Cal in the Hunt Following First Day of Pac-12's
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Release:  04/27/2012

April 27, 2012

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CORVALLIS, Ore. - Cal (359-365 - 724, +4) is in the hunt for the first team conference title in school history at the halfway point of the 72-hole Pac-12 Championship being hosted by Oregon State at the par-72, 7,030-yard Trysting Tree Golf Club. The Golden Bears, ranked as high as No. 5 nationally by Golfworld/Nike, led after the first 18 holes of play on Friday before dropping into a tie for third place after the second round.

UCLA (367-352 - 719, -1) was the only team to break par in cold and windy conditions, needing the best round of the day with an eight-under par team score over the final 18 holes to take a three-shot lead over second-place Oregon (364-358 - 722, +2). Cal and USC (368-356 - 724, +4) are five shots back.

"Overall, I think we're in a good spot," head coach Steve Desimone said. "We've got great teams ahead of us; we've got great teams behind us. Anything is possible here. We're five back and the guys know that with two really good solid rounds we'd have a real shot at this. We can't ask for much more than that."

"The course played tough, all you have to do is look at the scores across the board," Desimone added. "You've got one team under par and that's UCLA. We were the only team that was under par in the morning."

The second half of the event is scheduled to be played over 18 holes each on Saturday and Sunday, with the first tee times scheduled for 9 a.m. and 8 a.m. PT, respectively. Cal's first tee time on Saturday is from the first hole at 10 a.m. Sunday's tee times and pairings are yet to be determined.

Joël Stalter (71-70 - 141, -3) led the Bears' effort on Friday and is tied for sixth after 36 holes, four shots off the leader Eugene Wong of Oregon (69-68 - 137, -7). Three Bears - Brandon Hagy (73-73 - 146, +2), Max Homa (72-74 - 146, +2) and Michael Kim (73-73 - 146, +2) - are tied for 21st. Keelan Kilpatrick (70-77 - 147, +3) is tied for 28th a shot behind the trio and Jeff Hamm (75-75 - 150, +6) is another four shots back tied for 42nd.

Stalter achieved his three-under score with nine birdies, six bogeys and 21 pars. Starting on the 10th hole, Stalter birdied the par-four 11th and par-three 13th to get to two-under early in his first round. He gave one shot back with a bogey on the par-three 17th but got to three-under for the round with back-to-back birdies on the par-five fifth and par-fourth sixth, before finishing with two consecutive bogeys on the par-four eighth and par-five ninth. On his second 18, he again birdied the 11th and 13th holes to get back to three-under for the day but gave both shots back with bogeys on the par-five 14th and another on the 17th. After six consecutive pars, he finished with three birdies and a bogey on his last four holes to get two strokes back, making birdie on six, the par-three seventh and nine while bogeying eight for the second straight round.

Hagy had seven birdies, nine bogeys and 20 pars over his 36 holes. He played his first nine holes at two-over with a birdie on the 15th being surrounded by bogeys on the par-four 10th, 17th and par-four 18th holes. He got back to even with birdies on the par-four first and par-three fourth holes but bogeyed nine to finish his first round one-over. He was even-par for the second round and remained one-over for the day through his second turn, with one birdie (11), one bogey (par-four 12) and seven pars. On his final nine holes, he was up and down with a trio of birdies on one, five and eight, but four bogeys on the par-four second, fourth, seventh and ninth holes.

Homa registered nine birdies, 11 bogeys and 16 pars. He was two-under after six holes in his opening round after birdies on 11 and 15 but bogeyed 17 and 18, and then added two more bogeys on one and the par-four third to go to two over. He finished even after rebounding with birdies on five and seven. Homa had only six pars during a second round that started with two bogeys on the first three holes (10, 12). A birdie on 14 gave him one shot back but he returned it, and then gave another with back-to-back bogeys on the par-four 16th and 17. He would play the back nine of his second round one-under with four birdies (1, 4, 8, 9) and three bogeys (3, 5, 7).

Kim had a steady day with 27 pars to go along with four birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey. Kim's highest nine-hole score came on the opening nine holes as his bogey on 12 was followed by a birdie on 14 and the double bogey on 16. On the back nine of his opening round, he birdied four and six to get back to even for the round before a bogey on nine. His 15-par second round included a birdie on 13, bogeys on 14 and 17, and then 10 consecutive pars to close out the round.

Kilpatrick was tied for fifth place after shooting an opening round two-under par that included the only eagle of the day by a Cal player on the fifth hole. He was one-over for the round prior to the eagle after a pair of birdies (11, 17) and three bogeys (14, 1, 2) over its first 13 holes. He got to two-under when he followed the eagle with a birdie on six. He had 15 pars on the back nine but couldn't muster any birdies to help offset a triple bogey on 17, as well as bogeys on 14 and 8.

Hamm managed only three birdies, while posting seven bogeys and a double bogey. He was in the red for the only time all day after opening with four pars and then registering a birdie on 14. After bogeys on 15 and 17 he would remain in the black, adding two more bogeys on two and four before his second birdie of the day on five, but had another bogey on seven before finishing his first round at three-over. He would match the three-over score with his second round, getting to four-over for the round with a tough stretch that included a double bogey on 15 and back-to-back bogeys on 16 and 17. He picked up one stroke over the final 10 holes with his third birdie of the day on five.

Pac-12 Championship (hosted by Oregon State)
Corvallis, Ore. - Trysting Tree Golf Club (par-72, 7,030 yards)

TEAM LEADER BOARD (after 1 of 3 days/2 of 4 rounds/36 of 72 holes)
1. UCLA (367-352 - 719, -1)
2. Oregon (364-358 - 722, +2)
T3. Cal (359-365 - 724, +4)
T3. USC (368-356 - 724, +4)
5. Oregon State (362-365 - 727, +7)
T6. Washington State (371-362 - 733, +13)
T6. Stanford (373-360 - 733, +13)
8. Washington (368-366 - 734, +14)
9. Colorado (368-369 - 737, +17)
10. Arizona (374-372 - 746, +26)
11. Arizona State (378-375 - 753, +33)
12. Utah (382-382 - 764, +44)

PLAYER LEADER BOARD - INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (after 1 of 3 days/2 of 4 rounds/36 of 72 holes)
1. Eugene Wong (Oregon) 69-68 - 137 (-7)

PLAYER LEADER BOARD - CAL INDIVIDUALS (after 1 of 3 days/2 of 4 rounds/36 of 72 holes)
6. Joël Stalter 71-70 - 141 (-3)
T21. Max Homa 72-74 - 146 (+2)
T21. Brandon Hagy 73-73 - 146 (+2)
T21. Michael Kim 73-73 - 146 (+2)
T28. Keelan Kilpatrick 70-77 - 147 (+3)
T42. Jeff Hamm 75-75 - 150 (+6)