Cal at NCAA Championships Tuesday-Sunday for First Time Since Winning in 2004
May 28, 2010
Day, Date (Time) - Event (Location - Course)
*Tue., June 1 (7:00 a.m. EDT/4:00 a.m. PDT) - NCAA Championships (Ooltewah, Tenn. - The Honors Course)
*Wed., June 2 (7:00 a.m. EDT/4:00 a.m. PDT) - NCAA Championships (Ooltewah, Tenn. - The Honors Course)
*Thu., June 3 (7:30 a.m. EDT/4:30 a.m. PDT) - NCAA Championships (Ooltewah, Tenn. - The Honors Course)
^Fri., June 1 (9:00 a.m. EDT/6:00 a.m. PDT) - NCAA Championships (Ooltewah, Tenn. - The Honors Course)
^Sat., June 2 (9:00 a.m. EDT/6:00 a.m. PDT) - NCAA Championships (Ooltewah, Tenn. - The Honors Course)
^Sun., June 3 (Noon EDT/9:00 a.m. PDT) - NCAA Championships (Ooltewah, Tenn. - The Honors Course)
*54-hole stroke play event to determine individual medalist and cut field to top eight teams for match play
^Eight-team match play event to determine team champion
CAL TO PLAY AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2004
Cal will play at the NCAA Championships for the first time since winning their lone national title in 2004 and the sixth time in school history. The Bears were also participants at the NCAA Championships in 1995 (6th), 1998 (15th), 1999 (16th) and 2000 (17th).
2010 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS FORMAT, PAIRINGS AND TEE TIMES
The first three days of the six-day event hosted by the University of Chattanooga from June 1-6 at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn., will feature 54 holes of stroke play to determine the NCAA individual medalist and cut the field to eight teams for match play over the final three days. The entire 30-team field and six individuals are scheduled to play 18 holes of golf Tuesday-Thursday, June 1-3, with the first tee times scheduled on those days for 7:00 a.m., 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. EDT, respectively. Tee times and pairings are set for the first two days with Cal scheduled to tee off from the 10th tee at 7:20 a.m. ET on Tuesday, and from the first tee at 12:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday. The Golden Bears will be paired with Arizona State and Oregon State for each of the first two rounds of stroke play. Pairings and tee times for Thursday's final round of stroke play will be determined following second-round action. The top eight teams after 54 holes of stroke play will advance to the quarterfinals of match play on Friday, June 4 (9:00 a.m. EDT), with semifinals and finals scheduled for Saturday, June 5 (9:00 a.m. EDT) and Sunday, June 6 (Noon EDT), respectively. All parings and tee times for match play are still to be determined.
THE HONORS COURSE
The 2010 NCAA Championships will be played at The Honors Course, a par-72, 7,395-yard venue located just north of the City of Chattanooga in Ooltewah, Tenn. The Honors Course opened on July 2, 1983, and was created to honor the game of amateur golf. The course has hosted many amateur tournaments, including previous NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships in 1996, the USGA Men's Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championships and Curtis Cup Matches.
Tickets for the 2010 NCAA Championships are on sale at gomocs.com or by calling (423) 266-MOCS (x 6627). An All-Session badge costs $45 and is good for all six days of the event, while an Any-Session badge is $15 and can used once on any of the six days.
TOURNAMENT WEATHER FORECAST
The current long-range forecast for Ooltewah, Tenn., during the 2010 NCAA Championships calls for high temperatures mostly in the mid to upper-80's with possibilities of scattered or isolated thunderstorms each of the first four days of the event from Tuesday-Friday, June 1-4. Partly cloudy skies with high temperatures in the mid-80's are currently forecast for Saturday-Sunday, June 5-6.
All participants in the 2010 NCAA Championships will be allowed to participate in a practice round at The Honors Course on Monday, May 31 (9:00 a.m. EDT).
FOLLOW THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS LIVE ONLINE
The entire 2010 NCAA Championships can be followed online via different methods. The Bear Blog will update fans with highlights of recent news, live results that will be suppplied by golfstat.com, and a live streaming webcast will be available from the 16th, 17th and 18th holes for two days on Wednesday, June 2 and Thursday, June 3. Links to all three, as well as a recap and complete results at the end of each day's action will be available by visiting CalBears.com. More coverage of the 2010 NCAA Championships can be found by visiting the websites for Chattanooga Athletics and the NCAA.
SEEDING AND RANKING THE FIELD
The field for the 2010 NCAA Championships consists of 30 teams and six additional individuals not from one of those teams. Each team qualified by finishing in the top five at one of six NCAA Regionals played May 20-22, while the top individual not from a qualifying team at each NCAA Regional also advanced to the NCAA Championships to play as an individual. See complete list of particpating teams and individuals below with seed, Golfweek and Golfstat rankings, as well as NCAA Regional finish below.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS FIELD (TEAMS)
(Seed) Team (Golfweek, Golfstat, NCAA Regional Finish)
(1) Oregon (9, 1, Champion - NCAA Southwest Regional)
(2) Stanford (4, 2, Champion - NCAA Central Regional)
(3) Oklahoma State (1, 4, Champion - NCAA Southeast Regional)
(4) Washington (3, 5, Champion - NCAA West Regional)
(5) Texas (7, 7, Co-Champion - NCAA East Regional)
(6) Texas Tech (11, 10, Champion - NCAA South Central Regional)
(7) Texas A&M (2, 3, Second - NCAA South Central Regional)
(8) USC (10, 8, Second - NCAA West Regional)
(9) Augusta State (5, 9, Second - NCAA Southwest Regional)
(10) Florida State (19, 11, Second - NCAA Central Regional)
(11) Clemson (14, 14, Second - NCAA Southeast Regional)
(12) UCLA (8, 6, Third - NCAA East Regional)
(13) Florida (6, 13, Third - NCAA Central Regional)
(14) Georgia Tech (17, 15, Third - NCAA Southeast Regional)
(15) UNLV (15, 12, Tie-Third - NCAA Southwest Regional)
(16) Kent State (41, 42, Co-Champion - NCAA East Regional)
(17) TCU (20, 24, Third - NCAA South Central Regional)
(18) San Diego (31, 25, Third - NCAA West Regional)
(19) California (27, 29, Tie-Third - NCAA Southwest Regional
(20) Arizona State (16, 16, Tie-Fourth - NCAA Southeast Regional
(21) Oregon State (24, 21, Fourth - NCAA West Regional)
(22) North Florida (21, 22, Fourth - NCAA South Central Regional
(23) Duke (23, 23, Fourth - NCAA Central Regional)
(24) Tennessee (26, 26, Tie-Third - NCAA Southwest Regional)
(25) Penn State (60, 59, Fourth - NCAA East Regional
(26) Virginia (22, 19, Fifth - NCAA East Regional)
(27) Illinois (12, 20, Fifth - NCAA West Regional)
(28) LSU (29, 28, Fifth - NCAA Central Regional)
(29) Baylor (49, 47, Tie-Fifth - NCAA South Central Regional)
(30) Georgia Southern (56, 53, Tie-Fourth - NCAA Southeast Regional)
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS FIELD (INDIVIDUALS)
Player, Team (Golfweek, Golfstat, NCAA Regional Finish)
Marshall Bailey, Virginia Tech (206, ---, Tie-Sixth - NCAA Central Regional)
Nick Delio, Cal State Northridge (143, 62, Champion - NCAA Southwest Regional)
Rhys Enoch, East Tennessee State (60, 113, Champion - NCAA East Regional)
Robbie Fillmore, BYU (59, 45, Tie-Third - NCAA Southeast Regional)
Russell Henley, Georgia (1, 2, Champion - NCAA South Central Regional)
Espen Kofstad, Denver (41, 15, Tie-Third, NCAA West Regional)
CAL NO. 27 IN GOLFWEEK; NO. 29 IN GOLFSTAT NATIONAL RANKINGS
Although Cal is seeded No. 19 at the NCAA Championships, the Golden Bears only managed to move up two spots to the No. 27 position in the most recent Golfweek national rankings and five spots to No. 29 according to Golfstat. The Bears began the spring season ranked No. 30 (Golfweek) and No. 33 (Golfstat), and moved as high as No. 16 (Golfweek) and No. 21 (Golfstat) at one point.
Cal's lineup at the 2010 NCAA Championships will feature a trio of rookies in freshmen Michael Weaver, Brandon Hagy and Max Homa. None of the five players in Cal's lineup have ever played at the NCAA Championships before. Juniors Stephen Hale and Eric Mina have both played in three NCAA Regionals, while Weaver, Hagy and Homa saw action at the 2010 NCAA Southwest Regional.
CAL'S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY
Cal will be making its sixth appearance in the NCAA Championships in 2010 and the first since the Golden Bears won their lone national title in men's golf in 2004. Cal also participated in the NCAA Championships in 1995, '98, '99 and 2000.
THE LAST TIME - 2004 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS REVIEW
Cal won its lone national title in men's golf the last time the Golden Bears participated in the NCAA Championships in 2004, shooting a 14-over par 72-hole total of 1,134. Cal had a one-shot lead after both the first and second rounds before falling into third place, eight shots behind UCLA, heading into a magical fourth and final round. In the final round, the Bears jumped by the Bruins to win the event by six shots. Jeff Hood and Peter Tomasulo were Cal's top individual finishers, tying for 10th place at two-over par 282 with Tomasulo firing a three-under par 67 in the final round and Hood close behind with a one-under par 69. Jesse Ruda (T-33rd, +10), Michael Wilson (T-33rd, +10) and Scott Carlyle (T-50th, +15) were also in the Cal lineup.
2009-10 CAL MEN'S GOLF REGULAR SEASON RECAP
The Cal men's golf team won a school-record-tying three regular-season tournaments during its 11 outings in 2009-10. 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) hosted by Arizona. The Bears finished in the top five in seven of the 11 regular-season events they played, also taking second at the USC Collegiate Invitational (Mar. 1-2), tying for third at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate (Feb. 17-19) hosted by Hawai'i, placing fourth at the season-opening Golfweek Conference Challenge (Aug. 30 - Sept. 1) hosted by Iowa and fifth at the National Invitational Tournament (Mar. 17-18) hosted by Arizona, in addition to the three tournament victories.
2010 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP
Eric Mina became only the second player in the history of Cal men's golf to win the Pac-10 individual title when he captured medalist honors by coming back from four shots off the lead on the final day of the three-day, 72-hole 2010 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championship hosted by Arizona State at the ASU Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. Mina finished the tournament at 16-under par after firing a three-under round of 68 on the final 18 holes, capturing the crown by a single stroke over third-round leader Jesper Kennegard of Arizona State, despite a triple bogey by Mina on his final hole of the event. Mina was the only player in the field to shoot four consecutive rounds in the 60's, including a career-best round of 65 over the first 18 holes and subsequent rounds of 68, 67 and 68. Cal finished tied for sixth (347-357-352-353 - 1409, -11) and featured a pair of top-10 individuals with Michael Weaver (68-71-66-69 - 274, -10) tying for sixth to join Mina. Brandon Hagy (T20th, 66-70-74-72 - 282, -2), Chad Vivolo (45th, 74-75-71-71 - 291, +7), James Coré (T-51st, 74-73-74-73 - 294, +10) and Evan Derian (60th, 74-77-77-75 - 303, +19) also participated for the Bears.
2010 NCAA SOUTHWEST REGIONAL RECAP
Cal spent nearly the entire NCAA Southwest Regional hosted by San Diego State at the Carlton Oaks Golf Club in Santee, Calif., comfortably among the event's top five teams that would gain a berth to the NCAA Championships and finished tied for third place to give the Bears their best NCAA Regional finish ever. Cal was tied for the lead with eventual NCAA Southwest Regional champion Oregon at the end of the first day of competition and in second place two shots behind the Ducks after the end of two full days. Cal briefly moved back into a tie for first place with the Ducks on the third and final day of the event but eventually fell well off the Ducks' pace. Oregon won the event at six-over par (294-286-286 - 870) with the Golden Bears 16 shots behind at 22-over par (294-292-300 - 886). Michael Weaver recorded his second straight top-10 finish with an eighth place showing (70-74-73 - 217, +1) to lead Cal. Brandon Hagy (74-74-75 - 223, +7) tied for 21st, while Stephen Hale (75-72-77 - 224, +8) and Max Homa (75-72-77 - 224, +8) tied for 28th, and Pac-10 champion Eric Mina (76-75-75 - 226, +10) tied for 39th.
The men's golf team was one of four Cal intercollegiate athletic programs to be publicly recognized by the NCAA for their academic excellence and achievement in the latest multiyear Academic Progress Rates. At Cal's 2009-10 Academic Honors Luncheon, men's golf received both the team Golden Bear Award for having the highest GPA among the school's 27 athletic teams (3.36 GPA), as well as the Big C Improvement Award for showing the greatest improvement from its historical GPA.
MORE ABOUT MATCH PLAY
For the second consecutive year, the NCAA team champion will be determined by match play after the team champion was previously determined by stroke play every season from 1966-2008. During the match-play portion of the tournament, each team match will consistent of five individual matches with players from opposing teams engaging in a series of five one-on-one matches. Each hole is scored and the winner of each hole receives one point in his individual one-on-one match. If both golfers in an individual matchup have the same score on a hole, then the point is halved. Once one player is ahead by more points than there are holes remaining to play the individual one-on-one match is over. For example, if after 16 holes one player is three holes up with two left to play, that player is said to have won the match `3 and 2'. Each individual one-on-one match will be worth one point to the team match score. The first team to win three points will win the team match. The quarterfinals of match play with feature four separate team matches. Four quarterfinal will advance to a pair of semifinals, with the two semifinal winners moving on to one final to determine the team champion.
DES SAYS (Head coach Steve Desimone talks about the Bears)
On the Bears reaching the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2004
'This was goal number one right from the begininng of the season, and we told ourselves that anything short of this we would have underachieved. For nine months, we were pointing towards getting out of an NCAA Regional as one of the top five teams and getting to Chattanooga. When you accomplish something like that, you better believe that I'm really proud of the guys.'
On the importance of Cal men's golf returning to the NCAA Championships
'It means that we've put together not just a national program but an elite program that we really expect at Cal. When you are at the NCAA Championships, it says that you are absolutely one of the best teams in the country. We expect to be there every year for a long, long time. That's our number one goal.'
BEAR LINEUP (1) Michael Weaver - FR. - RDS - STROKES - AVG - LOW - TOP FINISH - GW RANK - GS RANK (2) Brandon Hagy - FR. - RDS - STROKES - AVG - LOW - TOP FINISH - GW RANK - GS RANK
Cal's lineup for the 2010 NCAA Championships in order, with career Cal statistics, current national rankings and notes. Complete bios available by clicking on a players' name.
2009-10 - 27 - 1944 - 72.0 - 64 T2 - 113 - 124
2009-10 Notes: Has the team's second-lowest stroke average at 72.0 ... coming off back-to-back impressive outings, placing a team-high eighth at the NCAA Southwest Regional (70-74-73 - 217, +1) after tying for sixth at the Pac-10 Championship (68-71-66-69 - 274, -10) ... won the California Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week (May 24) after his NCAA Southwest Regional performance ... his finish at the NCAA Southwest Regional was the highest NCAA Regional finish since All-American and current PGA Tour professional Peter Tomasulo tied for sixth in 2004 ... has four top-10 finishes, also tying for second at the Arizona Intercollegiate (64-68-71 - 203, -10) and tying for eighth at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational (69-68 - 137, -5) ... the 64 he shot to open the Arizona Intercollegiate is a career-best and also the lowest round by a Cal player this season ... missed a pair of tournaments in the spring due to illness after his Arizona Intercollegiate showing before returning to action for each of the last six events.
Desimone on Weaver: 'Michael was one of the top junior players in the country coming into Cal. He's strong in just about every area of the game. He hits it long, he hits it straight, and he hits it high. He's also a wonderful putter. You've got be a great putter to shoot the numbers that Michael has shot during his golf career. We're working on his short game a bit, but that also seems to be coming around, and we're seeing more and more of a complete player as we move forward.'
2009-10 - 25 - 1827 - 73.1 - 66 T16 - 357 - ---
Desimone on Hagy: 'Brandon has kept improving all year long. He's a very hard worker. He hits it long and real straight. He's workng hard at his short game and improving his putting. Those areas are coming along nicely. He's developing the way we would hope and expect.'
(1) Michael Weaver - FR. - RDS - STROKES - AVG - LOW - TOP FINISH - GW RANK - GS RANK
(2) Brandon Hagy - FR. - RDS - STROKES - AVG - LOW - TOP FINISH - GW RANK - GS RANK
(3) Stephen Hale - JR. - RDS - STROKES - AVG - LOW - TOP FINISH - GW RANK - GS RANK
2009-10 - 32 - 2314 - 72.3 - 63 - 1 - 146 - 180
2008-09 - 40 - 2953 - 73.8 - 68 - T15 - N/A - N/A
2007-08 - 39 - 2826 - 72.5 - 67 - 1 - N/A - N/A
CAREER - 111 - 8093 - 72.9 - 63 - 1 - N/A - N/A
2009-10 Notes: Returned to the lineup at the NCAA Southwest Regional after missing the previous two events and tied for 28th (75-72-77 - 224, +8) ... has a 72.9 stroke average that is the team's second-lowest behind Eric Mina, and has played in 32 rounds to rank second behind Mina and Chad Vivolo ... won the Alister MacKenzie Invitational (68-64 - 132, -10), shooting the second-best round of his collegiate career and breaking the Kingsley Club course record with a 64 in the second round of the event ... also has top-10 finishes at the Spartan Classic (2nd) and John A. Burns Invitational (9th-T).
2008-09 Notes: Competed in all 13 events (40 rounds) with a 73.8 stroke average ... best finish was a tie for 15th at USC Collegiate Invitational (73-71-71 - 215, +2) ... tied for 16th at San Francisco Intercollegiate (72-70-76 - 218, +5) ... shot a season-low 68 in third round and tied for 16th at Wolverine Intercollegiate (75-70-68 - 213, E) ... tied for 19th at Arizona Intercollegiate (74-71-72 - 217, +4) ... tied for 20th at Western Intercollegiate (73-77-73 - 223, +13) ... tied for 25th at National Invitational Tournament (70-77-72 - 219, +3) ... tied for 31st at Pac-10 Championship (77-75-69-75 - 296, +8).
2007-08 Notes: Second Team All-Pac-10 ... competed in all 13 events and posted a team-low 72.5 stroke average ... won the John A. Burns Intercollegiate (67-67-67 - 201, -15) ... tied for eighth at Husky Invitational (72-74 - 146, +2) ... tied for 10th at Western Intercollegiate (73-70-78 - 221, +11) ... tied for 13th at U.S. Intercollegiate (72-70-71 - 213, E) ... tied for 18th at Southwestern Intercollegiate (81-72-72 - 225, +12) ... tied 19th at Falcon Invitational (70-76-72 - 218, +2).
Desimone on Hale: 'Stephen has been one of the top players in the country over the past three years. His game dipped for about six weeks at the end of the spring, but now he is on his way back. He's always had several excellent components in his game. He's always hit it straight, he's been very accurate, his short game has been solid, he's a good putter, and he's really learned to manage his game well. We saw the results of that for most of the season.'
(4) Max Homa - FR. - RDS - STROKES - AVG - LOW - TOP FINISH - GW RANK - GS RANK
2009-10 - 21 - 1547 - 73.7 - 67 - T16 - 274 - ---
2009-10 Notes: Returned to the lineup for the NCAA Regional and finished tied for 28th (75-72-77 - 224, +8) after not playing in the Pac-10 Championship ... has played in six of the team's nine spring events after playing just once in the fall and finished as high as tied for 16th at the USC Collegiate Invitational (75-70-67 - 212, -1) ... finished each of his first five collegiate events with his best score in the final round, shooting a combined 12-under par for a 69.0 stroke average in the first five final rounds of his career.
Desimone on Homa: 'Max was a bit of an unknown coming into the season. He had a shoulder injury that kept him out of amateur golf prior to coming to Cal for about six months. He wasn't high on the recruiting radar screen but our contacts said this is a guy we should keep an eye on and it's worked out well. He's a good ball striker and an excellent putter. You have to be a good putter to shoot low numbers. Every component of his game from ball striking to short game to putting have all improved. That has been very evident all spring.'
(5) Eric Mina - JR. - RDS - STROKES - AVG - LOW - TOP FINISH - GW RANK - GS RANK COACHING STAFF
2009-10 - 39 - 2763 - 70.8 - 65 - 1 - 40 - 28
2008-09 - 37 - 2708 - 73.1 - 67 - T3 - N/A - N/A
2007-08 - 36 - 2668 - 74.1 - 69 - T17 - N/A - N/A
CAREER - 112 - 8139 - 72.7 - 65 - 1 - N/A - N/A
2009-10 Notes: Became only the second player in Cal history, and first since Charlie Wi in 1995, to win the individual title at the Pac-10 Championship (65-68-67-68 - 268, -16), before finishing tied for 39th (76-75-75 - 226, +10) at the NCAA Southwest Regional ... has the club's lowest stroke average and is the team's only golfer to have played in all 13 events and 39 rounds ... has earned a series of awards in recent weeks, including first-team All-Pac-10, Team MVP, Team Coaches Award, Pac-10 Men's Golfer of the Month for April, Golf World College Player of the Week (May 3) and Muscle Milk California Student-Athlete of the Week (May 3) ... appeared on CSN Bay Area's Chronicle Live television show along with head coach Steve Desimone on May 14, which was the same day the duo participated in a photo shoot and interview for an upcoming cover feature story in Cal Sports Quarterly ... featured in the Contra Costa Times on May 19 ... has been the team's top golfer in seven of 13 tournaments, including three of the last four ... has won twice, capturing the individual title at the Spartan Golf Classic (67-67-69 - 210, -10) in addition to his Pac-10 win ... leads the team with five top-10 showings, also tying for fifth at the Arizona Intercollegiate (68-68-70 - 206, -7), tying for sixth at the John A. Burns Invitational (68-70-71 - 209, -7) and tying for ninth at the Golfweek Collegiate Conference Challenge (70-72-73 - 215, -1) ... posted a string of six consecutive rounds of 68 or better that spanned the last two rounds of the regular-season finale U.S. Intercollegiate and all four rounds at the Pac-10 Championship (only player with four consecutive rounds in the 60's) ... earned the first of his two Pac-10 Men's Golfer of the Month honors in September of 2009 after his victory at the Spartan Golf Classic and ninth-place finish at the Golfweek Collegiate Conference Challenge.
2008-09 Notes: Competed in all 13 events and 40 rounds with five top-10 finishes and a 73.1 stroke average ... best finish came with a tie for third at Wolverine Intercollegiate (72-68-68 - 208, -5) ... tied for fifth at National Invitational Tournament (72-70-71 - 213, -3) ... tied for sixth at Western Intercollegiate and notched his season-low round of 67 (72-76-67 - 215, -1) in the final round ... tied for seventh at Husky Invitational (71-72-74 - 217, +1) ... 10th at NCAA Austin Regional (74-71-74 - 209, +6) ... tied for 15th at The Prestige Invitational (77-71-73 - 221, +5) ... tied for 36th at USC Collegiate (73-71-77 - 221, +8) ... 23rd at Pac-10 Championship (73-72-76-72 - 293, +5).
2007-08 Notes: Posted a 74.1 stroke average over 12 events ... best finish came in a tie for 17th at Western Intercollegiate (77-71-75 - 223, +13) ... tied for 20th at Fresno State Lexus Classic (73-70-71 - 214, -2) ... tied for 24th at Husky Invitational (76-75 - 151, +7) ... tied for 25th at Southwestern Intercollegiate (84-74-73 - 227, +14).
Desimone on Mina: 'Eric has a very solid game. He handles the game well analytically, hits it very straight with every club and has dramatically improved his putting. He manages the game very well and is a complete player. He's only getting better.'
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. Now in 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. He was also voted Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year in 1987. Desimone has directed the Bears to 15 NCAA Regionals (1990, '93, '95, '97, '98, '99, 2000, '01, '02, '03, '04, '07, '08, '09 , '10) and six NCAA Championships (1995, '98, '99, 2000, '04 , '10). 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 the 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 the 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.