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Cal Moves Up To Sixth At Pac-12’s

Apr 26, 2022
Aaron Du is tied for seventh heading into Wednesday's final round of the 2022 Pac-12 Men's Golf Championships.

SAMMAMISH, Wash. – Cal (361-364-367 – 1092, +27) moved up one spot to sixth Tuesday after third-round action at the Pac-12 Championships being hosted by Washington at the par-71, 6979-yard Aldarra Golf Club. Aaron Du (72-71-70 – 213, E) had the Golden Bears' best round Tuesday with his one-under par effort and moved up five spots into a tie for seventh as Cal's top individual on the player leaderboard.

 "Today I stayed patient, even when things weren't going my way," Du said. "I believe in my ability to come back from any situation by focusing on the next shot and forgetting about the mistakes quickly. Being in the present moment definitely helps me execute under pressure."

The third round was played in on and off rain as well as hail at one point.

"To the players' credit, they didn't lose their composure," Cal's Alex and Marie Shipman Director of Men's Golf Walter Chun said about the conditions.

Sampson Zheng (71-73-73 – 217, +4), Ethan Chung (69-78-72 – 219), Tony Chen (75-69-76 – 220, +7), Simon Kwon (76-74-76 – 226, +13) and Charlie Berridge (74-77-79 – 230, +17) are also in the Cal lineup. Zheng is tied for 22nd, Chung tied for 31st, Chen tied for 35th, Kwon tied for 56th and Berridge tied for 64th.

Three Cal players – Chung, Du, Zheng – picked up birdies on their final hole of the round on the par-three ninth with Du hitting a gap wedge to within two feet of the cup off the tee. Cal, which started on the par-four 10th, also posted three birdies on the par-five 12th (Berridge, Du, Kwon), four on the par-five third (Berridge, Chen, Du, Kwon) and three on the par-four fourth (Chung, Kwon, Zheng). Chung added a birdie on the 11th, Kwon on the 16th, Berridge on the 17th and Du on the 18th, with all par-fours other than the par-five 11th.

Host Washington (346-360-354 – 1060, -5) remained atop the team leaderboard Tuesday and sits seven strokes ahead of second-place Arizona State (346-364-357 – 1067, +2) heading into Wednesday's final 18 holes of the 72-hole event being played in a six-play, five-score format for each individual round. Stanford's Barclay Brown (68-67-68 – 203, -10) retained his one-stroke lead over Washington's Noah Woolsey (65-71-68 – 204, -9) at the top of the player leaderboard that he held heading into Tuesday's third round with both players firing three-under par rounds Tuesday. Oregon's Yu Moriyama (68-69-71 – 208, -5) is their nearest competitor in sole possession of third-place and five shots off Brown's lead.

The fourth and final round of the Pac-12 Championships is scheduled for Wednesday with the first tee time at 7:30 am PT. Berridge will start Cal off from the first tee at 7:30 am and be followed in 12-minute increments by Kwon, Chen, Chung, Zheng and Du.

"Our goal tomorrow is to put up our best round of the tournament and hopefully move up the leaderboard," Chun said.

"I'm looking forward to tomorrow," Du added. "I believe in myself and my teammates."