Cal Looking to Defend John A. Burns Title
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Release:  02/14/2012

Feb. 14, 2012

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Day, Date - Event - Location (Course) - Host - Start Time
Wed., Feb. 15 - John A. Burns Intercollegiate - Kahuku, HI (Turtle Bay Resort - Arnold Palmer Course) - Hawai'i - 7:30 a.m. HT/9:30 a.m. PT
Thu., Feb. 16 - John A. Burns Intercollegiate - Kahuku, HI (Turtle Bay Resort - Arnold Palmer Course) - Hawai'i - 7:30 a.m. HT/9:30 a.m. PT
Sat., Feb. 17 - John A. Burns Intercollegiate - Kahuku, HI (Turtle Bay Resort - Arnold Palmer Course) - Hawai'i - 7:30 a.m. HT/9:30 a.m. PT

Cal will play its second event of the spring and sixth of the 2011-12 season when the Golden Bears look to defend their title at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate this Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 15-17. The 18-team event is hosted by Hawai'i at par-72, 7,218-yard Arnold Palmer Course at the Turtle Bay Resort on the island of O'ahu in Kahuki, Hawaii. The teams will play 18 holes each day, with the first tee all three days scheduled for 7:30 a.m. HT/9:30 a.m. PT. Cal will play with host Hawai'i, Missouri and New Mexico each of the first two days, starting Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. HT/9:30 a.m. PT and Thursday at 9:10 a.m. HT/11:10 a.m. PT. Starting times for Friday's third and final round have yet to be determined.

Cal heads into the John A. Burns Intercollegiate as the highest-ranked team in the field at No. 10 in the latest Golfweek rankings and No. 11 according to Golfstat. The Bears' highest rankings of the season came in polls released Oct. 19 when Cal was No. 7 according to Golfweek and No. 10 by Golfstat. Complete Golfweek and Golfstat rankings for the John A. Burns Intercollegiate field are listed below.

Golfweek/Golfstat Rankings: Arizona (36/36), BYU (83/78), BYU-Hawai'i (*NA/74), Cal (10/11), Colorado State (65/59), Denver (94/103), Duke (17/20), Fresno State (123/139), Hawai'i (113/129), Hawai'i-Hilo (*NA/12), Missouri (63/69), Nevada (81/83), New Mexico (25/26), SMU (52/53), Texas A&M (12/14), UNLV (14/13), Utah (189/190), UTEP (208/204)
*Division II member of the field/Division II ranking

Follow the 2012 John A. Burns Intercollegiate 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 three days of action at this year's event includes daily chances of precipitation. The Wednesday and Thursday forecasts call for scattered showers and a 30% chance of precipitation each day, with a high of 80F Wednesday and a high of 78F Thursday. On Friday, the forecast is for showers with the chance of precipitation increasing to 40%. Friday's forecast calls for a high of 78F and a low of 71F. Lows all three days are forecast for 72F.

Cal won its third and final team title during the 2010-11 to tie a school record for most team victories in a regular season by winning the 2011 John A. Burns Intercollegiate. Cal (283-274-277 - 834, -30) won the event by six strokes over Texas A&M (283-282-275 - 840, -24) by holding off the top ranked team in the event after having led by eight strokes heading into the final round. Cal's Max Homa (68-69-69 - 206, -10) reached a three-way playoff for individual medalist honors with Virginia's Ben Kohles (71-68-67 - 206, -10) and Texas A&M's John Hurley (69-70-67 - 206, -10). Kohles won the playoff when he sank a six-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole. Eric Mina (72-65-72 - 209, -7) started the final day tied with Homa for second place after firing a collegiate-best-tying seven-under par round of 65 during his second round but fell back into a tie for sixth place finish with his final round even-par 72. Mina and Homa were not the only golfers that finished in the top 10 as Stephen Hale (72-70-68 - 210, -6) and Ben An (72-70-68 - 210, -6) tied for eighth and continued their symmetry in the tournament by both shooting the same scores each day. The four-under par rounds of 68 posted by both Hale and An during the third and final round were Cal's best scores of the day. Michael Weaver (71-74-73 - 218, +2) also played in the event for the Bears, tying for 35th. Friday's final round of action was contested at the par-72, 6,712-yard George Fazio Course, after the first two rounds were held at the par-72, 7,198 Arnold Palmer Course. Cal tied for third in the 2010 event with Hagy (71-73-73 - 217, +1) the only player of the 2011-12 team to play in the event, finishing 29th. The Bears' previous appearance in the event came with a sixth-place showing in 2008. No members of the current team played in the 2008 tournament.

Cal had four of the same five players in the lineup for all five of its tournaments in 2011-12, with Brandon Hagy, Max Homa, Michael Kim and Joël Stalter representing the Bears at each event. The fifth spot has been split between Pace Johnson, Jeff Hamm and Keelan Kilpatrick. 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 is scheduled to rejoin the fab four in the lineup for the John A. Burns Intercollegiate.

Cal's lineup in order for the 2012 John A. Burns Intercollegiate with each member's 2011-12 number of events/rounds, season and Cal career stroke averages as well as national rankings in parenthesis.

1. Michael Kim (5/15, 70.7 season, 70.7 career, No. 32 Golfweek, No. 31 Golfstat)
2. Joël Stalter (5/15, 72.1 season, 73.2 career, No. 134 Golfweek, No. 190 Golfstat)
3. Brandon Hagy (5/15, 72.5 season, 73.1 career, No. 178 Golfweek, no Golfstat ranking)
4. Pace Johnson (3/9, 74.0 season, 74.0 career, No. 206 Golfweek, no Golfstat ranking)
5. Max Homa (5/15, 71.2 season, 72.5 career, No. 63 Golfweek, No. 62 Golfstat)

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. The team's numbers are highighted by a national-leading 15 eagles. Team numbers are updated as of Feb. 14, 2012. Individual numbers are through the fall season and four of five Cal events.

Average Score - 6th, 72.01
Versus Par - 8th, +0.61
Par 4 Scoring - 4th, 4.05
Par 5 Scoring - 8th, 4.74
Eagles - 1st, 15
Birdies - 21st, 230
Subpar Strokes/Round - 14th, 3.47
Fairways% - 6th, 72.5
Greens in Regulation% - 2nd, 73.0
Putts on Greens in Regulation - 14th, 1.832

Individuals (National Stats, Numbers and Rankings Through 4 of 5 Events)
Average Score - Max Homa (32nd, 70.83), Michael Kim (T36th, 71.0)
Versus Par - Max Homa (T32nd, -0.67), Michael Kim (T38th, -0.50)
Low Round - Joël Stalter (T2nd, 63), Michael Kim (T24th, 65)
Par 3 Scoring - Michael Kim (T47th, 3.02)
Par 4 Scoring - Max Homa (T13th, 3.97), Joël Stalter (T13th, 3.97), Michael Kim (71st, 4.03)
Par 5 Scoring - Max Homa (T45th, 4.62), Pace Johnson (62nd, 4.63), Michael Kim (70th, 4.64)
Eagles - Brandon Hagy (T25th, 3), Pace Johnson (T25th, 3)
Birdies - Max Homa (T85th, 47)
Subpar Strokes/Round - Max Homa (T47th, 4.08)
Fairway% - Michael Kim (5th, 85.7%), Max Homa (T84th, 73.8%)
Greens in Regulation% - Max Homa (T7th, 75.9%), Michael Kim (T11th, 75.0%), Brandon Hagy (T32nd, 73.1%), Joël Stalter (T38th, 72.2%)
Putts on Greens in Regulation - Michael Kim (25th, 1.753), Max Homa (49th, 1.750)
Sand Saves% - Michael Kim (5th, 83.3%)

Cal has played strongly during its five events in 2011-12 with top-five finishes in each tournament, inlcuding a pair of 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 nearly picked up a third team win at its most recent event when the Bears were second by a single shot to host Arizona at the Arizona Intercollegiate that opened their spring season. Cal also tied for fourth at the prestigious Isleworth Collegiate Invitational and was fifth at the Golfweek Conference Challenge in the fall. Below is an event-by-event rundown of the team's 2011-12 tournaments.

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.

JAN. 30-31, 2012 - CAL FINISHES SECOND BY A STROKE AT ARIZONA INTERCOLLEGIATE (Full Recap) 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.

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 as a program. The Bears are off to another strong start in 2011-12, having placed in the top five in each of their first five regular-season events, including tournament wins at the Wolverine Intercollegiate and Alister MacKenzie Invitational (tied with Oregon). The Bears have been ranked as high as No. 7 by Golfweek and No. 10 according to Golfstat, and are currently No. 10 and No. 11, respectively. 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.