2012 NCAA Men's Golf Championship Blog
June 2, 2012 (11:40 a.m. PT)
Cal Trails Alabama Early, 3-0-2
Cal trails Alabama early in their semifinal match at the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship at The Riviera Country Club. Despite currently trailing 3-0-2 all five matches are still close. Alabama's Justin Thomas has the biggest lead at 2-up against Max Homa through seven holes. Alabama's Scott Strohmeyer (thru five holes) and (thru four holes) are both 1-up on Pace Johnson and Joël Stalter. Brandon Hagy (thru six holes) and Michael Kim (thru five holes) are both all square in their matches against Cory Whitsett and Bobby Wyatt. Watch the live webstream of the 10th, 14th and 18th holes on NCAA.com beginning at Noon PT, or stay tuned to CalBears.com for live scoring as the day's events unfold.
June 1, 2012 (1:45 p.m. PT)
Cal-San Diego State Match Passes Halfway Point All Square
The Cal-San Diego State match has just passed the halfway point and is all square at 2-2-1, with each team ahead in two of the five individual matches and one match currently all square. San Diego State is leading the matches between the top two players in the lineup thru 10 holes as J.J. Spaun and Colin Featherstone lead Max Homa and Brandon Hagy by the same 1-up score. The third and fourth matches are led by Pace Johnson and Michael Kim over Matt Hoffenberg and Tom Berry, 3-up and 2-up. The fifth match and the last on the course between Joël Stalter and Alex Kang is all square after nine holes, with Stalter winning both the eighth and ninth holes to pull even.
June 1, 2012 (11:45 a.m. PT)
Cal Holds Slim One Hour Into NCAA Quarterfinal Match vs. San Diego State
All five groups are off the tee and Cal holds a slim 2-1-2 lead one hour into the NCAA quarterfinal match between Cal and San Diego State. Pace Johnson is leading his match against Matt Hoffenberg 2-up after a single hole thanks to his birdie on the par-four first hole and a Hoffenberg bogey on the par-five second. Brandon Hagy just took advantage of a Colin Featherstone bogey on the par-four third and is 1-up. Michael Kim trails his match against Tom Berry 1-up after the Aztec golfer had an eagle on No. 1. Max Homa and Joël Stalter are both even in their matches against J.J. Spaun and Alex Kang after three holes and one hole, respectively.
May 31, 2012 (6:44 p.m. PT)
Cal Clinches First-Ever NCAA Match Play Spot; In the Clubhouse Tied for Fourth
Cal has clinched a spot in the match play portion of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship for the first time in school history. The Golden Bears are in the clubhouse currently tied for fourth place at the end of 54 holes of stroke play with a 19-over par total of 584 and only two teams still out on the course that can still catch or pass the Bears. Cal fired its best round of the tournament on Thursday with a three-over par 287 team score - Max Homa (68, -3), Pace Johnson (72, +1), Michael Kim (73, +2), Joël Stalter (74, +3), Brandon Hagy (75, +4). Stay tuned to CalBears.com for more information about the match play quarterfinals that begin Friday at 10 a.m. PT and the final individual standings that will be available once the course is clear Thursday evening.
May 31, 2012 (4:53 p.m. PT)
All Five Players Birdie Hole Number One
All five Cal players birdied hole number one as the Golden Bears played the hole at 12-under par (12 birdies, three pars) over the three days of stroke play at the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship. Coming down the stretch run of the third and final round of stroke play on Thursday afternoon, the Bears are 14-over par for the tournament and two-under for the day. Cal is eight shots behind leader Alabama (+8) and five shots ahead of a pair of teams currently tied for the eighth and final match play spot in Kent State and Liberty (+19). The Bears are playing with both of those squads today. Stay tuned to CalBears.com for live scoring or watch the live webstream of the 10th, 14th and 18th holes on NCAA.com as the day's events unfold.
May 31, 2012 (4:39 p.m. PT)
Tied for Fourth at the Turn on Final Day of Stroke Play
With all five Cal golfers having made the turn on the third and final round of stroke place, Cal is currently in fourth place at the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship with a team score of 15-over par. Starting on the 10th tee, Cal needed stellar play from the second through fifth players in the lineup on the day's first nine holes to help make up for a four-over par 40 shot by Brandon Hagy in the top spot. Hagy's big trouble came when his tee shot on the par-five 11th got in a tree. The ball would eventually come out of the three but not until after he was forced him to hit a provisional drive that cost him a penalty shot and essentially two strokes. Hagy would end up with a triple bogey eight on the hole. He would also bogey the par-four 12th and par-three 14th before his first birdie of the day on the par-three 16th.
Max Homa led the way with a one-under par 34 that included an eagle on the same 11th hole where Hagy had his biggest problem and a birdie on the 17th, also a par-five. Michael Kim and Pace Johnson both had steady even-par 36's. Kim made par on all nine of his holes, while Johnson had seven pars to go along with a birdie on 12 and a bogey on 13, also a par-four. Joël Stalter carded a one-over par 37, following six straight pars with a pair of bogeys on the par-three 16th and par-four 18th that sandwiched a birdie on 17.
Stay tuned to CalBears.com for live scoring or watch the live webstream of the 10th, 14th and 18th holes on NCAA.com as the day's events unfold. The top eight teams at the end of action on Thursday will advance to match play quarterfinals beginning on Friday.
May 31, 2012 (1:56 p.m. PT)
Bears All On The Course
All five Cal golfers are now on the course for the third and final round of stroke play at the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship and CalBears.com will be heading out right behind them. Stay tuned to CalBears.com for live scoring or watch the live webstream of the 10th, 14th and 18th holes on NCAA.com as the day's events unfold. The top eight teams at the end of action on Thursday will advance to match play quarterfinals beginning on Friday.
May 31, 2012 (12:45 p.m. PT)
Bears Tied for Ninth Five Minutes Before Teeing Off
About an hour ago, we caught up with the Cal team as they ate lunch while awaiting their 12:50 p.m. Thursday tee-off time at the 2012 NCAA Men's Golf Championship. Cal is tied for ninth place five minutes before teeing off for their third and final round of stroke play. At stake is a trip to match play for the top eight teams after the end of Thursday's action. Joël Stalter will start the Golden Bears off at 12:50 p.m. and be followed in 10-minute intervals by Pace Johnson, Michael Kim, Max Homa and Brandon Hagy. Cal will be playing along with Liberty and Kent State. Most of the teams that were in Thursday morning's wave are in the final stages of their round and Riviera is living up to its reputation once again as none are currently under par. Both Stanford and Texas A&M are one-over for the day late in their rounds. Stay tuned to CalBears.com for live scoring or watch the live webstream of the 10th, 14th and 18th holes on NCAA.com.
May 30, 2012 (3:01 p.m. PT)
In the Clubhouse after Five-Over Par Round
Cal is in the clubhouse with a five-over par second round 289 at the NCAA Championship at The Riviera Country Club on Wednesday. The Golden Bears were six strokes better than their opening-round 11-over par 295 on Tuesday and now sit at 16-over par through two rounds. Cal took advantage of an early-morning 7 a.m. tee time on a seasonal day on the Southern California coast that started with plenty of sunshine and nearly no winds before ocean breezes began to pick up throughout the morning round and into afternoon play. Cal's 36-hole total of 584 is tied for sixth among the 15 teams with morning tee times on Wednesday and are finished with their action for the day. Complete updated standings will be posted late in the day Wednesday at the conclusion of second round action. Fifteen teams are still currently on the course, with the last group of players having started at 2:40 p.m. PT. Follow live scoring for updated information.
Max Homa led the way for the Bears on Wednesday with a one-under par 70. Homa was four-under par through 10 holes and despite three bogeys over his final eight holes still finished with a score that was tied for the third-best among the 78 players in Wednesday morning's half of the 156-player field. Brandon Hagy, Michael Kim and Joël Stalter all had two-over par rounds of 73. Hagy is two-over for the tournament, while Kim checks in at seven-over and Stalter is nine-over. One day after firing a stellar one-under par 72, Pace Johnson had a seven-over par second round 78 on Wednesday that was the score the Bears threw. Johnson is eight-over for the event.
May 30, 2012 (10:29 a.m. PT)
Homa Leads Charge into Top Eight
Max Homa is leading a Cal charge that has moved the Golden Bears into a tie for eighth place a little beyond the halfway point of their second round at the 2012 NCAA Men's Golf Championship on Wednesday. With all five Cal players now through turn, Cal is three-under for the day and eight-over for the tournament. Homa is four-under through his first 10 holes of the day, vaulting him up the player leader board 74 spots into a tie for 24th overall. In addition to his four birdies, Homa had an up-and-down out of the bunker on nine to save par and keep him bogey free for the day. Follow live scoring here and go to the Cal Athletics YouTube page to see Homa tee off on the 10th hole.
May 30, 2012 (8:30 a.m. PT)
Good Start to Second Round
Cal has bolted up five spots in the standings into a tie for 10th place early in Wednesday's second round. With its five golfers having completed between two and five holes, the Golden Bears are four-under par as a team with Michael Kim, Max Homa, Joël Stalter and Pace Johnson all currently one-under par and Brandon Hagy at par. Kim, Stalter and Johnson started with birdies on the par-five first hole. Homa added one on the par-four third and after a bogey on the par-three fourth, Johnson got his stroke back with his second birdie of the round on the par-four fifth. Follow live scoring here.
May 30, 2012 (8:14 a.m. PT)
Johnson Tees Off
Have a look at Cal's Pace Johnson as he tees off into a bright sun early Wednesday morning at The Riviera Country Club to start the second day of action for the Golden Bears at the 2012 NCAA Men's Golf Championship.
May 30, 2012 (7:32 a.m. PT)
Breakfast at Riviera
They're off. The Cal men's golf team has started its second round of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship on a stunningly beautiful Wednesday morning at The Riviera Country Club. After persistently moderate winds on Tuesday, there wasn't a hint of a breeze coming off the nearby Pacific Ocean on Wednesday morning. With the advantageous early tee time, Cal hopes to make up some ground on the field early in the day and improve on its 11-over round yesterday that has the Bears tied for 15th place at the beginning of the second round. Cal is five strokes outside the coveted top eight spots that will advance to match play and 10 shots behind first-round leader Alabama.
May 29, 2012 (4:12 p.m. PT)
Strong Second Half Start
After Cal's five golfers played the first nine holes of Riviera in nine-over par (eight-over par team score with highest score thrown out) to start the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship, the Golden Bears got four of those strokes back when four of the five - Brandon Hagy, Michael Kim, Max Homa and Pace Johnson - made birdie on the course's first hole ... and the last par-five of the day.
May 29, 2012 (Noon PT)
The Cal men's golf team has arrived at Riviera and is now just moments away from teeing off for the first round of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship. Photographer extraordinaire Maria Uriarte captured these exclusive photos of the players warming up and the venue.
Pace Johnson will be the first Cal player off the 10th tee at 12:20 p.m., followed by Joël Stalter, Max Homa, Michael Kim and Brandon Hagy in 10-minute intervals. The Bears are the No. 3 seed in the event and playing with the top two seeds Texas and Alabama for the first 36 holes of stroke play.
May 29, 2012 (10:32 a.m. PT)
A Wild Three-And-A-Half Days
It's the morning of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship at The Riviera Country Club and the excitement is tough to contain.
"It's been a wild three and a half days" according to head coach Steve Desimone.
And the Golden Bears don't even tee it up for the opening round until Tuesday at 12:20 pm.
With three players from Southern California - Brandon Hagy (Westlake Village), Max Homa (Valencia) and Michael Kim (Del Mar) - over half of the lineup has been in the area since shortly after winning the NCAA Stanford Regional a week and a half ago.
Desimone, associate head coach Walter Chun and the team's non-SoCal contingent of Joel Stalter (Amneville, France) and Pace Johnson (Fresno) arrived on Friday. After playing locally at area golf courses for three straight days, the team finally got to hit the famed Riviera links during the tournament's official practice round on Monday.
"We had a good practice round," Kim said. "We feel like we know the course pretty well and it suits our game, we are just excited and ready for tomorrow."
But before they tee it up on Tuesday, they continued a busy Monday that didn't wind down until nearly 10 pm after an administrative meeting for the coaches.
The evening's activities also included an official banquet with guest speakers Scott Simpson and Bill Murray.
"Murray just pummeled 'em and had some great lines," Desimone quipped about the comedian who made a name for himself in the golf world with the movie Caddyshack and also during a series of appearances at the AT&T Pro-Am in Monterey.
Although, the Golden Bears are enjoying the scenery and the ancillary events, they are here for business.
"Riviera makes this event that much more special as well as competing in front of a home crowd, but we're here for one reason and that's a national title," Hagy said. "We are more than capable of that and we're going to go prove it out there this week."
"I feel very excited for tomorrow," Stalter added. "It's my first experience in an NCAA championship and playing in such an incredible place is just fantastic. I just want to enjoy it and not think too much about my game. I feel very confident for myself and my teammates. It's going to be a great week no matter what happens!"
And it's just getting started. Stay tuned to see exactly what does transpire.