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Cal at NCAA Stanford Regional Thursday-Saturday
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Release:  05/15/2012

May 15, 2012

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Day, Date - Event (Round) - Location (Course) - Host - Start Time
Thu., May 17 - NCAA Stanford Regional (First Round) - Stanford, CA (Stanford Golf Course) - Stanford - 8 a.m. PDT
Fri., May 18 - NCAA Stanford Regional (Second Round) - Stanford, CA (Stanford Golf Course) - Stanford - 8 a.m. PDT
Sat., May 19 - NCAA Stanford Regional (Third Round) - Stanford, CA (Stanford Golf Course) - Stanford - 7:30 a.m. PDT

CAL AT NCAA STANFORD REGIONAL THURSDAY-SATURDAY
Cal will be the top seeded team at the 2012 NCAA Regional to be contested at the par-70, 6,742-yard Stanford Golf Course this Thursday-Saturday, May 17-19. The teams will play 18 holes of the 54-hole stroke play event each day, with tee times beginning from the first and 10th holes on Thursday and Friday at 8 a.m. PDT, and on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. Cal will play along with second-seed Stanford and third-seed San Diego State for Thursday's opening round, and be among the first group of players from the first tee at 8 a.m. Specific tee times and pairings for Friday and Saturday have yet to be determined. Follow the 2012 NCAA Stanford Regional live online thru links from CalBears.com, where a daily recap and complete results at the end of each day's action will also be available. The top five teams from the 13-team NCAA Stanford Regional field that includes nine clubs ranked in the top 50 nationally will advance to a 30-team field at the NCAA Championship to be played May 29 - June 3 at The Rivieria Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

TOURNAMENT FIELD SEEDINGS/RANKINGS*
Cal (1, 2, 7, 5), Stanford (2, 8, 8, 9), San Diego State (3, 14, 14, 14), Central Florida (4, 22, 22, 21), Louisiana State (5, 25, 23, 20), Alabama-Birmingham (6, 37, 35, NA), Wichita State (7, 38, 36, NA), Tennessee (8, 47, 45, NA), Oregon State (9, 50, 48, NA), Southeast Louisiana (10, 59, 67, NA), San Francisco (11, 65, 54, NA), San Jose State (12, 73, 66, NA), UC Davis (13, 122, 119, NA) *Listed in order of NCAA Stanford Regional seeding; other rankings listed are Golfstat, Golfweek, GolfWorld/Nike

NCAA STANFORD REGIONAL WEATHER FORECAST
The forecast in the Stanford area during the 2012 NCAA Stanford Regional calls for mostly pleasant weather but with winds into the double-digit range each day. Thursday's forecast has a 10% chance of rain with partly cloudy skies, a high temperature of 68 and a low of 47, and winds out of the west up to 15 mph. Sunny skies and no chance of rain are in the forecast for both Friday (75/48) and Saturday (76/50), with winds out of the west up to 13 mph both days.

A SEASON OF FIRSTS: PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP, FIVE REGULAR-SEASON VICTORIES, 12 TOP-FIVE FINISHES
The 2011-12 season has been one of firsts for Cal. The firsts include a win at the Pac-12 Championship in their most recent event, five victories for the season, and top-five finishes in each of the first 12 events. In addition to winning the conference title, the Golden Bears have also been victorious at the season-opening Wolverine Intercollegiate, shared the team title along with Oregon at the annual Alister MacKenzie Invitational the Bears hosted, won the John A. Burns Intercollegiate and captured the ASU Thunderbird Invitational. Cal's top-five finishes in each of its other seven events have included falling by a single shot to host schools Arizona and UNLV at the Arizona Intercollegiate and the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, respectively. Cal was third at both of its match-play events (Del Walker Match Play Championship, Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship), tied for fourth at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational, and fifth at both the Golfweek Conference Challenge and Western Intercollegiate. Later in the notes is an event-by-event rundown of the team's 2011-12 tournaments.

CAL AT SEASON-HIGH NO. 2 IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
In the latest national polls, Cal has moved up to a season-high No. 2 according to Golfstat (5/9/12), while the latest Golf World/Nike (4/25/12) and Golfweek (5/14/12) polls haved the Golden Bears at No. 5 and No. 7, respectively. Cal moved up four spots in the Golfstat ranking after winning the Pac-12 Championship and one position according to Golfweek after taking the league title. Golfworld/Nike has not released a poll since Cal's conference crown.

CAL'S HIGHEST NCAA REGIONAL FINISH EVER CAME IN 2010-11
Cal (286-279-278 - 843, -9) had its highest NCAA Regional finish ever when the Golden Bears were third at the 2011 NCAA Arizona Regional played at the par-71, 7,199-yard Omni Tucson National Golf Resort. Ben An (73-69-66 - 208, -5) led the Bears' effort by tying for fourth in his first collegiate postseason event. Stephen Hale (72-69-70 - 211, -2) tied for 14th, while Max Homa (73-69-70 - 212, -1) was two spots back of Hale in a tie for 16th. Michael Weaver (70-72-72 - 214, +1) tied for 25th, while Eric Mina (71-74-72 - 217, +4) tied for 42nd. Homa is the only player in this year's lineup for the 2012 NCAA Stanford Regional that played in last year's event.

CAL'S HISTORY AT NCAA REGIONALS
Cal is playing in an NCAA Regional for the sixth consecutive season in 2011-12 and the 17th time in school history. Cal's top two top finishes during NCAA Regional action have come in the last two seasons with the Golden Bears third at the NCAA Arizona Regional in 2010-11 and tied for third at the NCAA San Diego Regional in 2009-10. The team's only other top-five finish came in 1992-93 when the Golden Bears were tied for fourth at the NCAA Tempe Regional. Cal tied for seventh at the NCAA Portland Regional during the 2003-04 season to qualify for one of 10 spots in the NCAA Championship before going on to win its lone NCAA title. Max Homa and Brandon Hagy are the only two members of the 2011-12 team to have previous experience at the NCAA Regional level. Homa has played in the event each of the last two seasons, tying for 16th at the 2011 NCAA Arizona Regional (73-69-70 - 212, -1) after tying for 28th at the 2010 NCAA San Diego Regional (75-72-77 - 224, +8). Hagy tied for 21st at the 2010 event (74-74-75 - 223, +7). Cal has never had an individual medalist at an NCAA Regional.

NCAA STANFORD REGIONAL BEAR LINEUP
Cal's lineup in order for the 2012 NCAA Stanford Regional with 2011-12 number of stroke play events/rounds, match play rounds/record, season stroke play average, Cal career stroke play average and 2011-12 national rankings in parenthesis. The format of the event will be five players per team, with the top four scores each round counting in the team total.
1. Brandon Hagy (10/31, 7/6-1, 71.7 season, 72.6 career, No. 62 Golfstat, No. 51 Golfweek)
2. Joël Stalter (10/31, 4/2-2, 72.1 season, 72.7 career, No. 92 Golfstat, No. 74 Golfweek)
3. Max Homa (10/31, 7/5-2, 71.4 season, 72.3 career, No. 38 Golfstat, No. 30 Golfweek)
4. Michael Kim (10/31, 4/0.5-3.5, 71.6 season, 71.6 career, No. 52 Golfstat, No. 37 Golfweek)
5. Pace Johnson (6/18, 3/1-2, 72.9 season, 72.9 career, No. 168 Golfstat, No. 119 Golfweek)
Full player bios can be found online for each player by clicking on their name

OTHERS
Jeff Hamm and Keelan Kilpatrick are the two other members of the Cal team other than the five in the NCAA Stanford Regional lineup that have seen action in 2011-12. Below are their 2011-12 number of stroke play events/rounds, match play rounds/record, season stroke play average, Cal career stroke play average and 2011-12 national rankings in parenthesis.
Jeff Hamm (4/13, 3/1-2, 73.2 season, 74.7 career, no Golfstat ranking, No. 53 Golfweek^)
Keelan Kilpatrick (5/16, 7/5.5-1.5, 74.9 season, 74.9 career, no Golfstat ranking, No. 58 Golfweek^)
^Golfweek rankings for Jeff Hamm and Keelan Kilpatrick are for a secondary group of golfers without enough rounds to qualify for regular rankings; full player bios can be found online for each player by clicking on their names

2011-12 AWARDS
Following are awards earned by members of the Cal men's golf team during the 2011-12 season.
Steve Desimone - Pac-12 Coach of the Year
Brandon Hagy - California Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week (April 30, 2012), Highest Cumulative GPA on Team, Pac-12 Men's Golfer of the Month (April 2012), Team MVP (shared), Team Second-Year `Big C' Award
Jeff Hamm - Team Coaches Award
Max Homa - Pac-12 Men's Golfer of the Month, Team MVP (shared)
Keelan Kilpatrick - Team First-Year `Big C' Award
Pace Johnson - Team First-Year `Big C' Award
Michael Kim - Team MVP (shared), Team First-Year `Big C' Award
Joël Stalter - Team Most Improved Player, Team Second-Year `Big C' Award

DURABLE DUO, FANTASTIC FOURSOME, SUPER SEVEN
Max Homa and Brandon Hagy have each played in all 12 of Cal's events in 2011-12, while Michael Kim and Joël Stalter have played in 11 of the team's 12, missing only the Del Walker Match Play Championship. All four players are ranked nationally among Golfweek's top 75 players and among Golfstat's top 100. The team's other spots in the lineup have been played by Keelan Kilpatrick on seven occasions, Pace Johnson six times and once as an individual, and Jeff Hamm three times and twice as an individual.

STEVE DESIMONE NAMED PAC-12 COACH OF THE YEAR
Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Famer Steve Desimone has been named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year in 2011-12, marking the second time in his 33 seasons at the helm of Golden Bears he has earned the honor. Cal's head coach has his team among the nation's elite, with the second-ranked Bears on track to qualify for a third consecutive NCAA Championship appearance in 2011-12. The team's accomplishments include the first Pac-12 title in school history, a school-record five tournament wins, top-five finishes in each of the squad's first 12 events for the first time ever, and a top-seed in the NCAA Stanford Regional. The 2011-12 victory parade started with a win at the Wolverine Intercollegiate to open the season. Cal also shared a victory with Oregon at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational hosted by the Bears in the fall. The team's three spring victories have come at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate, ASU Thunderbird Invitational and Pac-12 Championship. After missing the NCAA Championship for five consecutive seasons following the team's lone national title in 2004, the Bears returned to the NCAA Championship in 2009-10 and finished 23rd before moving up into a tie for 19th in 2010-11. Cal has made six consecutive NCAA Regional appearances dating back to the 2006-07 campaign. All told, Desimone has directed Cal to 17 NCAA Regionals (1990, '93, '95, '97, '98, '99, 2000, '01, '02, '03, '04, '07, '08, '09, '10, '11, `12) and eight NCAA Championship events (1990, '95, '98, '99, 2000, '04, '10, '11). The Bears have won 43 tournaments during his tenure. He was a member of the basketball team as an undergraduate at Cal before receiving his bachelor's degree in 1970.

DES SAYS
Head coach Steve Desimone's thoughts on ...

On the upcoming 2012 NCAA Stanford Regional
"Every season you look at the schedule and you know that every tournament that you play is always pointing towards the regionals. Every regional has a life of its own, a pressure of its own. Everybody knows that we're all starting even on Thursday morning. There are lots of teams out there saying `if we could catch a little magic and make a run here we can get to the championship.' There are other top teams saying `you know, if we just do what we've been doing, we'll be fine.' The reality is that there's going to be some teams that get in that are surprises as there was last year. There will be some teams that are disappointed. We're trying to do everything we can since finals ended last Friday to make sure we move on to Riviera, I can guarantee you that. We had three really good days [of practice] here [Saturday-Monday] since finals ended last Friday. I think if we just do what we've done all year - that is work hard, make good decisions, and don't let up - we'll be fine. We're excited, pleased and very glad to be staying home. All in all, this shapes up pretty well for us. I like our chances. We haven't finished out of the top five all year, and I like our chances to finish in the top five here also. We're all looking forward to next week and hopefully will be able to find our way to Riviera."

On the 2012 NCAA Stanford Regional field
"We definitely have one of the toughest regional fields with the top three teams in particular. San Diego State is really good and Stanford playing at home obviously has an edge. We would love to win the Regional but the regular season is over and we all start even now. Our guys totally understand that."

On Stanford Golf Course
"Every one of the guys except for Michael Kim has played the golf course. It's a course I think we are comfortable with. I'm not really concerned about Michael. We get a practice round and as strong as Michael is from tee to green I don't see that it will be a significant issue for him or the rest of us. I think there's a comfort zone there for us with the golf course. We have a history of playing well there. You add it all up, and I like our chances."

On the 2011-12 season to this point
"I can't imagine coaching a team with much better young men than this. They're great students, great athletes and just great guys. They're basically done everything we've asked and then some. It clearly has been the best regular season that we've ever had. We've had a lot of great seasons, you can look across the board with a lot of wonderful teams and tremendous players, but this has been a very special group right from the beginning. They've worked so hard, and they've played so well for so long. We kind of take it forgranted and just assume we're going to get the job done. But in this game you've got to do it every time you tee it up."

On winning the 2012 Pac-12 Championship
"Everyone contributed in a huge way. You don't win a conference championship without getting contributions from everybody. There's no team in the country that has outworked these guys. That's something we've been proud of all year, and we could not be more pleased or proud of any team we've ever been a part of. This is as good as it gets. It's very well deserved."

On being named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year
"I'm honored to win this award, especially in a vote of my peers. It feels great, but the bottom line is it runs directly to the players. It's been a collaborative process all along with the players, [associate head coach] Walter [Chun] and me. We've all worked together to get to where we are. They played great all year. All I can do is say thanks to them and to Walter because we've been a team in every which way, and this is just one more way."

On All-Pac-12 honorees Brandon Hagy, Max Homa, Michael Kim and Joël Stalter
"Our top four guys have clearly established themselves as national players. If you receive all-conference honors in this conference then you must really be doing something right and playing some great golf. Obviously, all four of these guys have."

ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH WALTER CHUN
Walter Chun is in his eighth season on the Bears' staff and the third in his current role as associate head coach. Chun, who spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Cal from 2004-09, was named the 2008 Jan Strickland Award winner honoring the best assistant coach in the nation. He received his bachelor's degree from Cal in 2001 after playing four seasons for the Bears.

VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT GENE BAKKUM
Volunteer assistant Gene Bakkum is in his 10th season with the program and his eighth in his current role after serving two campaigns as an assistant coach from 2002-04. He received his bachelor's degree from UC Davis in 2000 and served as an assistant coach for two seasons at his alma mater (2000-02) before coming to Cal.

NATIONAL STROKE-PLAY STATS
Below are all of Cal's stroke-play stat rankings in the Top 50 for team and Top 100 for individuals according to Golfstat as of May 15, 2012.

Team
Average Score - 5th, 72.23
Versus Par - 5th, +0.83
Par 4 Scoring - 2nd, 4.05
Par 5 Scoring - 25th, 4.81
Eagles - T1st, 22
Birdies - 21st, 502
Subpar Strokes/Round - 10th, 3.37
Fairways% - 19th, 68.4
Greens in Regulation% - 4th, 69.0
Average Putts - 45th, 31.18
Putts on Greens in Regulation - 17th, 1.847
Sand Saves - 43rd, 36.9
Short Game% - 44th, 54.1

Individuals
Average Score - Max Homa (34th, 71.42), Michael Kim (47th, 71.61), Brandon Hagy (55th, 71.74), Joël Stalter (85th, 72.06)
Versus Par - Max Homa (44th, +0.00), Michael Kim (53rd, +0.19), Brandon Hagy (66th, +0.32), Joël Stalter (97th, +0.65)
Low Round - Joël Stalter (T3rd, 63), Michael Kim (T43rd, 65)
Par 3 Scoring - Michael Kim (68th, 3.12)
Par 4 Scoring - Joël Stalter (10th, 4.00), Max Homa (19th, 4.01), Brandon Hagy (35th, 4.04), Michael Kim (46th, 4.04)
Par 5 Scoring - Pace Johnson (34th, 4.65), Max Homa (66th, 4.69), Brandon Hagy (93rd, 4.71)
Eagles - Brandon Hagy (T1st, 11)
Birdies - Max Homa (T50th, 113), Joël Stalter (T92nd, 105)
Subpar Strokes/Round - Brandon Hagy (30th, 3.90), Max Homa (T47th, 3.77)
Fairways% - Michael Kim (12th, 80.1%), Joël Stalter (45th, 74.8%), Max Homa (72nd, 72.9%)
Greens in Regulation% - Max Homa (6th, 73.6%), Brandon Hagy (18th, 71.6%), Joël Stalter (T44th, 69.4%), Michael Kim (T78th, 67.6%)
Average Putts - Michael Kim (T49th, 29.72)
Putts on Greens in Regulation - Michael Kim (29th, 1.790), Joël Stalter (81st, 1.827)
Sand Saves% - Joël Stalter (81st, 47.4%), Michael Kim (T82nd, 47.1%)

2011-12 EVENTS
SEPT. 12-13, 2011 - CAL OPENS WITH WIN AT WOLVERVINE INTERCOLLEGIATE (Full Recap)
Three Cal players posted top five finishes to lead Cal a team victory at the season-opening Wolverine Intercollegiate hosted by Michigan. Cal (281-275-283 - 839, -13) tied a six-year-old course record at 13-under par and coasted to a 12-stroke win. Joël Stalter (72-63-72 - 207, -6) started the third and final round at the par-71, 6,687-yard U-M Golf Course on top of the leader board. Stalter stayed on top most of the day before two bogeys late in his round left him in second place one shot behind individual medalist Jace Long (67-73-66 - 206, -7) of Missouri. Stalter had moved into the lead heading into the final round after tying a 12-year-old course when he shot an eight-under par 63 in the second round. Michael Kim (68-69-74 - 211, -2) tied for fifth in his first collegiate tournament, as did Max Homa (72-69-70 - 211, -2). Brandon Hagy (70-74-70 - 214, +1) finished in a tie for 14th, while Pace Johnson (71-74-71 - 216, +3) climbed eight spots during the final round with his second even-par round of the event to tie for 18th in the final standings.

SEPT. 25-27, 2011 - CAL FINISHES FIFTH AT GOLFWEEK CONFERENCE CHALLENGE (Full Recap)
Cal (288-296-294 - 878, +14) finished fifth at the Golfweek Conference Challenge hosted by Iowa at the 7,010-yard, par-72 Spirit Hollow Golf Course. The Bears had the second-best team score during the final round to move up one spot and finish among the top five finishing teams. Arkansas (280-294-285 - 859, -5) won the team title. Max Homa (71-74-71 - 216, E) was Cal's top finisher with an eighth place tie. Pace Johnson (70-72-76 - 218, +2) ended up tied for 13th after a four-over par 76 in the final round dropped him to his final spot after he had been tied after the second round. Michael Kim (72-76-73 - 221, +5) tied for 22nd overall, while Joël Stalter (75-74-74 - 223, +7) tied for 31st and Brandon Hagy (80-81-76 - 237, +20) finished in a tie for 70th.

OCT. 17-18, 2011 - CAL SHARES MACKENZIE TITLE WITH OREGON (Full Recap)
Cal (273-267-271 - 811, -41) and Oregon (270-268-273 -811, -41) battled all the way to the final putt before eventually sharing the team title at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational hosted by the Bears at the par-71, 6,718-yard Meadow Club. Individual medalist Eugene Wong (65-63-67 - 195, -18) of Oregon hit a six-foot uphill birdie putt on the 18th hole to secure the Ducks' piece of the title after second-place finisher Max Homa (66-66-68 - 200, -13) had drained a 25-footer for a birdie to guarantee Cal a piece of the crown. Cal has won at least a share of the MacKenzie title each of the last three seasons, five of the past six campaigns and six times in the nine years of the tournament that began in 2002. The dramatic action on the final hole also included birdies by Cal's Michael Kim and Joël Stalter, as well as Oregon's Andrew Vijarro. Kim (70-65-66 - 201, -12) tied for third at the event. Brandon Hagy (70-68-69 - 207, -6) tied for 17th, while Stalter (72-68-68 - 208, -6) tied for 20th and Jeff Hamm (67-74-72 - 212, E) tied for 37th.

OCT. 23-25, 2011 - CAL TIES FOR FOURTH AT ISLEWORTH (Full Recap)
Cal (293-301-294 - 888, +24) wrapped up its 2011 fall season by moving up two spots on the third and final day of action at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational as the Golden Bears tied for fourth at the event co-hosted by Texas Tech and UCF. Cal's six-over par round on the final 18 holes was the third-best round of the day. Texas (278-296-282 - 856, -8), LSU (295-289-298 - 882, +18) and North Florida (287-300-299 - 886, +22) were the only teams to finish ahead of the Bears in the final standings of a 15-team field that included eight teams ranked in the top 25 nationally. Michael Kim (71-76-72 - 219, +3) tied for eighth place to lead Cal's effort, while Brandon Hagy (70-74-77 - 221, +5) tied for 16th despite dropping 11 spots on the final day. Max Homa (77-72-74 - 223, +7) tied for 25th, while Pace Johnson (78-79-75 - 232, +16) finished 49th and Joël Stalter (75-87-73 - 235, +19) moved up 12 spots on the final day to tie for 56th.

JAN. 30-31, 2012 - CAL FINISHES SECOND BY A STROKE AT ARIZONA INTERCOLLEGIATE (Full Recap)
Cal (272-284-280 - 836, -16) battled host and eventual team champion Arizona (277-277-281 - 835, -17) throughout the third and final round of the Arizona Intercollegiate before eventually settling for second place one stroke behind the winners in a two-day, 54-hole event played at the par-71, 6,793-yard Arizona National Golf Club. After leading for much of the event's first 36 holes, Cal fell behind Arizona late in the second round and began the final day's action two shots behind the Wildcats. The four-under par 280 the Golden Bears fired in the final round was a shot better than the 281 Arizona posted and the second-best round of the day but fell just short. Three Cal golfers - Joël Stalter (67-71-71 - 209, -4), Brandon Hagy (70-72-67 - 209, -4) and Michael Kim (69-68-72 - 209, -4) - tied for fifth on the final leaderboard, six strokes behind individual medalist John Caitlin of New Mexico (66-70-67 - 203, -10). Max Homa (74-74-70 - 218, +5) tied for 22nd and in his debut Keelan Kilpatrick (66-73-84 - 223, +10) tied for 35th. Jeff Hamm (74-74-71 - 219, +6) played the event as an individual and finished tied for 24th.

FEB. 15-17, 2012 - CAL REPEATS AT BURNS, TIES RECORD WITH THIRD WIN (Full Recap)
Cal (270-286-291 - 847, -17) repeated as team champion at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate with a win that was Cal's third of the season, tying a school record for most regular-season team victories that has also been reached each of the past two campaigns. The Bears led the event hosted by Hawai'i at the end of each of the three days of action and finished seven shots better than UNLV (278-291-285 - 854, -10) and Duke (282-286-286 - 854, -10) on the final leader board. Max Homa (66-71-72 - 209, -7) finished second, four strokes behind individual medalist Julian Suri of Duke (65-65-70 - 205, -11). Homa was a defending individual medalist at the event, having reached a playoff at the 2011 Burns before being defeated on the second hole of the extra session. Joël Stalter (66-71-74 - 211, -5) tied for third, while Brandon Hagy (71-72-71 - 214, -2) moved up nine spots on the final day of the event to finish tied for 11th. Pace Johnson (70-72-74 - 216, E) tied for 18th in the final standings, while Michael Kim (68-75-77 - 220, +5) tied for 35th.

FEB. 27-28, 2012 - CAL TAKES THIRD AT DEL WALKER MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP (Full Recap)
Cal finished third at the Del Walker Match Play Championship, wrapping up the two-day event with a 4-1 victory over Oregon State. Cal's victory over the Beavers followed a split the previous day when the Bears defeated Oregon, 3-1-1, in their morning quarterfinal before falling to Washington, 4-1, in an afternoon semifinal. The two-day event was hosted by Long Beach State at the par-70, 6,633-yard Virginia Country Club. Keelan Kilpatrick was the only Cal player to go unbeaten in the tournament, winning matches against his Washington and Oregon State opponents, while being all square versus Oregon. Homa and Hagy were both 2-1 in their three tournament matches, winning against opponents from Oregon and Oregon State, while falling to Washington foes. Johnson and Hamm were 1-2. Johnson fell to Oregon and Washington before his victory against Oregon State. Hamm was a winner against Oregon before falling to Washington and Oregon State.

MARCH 9-11, 2012 - CAL FINISHES SECOND AT SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS (Full Recap)
Cal (286-287-300 - 873, +9) started the third and final round of the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters with a six-shot lead but was unable to hold off host UNLV (287-292-293 - 872, +8) down the stretch and had to settle for second place at the prestigious event played at the par-72, 7,510 Southern Highlands Golf Club. It was the second time Cal has been runner-up by a single stroke to a team on its home course this season, but the Bears did extend their string of top-five finishes to all eight of their 2011-12 matches. UNLV trailed by a shot heading into each of the players' turns at the par-five 18th hole but its four golfers that figured in their final round team score played the course's final hole one-under, while the four scoring Bears played the hole one-over. Cal had lost a lead it held all day briefly on the back nine but had moved back ahead on the 17th hole when Bears were even-par on the par-three compared to four-over for the Rebels. Associate head coach Walter Chun served as the team's head coach for the tournament while head coach Steve Desimone recovered from a health-related issue that prevented him from making the trip. Max Homa (71-72-73 - 216, E) had the team's highest finish overall by tying for fourth. Brandon Hagy (72-71-75 - 218, +2) tied for eighth with the second-highest finish of his career. Keelan Kilpatrick (72-70-79 - 221, +5) tied for 15th in the final standings after starting the final day tied for fourth. Joël Stalter (71-74-76 - 221, +5) moved up two spots on the final day into a tie for 15th along with Kilpatrick, while Michael Kim (74-76-76 - 226, +10) sneaked up 11 spots in the final standings on the final day into a tie for 33rd.

FEB. 27-28, 2012 - CAL TAKES THIRD AT DEL WALKER MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP (Full Recap)
Cal finished third at the Del Walker Match Play Championship, wrapping up the two-day event with a 4-1 victory over Oregon State. Cal's victory over the Beavers followed a split the previous day when the Bears defeated Oregon, 3-1-1, in their morning quarterfinal before falling to Washington, 4-1, in an afternoon semifinal. The two-day event was hosted by Long Beach State at the par-70, 6,633-yard Virginia Country Club. Keelan Kilpatrick was the only Cal player to go unbeaten in the tournament, winning matches against his Washington and Oregon State opponents, while being all square versus Oregon. Homa and Hagy were both 2-1 in their three tournament matches, winning against opponents from Oregon and Oregon State, while falling to Washington foes. Johnson and Hamm were 1-2. Johnson fell to Oregon and Washington before his victory against Oregon State. Hamm was a winner against Oregon before falling to Washington and Oregon State.

MARCH 9-11, 2012 - CAL FINISHES SECOND AT SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS (Full Recap)
Cal (286-287-300 - 873, +9) started the third and final round of the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters with a six-shot lead but was unable to hold off host UNLV (287-292-293 - 872, +8) down the stretch and had to settle for second place at the prestigious event played at the par-72, 7,510 Southern Highlands Golf Club. It was the second time Cal has been runner-up by a single stroke to a team on its home course this season, but the Bears did extend their string of top-five finishes to all eight of their 2011-12 matches. UNLV trailed by a shot heading into each of the players' turns at the par-five 18th hole but its four golfers that figured in their final round team score played the course's final hole one-under, while the four scoring Bears played the hole one-over. Cal had lost a lead it held all day briefly on the back nine but had moved back ahead on the 17th hole when Bears were even-par on the par-three compared to four-over for the Rebels. Associate head coach Walter Chun served as the team's head coach for the tournament while head coach Steve Desimone recovered from a health-related issue that prevented him from making the trip. Max Homa (71-72-73 - 216, E) had the team's highest finish overall by tying for fourth. Brandon Hagy (72-71-75 - 218, +2) tied for eighth with the second-highest finish of his career. Keelan Kilpatrick (72-70-79 - 221, +5) tied for 15th in the final standings after starting the final day tied for fourth. Joël Stalter (71-74-76 - 221, +5) moved up two spots on the final day into a tie for 15th along with Kilpatrick, while Michael Kim (74-76-76 - 226, +10) sneaked up 11 spots in the final standings on the final day into a tie for 33rd.

MAR. 18-20, 2012 - CAL FINISHES THIRD AT CALLAWAY COLLEGIATE MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP (Full Recap)
Cal captured third place at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship by defeating Chattanooga, 3-2, on third and final day of the four-match event hosted by South Florida at The Concession Golf Club. Cal had won a pair of matches on the first day of the tournament with a 3-2 victory over UNC Wilmington and a 4.5-0.5 victory against Tennessee. The Golden Bears' lone loss of the event came in heartbreaking fashion when Duke needed extra holes to pull out a 3-2 victory. Brandon Hagy won all four of his matches at the event to improve to 6-1 in match play on the season, while Keelan Kilpatrick and Max Homa were both 3-1 in the tournament to improve to 5-1-1 and 5-2, respectively, for the campaign. Joël Stalter (2-2) and Michael Kim (0-3-1) both played match play for the first time this season.

APR. 6-7, 2012 - CAL SETS SCHOOL RECORD WITH FOURTH REGULAR-SEASON WIN (Full Recap)
Cal (276-285-274 - 835, -17) set a school record with its fourth regular-season tournament victory of the year by winning the ASU Thunderbird Invitational for the first time ever in the event's 40-year history. Cal trailed San Diego State (282-275-286 - 843, -9) by four strokes heading into the final round, but the Golden Bears quickly erased that deficit and went on to an eight-shot victory. Cal's effort was led by the duo of Brandon Hagy (67-70-70 - 207, -6) and Joël Stalter (68-71-68 - 207, -6) that tied for third place three shots behind individual medalist Derek Ernst of UNLV (69-67-68 - 204, -9). Michael Kim (67-73-70 - 210, -3) tied for 13th on the final player leader board, while Max Homa (74-71-66 - 145, +3) soared 12 spots into a tie for 16th in the final standings after a five-under par 66 in his final round that matched his best round of the year. Keelan Kilpatrick (77-78-71 - 226, +13) made a tremendous improvement in his final round to move up 14 spots into a tie for 66th, while Pace Johnson (70-67-71 - 208, -5) finished tied for fifth while playing the tournament as an individual.

APR. 14-15, 2012 - CAL FINISHES FIFTH AT WESTERN INTERCOLLEGIATE (Full Recap)
Cal (364-371-365 - 750, +50) finished fifth to give the Golden Bears a top-five finish in each of its 11 regular-season events in 2011-12 for the first time in school history. Texas (355-349-356 - 1060, +10) won the event on a challenging par-70, 6,615-yard course that kept the final tally for all 14 of teams in its field over par, including seven that were ranked in the top 10 nationally in at least one poll. Michael Kim (73-71-69 - 213, +3) had the top overall finish and the best final round for the Bears, moving up six spots on the final day after his final-round one-under par 69. Brandon Hagy (67-76-74 - 217, +7) finished tied for 20th, while Max Homa (76-73-74 - 223, +13) and Pace Johnson (73-79-71 - 223, +13) both tied for 36th, Keelan Kilpatrick (75-75-77 - 227, +17) tied for 50th and Joël Stalter (76-76-78 - 230, +20) tied for 58th. Playing as an individual, Jeff Hamm (73-75-79 - 227, +17) tied for 50th. Stanford's Patrick Rodgers (69-71-68 - 206, -4) was the individual medalist.

APR. 27-29, 2012 - CAL WINS FIRST PAC-12 TITLE IN PLAYOFF (Full Recap)
Cal (359-365-348-356 - 1428, -12) won the first conference title in school history when the Golden Bears wrapped up the 2012 Pac-12 Championship on the second playoff hole Sunday at Trysting Tree Golf Club. The Bears started the final round six shots off the pace of third-round leader Oregon (364-358-344-362 - 1428, -12) and remained five back with three holes to go before catching the Ducks and forcing a playoff when Brandon Hagy drained a 40-foot birdie putt on the 18th green. Hagy hit another putt from 25 feet on the deciding playoff hole and was the only player from either team to make birdie as. Cal's top five players needed just 19 strokes to finish the deciding par-four 16th, while Oregon's top five came in with a combined score of 24. The teams had tied, 21-21, on the par-four 18th to begin the playoff. Hagy (73-73-66-68 - 280, -8) tied for fifth in the overall standings to lead Cal's effort. Joël Stalter (71-70-72-70 - 283, -5) tied for ninth place, while Max Homa (72-74-69-72 - 287, -1) tied for 13th. All three finished higher than in the previous conference championship they played. Homa and Stalter played the event previously in 2011, while Hagy redshirted last season and most recently played in 2010. The other three Cal golfers in the lineup were playing the event for the first time. Michael Kim (73-73-70-74 - 290, +2) tied for 19th, while Jeff Hamm (75-75-71-72 - 293, +5) tied for 27th and Keelan Kilpatrick (70-77-76-79 - 302, +14) tied for 53rd.


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