March 26, 1998
Bears Travel to U.C. Irvine Invitational
THIS WEEK: Mar. 30-31 U.C. Irvine Invitational Coto de Caza,CA 54 Holes, Par 72
NEXT WEEK: April 6-7 Western Intercollegiate Host: San Jose State
TEEING OFF: The California men's golf team returns to action Monday and Tuesday, March 30-31, at the UC Irvine Anteater Invitational. A 19-team, 54-hole tournament, the UC Irvine Anteater Invitational will be played at the North Course at Coto de Caza in Oso, Calif. In addition to Cal, Pac-10 rivals UCLA, Washington and Stanford will vie for this year's tournament title.
CAL'S LINEUP SET FOR UC Irvine Anteater Invitational: Head Coach Steve Desimone has selected the following players to represent Cal.
1997-98 Results Player Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown/Last School Rounds Total Avg Low Top Finish 1. Dan Arroyo 6-0 175 So Walnut Creek, CA/Northgate HS 15 1074 71.6 66 T5th 2. Dan Coyle 5-11 158 So Dundalk, Ireland/St. Mary's Golf HS 15 1095 73.0 69 2nd 3. Adam Ainbinder 5-10 155 Fr Huntington Beach, CA/Servite HS 9 670 74.4 68 T24th 4. Han Lee 6-2 180 So Cerritos, CA/Cerritos HS 12 891 74.3 67 T7th 5. Jay Berkowitz 5-8 165 Jr Weaverville, CA/Enterprise HS 14 1035 73.9 64 T3rd
THE LAST TIME OUT: The California men's golf team shot a combined 45-over-par 897 and finished in seventh place, 35 strokes behind tournament champion Arizona State, at the Cleveland Southwestern Intercollegiate Invitational last week. It was only the second time in five tournaments this year that the Bears finished outside of the top spot. Cal was led by Dan Arroyo who shot a three round total of 4-over 217 and finished in a two-way tie for sixth place overall. Junior Dan Coyle recorded his best outing since finishing in second place in the season-opener at Air Force with a 13-over 213 that place him tied for 18th overall. Also in action for Cal were freshman Adam Ainbinder (tied for 27th), Han Lee (tied for 44th) and Jay Berkowitz (tied for 59th).
HOT, HOT, HOT: In a sport where winning even one tournament is a major accomplishment, the 1997-98 Bears opened the year in an incredible tear, bring home tournament titles from three of the first four competitions they entered. Cal kicked off the year with three-round total of one-over-par 865 to take the Falcon-Cross Creek Invitational, Sept. 12-14. Cal had four golfers finish in the Top 20 with Dan Coyle's 3-under-par 71-69-72--212 second place total leading the way. Just 10 days later the Bears won their second fall tournament at the Pacific Invitational firing a team total of 15-under 849 to take the title. Dong Yi's 8-under-par 73-67-68--208 was good enough to place him fourth overall, while Dan Arroyo (66-73-70--209) finished in fifth. Cal opened the spring with its third tournament win of the year at the 26th annual International Intercollegiate in Monterrey, Mexico. The Golden Bears, who set a school record in the tournament's opening round with a combined 22-under-par 266, finished with a three-day total of 25-under 839. Cal secured the victory by having all four if its scoring players finish in among the top 25, including three who finished in the top seven led by junior Jay Berkowitz third place three-day total of 10-under-par 206.
MR. CONSISTENCY: If there's a word to describe junior Dan Arroyo's play so far this season it would have to be consistent. Owner of the Bears lowest average (71.6 over 15 rounds of play this year), Arroyo has finished in the Top 10 in three of Cal's five tournaments. In fact, Arroyo has not finished out of the Top 25 in any tournament this year. Although Arroyo posted his lowest round at the Pacific Invitational (6-under 66), his best tournament may have come at the International Intercollegiate, where he fired three sub-par rounds (67-70-71--208) to finish tied for fifth place overall.
RECORDS WERE MEANT TO BE BROKEN: Junior team captain Jay Berkowitz's round of 8-under 64 during the opening day of play at the International Intercollegiate was not only the best single round fired by a Bear this year, it was also a school record-low round. Berkowitz's score was instrumental to Cal also setting a school-record low round of 22-under 266 during the same round.
ON THE CHARTS: Despite Cal's hot start, the Bears slipped to the No. 42 position in the latest MasterCard Team Rankings, most likely due to lack of tournament play over the last month. However, the Bears are still ranked high nationally on the GolfStat charts in a number of categories, including: Par 3 Scoring (2nd), Par 4 Scoring (2nd), Par 5 Scoring (4th) and Subpar Strokes Per Round (2nd). Individually, Cal's Dan Arroyo ranks No. 41 overall among individuals and is 2nd in Subpar Strokes Per Round.
YOUNG GUNS: After playing the 1996-97 campaign with only one senior, the 1997-98 Bears are doing last year's squad one better -- this year's team has no seniors. And though this group was thought to be a year away, they are already proving to be a dangerous team that can challenge for the title at any tournament. A peak at the roster shows the Bears with three freshmen, three sophomores and five juniors. A solid foundation for the future for sure.
YI OUT FOR SEASON: The California men's golf team suffered a huge blow in early March when its top player, sophomore Dong Yi of Alameda, suffered a season-ending injury to his right wrist. After undergoing exploratory arthroscopic surgery, doctors discovered a torn tendon sheath. It is the second time this season that Yi has had problems with the wrist. Yi, who had been battling tendinitis during the fall, actually broke a bone in the wrist in December. After appearing to have rehabilitated the injury, Yi recently returned to the links and had hoped to play himself back into the Bears lineup until this latest setback. Yi will petition the NCAA with the hope of receiving a medical redshirt.