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Cal Wins Alister Mackenzie Invitational

Oct 11, 2022
The Cal men's golf team shot 21-under-par over 54 holes to win the 2022 Alister Mackenzie Invitational at Sonoma Golf Club.

SONOMA, Calif. – The California men's golf team pulled away from the field with a third-round, 12-under-par 276 to win the 2022 Alister Mackenzie Invitational by 13 strokes on Tuesday at Sonoma Golf Club.
 
Cal's victory marked the 12th time that the Golden Bears have won or shared the team title in the Alister Mackenzie Invitational's 18-year history. It was the Bears' first win at the Alister Mackenzie Invitational since 2017, and their first overall tournament victory since February 2019 at The Farms Invitational in Rancho Santa Fe, California.
 
The Bears (282-285-276 – 843, -21), who entered Tuesday in second place and one shot behind 36-hole leader Harvard, were hot out of the gates following an hour-and-a-half fog delay, collectively shooting 5-under-par through the first five holes. The quick start helped Cal build a five-stroke advantage that it built upon throughout the round on the way to a season-best and tournament-low 276 on Tuesday.
 
For the third time in as many stroke-play events this fall it was Sampson Zheng (68-72-66 – 206, -10) who paced the Bears in Sonoma. The junior saved his best for last, tying his collegiate-low score of 66 (-6) in the third round to finish in sole possession of second place and help Cal run away with the team title. Far from a one-man show, Cal received further standout efforts from Tony Chen (-5, 67) and Nathan Wang (-3, 69) in the third round. Wang and Chen finished tied for sixth and eighth, respectively.
 
Jeewon Park (74-67-70 – 211, -5) and Simon Kwon (69-73-70 – 212, -4) tied for eighth and 10th while playing as individuals, rounding out a group of five Bears who placed inside the top 10. Fellow individual Costas Panay added a 4-under-par 68 in the third round on the way to a tie for 27th overall.
 
Runner-up team honors went to Minnesota (279-289-288 – 856, -8) while San José State (288-280-290 – 858, -6) took third place. Long Beach State's Ian Gilligan (70-66-65 – 201, -15) won individual medalist honors, besting Zheng by five strokes overall.
 
Tuesday's playing format was changed to a shotgun start due to the 1.5-hour fog delay.
 
TEAM LEADERBOARD

Place Team To Par R1 R2 R3 Total
1 California -21 282 285 276 843
2 Minnesota -8 279 289 288 856
3 San José State -6 288 280 290 858
4 Drexel -5 285 287 287 859
T5 Harvard -4 282 284 294 860
T5 Long Beach State -4 293 287 280 860
T7 Santa Clara +1 292 291 282 865
T7 Dartmouth +1 294 291 280 865
9 UC Santa Barbara +19 295 296 292 883

 
CAL ON INDIVIDUAL LEADERBOARD

Place Name R1 R2 R3 Total
2 Sampson Zheng 68 (-4) 72 (E) 66 (-6) 206 (-10)
T6 Nathan Wang 70 (-2) 71 (-1) 69 (-3) 210 (-6)
T8 Tony Chen 73 (+1) 71 (-1) 67 (-5) 211 (-5)
T8 Jeewon Park (i) 74 (+2) 67 (-5) 70 (-2) 211 (-5)
T10 Simon Kwon (i) 69 (-3) 73 (+1) 70 (-2) 212 (-4)
19 Ethan Chung 71 (-1) 72 (E) 74 (+2) 217 (+1)
T27 Costas Panay (i) 77 (+5) 74 (+2) 68 (-4) 219 (+3)
T27 Daniel Heo (i) 75 (+3) 73 (+1) 71 (-1) 219 (+3)
T41 Aaron Du 76 (+4) 71 (-1) 75 (+3) 222 (+6)

 
ALISTER MACKENZIE INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONS – ALL-TIME
2022 – California (Ian Gilligan, Long Beach State)
2019 – Pepperdine (Sahith Theegala, Pepperdine)
2018 – Pepperdine (RJ Manke, Pepperdine)
2017 – California (KK Limbhasut, California)
2016 – Arizona State (Ki Taek Lee, Arizona State/Conner Kumpula, Oregon State)
2015 – California (Cody Blick, San José State)
2014 – California (Max Rottluff, Arizona State)
2013 – California (Joël Stalter, California)
2012 – California (Brandon Hagy, California)
2011 – California, Oregon (Eugene Wong, Oregon)
2010 – California (Alex Kang, San Diego State)
2009 – California (Stephen Hale, California)
2007 – San Diego State (Daryl Fathauer, Louisville)
2006 – California (Michael Wilson, California)
2005 – California (Jon Rosa, Fresno State)
2004 – Oregon State (Bobby Bennett, Purdue/Dillion Dougherty, Northwestern)
2003 – California (Steve Conway, UCLA)
2002 – Fresno State (Nick Watney, Fresno State)
 
UP NEXT
The Bears will take nearly two weeks off from competition before playing in their final fall event, the Isleworth Collegiate, on Oct. 23-25 in Windermere, Florida.
 
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