Cal Hosts MacKenzie Monday and Tuesday
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Release:  10/15/2011

Oct. 15, 2011

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Day, Date - Event - Location (Course) - Host - Start Time
Mon., Oct. 17- Alister MacKenzie Invitational - Fairfax, CA (Meadow Club) - Cal - 8:15 a.m. PT
Tue., Oct. 18- Alister MacKenzie Invitational - Fairfax, CA (Meadow Club) - Cal - 8:15 a.m. PT

Cal will host the annual Alister MacKenzie Invitational at the par-72, 6,718-yard Meadow Club in Fairfax this Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 17-18. The 16-team field is scheduled to play 36 of the event's 54 holes on Monday, followed by Tuesday's 18 holes of action. Monday's shotgun start is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. PT. On Tuesday, play will get underway on the first and 10th tees at 7:45 a.m. PT.

BYU (52/56), Cal (20/19), Colorado (32/36), Colorado State (73/70), Fresno State (108/141), New Mexico State (63/64), Oregon (2/2), Oregon State (71/67), Pacific (188/194), San Diego State (26/23), San Francisco (66/76), San Jose State (19/27), UC Davis (92/81), UC Irvine (145/145), Utah (174/179), Washington State (91/109)

The 2011 Alister MacKenzie Invitational can be followed live online by visiting, which will link to the live scoring supplied by A recap and complete results at the end of each day's action will also be available by visiting

The forecast for this year's event is for partly cloudy skies with a 10% chance of rain both days. Monday's forecast high is 81F, while it's slated Monday to be 70F.

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.

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's lineup in order for the 2011 Alister MacKenzie Invitational with 2011-12 season, Cal career stroke averages and national rankings (GolfWeek/GolfStat) in parenthesis.

1. Max Homa (71.2 season, 72.6 career, No. 64 GolfWeek, No. 105 GolfStat)
2. Brandon Hagy (75.2 season, 73.8 career, No. 702 GolfWeek, no ranking)
3. Michael Kim (72.0 season, 72.0 career, No. 127 GolfWeek, No. 223 Golfstat)
4. Jeff Hamm (first event, 76.3 career, no ranking, no ranking)
5. Joël Stalter (71.7 season, 73.8 career, No. 92 GolfWeek, No. 168 Golfstat)

Cal had the same five players in the lineup for each of the its first two tournaments of the 2011-12 season, with Brandon Hagy, Max Homa, Pace Johnson, Michael Kim and Joël Stalter representing the Bears. Jeff Hamm will become the first player outside of this group to break into the top five and will be in the lineup in place of Johnson at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational.

Golfstat tracks team and individual national stats in a number of categories. Below are all of Cal's national rankings.

Par 4 Scoring (10th, 4.05)
Stroke Average (31st, 72.47)

Low Round: Joël Stalter (T-1st, 63) Par 4 Scoring: Joël Stalter (16th, 3.88), Max Homa (T-51st, 3.96)

Cal (262-266-276 - 804, -48) held off a fierce charge in the final round from San Diego State en route to winning the 2010 Alister MacKenzie Invitational by two shots over the Aztecs. Cal began the final 18 holes of the 54-hole event with a 10-stroke lead over the Aztecs. San Diego State (267-271-276 - 806, -46) had the best round of the final day and gained eight shots on the Bears before falling just short. Oregon State (273-277-275 - 825, -27) was a distant third. Cal broke a 54-hole school record in the win and posted the top score in tournament history, blasting the previous record of 26-under par 826 held by the Bears since 2006. Cal's first two rounds of 262 and 266 were both better than the tournament's previous single-round low of 268 established by Cal in 2006 and equaled by Washington in 2007. Ben An (65-64-69 - 198, -15) tied for second at 15-under par 198 along with San Diego State's Todd Baek (67-65-66 -198, -15). Both players were onestroke behind individual medalist Alex Kang (62-67-68 - 197, -16) of San Diego State. Stephen Hale (67-66-66 - 199, -14) took fourth, Max Homa (63-71-74 - 208, -5) and Eric Mina (72-65-71 - 208, -5) tied for 16th, and Michael Weaver (67-73-70 - 210, -3) tied for 29th.

Team Champions ... Individual Medalists
2010: Cal (804, -48) ... Alex Kang, San Diego State (197, -16)
2009: Cal (545, -23) ... Stephen Hale, Cal (132, -10) ... shortened to 36 holes due to inclement weather
2008: No Tournament Played
2007: San Diego State (828, -24) ... Daryl Fathauer, Louisville (200, -13)
2006: Cal (826, -26) ... Michael Wilson, Cal (202, -11)
2005: Cal (844, -8) ... Jon Rosa, Fresno State (205, -8)
2004: Oregon State (848, -4) ... Bobby Bennett, Purdue/Dillion Dougherty, Northwestern (207, -6)
2003: Cal (833, -19) ... Steve Conway, UCLA (200, -13)
2002: Fresno State (841, -11) ... Nick Watney, Fresno State (200, -13)

Sept. 12-13, 2011: Cal Opens with Win at Wolverine Intercollegiate
Sept. 26-27, 2010: Cal Finishes Fifth at Golfweek Conference Challenge

Head coach Steve Desimone (Cal, 1970) 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 seasons as the Bears have tied for 19th and finished in 23rd place at the last two NCAA Championships. The Bears finished alone in third at the NCAA Arizona Regional in 2010-11 after 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 the program. The Bears won their first tournament of the 2011-12 season at the Wolverine Intercollegiate and are currently ranked No. 19 (Golfweek) and No. 20 (Golfstat). Cal is coming off 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 when he was one of seven members of the class of 2010 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 Golden 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 evolved 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 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 Golden 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). He was voted Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year in 1987. He was a member of the Cal basketball team as an undergraduate. Walter Chun (Cal, 2001) 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. Volunteer assistant Gene Bakkum (UC Davis, 2000) is in his eighth season.

The Alister MacKenzie Invitational
"We've had a lot of success and its always also a fun and exciting time. I do believe this is the best field we've had in five or six years."

The 2011-12 men's golf team
"We expected good play. We did lose four of our top five [players from a year ago], but I do think we're ahead of where we thought we would be at this stage. So far, so good. If the scenario plays out, we could have one heck of a year especially as we get into the latter part of the spring."