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Cal at NCAA Championship Tuesday-Saturday, May 29 - June 3
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Release:  05/25/2012

May 25, 2012

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Day, Date - Event (Round) - Location (Course) - Host - Start Time
*Tue., May 29 - NCAA Championship (Stroke Play First Round) - Pacific Palisades, CA (The Riviera Country Club) - USC - 7 a.m. PT
*Wed., May 30 - NCAA Championship (Stroke Play Second Round) - Pacific Palisades, CA (The Riviera Country Club) - USC - 7 a.m. PT
*+Thu., May 31 - NCAA Championship (Stroke Play Third Round) - Pacific Palisades, CA (The Riviera Country Club) - USC - 7 a.m. PT
^+Fri., June 1 - NCAA Championship (Match Play Quarterfinals) - Pacific Palisades, CA (The Riviera Country Club) - USC - 10 a.m. PT
^+Sat., June 2 - NCAA Championship (Match Play Semifinals) - Pacific Palisades, CA (The Riviera Country Club) - USC - 10 a.m. PT
^+Sun., June 3 - NCAA Championship (Match Play Championship) - Pacific Palisades, CA (The Riviera Country Club) - USC - 10 a.m. PT
*54-hole stroke play event to determine top eight teams for match play and individual medalist; ^Match play event to determine team champion; +live streaming webcast on NCAA.com

CAL AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP MAY 29 - JUNE 3
Cal is playing for a school-record-tying third straight season and eighth time overall at the NCAA Championship. Cal will be the No. 3 seed in the 2012 edition of the event to be hosted by USC at The Riviera Country Club and scheduled to take place Tuesday-Saturday, May 29 - June 3. The teams will play 18 of the 54 stroke play holes on each of the first three days, with the top eight squads moving on to match play. The format of the stroke play event will be five players per team, with the top four scores in each round counting towards the team total. Tee times from the first and 10th holes for each of the three days of stroke play begin at 7 a.m. PT. Cal will play along with top-seed Texas and second-seed Alabama for the first and second rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday. The group's first of five threesomes consisting of one player from each team will tee off at 12:20 p.m., with each of the following four threesomes following in 10-minute intervals. Specific tee times and pairings for Thursday's final round of stroke play will be determined based upon results. Match play quarterfinals will be contested on Friday, with the semifinals on Saturday and the championship match Sunday. A total of five points will be available with one point being awarded for each individual match. The first team to win three points will be the winner of the match. Each day of match play starts from the first tee at 10 a.m.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP TICKETS/PARKING
All-session tickets only are currently available for $30 online at usctrojans.com or by calling (213) 740-GO SC. Single-day tickets will available for $10 on a cash-only basis at the gate on each day during the competition. Children under 12 are admitted free with a paying adult. There is no spectator parking at The Riviera Country Club. Daily parking will be available at Paul Revere Middle School at Sunset and Mandeville Canyon Road (Los Angeles, Calif.) only on the days of the event. Shuttles will run from Paul Revere to Riviera from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. on May 29-31 and from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. on June 1-3. Parking is $10 per day.

FOLLOW THE 2012 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP LIVE ONLINE
The 2012 NCAA Championship can be followed live online by visiting CalBears.com, which will link to live scoring provided by golfstat.com throughout the tournament and also to a live video webstream provided by NCAA.com for the final four days of the six-day event. A daily recap, complete results, links to related information and much more will be available at the end of each day's action at CalBears.com.

THE RIVIERA COUNTRY CLUB
The Riviera Country Club is considered one of the most classic golf courses in the county since it opened for play in 1927. The venue has hosted the 1998 U.S. Senior Open, the 1995 and 1983 PGA Championships and the 1948 U.S. Open, which was the first time the U.S. Open was played west of the Rockies. The Club began hosting the Los Angeles Open in 1929, which quickly became one of the top annual tournaments on the schedule (although it was also hosted by other Los Angeles-area courses). Nissan became a title sponsor in 1987 and in 2008 the event was reincarnated as the Northern Trust Open. A home to some of professional golf's top events, the 2012 NCAA Championship will mark the first time Riviera has hosted an amateur event. The course will play at par-71 and 7,292 yards for the 2012 NCAA Championship. More info on the venue is available online by visiting therivieracountryclub.com.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP WEATHER FORECAST
The forecast in the Pacific Palisades area during the 2012 NCAA Championship is pleasant and seasonal. The forecast for all six days of the event calls for highs in the mid-upper 60's and low's in the mid-upper 50's, partly cloudy skies and either no chance of rain or 10% on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Winds are scheduled to come out of the west/southwest up to either 7 or 8 mph all three days, and the humidity to range between 70 and 80 percent.

CAL'S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
Cal's eight appearances in the NCAA Championship have come in 1995, '98, '99, 2000, '04, '10, '11 and '12. Cal won its lone national title in 2004, with its next highest finish a sixth-place showing in 1995. The Bears were 15th, 16th and 17th, respectively from 1998-2000, tied for 19th in 2011 and 23rd in 2010.

CAL AT LAST YEAR'S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Cal (300-299-303 - 9902, +38) tied for 19th overall at the 2011 NCAA Championship, while Michael Weaver (71-71-74 - 216, E) posted the best NCAA individual showing ever by a Cal player by tying for eighth overall. The finish was also Weaver's best of the year and marked the third time in his four career NCAA events that he has been Cal's top player. Max Homa (73-74-72 - 219, +3) tied for 17th overall, while two seniors playing their final collegiate event Stephen Hale (75-80-76 - 231, +15) and Eric Mina (84-76-81 - 241, +25) were 102nd and tied for 135th. Ben An (81-78-W) was forced to withdraw on the final day of stroke play due to illness.

CURRENT CAL PLAYERS HISTORY AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Cal has two players in its lineup for the 2012 NCAA Championship that have played the event previously. Max Homa tied for 17th in 2011 and tied for 86th in 2011, while Brandon Hagy was 135th in the 2010. The team's other three players - Pace Johnson, Michael Kim and Joël Stalter - will be playing in their first NCAA Championship.

A SEASON OF FIRSTS: NCAA REGIONAL TITLE, PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP, SIX VICTORIES, 13 TOP-FIVE FINISHES
The 2011-12 season has been one of firsts for Cal with NCAA Regional and Pac-12 Championship victories in their most recent two events, six wins on the season to double their previous total, and top-five finishes in each of the first 13 events. In addition to winning the NCAA Stanford Regional and conference titles, the Golden Bears have been victorious at the season-opening Wolverine Intercollegiate, shared the team title along with Oregon at the annual Alister MacKenzie Invitational hosted by the Bears, the John A. Burns Intercollegiate and the ASU Thunderbird Invitational. Cal has also finished second by a single shot to host schools Arizona and UNLV at the Arizona Intercollegiate and the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, 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 was fifth at both the Golfweek Conference Challenge and Western Intercollegiate.

CAL AS HIGH AS NO. 3 IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
In the latest national polls, Cal is ranked No. 3 according to both GolfStat (5/23/12) and GolfWorld/Nike (5/21/22) as well as No. 6 by Golfweek (5/19/12). Cal has been as high as No. 2 according to Golfstat as recently as its previous poll (5/9/12) but moved down one spot on its most recent list of the nation's top teams despite winning the NCAA Stanford Regional. Cal's current rankings are up two spots by Golf World/Nike and one positon according to Golfweek from their previous rankings.

CAL'S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP LINEUP
Cal's projected lineup for the 2012 NCAA Championship is listed below along with 2011-12 number of stroke play events/rounds, stroke play averages for the 2011-12 season and Cal career, current Golfstat and Golfweek national rankings, and 2011-12/career match play rounds/record.

No. Name - Stroke Play Events/Rounds - Season - Career - Golfstat - Golfweek - Matches (Record)
1. Brandon Hagy - 11/34 - 71.3 - 72.3 - 44 - 40 - 7 (6-1)
2. Michael Kim - 11/34 - 71.2 - 71.2 - T38 - 29 - 4 (0.5-3.5)
3. Max Homa - 11/34 - 71.2 - 72.2 - T38 - 33 - 7 (5-2)
4. Joël Stalter - 11/34 - 71.9 - 72.5 - 92 - 77 - 4 (2-2)
5. Pace Johnson - 7/21 - 73.0 - 73.0 - 240 - 178 - 3 (1-2)
Full player bios can be found online by clicking on the players' name and later in the notes

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, TERRIFIC TRIO, FANTASTIC FOURSOME AND SUPER SEVEN
There are lots of ways to dub Cal's top seven players in 2011-12. Each member of the durable duo of Max Homa and Brandon Hagy has played in all 13 of Cal's events. Add Michael Kim to the mix and that terrific trio has shared Team MVP honors, earned second-team All-Pac-12 recognition and remain in a tight battle for the team's lowest scoring average, with Homa and Kim at 71.2 and Hagy at 71.3. Mix in Joël Stalter and all four have stroke averages under 72.0, with Stalter at 71.9. Kim and Stalter have also played in all 11 of the team's stroke play events and 12 of 13 overall, missing only the Del Walker Match Play Championship. All four players are currently ranked nationally among the nation's top-100 players in both Golfstat and Golfweek. The super seven includes the team's other three players that have been in the lineup this season. Keelan Kilpatrick and Pace Johnson have played seven times each, with Johnson also adding one event as an individual. Jeff Hamm also played three times as a member of the team and twice as an individual. Johnson is scheduled to be in the lineup for the NCAA Championship.

NATIONAL STROKE-PLAY STATS AND RANKINGS
Below are all of Cal's stroke-play stats and rankings in the top 50 for team and top 100 for individuals according to Golfstat as of May 23, 2012. Cal leads the nation in both par-four scoring (4.06) and eagles (25), with Brandon Hagy also pacing the country in eagles (13).

Team
Average Score - 2nd, 71.97
Versus Par - 3rd, 0.68
Par 3 Scoring - 36th, 3.21
Par 4 Scoring - 1st, 4.06
Par 5 Scoring - 12th, 4.78
Eagles - 1st, 25
Birdies - 15th, 561
Subpar Strokes/Round - 7th, 3.45
Fairways% - 18th, 68.4
Greens in Regulation% - 4th, 69.0
Average Putts - 43rd, 31.18
Putts on Greens in Regulation - 18th, 1.847
Sand Saves - 43rd, 36.9
Short Game% - 43rd, 54.1

Individuals
Average Score - Max Homa (T23rd, 71.18), Michael Kim (T23rd, 71.18), Brandon Hagy (30th, 71.26), Joël Stalter (74th, 71.91)
Versus Par - Max Homa (T36th, -0.12), Michael Kim (T36th, -0.12), Brandon Hagy (45th, -0.03), Joël Stalter (91st, +0.62)
Low Round - Joël Stalter (T3rd, 63), Michael Kim (T15th, 64; T47th, 65)
Par 3 Scoring - Michael Kim (43rd, 3.10)
Par 4 Scoring - Joël Stalter (14th, 4.01), Max Homa (T28th, 4.03), Brandon Hagy (T28th, 4.03), Michael Kim (T28th, 4.03)
Par 5 Scoring - Pace Johnson (18th, 4.61), Brandon Hagy (38th, 4.65), Max Homa (47th, 4.67)
Eagles - Brandon Hagy (1st, 13)
Birdies - Max Homa (T36th, 127), Joël Stalter (T86th, 115), Brandon Hagy (T94th, 114)
Subpar Strokes/Round - Brandon Hagy (11th, 4,12), Max Homa (T39th, 3.85)
Fairways% - Michael Kim (10th, 80.1%), Joël Stalter (67th, 72.8%), Max Homa (T91st, 71.5%)
Greens in Regulation% - Max Homa (5th, 74.4%), Brandon Hagy (18th, 72.0%), Michael Kim (61st, 67.9%)
Average Putts - Michael Kim (68th, 29.95)
Putts on Greens in Regulation - Michael Kim (42nd, 1.803), Brandon Hagy (60th, 1.818)
Sand Saves% - Joël Stalter (66th, 47.4%), Michael Kim (T94th, 44.4%)
Short Game% - Max Homa (87th, 58.6%)

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

On being in the NCAA Championship
"The goal all year was to get to the NCAA Championship. Some people believe we've exceeded expectations, but I don't think we believe that. We thought we were one of the best teams in the country and it certainly played out that way. In fact, you can probably make a case that we have been the most consistent team in the country all year."

On the opportunity of playing at the NCAA Championship
"We've won an NCAA title in 2004 and came close in 1995 but we've never had a team ranked this high this late in the season. When you look at the Regional competition across the country and you see the teams that have advanced, and you know that we've beaten all of them at one point or another, you really believe that if we play well we have more than a legitimate shot to win this. We have as good of a shot to win this as anybody at the tournament. That's all you can ask right now, just give us that chance."

On the team's current state of mind
"We are playing with a lot of confidence right now. We've won the last two tournaments - the NCAA Regional and the Pac-12 Championship. We're finished with finals. We've got a full week of practice before we gear it up again at Riviera. I like the way this is setting up, and I know the players are feeling the same thing and believing we have a real shot to win this thing. We're all on the same page here."

On getting to match play
"The first step is to make it through stroke play into match play. There's no doubt that on the third and final day of stroke play that it will be an awful lot like a Regional, where you either do it or you go home. But if we can take care of business and do what we've done all year, which is manage our games and make good decisions, then I like our chances of making match play. After that, it's anybody's game."

On The Riviera Country Club
"It's one of the great courses in the world. It's known as Hogan's Alley for the great success that Ben Hogan had there. The course is long, it's tough. A lot of it will depend on the course setup and how the high the rough is. The rough is different than anything we ever play on. It's a very thick leaf grass that's very difficult to play out of most of the time. The other part that will be very important is just how firm the greens are. The greens are modest size, some fairly large and some not so large. But overall the course setup will dictate how the play will go."

On the makeup of the team's lineup for the NCAA Championship
"When you have three players [Max Homa, Michael Kim and Brandon Hagy] averaging low 71's you know that they are great players and have played well throughout the entire year. All three have been very consistent. We've had a lot of help from Joël Stalter and then our fifth man for the tournament is going to be Pace Johnson. These guys are young. We don't have any seniors on the team that have been in the lineup all year."

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."

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.

MAY 17-19, 2012 - CAL WINS NCAA STANFORD REGIONAL (Full Recap)
Cal (276-270-269 - 815, -25) won its first ever NCAA Regional and will be going to the NCAA Championship for a school-record-tying third straight season after winning the NCAA Stanford Regional at the par-70, 6,727-yard Stanford Golf Course. The victory was Cal's sixth of the season, doubling the previous school record of three. Cal had three players - Brandon Hagy (67-66-66 - 199, -11), Michael Kim (67-64-69 - 200, -10) and Max Homa (71-68-67 - 206, -4) - finish in the top 10 at an NCAA Regional for the first time ever to lead the way. Hagy's third-place solo finish was the highest of his career. Kim ended up tying for fourth after having led the tournament entering the final round after a collegiate best six-under par 64 in his second round. Homa and Joël Stalter (72-72-67 - 211, +1) came up huge for the Bears in the final round as both shot tournament bests three under-par 67. Homa moved up 14 spots into a 10th place tie, while Stalter jumped up 24 positions into a tie for 27th. Pace Johnson (71-77-72 - 220, +10) was the other Cal player to participate in the event and tied for 62nd in the final standings.

SEEDING AND RANKING THE 2012 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
The field for the 2012 NCAA Championship consists of 30 teams and six additional individuals not from one of those teams. Each team qualified by finishing in the top five at one of six NCAA Regionals played May 17-19, while the top individual not from a qualifying team at each NCAA Regional also advanced to the NCAA Championship to play as an individual. See the complete list of participating teams and individuals below, with their NCAA Championship seed; Golfstat, Golfweek and GolfWorld/Nike rankings, as well as NCAA Regional and finish.

NCAA Championship Field
Seed, Team - (Golfstat Ranking, Golfweek Ranking, GolfWorld/Nike Ranking - NCAA Regional Finish)
1. Texas (1, 1, 1 - NCAA Norman Regional, 2nd)
2. Alabama (2, 2, 2 - NCAA Athens Regional, 1st)
3. Cal (3, 6, 3 - NCAA Stanford Regional, 1st)
4. Auburn (4, 5, 4 - NCAA Greensboro Regional, 3rd)
5. UCLA (5, 3, 5 - NCAA Bowling Green Regional, 3rd)
6. USC (6, 4, 7 - NCAA Ann Arbor Regional, 1st)
7. Oregon (7, 7, 6 - NCAA Ann Arbor Regional, 2nd)
8. Washington (8, 11, 15 - NCAA Norman Regional, 1st)
9. Stanford (9, 8, 9 - NCAA Stanford Regional, 4th)
10. San Diego State (10, 14, T13 - NCAA Stanford Regional, 2nd)
11. North Florida (11, 13, T13 - NCAA Athens Regional, 3rd)
12. Texas A&M (15, 10, 12 - NCAA Bowling Green Regional, 2nd)
13. Virginia (16, 17, 21 - NCAA Ann Arbor Regional, 4th)
14. Liberty (26, 29, NA - NCAA Greensboro Regional, 1st)
15. Chattanooga (31, 32, NA - NCAA Bowling Green Regional, 1st)
16. Kent State (17, 16, 17 - NCAA Ann Arbor Regional, 3rd)
17. Florida (18, 18, 19 - NCAA Greensboro Regional, 2nd)
18. Florida State (19, 19, 23 - NCAA Norman Regional, T3rd)
19. Central Florida (20, 22, 22 - NCAA Stanford Regional, 5th)
20. Georgia (23, 24, 24 - NCAA Athens Regional, 4th)
21. Iowa (25, 26, NA - NCAA Athens Regional, 5th)
22. Oklahoma (28, 28, NA - NCAA Norman Regional, 5th)
23. East Carolina (30, 35, NA - NCAA Athens Regional, 2nd)
24. Illinois (32, 31, NA - NCAA Norman Regional, T3rd)
25. Alabama-Birmingham (34, 33, NA - NCAA Stanford Regional, 3rd)
26. TCU (36, 39, NA - NCAA Ann Arbor Regional, 5th)
27. Memphis (38, 40, NA - NCAA Bowling Green Regional, 5th)
28. Virginia Tech (43, 48, NA - NCAA Bowling Green Regional, 4th)
29. Lamar (50, 49, NA - NCAA Greensboro Regional, 4th)
30. Tulsa (52, 55, NA - NCAA Greensboro Regional, 5th)

NCAA Championship Individuals - (Golfstat Ranking, Golfweek Ranking,- NCAA Regional Finish)
Josh Anderson, Pepperdine (54, 47 - NCAA Stanford Regional, 1st)
Philip Chian, Long Beach State (None, 273 - NCAA Athens Regional, T4th)
Albin Choi, North Carolina State (110, 102 - NCAA Ann Arbor Regional, 1st)
Jonathan De Los Reyes, St. Mary's, Calif. (229, 190 - NCAA Norman Regional, T10th)
*Vaita Guillaume, Campbell (36, 79 - NCAA Greensboro Regional, T1st)
Nate McCoy, Iowa State (35, 45 - NCAA Bowling Green Regional, 7th)
*Advanced after winning a one-hole sudden death playoff for the individual spot


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