Cal Tied For Seventh At Lamkin Grips San Diego Classic
CHULA VISTA, Calif. – Cal (287-285 – 572, -4) is tied for seventh after the first 36 holes of the Lamkin Grips San Diego Classic were played Monday at the San Diego Country Club. The Golden Bears were 11th after the opening round but moved up four spots by shooting a second round that was better than 10 of the other 15 teams in the field.
"I felt like we really hung in there," Cal's Alex and Marie Shipman Director of Men's Golf Walter Chun said. "We weren't hitting the ball very well and the putts were just missing, but the players hung really tough and grinded out what we shot. Because of their tenacity we have a chance to move up the leaderboard tomorrow."
Finigan Tilly and Sampson Zheng are the top Cal players on the individual leaderboard after shooting identical 36-hole totals of three-under par 141 on Monday. Both started with a one-under 71 on their first 18 holes followed by a two-under par 70 in their second rounds. Aaron Du (72-71 – 143, -1) is nine spots and two strokes behind the duo in a tie for 33rd after carding a team-high 11 birdies on Monday. Tony Chen (73-74 – 147, +3) and Simon Kwan (75-77 – 152, +8) are also in Cal's lineup and tied for 62nd and in sole possession of 86th place, respectively.
"While we may not have had our best stuff today, I think we did well as a team and put ourselves in a position to make a statement tomorrow," Tilly said. "With the greens being this difficult, it's going to be important to stay patient and disciplined tomorrow. I felt like I hit the ball well today and just need a few more putts to drop tomorrow to have a low round."
Tuesday's third and final round begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 am PT.