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Cal Second after First Day of Arizona Intercollegiate

Jan 27, 2014

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TUCSON, Ariz. – No. 3/4/4 Cal (281-285 – 566, -2) is in second place two shots behind second-round leader USC (281-283 – 564, -4) after 36 holes of action Monday on the first day of the Arizona Intercollegiate at the par-71, 7,262-yard Sewailo Golf Club. Brandon Hagy (69-68 – 137, -5) is also in second two shots behind second-round leader Anthony Paolucci of USC (65-70 – 135).

Hagy is one of four Cal players in the top 10 after the first two rounds with Pace Johnson (70-73 – 143, +1) tied for sixth, and Joël Stalter (71-73 – 144, +2) and James Yoon (73-71 – 144, +2) tied for 10th.

Cal will be grouped in foursomes with players from USC, New Mexico and host Arizona for Tuesday’s final round with a shotgun start beginning at 8 a.m. MT/7 a.m. PT.

QUOTESHead Coach Steve Desimone“The beat goes on for Brandon Hagy. He just keeps playing great golf.”“Having four guys in the top 10 today is a strong statement about our balance. ““Overall I think we played pretty well. We did make a few mistakes and bad decisions, and overall were a little bit aggressive at times. That definitely cost us a few shots. We could have made some better decisions and been in better position on a number of holes.”“There was no doubt that we were excited about getting back into competition today.”

Brandon Hagy“I hit a lot of greens and played well today. If a few more putts had dropped my score could have been a lot lower. I’m looking forward to the challenge tomorrow. Our team is in a great position to make a move. We just have to play smart and disciplined.”

Joël Stalter“I battled hard today, especially this afternoon. It was a tough day because I played a lot better than I scored, but I did a lot good things, which is positive. The team is in a good spot and looking forward to a better day tomorrow.”

Pace Johnson“It’s definitely good to get back in the swing of things. The team hung tough in the afternoon despite the wind really picking up and having difficult pin placements on the greens. The setup of the course tomorrow won’t be easy so we all know to play smart and be patient. I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to face off with another Pac-12 school.”

Notes► The Golden Bears were making their 2014 spring debut Monday after winning three of five events last fall. Cal, who has won 21 of its last 33 stroke-play events overall and finished in the top five in each, was playing for the first time in more than three months since finishing third at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational last October.► Hagy (69-68 – 137, -3) was the only player in the 84-player field to shoot under 70 both rounds Tuesday and is attempting to extend his string of top-10 finishes to eight in a row including all six of his 2013-14 tournaments and his final two 2012-13 events at the NCAA Championship  and NCAA Pullman Regional.► Hagy had one eagle, seven birdies and four bogeys Monday with three birdies (8, 12, 16) and one bogey (11) during his first round and then an eagle (10), four birdies (2, 4, 7, 8) and three bogeys (5, 11, 17) in his second. Hagy played his six par-fives in four-under including his eagle.► Johnson had back-to-back birdies twice in the first round (8 and 9; 16 and 17) and added two more total in his second (8, 15) to give him six for the day. He had seven bogeys with three in the first round (3, 5, 13) and four in the second (2, 3, 10, 12). Johnson started both of his rounds on the third hole.► Stalter’s up-and-down day included eight birdies, six bogeys and two double bogeys. He had three birdies (2, 8, 12) and three bogeys (1, 6, 9) during his first round and then five birdies (2, 8, 10, 12, 16), three bogeys (6, 11, 15) and two double bogeys (3, 4) in his second round.► Yoon made his 2013-14 debut and had seven birdies, seven bogeys and one double bogey. Yoon started his opening round with a birdie on the fourth hole before playing his next 12 holes in five-over par with three bogeys (5, 7, 15) and one double bogey (14). He came back with three birdies (17, 1, 2) and one bogey (18) over the final five holes of his first round. Yoon started his second round with a bogey and had two others on the sixth and 11th holes. He offset the three bogeys with birdies on holes No. 5, No. 14 and No. 17.► Weaver, who started on the second hole, had a mostly uneventful even-par 71 first round that included one birdie (8) and a bogey on his final hole (1). But the calm of his first round gave way to a second-round nine-over par 80 that started with three bogeys (4, 5, 7) over the first five holes and included three more later in the round (10, 11, 14), as well as a triple bogey (13) and a double bogey (18). He did manage two second-round birdies on the ninth and 16th holes.► Cameron Shaw was playing in the event as an individual but forced to withdraw after injuring his left forearm on the ninth hole.


TEAM LEADER BOARD (after 1 of 2 days/2 of 3 rounds/36 of 54 holes) 1. USC (281-283 – 564, -4)2. Cal (281-285 – 566, -2)3. New Mexico (287-293 – 580, +12)T4. Arizona (290-291 – 581, +13)T4. BYU (291-290 – 581, +13)6. New Mexico State (291-295 – 586, +18)7. Cal State Fullerton (294-300 – 594, +26)8. James Madison (298-298 – 596, +28)9. UTEP (296-302 – 598, +30)10. Pacific (303-296 – 599, +31)11. Oregon State (303-299 – 602, +34)12. Loyola Marymount (302-310 – 612, +44)13. UC Riverside (303-312 – 615, +47)14. George Washington (318-306 – 624, +56)

PLAYER LEADER BOARD – INDIVIDUAL LEADER (after 1 of 2 days/2 of 3 rounds/36 of 54 holes)1. Anthony Paolucci (USC) 65-70 – 135 (-7)

PLAYER LEADER BOARD – CAL INDIVIDUALS (after 1 of 2 days/2 of 3 rounds/36 of 54 holes)2. Brandon Hagy 69-68 – 137 (-5)T6. Pace Johnson 70-73 – 143 (+1)T10. Joël Stalter 71-73 – 144 (+2)T10. James Yoon 73-71 – 144 (+2)T42. Michael Weaver 71-80 – 151 (+9)*WD. Cameron Shaw*Playing as individual