Collegiate Match Play Championship Sunday-Tuesday
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Release:  03/17/2012

March 17, 2012

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Day, Date - Event (Round) - Location (Course) - Host - Start Time
Sun., Mar. 18 - Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship (First and Second Rounds) - Bradenton, FL (The Concession Golf Club) - South Florida - 8:30 a.m. ET/5:30 a.m. PT*; 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT!
Mon., Mar. 19 - Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship (Third Round) - Bradenton, FL (The Concession Golf Club) - South Florida - 8:30 a.m. ET/5:30 a.m. PT
Tue., Mar. 20 - Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship (Third Round) - Bradenton, FL (The Concession Golf Club) - South Florida - 8:30 a.m. ET/5:30 a.m. PT
*First Round; ^Second Round; !Shotgun Start

Cal will be the No. 2 seed and the highest nationally-ranked team (No. 5 Golfweek/No. 5 Golfstat/No. 9 Golfword Nike) when the Bears return to match play for the second time in its last three tournaments but only the third time in school history at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship this Sunday-Tuesday, Mar. 18-20. Cal will be participating in the 10th edition of the prestigious event for the first time ever. The event is hosted by South Florida and will be played at The Concessions Golf Club, with the par 72 course playing at 7,474 yards for the event. Each of the schools in the 16-team field will play and first and second-round matches during 36 holes of action Sunday. Third-round 18-hole matches will take place Monday, with the final round of action set for Tuesday. Cal is the second-seeded team and opens the tournament against No. 15 seed North Carolina Wilmington on Sunday. The winners and losers of the Cal/UNCW match Sunday morning will face the respective winner and loser the of No. 7 Liberty/No. 10 Tennessee match, respectively, in the afternoon session. Arkansas is the only team seeded ahead of Cal, while the Bears are followed by Duke, Oklahoma State, Chattanooga, Indiana, Liberty, Iowa, East Carolina, Tennessee, Kennesaw State, South Florida, Colorado State, Arizona State, North Carolina Wilmington and Washington State.

Match 1 - Arkansas (1) vs. Washington State (16)
Match 2 - Iowa (8) vs. East Carolina (9)
Match 3 - Oklahoma State (4) vs. Colorado State (13)
Match 4 - Chattanooga (5) vs. South Florida (12)
Match 5 - Duke (3) vs. Arizona State (14)
Match 6 - Indiana (6) vs. Kennesaw State (11)
Match 7 - Liberty (7) vs. Tennessee (10)
Match 8 - Cal (2) vs. North Carolina Wilmington (15)
*All first-round matches begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. ET/5:30 a.m. PT
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Current Golfweek/Golfstat/Golfworld Nike Rankings - Tournament Field: Arizona State (78/79/NA), Arkansas (11/8/7), Cal (5/5/9), Chattanooga (31/28/NA), Colorado State (57/57/NA), Duke (16/17/T16), East Carolina (42/33/NA), Indiana (34/32/NA), Iowa (32/30/NA), Kennesaw State (40/45/NA), Liberty (33/34/NA), North Carolina Wilmington (97/93/NA), Oklahoma State (23/22/25), South Florida (76/73/NA), Tennessee (38/49/NA), Washington State (107/121/NA)

2011 - Duke (Hawks Ridge Golf Club)
2010 - New Mexico (The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain)
2009 - Middle Tennessee (The Farms Golf Club)
2008 - No Event
2007 - UCLA (Reynolds Plantation)
2006 - Oklahoma State (Colonial Country Club)
2005 - Georgia (Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort)
2004 - Oklahoma State (Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort)
2003 - Florida (Barefoot Resort)
2002 - Augusta State (Barefoot Resort)

Cal has moved up to a season-high No. 5 ranking in both the latest national polls released by Golfweek (3/11/12) and Golfstat (3/14/12). Cal is also No. 9 in the most recent Golfworld/Nike national poll (2/29/12).

Cal's lineup in order for the 2012 Callaway Match Play Championship with each member's 2011-12 number of stroke play events/rounds, match play rounds/record, season stroke play average, Cal career stroke play average, as well as 2011-12 national rankings in parenthesis.
1. Max Homa (7/21, 3/2-1, 71.1 season, 72.3 career, No. 19 Golfweek, No. 21 Golfweek)
2. Brandon Hagy (7/21, 3/2-1, 72.4 season, 73.0 career, No. 98 Golfweek, No. 130 Golfstat)
3. Joël Stalter (7/21, 0/0-0, 72.1 season, 73.0 career, No. 75 Golfweek, No. 97 Golfstat)
4. Keelan Kilpatrick (2/6, 3/2-0-1, 74.0 season, 74.0 career, No. 23 Golfweek*; no Golfstat ranking)
5. Michael Kim (7/21, 0/0-0, 71.8 season, 71.8 career, No. 55 Golfweek, No. 65 Golfstat)
*Golfweek ranking for Kilpatrick for a secondary group for those without enough rounds to qualify for regular rankings

Warm spring weather is on tap in the forecast for Bradenton, Fla. during the three days of competition at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship. Sunday and Tuesday have slated high temperatures of 86F, while Monday bumps the temperature up a single degree to 87F. The forecast lows for Sunday-Tuesday are 61F, 62F and 64F, respectively. There is a 10 percent chance of parciptation on Monday and Wednesday under partly cloudy skies, while Tuesday is listed as mostly sunny with no chance of rain. The winds are scheduled to be relatively light from up to nine miles per hour from the east on Sunday and Monday, and up to 10 miles per hour from the east/southeast on Tuesday.

Max Homa, who named the Pac-12 Men's Golfer of the Month for February 2012 for the first time in his career, is also off to a strong start in March by tying for fourth place to lead Cal's second-place team effort March 9-11 at the prestigious Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters. In February, Homa became the first Cal player to win the Pac-12 honor since Eric Mina was selected in April of 2010. Homa had a second-place individual showing to lead Cal to a team victory and defense of its title Feb. 15-17 at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate. The team win was Cal's third regular-season victory of the season, tying a school record. Homa shot a seven-under par 209 for the tournament, with his opening-round 66 tied for his lowest score of the year. He then played in Cal's top spot in the lineup Feb. 27-28 at the Del Walker Match Play Championship, shining in his first collegiate match play event and only the second in school history. In his opening match, Homa defeated one of the nation's top-ranked players in Eugene Wong (Oregon), currently ranked No. 1 nationally by Golfstat and No. 3 according to Golfweek. The following day he knocked off defending Pac-10 individual medalist Alex Moore (Oregon State) to lead Cal to a third-place finish in the event. For the 2011-12 season, Homa has played in each of the team's eight events and leads the club with a career-low 71.1 stroke average in seven stroke-play events. He has five top-10 finishes, taking second at both the Alister MacKenzie Invitational and John A. Burns Intercollegiate, tied for fourth at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, tied for fifth at the Wolverine Intercollegiate and tied for eighth at the Golfweek Conference Challenge.

Cal has tied a school record with three regular-season wins in 2011-12. The Bears opened the season with a victory at the Wolverine Intercollegiate and then had a share of the crown along with Oregon at the annual Alister MacKenzie Invitational the Bears hosted Oct. 17-18. The team's third victory came Feb. 15-17 at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate hosted by Hawai'i. Cal has not only recorded three regular-season wins in 2011-12 but has also been in the top five in each of its eight tournaments. Cal just missed winning both the Arizona Intercollegiate to open its spring season and the team's most recent event at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters by a single shot to the host school on each occasions, finishing second to both Arizona and UNLV. Cal was also third at the Del Walker Match Play Champioship, tied for fourth at the prestigious Isleworth Collegiate Invitational and fifth at the Golfweek Conference Challenge in the fall. Later in the tournament notes is an event-by-event rundown of the team's 2011-12 tournaments.

Max Homa and Brandon Hagy have each played in all eight of Cal's events in 2011-12, while Michael Kim and Joël Stalter have played in each of the team's seven stroke-play events but neither played in the team's first match-play event at the Del Walker Match Play Championship. Pace Johnson has played in four of the team's eight events, while others to have seen action include Pace Johnson (four events), Keelan Kilpatrick (two events) and Jeff Hamm (one event, played one additional time as an individual).

The men's golf team was recently featured on the Cal Sports Report weekly television show produced by Cal Athletics, with the story focusing on the squad's foreign-born foursome of James Coré (Canada), Keelan Kilpatrick (New Zealand), Michael Kim (South Korea) and Joël Stalter (France). Visit to watch the feature.

Below are all of Cal's stat rankings in the Top 50 for team and Top 100 for individuals according to Golfstat as of Mar. 12, 2012. The team's numbers are highighted by three national leaders. Cal paces the country in par-four scoring (4.05), eagles (17) and greens in regulation% (73.0).

Average Score - 4th, 72.12
Versus Par - 5th, +0.55
Par 4 Scoring - 1st, 4.05
Par 5 Scoring - 10th, 4.77
Eagles - 1st, 17
Birdies - 19th, 325
Subpar Strokes/Round - 12th, 3.42
Fairways% - 4th, 72.5
Greens in Regulation% - 1st, 73.0
Putts on Greens in Regulation - 12th, 1.832
Sand Saves% - 49th, 34.0

Average Score - Max Homa (25th, 71.10), Michael Kim (T72nd, 71.76), Joël Stalter (T92nd, 71.83)
Versus Par - Max Homa (T19th, -0.48), Michael Kim (T60th, +0.19)
Low Round - Joël Stalter (T2nd, 63), Michael Kim (T26th, 65)
Par 3 Scoring - Michael Kim (96th, 3.10)
Par 4 Scoring - Joël Stalter (7th, 3.98), Max Homa (12th, 3.99), Brandon Hagy (93rd, 4.07)
Par 5 Scoring - Max Homa (56th, 4.65), Pace Johnson (90th, 4.69)
Eagles - Brandon Hagy (T2nd, 9), Pace Johnson (T59th, 3), Michael Kim (T59th, 3)
Birdies - Max Homa (T32nd, 74), Joël Stalter (T67th, 69), Michael Kim (T75th, 68)
Subpar Strokes/Round - Max Homa (T75th, 3.71)
Fairway% - Michael Kim (22nd, 79.7%), Max Homa (46th, 76.4%), Joël Stalter (T58th, 74.8%)
Greens in Regulation% - Max Homa (T6th, 74.7%), Brandon Hagy (T6th, 74.7%), Joël Stalter (T6th, 74.7%), Michael Kim (T44th, 70.4%)
Avg. Putts - Michael Kim (32nd, 29.22)
Putts on Greens in Regulation - Michael Kim (11th, 1.746), Max Homa (52nd, 1.793)
Sand Saves% - Michael Kim (5th, 77.8%)
Short Game% - Max Homa (T90th, 59.5), Michael Kim (97th, 59.2)

Head coach Steve Desimone is in his 33rd season at the helm of the Cal men's golf team in 2011-12. The rejuvenation of a program that won the 2004 NCAA title has ramped up in the past two-plus campaigns as Cal has tied for 19th and finished in 23rd place at the NCAA Championship the last two seasons. In 2010-11, Cal was alone in third at the NCAA Arizona Regional during the 2010-11 season after tying for third place at the NCAA San Diego Regional in 2009-10. Cal has also made five consecutive NCAA Regional appearances from 2007-11. The Bears are off to another strong start in 2011-12, having tied a school record with three regular-season wins (Wolverine Intercollegiate, Alister MacKenzie Invitational, John A. Burns Intercollegiate) and placing in the top five in each of their first eight regular-season events. The Bears' current No. 5 ranking according to both Golfweek and Golfstat is their highest of the season, while Cal is No. 9 according to the Golfweek/Nike poll. Cal also had a strong 2010-11 campaign, in which the Bears reached as high as No. 13 in the national polls and equaled a school record with three regular-season tournament wins (The Prestige at PGA WEST, Alister MacKenzie Invitational, John A. Burns Intercollegiate) among their 14 events. The 2010 calendar year was a banner year for Desimone that was capped off when he was one of seven members of the 2010 class inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame during the Reception and Awards Banquet at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas on December 6, 2010. Desimone's 2009-10 Cal squad was his first in the NCAA Championship since the Bears won the NCAA title for the only time in school history in 2004. Desimone grew the Bears from a club team when he was named the coach in the fall of 1979 into one of the elite varsity golf programs in the country beginning in the 1990's. He was named Golfweek's 2003-04 College Coach of the Year and was presented with the 2004 Grand Master of the Year award by the Northern California Golf Association after the team's 2004 national title. Desimone has directed Cal to 16 NCAA Regionals (1990, '93, '95, '97, '98, '99, 2000, '01, '02, '03, '04, '07, '08, '09, '10, '11) and seven NCAA Championship events (1995, '98, '99, 2000, '04, '10, '11), and was voted Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year in 1987. He was a member of the Cal basketball team as an undergraduate before receiving his bachelor's degree in 1970.

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 is in his eighth season with the program. He received his bachelor's degree from UC Davis in 2000.

Head Coach Steve Desimone's thoughts on ...

The Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship
"This is a fun time now. Match play is a different event. We were there two and a half or three weeks ago and it's just a different game. It's the way the game was originally designed - man against man, player against player and competitor again competitor. There's just an intensity level that's different and a strategy that's different. We were hoping to get an invitation to this event, it's a prestigious event. We were very pleased that we did. As we get ready for the NCAA Championship and hopefully fighting our way into that final group of eight, this is what we're going to get."

Max Homa
"He's become so much more of a complete player. He's on an All-American pace and just scratching the surface. I can't say enough about him other than I'm glad we have him for another year. He has really stepped up as a team leader and that usually comes with age and good play. Not only has Max become a student of the game but also a representative of the team. He's willing to step up and really lead, especially with the younger players. The chemistry is so good with these guys and lot of that leads back to Max."

2011-12 EVENTS
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.