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Men's Golf Tied for 13th at NCAA West Regional
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  06/21/1999

May 20, 1999

TUCSON, Ariz. - The California men's golf team continued its season-long trend of slow starts, Thursday, as the 22nd-ranked Golden Bears finished up in a four-way tie for 13th place after carding a combined total of 13-over-par 301 during the first round of the NCAA West Regional at Tucson National Golf Course. Arizona State, the only team to break par in today's opening round, sits atop the leader board at 5-under 283, followed by defending NCAA Champion UNLV and Brigham Young at even-par 288.

"We've got to play great from here on out because we used up all of our margin for error today," said Cal head coach Steve Desimone, who's team needs to finish in the Top 9 in order to advance. "We are certainly capable of making up the ground, but we've certainly dug ourselves a hole."

Junior Dong Yi (Alameda), Cal's top finisher, was one of only 18 players to complete the 7025-yard course at par or better and stands tied for 14th among individuals at even-par 72. He is four strokes behind tournament leader Jose Garrido of BYU, who finished up at 4-under 68 to lead all golfers.

The rest of the Cal contingent sturggled with the dessert course, none coming within three strokes of par. Senior Dan Coyle (Dundalk, Ire.) and junior Robert Hamilton finished up tied for 53rd at 4-over 76, while senior Dan Arroyo (Walnut Creek) and junior Han Lee closed out well back in the pack, tied for 67th and 83rd, respectively.

"What was so frustrating about today's round is that we were actually 6-under at the turn," Desimone added. "Then we shot 19-over on the back nine. We just came apart like a cheep suit and we certainly cannot afford a repeat performance tomorrow if we want to advance to the NCAA finals."

The Bears, who have made a habit of saving their best golf for the second and third rounds this season, will try to get back on track Friday morning when the second round of the 54-hole tournament resumes play. Cal is schedule to tee off at 7 a.m.

NCAA West Regional Men's Golf Championship
Omni Tucson National Golf Course, Tucson, Ariz.
PAR 72, 7025 YARDS
First Round Results

TEAM STANDINGS - 1. Arizona State, 283 (-5); 2. UNLV, 288 (E); 2. BYU, 288 (E); 4. Fresno State, 290 (+2); 5. Washington, 291 (+3); 6. San Diego State, 293 (+5); 7. Oregon State, 295 (+7); 8. UCLA, 296 (+8); 8. Colorado State, 296 (+8); 10. Oregon, 297 (+9); 11. Pepperdine, 298 (+10); 12. New Mexico, 299 (+11); 13. California, 301 (+13); 13. Arizona, 301 (+13); 13. UTEP, 301 (+13); 13. Stanford, 301 (+13); 17. USC, 304 (+16); 18. UCSB, 309 (+21).

TOP 14 INDIVIDUALS - 1. Jose Garrido, BYU, 68 (-4); 2. Todd Rose, FSU, 69 (-3); 2. Jeff Quinney, ASU, 69 (-3); 2. Matt Jones, ASU, 69 (-3); 5. David Hern, Wyo, 70 (-2); 5. Troy Kelly, UW, 70 (-2); 5. James Stewart, SDSU, 70 (-2); 8. Nigel Spence, CSU, 71 (-1); 8. John Lepak, OSU, 71 (-1); 8. Billy Harvey, BYU, 71 (-1); 8. Michael Kirk, UNLV, 71 (-1); 8. Charley Hoffman, UNLV, 71 (-1); 8. Adam Scott, UNLV, 71 (-1); 14. Dong Yi, Cal, 72 (E); 14. B.J. Schlagenhauf, UCLA, 72 (E); 14. Ben Crane, UO, 72 (E); 14. Jason Allred, Pep., 72 (E); 14. Greg Padilla, ASU, 72 (E).

OTHER CALIFORNIA SCORES - T53. Dan Coyle, 76 (+4); T53. Robert Hamilton, 76 (+4); T67. Dan Arroyo, 77 (+5); T83. Han Lee, 80 (+8).

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