Cal Fourth After First Day Of Western Intercollegiate
SANTA CRUZ – Cal spent most of Monday at the Western Intercollegiate battling for the top spot on the team leaderboard before wrapping up the day in fourth place with three groups from two teams still on the Pasatiempo Golf Course when darkness fell ending the opening round. The Golden Bears shot a 24-over par 374 in the six-play, five-score format that has them six shots behind first-day leader Pepperdine with all six of the Waves still needing to play the 18th hole. Texas (371, +21) has the best score in the clubhouse followed by Washington (373, +23) and then the Golden Bears.
"I've never seen Pasatiempo play as tough as it did today in terms of weather conditions and course set up," Cal's Alex and Marie Shipman Director of Men's Golf Walter Chun said. "We have a solid game plan, and to the players' credit, they stuck to the game plan and really played with a lot of grit today. They hung tough as I hope those either watching the telecast or following online could see them grinding."
Simon Kwon led the Cal effort with a two-over par 72 that has him tied for seventh two shots behind a foursome of players tied for the individual lead at even par. Pierceson Coody (Texas), Rasmus Hjelm (Colorado State) and Nick Watts (San Jose State) each shot rounds of even-par 70 on Monday while Pepperdine's Dylan Menante is at even-par through 17 holes.
Kwon carded five birdies including three over his final five holes on the par-four 14th, 16th and 17th to help him recover from a three-over start through his first five holes and a double-bogey seven on the par-four ninth. His other birdies came in back-to-back fashion on the par-five sixth and par-four seventh. Kwon got to one-over par and within a shot of the lead before missing a short par putt on 18 to give one stroke back.
"I'm really excited to go out tomorrow and try to put another score up." said Kwon, who is the No. 6 player in Cal's lineup.
Kwon is the grandson of golf legend Johnny Miller, who was in attendance to witness Monday's round.
Sampson Zheng (73, +3) is one shot and five spots behind Kwon in a tie for 12th, while Aaron Du and Tony Chen are tied for 29th after each shot a round of six-over 76. Ethan Chung (77, +7) is tied for 40th and Charlie Berridge (80, +10) tied for 68th.
GolfChannel began its live television coverage of the event with three-and-a-half hours of coverage Monday going from 4 pm until the horn sounded at sunset to end play. Television coverage for the remaining two days of the 54-hole tournament is slated to start Tuesday at 4 pm PT and Wednesday at 1 pm PT.
Play continues Tuesday with the resumption of the first round and the scheduled second round with the first tee time is 9:06 am. Kwon and Berridge are the first Cal players to tee off at 9:42 am followed by Chen and Chung (9:54 am), and Du and Zheng (10:06 am).
:There is a lot of golf left to play, so we'll need to continue to be resilient," Chun said.