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Cal Closes Regular Season at Western Intercollegiate Saturday-Sunday
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Release:  04/13/2012

April 13, 2012

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Day, Date - Event (Round) - Location (Course) - Host - Start Time
Sat., Apr. 14 - Western Intercollegiate (First and Second Rounds) - Santa Cruz, CA (Pasatiempo Golf Club) - San Jose State - 8:15 a.m. PST
Sun., Apr. 15 - Western Intercollegiate (Third Round) - Santa Cruz, CA (Pasatiempo Golf Club) - San Jose State - 8:15 a.m. PST

CAL AT WESTERN INTERCOLLEGIATE SATURDAY-SUNDAY
Cal (No. 3 Golfworld Nike/No. 4 Golfstat/No. 5 Golfweek) will conclude its 2011-12 regular season at the Western Intercollegiate this Saturday-Sunday, April 14-15. Half of the field's 14 teams rank in the top-10 in at least one national poll, including unanimous No. 1 Texas. The 66th annual edition of the event hosted by San Jose State will be played at the par-70, 6,615-yard Pasatiempo Golf Club. The first 36 holes of the 54-hole stroke play event are scheduled to be played on Saturday, followed by the final 18 holes Sunday. The teams will tee off both days with a shotgun start at 8:15 a.m. PDT. Follow the 2012 Western Intercollegiate live online by visiting CalBears.com, which will link to the live scoring provided by golfstat.com. A recap and complete results at the end of each day's action will also be available by visiting CalBears.com.

TOURNAMENT FIELD RANKINGS (GOLFWEEK/GOLFSTAT/GOLFWORLD NIKE)
Cal (5/4/3), Denver (97/93/NR), Hawai'i (135/145/NR), *Hawai'i-Hilo (NR/10/NR), Kansas (134/136/NR), New Mexico State (95/114/NR), Oregon (7/11/11), San Jose State (66/75/NR), San Diego State (13/10/15), USC (3/5/9), Stanford (8/14/12), Texas (1/1/1), UC Irvine (139/129/NR), UCLA (6/6/4); *Division II ranking

WESTERN INTERCOLLEGIATE WEATHER FORECAST
The forecast in the Santa Cruz area during the 2012 Western Intercollegiate Thunderbird Invitational calls for sunny skies with a high of 63 and a low of 45 on Saturday, with winds out of the northwest up to 14 mph and no chance of precipitation. Sunday's partly cloudy forecast has a high of 66 and a low of 49 and a 10% chance of rain, with winds at 10 mph from the West.

CAL PICKS UP REGULAR-SEASON RECORD FOURTH WIN, HAS FINISHED IN TOP FIVE IN ALL NINE EVENTS
Cal broke a school record with its fourth regular-season win of the 2011-12 campaign with a victory in their most recent event at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational played April 6-7. The Bears previous three victories came when they opened the season with a win at the Wolverine Intercollegiate, shared the team title along with Oregon at the annual Alister MacKenzie Invitational the Bears hosted Oct. 17-18 and then won the John A. Burns Intercollegiate hosted by Hawai'I Feb. 15-17. Cal has not only recorded four regular-season wins in 2011-12 but has also been in the top five in each of its 10 tournaments for the first time in school history. In two of those top-five finishes Cal just missed winning by a single shot to host schools Arizona and UNLV at the Arizona Intercollegiate to open its spring season and the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters later in the spring. Cal has been third at both of its match-play events (Del Walker Match Play Championship, Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship), tied for fourth at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational and fifth at the Golfweek Conference Challenge. Later in the notes is an event-by-event rundown of the team's 2011-12 tournaments.

CAL'S NATIONAL RANKINGS
In the latest national polls, Cal currently ranks No. 4 according to Golfstat (4/11/12), tied for No. 4 by Golf World/Nike (4/12/12) and No. 5 by Golfweek (4/8/12). The Bears dropped one spot in both the Golfstat and Golf World/Nike polls despite winning their most recent event at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational that was played April 6-7. Cal reached a season-high No. 3 in both the previous Golfstat and Golf World/Nike polls.

CAL'S MOST RECENT WESTERN INTERCOLLEGIATE APPEARANCE
Cal most recently played at the Western Intercollegiate in 2010-11 when the Bears concluded their regular-season schedule with a ninth-place finish at the event, finishing with a 54-hole total of 49-over par 1099 that was well off the pace of the 16-over par score of 1066 posted by winner UCLA. Max Homa (75-72-71 - 218, +8) finished in a tie for 25th place and is Cal's top returning player from the event. Jeff Hamm, who is scheduled to play in the 2012 tournament as an individual, had an opening-round 65 at last season's event before finishing tied for 29th (65-79-75 - 219, +9). No other current Cal player has ever played the Western Intercollegiate.

BEAR LINEUP
Cal's lineup in order for the 2012 Western Intercollegiate with 2011-12 number of stroke play events/rounds, match play rounds/record, season stroke play average, Cal career stroke play average and 2011-12 national rankings in parenthesis. The format of the event will be six players per team with the top five scores each day counting in the daily team total.
1. Brandon Hagy (8/24, 7/6-1, 72.0 season, 72.8 career, No. 79 Golfweek, No. 98 Golfstat)
2. Michael Kim (8/24, 4/0.5-3.5, 71.5 season, 71.5 career, No. 46 Golfweek, No. 56 Golfstat)
3. Max Homa (8/24, 7/5-2, 71.0 season, 72.3 career, No. 21 Golfweek, No. 24 Golfstat)
4. Pace Johnson (5/15, 3/1-2, 72.7 season, 72.7 career. No. 98 Golfweek, No. 135 Golfstat)
5. Joël Stalter (8/24, 4/2-2, 71.7 season, 72.6 career, No. 53 Golfweek, No. 72 Golfstat)
6. Keelan Kilpatrick (3/9, 7/5.5-1.5, 74.4 season, 74.0 career, ^No. 47 Golfweek; no Golfstat ranking)
*Jeff Hamm (2/6, 3/1-2, 72.0 season, 74.9 career, No. 169 Golfweek, no Golfstat ranking)
*Jeff Hamm competing as an individual; ^Golfweek rankings for Keelan Kilpatrick and Jeff Hamm for a secondary group of golfers for those without enough rounds to qualify for regular rankings

HOMA NAMED PAC-12 FEBRUARY MEN'S GOLF PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Max Homa was named the Pac-12 Men's Golfer of the Month for February 2012 for the first time in his career. Homa became the first Cal player to win the Pac-12 honor since Eric Mina was selected in April of 2010. Homa had a second-place individual showing to lead Cal to a team victory Feb. 15-17 at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate. Homa shot a seven-under par 209, with his opening-round 66 tied for his lowest score of the year. He then played in Cal's top spot in the lineup Feb. 27-28 at the Del Walker Match Play Championship, shining in his first collegiate match play event with a 3-1 record. For the 2011-12 season, Homa has played in each of the team's 10 events and leads the club with a career-low 71.0 stroke average in eight stroke-play events. He is 5-2 in match play over two events in the format. Homa has five top-10 stroke-play finishes, taking second at both the Alister MacKenzie Invitational and John A. Burns Intercollegiate, tied for fourth at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, tied for fifth at the Wolverine Intercollegiate and tied for eighth at the Golfweek Conference Challenge.

DURABLE DUO AND FANTASTIC FOURSOME
Max Homa and Brandon Hagy have each played in all 10 of Cal's events in 2011-12, while Michael Kim and Joël Stalter have played in nine of the team's 10, missing only the Del Walker Match Play Championship. Keelan Kilpatrick has played five times, Pace Johnson on four occasions and once as an individual, and Jeff Hamm twice and once as an individual.

COACHING STAFF
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 a program that won the 2004 NCAA title has ramped up in the past two-plus campaigns as Cal has tied for 19th and finished 23rd at the NCAA Championship the last two seasons. Cal has also made five consecutive NCAA Regional appearances from 2007-11. The Bears are in the midst of another outstanding season in 2011-12, having set a school record with four regular-season wins (Wolverine Intercollegiate, Alister MacKenzie Invitational, John A. Burns Intercollegiate, ASU Thunderbird Invitational) and placing in the top five in each of their first 10 regular-season events for the first time in school history. The Bears' reached as high as No. 3 according to both Golfstat and Golfweek/Nike, with current rankings of No. 4 in both polls (tied for fourth in Golfweek/Nike) and No. 5 by GolfWorld. In 2010-11, Cal was alone in third at the NCAA Arizona Regional, 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, 2010. Desimone's 2009-10 squad tied for third place at the NCAA San Diego Regional to earn its first spot at the NCAA Championship since the Bears won the NCAA title for the only time in school history in 2004. Desimone grew the Bears from a club team when he was named the head 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 the team's 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 10th season with the program and his eighth in his current role after serving two seasons as an assistant coach from 2002-04. He received his bachelor's degree from UC Davis in 2000 and then was an assistant coach for two seasons at his alma mater (2000-02).

DES SAYS
Head coach Steve Desimone's thoughts on ...

On the Western Intercollegiate field
"When you have seven of the top 13 or 14 teams in the country, you just know that you better bring your `A' game. It will go right down to the last shot on the last day."

On Pasatiempo Golf Club
"We are playing in one of the premier venues in all of college golf at Pasatiempo Golf Club. It's one of the great courses in the country. It's a typical MacKenzie golf course, the fairways are fairly generous but it has tremendously large greens very comparable to Augusta or Cypress Point."

On breaking the school record with four regular-season wins
"We've had a number of teams over the years get to three but we've never had any of the teams push it over the top. If any team is going to push it over the top it's this one. I say this with a smile. It [breaking the record] hasn't been the number one issue on the radar screen but there have been comments from every one of the guys at various times about how great it would be to be the team that set the record knowing there have been so many wonderful teams ahead of them. I also sense these guys would like to distance themselves a little bit and add another one to the column."

On the team's depth and its importance
"We've tried to build all year knowing the next two tournaments are `six, count five events.' We've tried to mix in as many players as possible to see them in competition and give them that additional experience and confidence going into the last two."

On the team's consistency
"I've asked myself on a number of occasions `is this team good enough that it can go through the entire season without having a bad round?' We've never had a team come close to that. This team has had a couple of sluggish nines, but only a couple. When you look at our record and see that we haven't finished out of the top five in a tournament this year, that's really a tribute to how good these guys are and competitive they are."

NATIONAL STROKE-PLAY STATS
Below are all of Cal's stroke-play stat rankings in the Top 50 for team and Top 100 for individuals according to Golfstat as of Apr. 13, 2012. The team's numbers are highlighted by Cal pacing the country in par-four scoring (4.04) and Brandon Hagy leading the nation in eagles (11).

Team
Average Score - 3rd, 71.95
Versus Par - 3rd, +0.45
Par 4 Scoring - 1st, 4.04
Par 5 Scoring - 9th, 4.76
Eagles - 2nd, 20
Subpar Strokes/Round - 11th, 3.48
Fairways% - 8th, 70.8
Greens in Regulation% - 2nd, 69.6
Average Putts - 35th, 30.90
Putts on Greens in Regulation - 8th, 1.822

Individuals
Average Score - Max Homa (T23rd, 71.00), Michael Kim (42nd, 71.54), Joël Stalter (T63rd, 71.71), Brandon Hagy (88th, 71.96)
Versus Par - Max Homa (23rd, -0.50), Michael Kim (T56th, +0.04), Joël Stalter (T69th, +0.21)., Brandon Hagy (95th, +0.46)
Low Round - Joël Stalter (T2nd, 63), Michael Kim (T38th, 65)
Par 3 Scoring - Michael Kim (97th, 3.12)
Par 4 Scoring - Joël Stalter (4th, 3.96), Max Homa (12th, 3.99), Michael Kim (65th, 4.06), Brandon Hagy (73rd, 4.06)
Par 5 Scoring - Pace Johnson (32nd, 4.63), Max Homa (54th, 4.65), Michael Kim (T79th, 4.69)
Eagles - Brandon Hagy (1st, 11)
Subpar Strokes/Round - Max Homa (T58th, 3.75), Brandon Hagy (T85th, 3.67)
Fairways% - Michael Kim (24th, 78.3%), Joël Stalter (T54th, 74.4%), Max Homa (56th, 74.3%)
Greens in Regulation% - Max Homa (9th, 73.5%), Brandon Hagy (22nd, 71.5%), Joël Stalter (27th, 71.1%)
Average Putts - Michael Kim (30th, 29.47)
Putts on Greens in Regulation - Michael Kim (12th, 1.767), Max Homa (69th, 1.814), Joël Stalter (86th, 1.823)
Sand Saves% - Joël Stalter (T63rd, 50.0%), Michael Kim (T63rd, 50.0%)
Short Game% - Max Homa (23rd, 64.2%)

2011-12 EVENTS
SEPT. 12-13, 2011 - CAL OPENS WITH WIN AT WOLVERVINE INTERCOLLEGIATE (Full Recap)
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.

SEPT. 25-27, 2011 - CAL FINISHES FIFTH AT GOLFWEEK CONFERENCE CHALLENGE (Full Recap)
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.

OCT. 17-18, 2011 - CAL SHARES MACKENZIE TITLE WITH OREGON (Full Recap)
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.

FEB. 15-17, 2012 - CAL REPEATS AT BURNS, TIES RECORD WITH THIRD WIN (Full Recap)
Cal (270-286-291 - 847, -17) repeated as team champion at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate with a win that was Cal's third of the season, tying a school record for most regular-season team victories that has also been reached each of the past two campaigns. The Bears led the event hosted by Hawai'i at the end of each of the three days of action and finished seven shots better than UNLV (278-291-285 - 854, -10) and Duke (282-286-286 - 854, -10) on the final leader board. Max Homa (66-71-72 - 209, -7) finished second, four strokes behind individual medalist Julian Suri of Duke (65-65-70 - 205, -11). Homa was a defending individual medalist at the event, having reached a playoff at the 2011 Burns before being defeated on the second hole of the extra session. Joël Stalter (66-71-74 - 211, -5) tied for third, while Brandon Hagy (71-72-71 - 214, -2) moved up nine spots on the final day of the event to finish tied for 11th. Pace Johnson (70-72-74 - 216, E) tied for 18th in the final standings, while Michael Kim (68-75-77 - 220, +5) tied for 35th.

FEB. 27-28, 2012 - CAL TAKES THIRD AT DEL WALKER MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP (Full Recap)
Cal finished third at the Del Walker Match Play Championship, wrapping up the two-day event with a 4-1 victory over Oregon State. Cal's victory over the Beavers followed a split the previous day when the Bears defeated Oregon, 3-1-1, in their morning quarterfinal before falling to Washington, 4-1, in an afternoon semifinal. The two-day event was hosted by Long Beach State at the par-70, 6,633-yard Virginia Country Club. Keelan Kilpatrick was the only Cal player to go unbeaten in the tournament, winning matches against his Washington and Oregon State opponents, while being all square versus Oregon. Homa and Hagy were both 2-1 in their three tournament matches, winning against opponents from Oregon and Oregon State, while falling to Washington foes. Johnson and Hamm were 1-2. Johnson fell to Oregon and Washington before his victory against Oregon State. Hamm was a winner against Oregon before falling to Washington and Oregon State.

MARCH 9-11, 2012 - CAL FINISHES SECOND AT SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS (Full Recap)
Cal (286-287-300 - 873, +9) started the third and final round of the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters with a six-shot lead but was unable to hold off host UNLV (287-292-293 - 872, +8) down the stretch and had to settle for second place at the prestigious event played at the par-72, 7,510 Southern Highlands Golf Club. It was the second time Cal has been runner-up by a single stroke to a team on its home course this season, but the Bears did extend their string of top-five finishes to all eight of their 2011-12 matches. UNLV trailed by a shot heading into each of the players' turns at the par-five 18th hole but its four golfers that figured in their final round team score played the course's final hole one-under, while the four scoring Bears played the hole one-over. Cal had lost a lead it held all day briefly on the back nine but had moved back ahead on the 17th hole when Bears were even-par on the par-three compared to four-over for the Rebels. Associate head coach Walter Chun served as the team's head coach for the tournament while head coach Steve Desimone recovered from a health-related issue that prevented him from making the trip. Max Homa (71-72-73 - 216, E) had the team's highest finish overall by tying for fourth. Brandon Hagy (72-71-75 - 218, +2) tied for eighth with the second-highest finish of his career. Keelan Kilpatrick (72-70-79 - 221, +5) tied for 15th in the final standings after starting the final day tied for fourth. Joël Stalter (71-74-76 - 221, +5) moved up two spots on the final day into a tie for 15th along with Kilpatrick, while Michael Kim (74-76-76 - 226, +10) sneaked up 11 spots in the final standings on the final day into a tie for 33rd.

FEB. 27-28, 2012 - CAL TAKES THIRD AT DEL WALKER MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP (Full Recap)
Cal finished third at the Del Walker Match Play Championship, wrapping up the two-day event with a 4-1 victory over Oregon State. Cal's victory over the Beavers followed a split the previous day when the Bears defeated Oregon, 3-1-1, in their morning quarterfinal before falling to Washington, 4-1, in an afternoon semifinal. The two-day event was hosted by Long Beach State at the par-70, 6,633-yard Virginia Country Club. Keelan Kilpatrick was the only Cal player to go unbeaten in the tournament, winning matches against his Washington and Oregon State opponents, while being all square versus Oregon. Homa and Hagy were both 2-1 in their three tournament matches, winning against opponents from Oregon and Oregon State, while falling to Washington foes. Johnson and Hamm were 1-2. Johnson fell to Oregon and Washington before his victory against Oregon State. Hamm was a winner against Oregon before falling to Washington and Oregon State.

MARCH 9-11, 2012 - CAL FINISHES SECOND AT SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS (Full Recap)
Cal (286-287-300 - 873, +9) started the third and final round of the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters with a six-shot lead but was unable to hold off host UNLV (287-292-293 - 872, +8) down the stretch and had to settle for second place at the prestigious event played at the par-72, 7,510 Southern Highlands Golf Club. It was the second time Cal has been runner-up by a single stroke to a team on its home course this season, but the Bears did extend their string of top-five finishes to all eight of their 2011-12 matches. UNLV trailed by a shot heading into each of the players' turns at the par-five 18th hole but its four golfers that figured in their final round team score played the course's final hole one-under, while the four scoring Bears played the hole one-over. Cal had lost a lead it held all day briefly on the back nine but had moved back ahead on the 17th hole when Bears were even-par on the par-three compared to four-over for the Rebels. Associate head coach Walter Chun served as the team's head coach for the tournament while head coach Steve Desimone recovered from a health-related issue that prevented him from making the trip. Max Homa (71-72-73 - 216, E) had the team's highest finish overall by tying for fourth. Brandon Hagy (72-71-75 - 218, +2) tied for eighth with the second-highest finish of his career. Keelan Kilpatrick (72-70-79 - 221, +5) tied for 15th in the final standings after starting the final day tied for fourth. Joël Stalter (71-74-76 - 221, +5) moved up two spots on the final day into a tie for 15th along with Kilpatrick, while Michael Kim (74-76-76 - 226, +10) sneaked up 11 spots in the final standings on the final day into a tie for 33rd.

MAR. 18-20, 2012 - CAL FINISHES THIRD AT CALLAWAY COLLEGIATE MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP (Full Recap)
Cal captured third place at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship by defeating Chattanooga, 3-2, on third and final day of the four-match event hosted by South Florida at The Concession Golf Club. Cal had won a pair of matches on the first day of the tournament with a 3-2 victory over UNC Wilmington and a 4.5-0.5 victory against Tennessee. The Golden Bears' lone loss of the event came in heartbreaking fashion when Duke needed extra holes to pull out a 3-2 victory. Brandon Hagy won all four of his matches at the event to improve to 6-1 in match play on the season, while Keelan Kilpatrick and Max Homa were both 3-1 in the tournament to improve to 5-1-1 and 5-2, respectively, for the campaign. Joël Stalter (2-2) and Michael Kim (0-3-1) both played match play for the first time this season.

APR. 6-7, 2012 - CAL SETS SCHOOL RECORD WITH FOURTH REGULAR-SEASON WIN (Full Recap)
Cal (276-285-274 - 835, -17) set a school record with its fourth regular-season tournament victory of the year by winning the ASU Thunderbird Invitational for the first time ever in the event's 40-year history. Cal trailed San Diego State (282-275-286 - 843, -9) by four strokes heading into the final round, but the Golden Bears quickly erased that deficit and went on to an eight-shot victory. Cal's effort was led by the duo of Brandon Hagy (67-70-70 - 207, -6) and Joël Stalter (68-71-68 - 207, -6) that tied for third place three shots behind individual medalist Derek Ernst of UNLV (69-67-68 - 204, -9). Michael Kim (67-73-70 - 210, -3) tied for 13th on the final player leader board, while Max Homa (74-71-66 - 145, +3) soared 12 spots into a tie for 16th in the final standings after a five-under par 66 in his final round that matched his best round of the year. Keelan Kilpatrick (77-78-71 - 226, +13) made a tremendous improvement in his final round to move up 14 spots into a tie for 66th, while Pace Johnson (70-67-71 - 208, -5) finished tied for fifth while playing the tournament as an individual.


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