Cal Finishes Seventh At Western Intercollegiate
SANTA CRUZ – Cal (374-380-362 – 1116, +66) fired a 12-over par round that was its best of three rounds at the Western Intercollegiate in the third and final round action Wednesday to edge up one spot into a seventh-place finish in the 14-team field. All six players in the Cal lineup either shot or equaled their best round of the 54-hole event Wednesday.
"I really compliment the players because I thought they kept their poise in difficult course and weather conditions," Cal's Alex and Marie Shipman Director of Men's Golf Walter Chun said. "For four freshmen and two sophomores to keep their poise at this event on national television on a difficult golf course with some very difficult conditions is a good sign. They held their own, and I'm pretty pleased with how we finished."
Simon Kwon (72-78-70 – 220, +10) had the best round of the day for the Golden Bears for the second time in three rounds and tied for 24th along with teammate Sampson Zheng (73-76-71 – 220, +10). Kwon's even-par 70 on Wednesday was the best round by a Cal player over the tournament's three days, while Zheng's one-over par 71 included 15 pars and two bogeys before he picked up his lone birdie of the round on the par-three 18th hole that he also birdied Tuesday.
Aaron Du (76-74-74 – 224, +14) was the next Cal player on the individual leaderboard in a tie for 36th, while Charlie Berridge (80-74-73 – 227, +17) tied for 51st, and Ethan Chung (77-78-74 – 229, +19) and Tony Chen (76-78-75 – 229, +19) tied for 61st.
Texas (371-357-347 – 1075, +25) won the team competition by a single stroke over reigning national champion and defending Western Intercollegiate champion Pepperdine (370-361-345 – 1076, +26), while the Waves' Dylan Menante (70-72-67 – 209, -1) captured individual medalist honors by a three-stroke margin and had the only 54-hole score under par in a 92-player field.
Cal will next be in action April 25-27 at the Pac-12 Championships hosted by Washington at the Aldarra Golf Club in Sammamish, Wash.