Cal Ties For Fourth At Arizona Intercollegiate
TUCSON, Ariz. – Cal (286-288-283 – 857, +5) tied for fourth at the Arizona Intercollegiate that opened the Golden Bears spring schedule by moving up two spots on the final day of action Tuesday at the par-71, 7,262-yard Sewailo Golf Club. The one-under par third round shot by the Bears was the fourth-best of the day and the team’s top round of the event. Shotaro Ban (70-70-69 – 209, -4) and Ben Doyle (70-73-67 – 210, -3) both registered the best finishes of their career, tying for third and tying for sixth, respectively.
“It was obviously disappointing that we didn’t win but hats off to Arizona State,” head coach Steve Desimone said. “Overall, given it was the first tournament of the spring we competed well and it was a decent start.”
Ban, who was in his first action since the opener of the team’s fall season last September, knocked one shot off his first and second round scores Tuesday and moved up four places from where he began the day with a two-under par round that included four birdies and two bogeys. Each of Ban’s birdies came on par-four holes (1, 4, 6, 16), while his two bogeys were on par-threes (3, 15).
“I played consistently the entire tournament,” Ban said. “I stuck to my game plan and tried to play smart. As for the team, we fought back today. Ben [Doyle] had a tremendous round and the rest of the squad hung tough. It was a disappointing finish for us, but we are going to grind and improve as the season progresses.”
“Shotaro has played very good golf the past few weeks,” Desimone said. “It looks like he’s back in the saddle.”
Doyle moved up nine spots from where he started the day by firing a four-under par round that tied for the field’s second-best of the day. Doyle posted a five-under par 30 on the front nine that started with two par-four birdies before later including a birdie on the par-three seventh and an eagle on the par-five eighth. He would add another birdie on the par-four 16th before hitting an errant tee shot that led to a double-bogey on the par-four 17th.
“It definitely feels good to start off the spring season with a good top-10 finish and it gives me a lot confidence going forward,” Doyle said. “I played very smart today and on the front nine I was both hitting it close to the pin and making a bunch of putts. After making a few punts my confidence became a lot better and I felt more comfortable going for tougher pin positions.”
“Ben was very impressive today,” Desimone said.
KK Limbhasut (71-72-74 – 217, +4) finished in a tie for 23rd after a three-over par final round that included one birdie on the par-four ninth hole, bogeys on the par-four second and fifth, and a double bogey on the par-five 10th.
Cameron Shaw (75-73-73 – 221, +8) inched up six spots into a tie for 42nd after a two-over par final round that featured 15 pars. Shaw had a double bogey on the first hole he played on the par-four fourth and had a bogey on the par-three seven for a three-over total after four holes but played the final 14 holes in one-under par with 13 pars and a birdie on the par-four 16th.
Keelan Kilpatrick (78-84-77 – 239, +26) wrapped up a difficult tournament with a six-over par round that included five bogeys (4, 6, 10, 11, 16) and a double bogey (17) along with a single birdie on the par-five 14th.
Alexander Wilson (75-72-71 – 218, +5) finished in a tie for 27th playing as an individual. He had three birdies (2, 8, 14) and three bogeys (10, 11, 15) on Tuesday.
Arizona State’s Max Rottluff (70-65-68 – 203, -10) won individual medalist honors over his nearest competitor by four strokes.
Cal will next be in action February 18-20 at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate hosted by Hawai’i on Kaua’i’s Wailua Golf Course in Lihue.
► Successful Run Since 2011-12 – Cal has now finished in the top six spots in each of its six events this season and has been fourth or better in five of the six to continue an amazingly successful run. Cal has been victorious in 26 of its last 46 stroke-play tournaments overall dating back to the beginning of the 2011-12 campaign and has finished in the top five in 43 of those 46 events as well as another four additional match-play events during the period for 47 top-five showings in its last 50 tournaments overall.
► 10 Top-10 Individual Finishes In 2014-15 – Cal has now had six different players register a total of 10 top-10 individual finishes in 2014-15. Sebastian Crampton leads the way with three, followed by Keelan Kilpatrick and Cameron Shaw with two each, and Shotaro Ban, Ben Doyle and KK Limbhasut with one apiece.
ARIZONA INTERCOLLEGIATE (HOSTED BY ARIZONA)
SEWAILO GOLF CLUB (PAR-71, 7262 YARDS)
FINAL TEAM LEADERBOARD (after 3 of 3 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)
1. Arizona State (286-277-277 – 840, -12)
2. UTEP (283-286-282 – 851, -1)
3. McNeese State (294-283-279 – 856, +4)
T4. Cal (286-288-283 – 857, +5)
T4. Iowa State (287-278-292 – 857, +5)
6. New Mexico (286-284-288 – 858, +6)
7. Arizona (294-278-293 – 865, +13)
8. Pacific (288-291-288 – 867, +15)
T9. Pepperdine (299-280-289 – 868, +16)
T9. BYU (293-291-284 – 868, +16)
11. New Mexico State (293-293-289 – 875, +23)
12. Cal State Fullerton (299-298-280 – 877, +25)
13. Seattle U (293-296-296 – 885, +33)
14. Loyola Marymount (298-299-293 – 890, +38)
15. Delaware (302-293-303 – 898, +46)
FINAL PLAYER LEADERBOARD – INDIVIDUAL MEDALIST (after 3 of 3 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)
1. Max Rottluff (Arizona State) 70-65-68 – 203 (-10)
FINAL PLAYER LEADERBOARD – CAL INDIVIDUALS (after 3 of 3 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)
T3. Shotaro Ban 70-70-69 – 209 (-4)
T6. Ben Doyle 70-73-67 – 210 (-3)
T23. KK Limbhasut 71-72-74 – 217 (+4)
^T27. Alexander Wilson 75-72-71 – 218 (+5)
T42. Cameron Shaw 75-73-73 – 221 (+8)
T86. Keelan Kilpatrick 78-84-77 – 239 (+26)
^Played as an individual