May 4, 1998
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Pacific-10 Conference has announced that three Golden Bears have been selected to the All-Pac-10 men's golf team. Dan Arroyo, a junior out of Walnut Creek's Northgate High School, headed the list for Cal and was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection. Fellow junior, Dan Coyle (Dundalk, Ireland) was named to the second team, while freshman Adam Ainbinder (Huntington Beach) received honorable mention recognition.
Arroyo was clearly the Bears top golfer during the 1997-98. Owner of the Bears lowest average (72.2 over 31 rounds of play this year), Arroyo finished in the Top 15 in five of Cal's seven spring tournaments, including finishing tied for second at last weeks Pac-10 Men's Golf Championship which was contested at the Orinda Country Club. In addition to posting his highest placing of the year at the Pac-10s, Arroyo also carded his lowest round of the year during the conference tournament (a 7-under-par 65). Arroyo also finished third at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational (Apr 18-19), fifth at the International Intercollegiate (Feb. 5-7), and sixth at the Southwestern Intercollegiate (Mar. 23-24).
Coyle finished tied for second on the team in stroke average with Ainbinder at 74.0 and also posted three top-10 finishes on the year. The first came during the fall at the Air Force Tournament where he finished second overall. Coyle also recorded a fifth at the Western Intercollegiate (Apr. 6-7) and an eighth at the UC Irvine Invitational (Mar. 30-31). Last week at the Pac-10 Championship, Coyle hovered around par all week but couldn't get over the hump and had to settle for a tied for 29th finish.
Ainbinder, who also registered his best performance of the year at last weeks Pac-10 Championship, placing tied for sixth overall, was one of the conference's top freshmen. After making his collegiate debut at the Air Force Tournament during the fall, Ainbinder appeared in all seven of Cal's spring tournaments and posted a 74.0 stroke average over 22 rounds. Ainbinder notched three sub-70 rounds during the spring, including a 69 at the Pac-10s and a pair of 68s at the International Intercollegiate and U.S. Intercollegiate (Apr. 11-13). In addition to finishing sixth last week, Ainbinder had two other top-10 finishes, eighth at the UC Irvine Invitational and eighth at the U.S. Intercollegiate.