Cal Opens Spring Action at Arizona Intercollegiate
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Release:  01/28/2012

Jan. 28, 2012

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Day, Date - Event - Location (Course) - Host - Start Time
Mon., Jan. 30 - Arizona Intercollegiate - Tucson, AZ (Arizona National) - Arizona - 8 a.m. MT/7 a.m. PT
Tue., Jan. 31 - Arizona Intercollegiate - Tucson, AZ (Arizona National) - Arizona - 8 a.m. MT/7 a.m. PT

Cal resumes its 2011-12 season with its first spring competition at the Arizona Intercollegiate hosted by Arizona at par-71, 6,900-yard Arizona National in Tucson, Ariz., this Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 30-31. The 13-team field is scheduled to play 36 holes on the Monday's opening day before finishing with 18 more on Tuesday. The first tee times each day are scheduled for 8:00 a.m. MT/7:00 a.m. PT.

Cal heads into the Arizona Intercollegiate ranked No. 10 in the Golfstat rankings and No. 12 according to Golfweek. The Bears highest national rankings of the season came in polls released Oct. 19 when Cal was No. 7 according to Golfweek and No. 10 by Golfstat, respectively. Complete Golfweek and Golfstat rankings for entire Arizona Intercollegiate field are listed below.

Golfweek/Golfstat Rankings: Arizona `A' (49/44), Arizona `B' (N/A), Cal (12/10), Campbell (62/52), Central Arkansas (103/116), Mc Neese State (234/230), New Mexico (24/25), Pepperdine (107/105), Santa Clara (192/204), Texas-El Paso (221/221), UC Irvine (162/161), UC Riverside (161/172), Utah (182/190)

Follow the 2012 Arizona 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 is for sunny skies on Monday with a partly cloudy outlook for Tuesday, with no change for rain either day. Monday's forecast high temperature is 75F of with a low of 42F. Tuesday's forecast calls for a high of 73F and a low of 41F.

Cal typically opens the spring portion of its schedule at the Arizona Intercollegiate. Last season, the Bears finished eighth at event with a 29-over par team score (294-291-296 - 881). Eric Mina (72-74-72 - 218, +5) was Cal's top individual finisher tying for 14th, while three players in this year's lineup - Max Homa (69-75-75 - 219, +6), Jeff Hamm (82-74-74 - 230, +17) and Joël Stalter (75-80-75 - 230, +17) - also played. Homa tied for 17th, while Hamm and Stalter both tied for 52nd. Cal (269-274-280 - 823, -29) won the event to open its 2010 spring season, charging back by making up 12 strokes on the final four holes to defeat host Arizona by a single shot. Cal's four scoring players on the 18th hole were five-under par with an eagle by Mina and three birdies. Michael Weaver (64-68-71 - 203, -10) tied for second to lead Cal's effort, while Brandon Hagy (72-67-71 - 210, -3) is the only player in this year's lineup to have participated two years ago. He tied for 16th. No player in this year's lineup participated in the event prior to two seasons ago.

Cal had four of the same five players in the lineup for three of its four tournaments in the fall of 2011, with Brandon Hagy, Max Homa, Michael Kim and Joël Stalter representing the Bears at each event. Pace Johnson played in three events with the only exception being Jeff Hamm playing at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational. This week's lineup at the Arizona Intercollegiate once again features Hagy, Homa, Kim and Stalter. The remaining spot will be taken by newcomer Keelan Kilpatrick, who will make his Cal debut after transferring in for the spring semester from St. Bede's College in Christchurch, New Zealand. Hamm will play the Arizona Intercollegiate as an individual.

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

1. Michael Kim (4/12, 71.0 season, 71.0 career, No. 36 Golfweek, No. 41 Golfstat)
2. Brandon Hagy (4/12, 73.3 season, 73.4 career, No. 247 Golfweek, no Golfstat ranking)
3. Keelan Kilpatrick (0/0, no season or career stroke averages, no Golfweek or Golfstat rankings)
4. Joël Stalter (4/12, 72.8 season, 73.8 career, No. 170 Golfweek, no Golfstat ranking)
5. Max Homa (4/12, 70.8 season, 72.4 career, No. 30 Golfweek, No. 32 Golfstat)
*Jeff Hamm (1/3, 71.0 season, 75.3 career, ^No. 26 Golfweek, no Golfstat ranking)
*Individual; ^among secondary list of players without enough rounds to qualify for Golfweek ranking

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.

Average Score - 7th, 72.22
Versus Par - 11th, +0.72
Par 4 Scoring - 4th, 4.06
Par 5 Scoring - 13th, 4.76
Eagles - T5th, 10
Subpar Strokes/Round - T25th, 3.27
Fairways% - T9th, 71.0
Greens in Regulation% - 2nd, 73.1
Putts on Greens in Regulation - 18th, 1.838

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 played strongly during their four events of the 2011 fall season 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 also tied for fourth at the prestigious Isleworth Collegiate Invitational and was fifth at the Golfweek Conference Challenge. Below is an event-by-event rundown of the 2011 fall tournaments.

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.

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 a program. The Bears off to another strong start in 2011-12, having placed in the top five in each of their four fall events, including tournament wins at the Wolverine Intercollegiate and Alister MacKenzie Invitational (tied with Oregon). 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 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 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 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), and 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.

Head Coach Steve Desimone's thoughts on ...

The 2012 spring season
"Every year at the beginning of each spring season it's exciting. This semester is maybe even more so if that's possible just because we had such as wonderful fall."

On Keelan Kilpatrick
"We've added a great young player in Keelan Kilpatrick from New Zealand who has qualified as part of our traveling team."

On team qualifying for the Arizona Invitational
"We had a very spirited qualifying, very competitive. It was pretty dramatic stuff. It was great play by the guys and I figure if we take those games to Tucson, I like our chances."

On what he hopes to accomplish at Arizona Invitational
"The principle goal here is to win but what we're really looking to is the NCAA Championship at Riviera end of May and early June. So it's really about getting back into a competitive groove and mentality, and then try to identify what's working and what's not ... What I'm really hoping is that we play some good golf and we're as sharp in Arizona as we've been in the past week or week and a half of practice, so that we'll have plenty to move forward with."