Cal Takes Fifth at National Invitational Tournament
March 18, 2010
TUCSON - Cal equaled the second-best round of the day at the National Invitational Tournament on Thursday and finished fifth overall at the event hosted by the University of Arizona at Omni Tucson National. The Bears posted a five-under team score of 283 in Thursday's final round and was six-over par (294-293-283 - 870) for the 54-hole event. TCU (286-283-283 - 852, -12) led the tournament wire-to-wire and finished 10 strokes ahead of second-place Texas (291-288-283 - 862). The Bears also finished behind third-place SMU (293-294-278 - 865, +1) after the Mustangs' posted the best round of the day with a 10-under par 278 and host Arizona (293-284-290 - 867, +3).
Chad Vivolo was the top individual finisher for the Bears, tying for fifth place overall after shooting a three-under par 69 on Thursday to improve to one-under par for the tournament (71-75-69 - 215). Vivolo finished five strokes behind tournament winner Dylan Frittelli of Texas (73-67-70 - 215) but only two shots back of a pair of golfers tied for second. Vivolo birdied seven holes, including five of his first seven, and posted his three-under par round despite suffering a double bogey.
'It was a very good day for me today,' said Vivolo. 'I had a good plan that for the most part I was able to execute.'
'The way Chad played today was a nice way to finish a golf tournament,' added Desimone. 'He played extremely well early, had one bad hole and then steadied for the rest of the round.'
Michael Weaver (76-73-71 - 220, +4) and Max Homa (78-73-70 - 221, +5) also had their best rounds of the tournament on Thursday. Weaver moved up nine spots from his standing at the start of the day to finish tied for 24th, while Homa improved 13 places to tie for 32nd. Weaver had a double bogey on his third hole of the day to go two-over but posted three of his four birdies after that point to finish one-under. Homa's round was steady with 14 pars, three birdies and one bogey. He was three-under before bogeying his 13th hole of the day then finished with five straight pars.
All three of Cal's top finishers placed ahead of the two golfers - Stephen Hale (73-72-77 - 222, +6) and Eric Mina (74-76-73 - 223, +7) - playing in the Bears' top two positions. Mina and Hale tied for 36th and 40th in the final standings, respectively.
'That's what good golf teams do,' said Desimone. 'Every player picks up the other guy. We had some different people come through today.'
'It leaves you with a good feeling to head into this upcoming break knowing you have played well in your last outing,' continued Desimone. 'We will evaluate what has gone right and what has gone wrong to this point in the season, and get ready to go for the stretch run.'
Cal will return to action April 2-3 at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational hosted by Arizona State at the ASU Karsten Golf Course.
National Invitational Tournament (Hosted by Arizona)
Tucson, AZ - Omni Tucson National (Par 72, 7,400 yards)
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS (after 2 of 2 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)
1. TCU (286-283-283 - 852, -12)
2. Texas (291-288-283 - 862, -2)
3. SMU (293-294-278 - 865, +1)
4. Arizona (293-284-290 - 867, +3)
5. California (294-293-283 - 870, +6)
6. Colorado State (297-293-283 - 873, +9)
7. Tulsa (294-297-287 - 878, +14)
8T. Baylor (289-292-298 - 879, +15)
8T. New Mexico (294-296-289 - 879, +15)
10. Texas Tech (294-298-291 - 883, +19)
11. Purdue (299-290-295 - 884, +20)
12. Wyoming (306-305-296 - 907, +43)
13. Texas El Paso (302-308-301 - 911, +47)
14. Arizona `B' (310-304-300 - 914, +50)
TOURNAMENT WINNER (after 2 of 2 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)
1. Dylan Frittellli (Texas) 73-67-70 - 210 (-6)
FINAL CAL INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (after 2 of 2 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)5T. Chad Vivolo 71-75-69 - 215 (-1)
24T. Michael Weaver 76-73-71 - 220 (+4)
32T. Max Homa 78-73-70 - 221 (+5)
36T. Stephen Hale 73-72-77 - 222 (+6)
40T. Eric Mina 74-76-73 - 223 (+7)