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Cal Hangs on to Lead at Burns
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  02/16/2012

Feb. 16, 2012

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KAHUKU, Hawaii - Cal (270-286 - 556, -20) held onto the four-stroke lead they began the day with at the conclusion of the second round of action Thursday at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate hosted by Hawai'i at the par-72, 7,218-yard Arnold Palmer Course at the Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu's North Shore. The Golden Bears are attempting to defend the team title they won at the event last season and also tie a school record with their third victory of the 2011-12 regular season.

Cal had led New Mexico by four shots at the end of Wednesday's first day of action but now SMU has moved into second place behind the Bears after the Mustangs fired the best round of the day with a 10-under par 278, eight shots better than Cal's two-under par team score under challenging windy weather conditions.

"I was really proud of the way our guys hung in there and fought," head coach Steve Desimone said. "We started the day with a four-shot lead and ended it the same way. I'll take the same thing tomorrow."

All five Cal players remained at under-par for the tournament with each among the top 20 of the player leader board.

Max Homa and Joël Stalter slipped one spot from where they stood to start the day and are now tied for third place. Both shot one-under par rounds of 71 on Thursday after shooting opening-round scores of 66. SMU's Sam Fidone (68-67 - 135, -9) and Duke's Julian Suri (65-70 - 135, -9) share the lead after two rounds, two shots ahead of the Cal duo. Homa is a defending individual medalist at the event, having reached a playoff at the 2011 Burns before being defeated on the first hole of the extra session.

Homa had 15 pars in a solid one-under par round of 71, with the only deviations birdies on the par-five 12th and 18th holes, and his only bogey on the par-three eighth.

Stalter was two-under through his first 14 holes after birdies on the par-three 13th and par-four 17th, as well as 12 pars. Back-to-back bogeys on the sixth and seventh holes, both par-fours, put him back to even for the day but he rebounded with a birdie on the par-three eighth to get back into the red.

Pace Johnson (70-72 - 142, -2) is tied for 16th, while Michael Kim (68-75 - 143, -1) and Brandon Hagy (71-72 - 143, -1) are tied for 20th.

Johnson started his round with birdies on the 10th and 12th holes sandwiching a double bogey on 11. Over the final 15 holes, he had 14 pars and a birdie on 17.

Kim's three-over par 75 was seven strokes more than the four-under par score of 68 from the previous day despite being two-under on the day through four holes after birdies on 12 and 13. Kim would have five bogeys (16, 17, 2, 5, 7) over his final 12 holes.

All Cal golfers started their rounds from the 10th hole.

Hagy had a rough start to his even-par round of 72 with four bogeys (10, 12, 13, 14) and a birdie (11) on his first five holes. After five straight pars, he would play his last eight holes at three-under pars with four birdies (2, 3, 6, 9) and a bogey (8).

The 54-hole tournament is scheduled to conclude with the final 18 holes of action slated for Friday. The first tee times are scheduled for 7:30 a.m. HT/9:30 a.m. PT. The Bears are scheduled to tee off at 9:10 a.m. HT/11:10 a.m. PT. Cal was ranked No. 10 nationally by Golfweek and No. 11 according to Golfstat heading into the event.

"Nobody's going to give us this thing," Desimone said. "If we want it we have to go get it. It would have been nice to have a double-digit lead but golf tournaments don't work that way often enough. We're going to have to play solid golf tomorrow. But we're in a position to win, and you can't ask for much more than this."

John A. Burns Intercollegiate (hosted by Hawai'i)
Kahuku, HI - Turtle Bay Resort - Arnold Palmer Course (par-72, 7,218 yards)

TEAM LEADER BOARD (after 2 of 3 days/2 of 3 rounds/36 of 54 holes)
1. Cal (270-286 - 556, -20)
2. SMU (282-278 - 560, -16)
3. New Mexico (274-292 - 566, -10)
4. Duke (282-286 - 568, -8)
5. UNLV (278-291 - 569, -7)
6. Colorado State (287-284 - 571, -5)
7. Texas A&M (288-287 - 575, -1)
8. Nevada (287-291 - 578, +2)
9. Hawai'i (290-290 - 580, +4)
T11. Denver (298-291 - 589, +13)
T11. Hawai'i-Hilo (296-293 - 589, +13)
13. BYU (297-297 - 594, +18)
14. Fresno State (292-308 - 600, +24)
T15. Utah (305-302 - 607, +31)
T15. UTEP (304-303 - 607, +31)
17. Missouri (299-309 - 608, +32)
18. BYU-Hawai'i (308-312 - 620, +44)

PLAYER LEADER BOARD - INDIVIDUAL LEADER (after 2 of 3 days/2 of 3 rounds/36 of 54 holes)
1. Sam Fidone (SMU) 68-67 - 135 (-9)

PLAYER LEADER BOARD - CAL INDIVIDUALS (after 2 of 3 days/2 of 3 rounds/36 of 54 holes)
T3. Max Homa 66-71 - 137 (-7)
T3. Joël Stalter 66-71 - 137 (-7)
T16. Pace Johnson 70-72 - 142 (-2)
T20. Michael Kim 68-75 - 143 (-1)
T20. Brandon Hagy 71-72 - 143 (-1)

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