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Bears Jump Two Spots At Blessings Collegiate Invitational

Oct 4, 2022
Aaron Du carded a 2-under-par 70 to help Cal improve its score in the second round of the Blessings Collegiate Invitational on Tuesday.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The California men's golf team shot an 8-over-par 296 and climbed into a tie for ninth place in the second round of the Blessings Collegiate Invitational on Tuesday at Blessings Golf Club.
Cal's second-round 296 was the fifth-best team score posted in the 11-team field on Tuesday, marking a significant bounce-back effort following its 21-over-par 309 on Monday. Junior and two-time All-Pac-12 team honorable mention Aaron Du led the charge as he moved into a tie for 26th individually by carding a 2-under par 70. He and fellow junior Sampson Zheng – who shot a 1-over-par 73 and is tied for 22nd after 36 holes – are within four strokes of the top 10.
The Golden Bears will enter Wednesday's final round tied with UNLV for ninth place and two strokes behind eighth-place UCLA. Texas A&M (-11) owns a convincing lead ahead of second-place Arkansas (+1) and third-place Mississippi State (+9).
Du's second-round 70 was keyed by a 2-under-par back nine with birdies on holes 10 and 17. Despite back-to-back bogeys on holes 6 and 7, the junior was able to finish the front nine at even par with birdies on holes 2 and 8.
Zheng's second round was highlighted by an eagle on the fifth hole, but three bogeys throughout the final five holes dropped him back to 1-over-par for the day. His 1-under-par 35 on the front nine had him in contention with the top 10 individually before the late struggles.

Place Name Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
T-22 Sampson Zheng 75 (+3) 73 (+1) 148 (+4)
T-26 Aaron Du 79 (+7) 70 (-2) 149 (+5)
T-42 Tony Chen 80 (+8) 74 (+2) 154 (+10)
T-46 Nathan Wang 76 (+4) 79 (+7) 155 (+11)
T-55 Jeewon Park 79 (+7) 85 (+13) 164 (+20)

Cal will start the third and final round of the Blessings Collegiate Invitational on the 10th hole at 8 a.m. PT Wednesday.Live scoring will be available in real time on, while Golf Channel will televise the round from 1-4:30 p.m. PT.
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