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Cal Leads after 36-Hole Opening Day at Windon Memorial

Sep 21, 2014

SKOKIE, Ill. – Cal (285-279 – 564, +4) used the best team score of the day in the second round of action on a windy opening day of the Windon Memorial Classic to move into first-place after 36 holes at the par-70, 6,793-yard Evanston Golf Club. The Golden Bears, who were tied for sixth after the first 18 holes, will enter Monday’s third and final round with a single stroke lead over both Michigan (281-284 – 565, +5) and Ohio State (284-281 – 565, +5).

Cal (No. 14 GCAA, No. 24 Golfweek) has three freshmen in its lineup for the event led by KK Limbhasut (68-71 – 139, -1), who is tied for fourth in the second event of his collegiate career after tying for 30th in his collegiate debut at the season-opening Gopher Invitational.

“I was impressed by how I played today and am excited to be playing in the final group,” Limbhasut said. “Hopefully, we will all finish strong tomorrow just like we played this afternoon.”

Cameron Shaw (72-69 – 141, +1) along with rookie Sebastian Crampton (75-68 – 143, +3) both used sub-par second-rounds to jump up in the standings after 36 holes, with Shaw moving 14 spots into a tie for 11th and Crampton improving 33 positions into a tie for 26th in his first event at Cal.

“My second round was actually not that much different than my first but I converted a few more chances and didn’t have many mistakes,” Shaw said. “The freshmen also did a great job of holding their own. I hope they now realize how good they actually are.”

“It was a blast playing in my first collegiate event,” Crampton said. “I’m sure it will be something I’ll remember forever. In the second round I felt much calmer than the first. During the first 18 holes I didn’t hit very many quality shots, but I seemed to turn it around in the afternoon. I still feel that I left a lot of shots out there, but not as many in the second round. I think the team is in a great position heading into tomorrow to get the job done. We all feel like we left a lot of shots out there and our rounds could have been much better.”

Walker Huddy (71-71 – 142, +2) is between Shaw and Crampton in a tie for 18th place.

Keelan Kilpatrick (74-70 – 144, +4) is tied for 31st playing in the event as an individual while Ben Doyle (74-74 – 148, +8) is in a tie for 60th place in his collegiate debut.

The third and final round of the Windon Memorial gets underway Monday at 8 am CT/6 am PT. The first of five foursomes in the final group of Cal, Michigan and Ohio State begin from the first hole at 9:30 am CT/7:30 am PT.

NOTES

► Cal has won 24 of its last 41 stroke-play tournaments overall dating back to the beginning of the 2011-12 season. The Bears have finished in the top five in 39 of those 41 events as well as another four match-play tournaments during the period for 43 top-five showings in their last 45 events overall.

► Limbhasut had four birdies, three bogeys and 29 pars over his 36 holes and played without a bogey through 24 holes before making the first of three the second time he played the par-three seventh. He birdied the eighth and 10th holes in his first round, and the first and 16th his second time around, all par-fours. His other two bogeys came on his second trips to the eighth and par-three 17th.

► Shaw’s best stretch of the day came when he birdied three of his final seven holes the second time he played the front nine, with birdies on the par-four third, par-five sixth and par-four ninth. He also birdied the first hole in his opening round. Shaw bogeyed the par-four second hole both rounds, as well as the third and 11th holes during his first round and the 16th hole in his second.

► All five of Huddy’s birdies came on the front nine as he birdied the sixth hole twice, as well as the fifth hole during his first round and the third and eighth holes during his second (all par-fours).

► Crampton posted five of his team-high six birdies during the second round starting with three in a row on the fifth, sixth and seventh holes before adding two more on the par-five 13th and par-four 14th. His lone first-round birdie was on the sixth. Crampton did also have a team-high nine bogeys with six on his opening 18 holes (1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 18) and three more on his final 18 (3, 11, 18).

► Kilpatrick, who started on the 10th hole for each of his two rounds while playing as an individual, shaved four shots off his first-round score with an even-par second round that included 16 pars along with a single birdie (7) and single bogey (9). His first round consisted of two birdies (6, 13) and six bogeys (3, 7, 8, 9, 12, 18).

► Doyle birdied two of his first six holes (3, 6) in the first collegiate round of his career before making four bogeys (7, 10, 12, 16) and a double bogey (8) the rest of the way. He made four more bogeys (2, 3, 8, 12) without a birdie during his second round.

WINDON MEMORIAL (HOSTED BY ILLINOIS
SKOKIE, IL
EVANSTON GOLF CLUB (PAR-70, 6,793 YARDS)
 
TEAM LEADERBOARD (after 1 of 2 days/2 of 3 rounds/36 of 54 holes)
1. Cal (285-279 – 564, +4)
T2. Ohio State (284-281 – 565, +5)
T2. Michigan (281-284 – 565, +5)
4. Iowa (283-285 – 568, +8)
5. Marquette (283-286 – 569, +9)
6. Notre Dame (289-285 – 574, +14)
T7. Lamar (289-286 – 575, +15)
T7. Purdue (291-284 – 575, +15)
9. Tennessee (286-290 – 576, +16)
10. Minnesota (289-288 – 577, +17)
11. St. John’s (283-295 – 578, +18)
12. Wisconsin (290-289 – 579, +19)
13. Northwestern (293-287 – 580, +20)
14. Tulsa (285-298 – 583, +23)
15. North Texas (287-299 – 586, +26)
 
PLAYER LEADERBOARD – INDIVIDUAL LEADER (after 1 of 2 days/2 of 3 rounds, 36 of 54 holes)
1. Jose Mendez (Minnesota) 68-67 – 135 (-5)

PLAYER LEADERBOARD – CAL INDIVIDUALS (after 1 of 2 days/2 of 3 rounds, 36 of 54 holes)
T4. KK Limbhasut 68-71 – 139 (-1)
T11. Cameron Shaw 72-69 – 141 (+1)
T18. Walker Huddy 71-71 – 142 (+2)
T26. Sebastian Crampton 75-68 – 143 (+3)
*T31. Keelan Kilpatrick 74-70 – 144 (+4)
T60. Ben Doyle 74-74 – 148 (+8)
*Playing as an individual