	3	233	77.6	74	T65

The Bears will send four golfers who finished in the Top 20 at the Arizona Intercollegiate to the John A. Burns Intercollegiate. However, Cal will be without its top finisher in Tucson with the absence of Michael Weaver, who tied for second at the Arizona Intercollegiate. Weaver will be replaced in the lineup for the event by Evan Derian, who played three rounds in the fall of 2009 but did not participate in the Arizona Intercollegiate. Eric Mina, who tied for fifth in Arizona, will play in the top spot in Weaver's absence. Other returnees to the lineup from the Arizona Intercollgiate are Chad Vivolo (10th), Brandon Hagy (16th-T) and Stephen Hale (20th-T). Mina and Hale both won individual titles during the 2009 fall campaign, with Mina taking the Spartan Golf Classic and Hale winning Cal's rain-shortened 36-hole Alister MacKenzie Invitational.

Cal charged back by making up 12 shots on the final four holes and tied a school-record with its third tournament victory of the regular season with a one-shot victory at the Arizona Intercollegiate Feb. 1-2. The Golden Bears' four scoring players were five-under par on the 18th hole with three birdies and an Eric Mina eagle. Michael Weaver finished tied for second with a 10-under par 203. Cal held a seven-shot lead going into the final 18 holes but let it slip away to a hot Arizona team and found themselves trailing the Wildcats by 11 strokes late in the third round before the Bears' four scoring golfers played the final four holes a combined eight-under par.

DES SAYS (Head Coach Steve Desimone talks about the Bears' win at the Arizona Intercollegiate)
'This was really special. It was a very dramatic scene with everybody gathered on the 18th green. As far as regular-season victories go this was about as good as it gets. We had to dig in against a great field that featured some of the nation's top-ranked teams.'

Cal men's golf has made amazing strides since Steve Desimone (Cal, 1970) began his tenure as head coach in the spring of 1980, evolving from a club sport into one of the elite varsity golf programs in the country in the 1990's before winning the NCAA title in 2004. In the midst of his 31st season at the helm of Cal golf, Desimone is largely responsible for the level of success enjoyed by the program. He was named Golfweek's 2003-04 College Coach of the Year and was presented with the 2004 Grand Master of the Year award by the Northern California Golf Association after leading the Golden Bears to the 2004 national title. Desimone has directed the Bears to 14 NCAA West Regionals (1990, '93, '95, '97, '98, '99, 2000, '01, '02, '03, '04, '07, '08, '09) and five NCAA Championship events (1995, '98, '99, 2000, '04). He was voted Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year in 1987. A member of the Cal basketball team as an undergraduate, Desimone graduated from Cal in 1970.

Associate head coach Walter Chun (Cal, 2001) is in his sixth season on the Bears coaching staff and his first in his current role. Chun, who spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Cal from 2004-09, was named the 2008 Jan Strickland Award winner honoring best assistant coach in the nation.

Director of Golf Operations Curt David (Pacific, 1989) and volunteer assistant coach Gene Bakkum (UC Davis, 2000) are also in their sixth season with the Bears. George Gandranata (Cal, 2010) is in his first season as a Cal volunteer undergraduate assistant coach.

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