No. 18/21 Cal Travels Fresno Lexus Classic Monday-Tuesday

March 7, 2010

Mon., Mar. 8 (7:45 a.m. PST) - Fresno Lexus Classic (Fresno, CA - San Joaquin Country Club)
Tue., Mar. 9 (7:45 a.m. PST) - Fresno Lexus Classic (Fresno, CA - San Joaquin Country Club)

Cal continues its spring slate at the 2010 Fresno Lexux Classic this Monday-Tuesday, Mar. 8-9. The 54-hole event will take place at the San Joaquin Country Club with the first 36 holes scheduled to be played Monday and the final 18 set for Tuesday. Play begins each day at 7:45 a.m. PST.

Live results from the Fresno Lexus Classic will be available via a link from each day. A recap and complete results will also be available at after the conclusion of play each day.

Cal is now ranked No. 18 in the nation by Golfweek and No. 21 according to Golfstat. The Bears moved up three spots in both polls this week after a second-place showing Mar. 1-2 at the USC Collegiate Invitational. The Bears had began the spring ranked No. 30 (Golfweek) and No. 33 (Golfstat) but have been as high as No. 16 (Golfweek) after winning its first tournament of the 2010 spring season Feb. 1-2 at the Arizona Intercollegiate in Tucson. Their current No. 21 ranking by Golfstat is their highest of the season.

Cal had a strong showing the last time the Golden Bears played the Fresno Lexus Classic April 10-11, 2008. Three current team members - Evan Derian (T6th, 70-71-70 - 211, -5), Eric Mina (T20th, 73-70-71 - 214, -2) and Stephen Hale (T-27th, 74-71-70 - 215, -1) - played for the Bears in the 2008 event. Current undergraduate assistant George Gandranata (T-6th, 73-66-72 - 211, -5) and Brandon Beck (T-6th, 71-72-68 - 211, -5) were the team's other players two seasons ago.

The field for this year's Fresno Lexus Classic at the par-71, 6,802-yard San Joaquin Country Club in Fresno, Calif., will feature 16 teams. Oregon (No. 3 GS/No. 17 GW) is the highest ranked team in the field and coming off a victory in their most recent outing at the USC Collegiate Invitational last Monday-Tuesday. Other teams ranked nationally in the Top 50 include Washington (No. 5 GW/No. 6 GS), Cal (No. 18 GW/No. 21 GS), San Diego (No. 24 GS/No. 30 GW), Fresno State (No. 41 GS/No. 46 GW), Pepperdine (No. 43 GW/No. 43 GS) and Michigan (No. 45 GS/NO. 48 GW). BYU, Cal Poly, UC Irvine, Kansas State, Nevada, Pacific, Pepperdine, Sacramento State, Saint Mary's and San Jose State round out the 16-team field. Each team will field six players with the top five scoring (one more for both than the common five and four).

The Cal men's golf team has won a school-record-tying three regular-season tournaments over its first seven events of the 2009-10 campaign and finished in the top four in six of seven events. The Golden Bears captured the Spartan Golf Classic (Sept. 19-20) hosted by Michigan State and its own Alister MacKenize Invitational (Oct. 12) in the fall of 2009. Cal then started the spring portion of its schedule with a victory at the Arizona Intercollegiate (Feb. 1-2). The Bears were also second at the USC Collegiate Invitational (Mar. 1-2), tied for third at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate (Feb. 17-19) hosted by Hawai'i and fourth at the season-opening Golfweek Conference Challenge (Aug. 30 - Sept. 1) hosted by Iowa. The only time the Bears have placed out of the top four at a tournament in 2009-10 was a 12th-place showing at the Windon Memorial (Oct. 4-5) last fall. The Bears have also had a pair of individual medalists this season with Eric Mina winning the Spartan Golf Classic and Stephen Hale taking the Alister McKenzie Invitational.

Cal's lineup (in order, with 2009-10 Cal statistics and national rankings)

PLAYER (SPOT)	YR	RDS	STROKES	AVG	LOW	TOP FINISH	GW RANK	GS RANKMichael Weaver (1)	Fr.	8	562	70.3	64	T2	34	21Stephen Hale (2)	Jr.	20	1418	70.9	63	1	45	44Chad Vivolo (3)	Jr.	17	1211	71.2	66	6	216	191Max Homa (4)	Fr.	6	434	72.3	67	T16	39*	---Brandon Hagy (5)	Fr.	12	871	72.6	67	T16	367	---Eric Mina (6)	Jr.	20	1409	70.5	67	1	40	30*secondary ranking; not enough rounds to qualify for primary ranking

The Bears' lineup gets a big boost for the Fresno Lexus Classic with the return of Michael Weaver to the top spot in the lineup. Weaver missed the team's last two events due to illness after tying for second place in an impressive showing at the Arizona Intercollegiate that opened the team's spring schedule February 1-2. The lineup will also feature a pair of golfers in Eric Mina and Chad Vivolo that have finished in the Top 20 in each of their three spring outings at the Arizona Intercollegiate, John A. Burns Intercollegiate and USC Collegiate Invitational. Mina, who played in the top spot in each of the two events Weaver missed, has tied for fifth (Arizona Intercollegiate) tied for sixth (John A. Burns Invitational) and tied for 16th (USC Collegiate Invitational) this spring. Vivolo's best finish of the spring came at the USC Collegiate Invitational in his most recent event when he tied for eighth. He was also 10th in Arizona and 18th in Hawaii. Stephen Hale tied for ninth at the John A. Burns Invitational after leading the tournament for the first two rounds. He was tied for 20th at Arizona and tied for 33th at USC. Brandon Hagy has played in all of the Bears' spring tournaments, finishing tied for 16th in Arizona, tied for 29th in Hawaii and tied for 57th at USC. Max Homa played in his first event of the spring at the USC Collegiate Invitational and tied for 16th, sparked by a collegiate career best round of 67 in his final 18 holes.

Michael Weaver (Fresno, CA/Clovis West HS) returns home for this week's Fresno Lexus Classic at the San Joaquin Country Club, where he has played some top amateur golf. In 2009, Weaver became the first player to ever win both the Fresno City Amateur and the Len Ross Fresno City Junior Championship, capturing the Ross for the second consecutive year. As a prep, he was also a co-medalist at both the state and section tournaments.

DES SAYS (Head coach Steve Desimone talks about the Bears)
'This team has obviously been playing very well. We have three top three finishes this spring in all very good fields. We continue to compete and beat many of the top teams in the country and are definitely progressing in a really positive direction. We are looking forward to Michael Weaver getting back in the lineup and healthy. We are as close to full-strength as we've been all year. It's a good time for us to get into a rhythym and see where we go. Right now, things are very positive.'

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.

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