Cal at Del Walker Match Play Championship Monday-Tuesday
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Release:  02/25/2012

Feb. 25, 2012

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Day, Date - Event - Location (Course) - Host - Start Time
Mon., Feb. 27 - Del Walker Match Play Championship - Long Beach, CA (Virginia Country Club) - Long Beach State - 7:30 a.m. PT*/12:30 p.m. PT^
Tue., Feb. 28 - Del Walker Match Play Championship - Long Beach, CA (Virginia Country Club) - Long Beach State - 7:30 a.m. PT
*First Round; ^Second Round

Cal will play in a match play event for only the second time in school history when the Golden Bears participate for the first time ever in the Del Walker Match Play Championship this Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 27-28. The event is hosted by Long Beach State and will be played at the par-70, 6,633-yard Virginia Country Club. This is the first time in the 15-year history of the Del Walker that the tournament has been a match play format. The event was previously named the Del Walker Intercollegiate Golf Classic until its format was changed from stroke play to match play following the 2011 tournament. Each team will play and first and second-round matches during 36 holes of action on Monday. The eight-team field is split into two brackets. Cal is joined by Oregon, UC Davis and Washington in one bracket. Long Beach State, Oregon State, UCLA and USC are in the other bracket. Cal will play Oregon in a first-round match Monday and will match up with either UC Davis or Washington in its second-round tilt, with the first-round winners within each bracket meeting in one match and the losers in the other. Each team's third match will be against a team from the opposite bracket. Action starts both Monday and Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.

7:30 a.m. PT - Washington (1) vs. UC Davis (8)
7:30 a.m. PT - Cal (4) vs. Oregon (5) - 7:30 a.m. PT
12:30 p.m. PT - Washington-UC Davis winner vs. Cal-Oregon winner
12:30 p.m. PT - Washington-UC Davis loser vs. Cal-Oregon loser

7:30 a.m. PT - UCLA (2) vs. Long Beach State (7)
7:30 a.m. PT - USC (3) vs. Oregon State (6)
12:30 p.m. PT - UCLA-Long Beach State winner vs. USC-Oregon State winner
12:30 p.m. PT - UCLA-Long Beach State winner vs. USC-Oregon State winner

7:30 a.m. PT - Bracket One #1 vs. Bracket Two #1
7:30 a.m. PT - Bracket One #2 vs. Bracket Two #2
7:30 a.m. PT - Bracket One #3 vs. Bracket Two #3
7:30 a.m. PT - Bracket One #4 vs. Bracket Two #4

Cal heads into the Del Walker Match Play Championship ranked No. 9 by Golfstat and No. 10 according to Golfweek in the latest national rankings. The Bears' highest rankings of the season came in polls released the week of Oct. 17 when Cal was No. 7 according to Golfweek and No. 10 by Golfstat. Cal is one of five teams ranked in the top 10 nationally in the Del Walker field. Complete Golfweek and Golfstat rankings for teams participating in the event are listed below.

Golfstat/Golfweek Rankings: Cal (9/10), Long Beach State (78/76), Oregon (10/5), Oregon State (63/62), UC Davis (121/122), UCLA (5/4), USC (6/3), Washington (4/8)

Follow the 2012 Del Walker Match Play Championship live online by visiting, which will link to the live scoring provided by A recap and complete results at the end of each day's action will also be available by visiting

The forecast for the two days of action at this year's event calls for cool weather and a chance or rain on the first day of the event. Monday's forecast is for a few showers and a 30% chance of rain, with windy conditions and a high of 57F. Tuesday's weather forecast calls for sunny skies but not much of a warm up with the high scheduled for 58F. Lows are forecast for 39F on Monday and 42F on Tuesday.

Cal tied a school record when the Bears were victorious for the third time this season during their most recent tournament Feb. 15-17 at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate hosted by Hawai'i at the Arnold Palmer Course at Turtle Bay Resort. Cal has played strongly during its six events in 2011-12 with top-five finishes in each tournament, inlcuding two other victories at the season-opening Wolverine Intercollegiate and a share of the crown along with Oregon at the annual Alister MacKenzie Invitational the Bears host. Cal just missed winning the Arizona Intercollegiate that opened their spring season by finishing second to host Arizona by a single shot. Cal also tied for fourth at the prestigious Isleworth Collegiate Invitational and was 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 events.

Head Coach Steve Desimone's thoughts on ...

Del Walker Match Play Championship
"You've got five of the best teams in the country competing with Oregon, UCLA, USC, Washington and us. As a consequence, especially in match play, you will have some very intense matches and intense competiton overall. If you're going to compete for a national championship, you're going to have to go through these teams at some point, probably in match play at the end of the season at the NCAA Championship. We're playing well, so let's go play. Let's get tested. We've passed a lot of tests so far this year, but this is a new one. We've certainly beaten some of the top 10 teams in the country, but we haven't seen all that much of the conference. We'll be seeing a lot more of the conference going forward."

On National Rankings
"It's well earned. These guys have played really well all season. It's been a phenomenal run. I think it goes to the heart of how good these guys are, how tough they are, how competitive they are. We're really pleased but No. 1 is out there. That's where we want to be in the end, and that's what we're striving for."

Cal has had four of the same five players in the lineup for all six of its tournaments in 2011-12, with Brandon Hagy, Max Homa, Michael Kim and Joël Stalter representing the Bears at each event. Pace Johnson, Jeff Hamm and Keelan Kilpatrick have all played in the team's fifth spot. Johnson played in the first two events, with Hamm getting the nod at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational and Johnson returning for the fall finale at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational. Kilpatrick transferred to Cal at the beginning of the 2012 spring semester from St. Bede's College in Christchurch, New Zealand, and immediately made his debut at the Arizona Intercollegiate that opened the Bears' 2012 spring campaign. Hamm also played in the Arizona Intercollegiate as an individual. Johnson rejoined the fab four in the lineup for the John A. Burns Intercollegiate and is slated to play again at the Del Walker Match Play Championship. Hamm is slated to take Kim's spot.

Cal's lineup in order for the 2012 Del Walker Match Play Championship with each member's 2011-12 number of events/rounds, season and Cal career stroke averages as well as national rankings in parenthesis.

1. Max Homa (6/18, 70.9 season, 72.4 career, No. 33 Golfstat, No. 40 Golfweek)
2. Brandon Hagy (6/18, 72.3 season, 73.0 career, No. 200 Golfstat, No. 142 Golfweek)
3. Pace Johnson (4/12, 73.5 season, 73.5 career, no Golfstat ranking, No. 163 Golfweek)
4. Joël Stalter (6/18, 71.8 season, 72.9 career, No. 119 Golfstat, No. 106 Golfweek)
5. Jeff Hamm (2/6, 72.0 season, 74.9 career, no Golfstat ranking, No. 53 Golfweek*) *Golfstat ranking for Hamm for a secondary group for those without enough rounds to qualify for regular rankings

Golfstat tracks team and individual national stats in a number of categories. Below are all of Cal's national rankings in the Top 50 for team and Top 100 for individuals as of Feb. 21, 2012. The team's numbers are highighted by three national leaders. Cal paces the country in par-four scoring (4.04) and eagles (16). Brandon Hagy's seven eagles are tied for the national lead.

Average Score - 3rd, 71.90
Versus Par - 3rd, +0.40
Par 4 Scoring - 1st, 4.04
Par 5 Scoring - 8th, 4.74
Eagles - 1st, 16
Birdies - 14th, 281
Subpar Strokes/Round - 11th, 3.48
Fairways% - 7th, 72.5
Greens in Regulation% - 2nd, 73.0
Putts on Greens in Regulation - 13th, 1.832

Average Score - Max Homa (28th, 70.94), Michael Kim (40th, 71.17)
Versus Par - Max Homa (31st, -0.56), Michael Kim (T41st, -0.33)
Low Round - Joël Stalter (T2nd, 63), Michael Kim (T25th, 65)
Par 3 Scoring - Michael Kim (39th, 3.03)
Par 4 Scoring - Joël Stalter (8th, 3.96), Max Homa (18th, 3.98)
Par 5 Scoring - Max Homa (T59th, 4.63), Michael Kim (T73rd, 4.65)
Eagles - Brandon Hagy (T1st, 7), Pace Johnson (T43rd, 3), Michael Kim (T43rd, 3)
Birdies - Max Homa (T11th, 68), Joël Stalter (T36th, 61), Michael Kim (T60th, 57)
Subpar Strokes/Round - Max Homa (T50th, 4.00)
Fairway% - Michael Kim (29th, 79.7%), Max Homa (58th, 76.4%), Joël Stalter (75th, 74.8%)
Greens in Regulation% - Max Homa (T11th, 74.7%), Brandon Hagy (T11th, 74.7%), Joël Stalter (T11th, 74.7%), Jeff Hamm (36th, 72.2%), Michael Kim (T55th, 70.4%)
Avg. Putts - Michael Kim (36th, 29.22)
Putts on Greens in Regulation - Michael Kim (12th, 1.746), Max Homa (60th, 1.793)
Sand Saves% - Michael Kim (T5th, 77.8%)
Short Game% - Jeff Hamm (34th, 65.2%)

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 the program that began a few years ago has displayed solid results in the last two-plus seasons. Cal has tied for 19th and finished in 23rd place at the last two NCAA Championships after finishing alone in third at the NCAA Arizona Regional in 2010-11 and 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 six regular-season events. The Bears have been ranked as high as No. 7 by Golfweek and No. 9 according to Golfstat, and are currently No. 9 by Golfstat and No. 10 according to Golfweek. 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. Desimone's 2009-10 Cal squad was his best since the Bears won the 2004 NCAA title as Cal returned to the NCAA Championship for the first time since winning the crown for the only time in school history six seasons earlier. 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 leading the Bears to the 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.

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.