Cal Wraps up Regular Season with 11th Place Finish at U.S. Intercollegiate
April 13, 2010
STANFORD - Cal wrapped up its 2009-10 regular season on Tuesday by finishing 11th at the U.S. Intercollegiate hosted by Stanford at the Stanford Golf Course. The Golden Bears shot their best round of the water-soaked tournament with a one-over par team score of 281 as golf was played without interruption for the first time in three days. Eric Mina (75-68-66 - 209, -1) shot the best round of his collegiate career with a four-under par 66 and finished tied for 11th overall at one-under for 54 holes.
'It was our best round as a team in a while today,' said head coach Steve Desimone. 'We played pretty well in the second round yesterday, too, so it was nice to see us put a couple of pretty good rounds together.'
Oregon won the tournament after shooting a four-under par 276 on Tuesday to move past both San Diego State and Washington, who had entered the day's action as co-leaders. The Ducks, who had begun the day in third-place, were the only team to finish under-par for the 54 hole-event with a one-under three-round total of 839 (286-277-276). San Diego State (287-275-280 - 842, +2) edged Washington (281-281-281 - 843, +3) by one stroke for second. Oregon State (300-275-273 - 848, +8) finished fourth overall after posting the second-best score of the tournament and the best score of the day on Tuesday, while UCLA (283-283-283 - 849, +9) and USC (288-276-285 - 849, +9) tied for fifth.
Oregon's Daniel Miernicki (70-68-64 - 202, -8) won medalist honors after firing the tournament's best individual score with a six-under par 64 on Tuesday. Washington's Nick Taylor, who had entered the day's action as the individual leader, finished three strokes back at five-under (68-68-69 - 205).
Mina needed just two more shots than Miernicki over the final two rounds, matching his 68 in the second round and using only two more shots than Miernicki on Tuesday. But Mina's opening-round 75 was the primary factor that kept him out of the top 10 of an event for the fifth time this season.
'I can't say enough about Eric Mina,' explained Desimone. 'Eric has really learned how to play the game. He's very methodical in what he needs to do. He understands it, gets after it and keeps doing all the right things. He was very impressive in this tournament especially after a tough first round.'
'I just wanted to come out and post a really solid score today,' added Mina. 'I dug myself a big hole in the first round but had a pretty good second round, so I figured another good round today would help both the team and me as to where I placed individually. I played strategically aggressive today by picking and choosing when I wanted to fly at the flag and when I wanted to hit to the middle of the green and trust my putting. I had a good all-around game plan and stuck to it.'
Mina started his round Tuesday with a birdie on his first hole, the par-three eighth. He bogeyed the 10th hole to move back to even-par for the day but came up with birdies on the par-four 11th, and par-five 16th, 1st and 7th holes.
Brandon Hagy (73-73-69 - 215, +5) also had a big day on Tuesday with the second-best round of his collegiate career. Hagy, who finished tied for 31st overall, fired a one-under par 69 despite an uneven round that included three early bogeys but a total of four birdies.
'Brandon played very well with in this tournament with two good rounds on Monday and a great round today,' said Desimone.
Max Homa (38th-T, 69-75-62 - 216, +6), Chad Vivolo (89th, 81-71-77 - 229, +19) and Michael Weaver (91st-T, 81-76-74 - 231, +21) also participated in the tournament for the Bears, while Cal's Evan Derian (76th-T, 79-73-73 - 225, +15) took part in the event as an individual.
Cal will begin postseason action Apr. 26-28 at the Pac-10 Championship hosted by Arizona State at the ASU Karsten Golf Course.
'For us to be competitive in the conference championship, we're going to have to play better,' said Desimone. 'There's a better day ahead for us. I don't know if it's in two weeks, or five weeks or next year, but I certainly hope it's sooner rather than later. We're still working on some tough spots here, but every team goes through a slump somewhere along the line and we've been in that a little bit. Maybe we're breaking out of it and if we are it's a good time to do it.'
'We've struggled a little bit for a while but this upcoming break before the postseason should give us time to rest, work on our game and get things in order,' said Mina. 'Today's round was a positive start to getting back to where we were at the beginning of spring.'
U.S. Intercollegiate (Hosted by Stanford)
Stanford, CA - Stanford Golf Course (Par 70, 6,742 yards)
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS (after 3 of 3 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)
1. Oregon (286-277-276 - 839, -1)
2. San Diego State (287-275-280 - 842, +2)
3. Washington (281-281-281 - 843, +3)
4. Oregon State (300-275-273 - 848, +8)
5T. UCLA (283-283-283 - 849, +9)
5T. USC (288-276-285 - 849, +9)
7. Stanford (292-285-276 - 853, +13)
8T. Pepperdine (287-289-279 - 855, +15)
8T. San Jose State (287-286-282 - 855, +15)
10. Arizona State (309-272-275 - 856, +16)
11. California (298-287-281 - 866, +26)
12. UC Irvine (293-293-289 - 875, +35)
13. Washington State (297-298-282 - 877, +37)
14. San Francisco (304-283-293 - 880, +40)
15. Fresno State (307-290-286 - 883, +43)
16T. Lamar (300-294-292 - 886, +46)
16T. UC Davis (313-287-286 - 886, +46)
18. Long Beach State (306-289-295 - 890, +50)
19. Denver (307-293-302 - 902, +62)
20. Hawai'i (314-311-311 - 936, +96)
TOURNAMENT WINNER (after 3 of 3 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)
1. Daniel Miernicki (Washington) (70-68-64 - 202, -8)
FINAL CAL INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (after 3 of 3 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)
11T. Eric Mina (75-68-66 - 209, -1)
31T. Brandon Hagy (73-73-69 - 215, +5)
38T. Max Homa (69-75-72 - 216, +6)
*76T. Evan Derian (79-73-73 - 225, +15)
89. Chad Vivolo (81-71-77 - 229, +19)
91T. Michael Weaver (81-76 - 157, +17)
*Played as an individual