Cal at Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters Friday-Sunday
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Release:  03/08/2012

March 8, 2012

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Day, Date - Event (Round) - Location (Course) - Host - Start Time
Fri., Mar. 9 - Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters (First Round) - Las Vegas, NV (Southern Highlands Golf Club) - UNLV - 8 a.m. PT
Sat., Mar. 10 - Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters (Second Round) - Las Vegas, NV (Southern Highlands Golf Club) - UNLV - 8 a.m. PT
Sun., Mar. 11 - Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters (Third Round) - Las Vegas, NV (Southern Highlands Golf Club) - UNLV - 8 a.m. PT

Cal will play at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters this Friday-Sunday, Mar. 9-11. The event is hosted by UNLV at the Southern Highlands Golf Club, which will play at par-72 and 7,510 yards. Teams will play 18 holes of stroke play each of the three days, teeing off from the first and 10th tees beginning at 8 a.m. PT. The 15-team field includes 11 squads that rank among the nation's top 25 according to both Golfstat and Golfweek, with Cal at No. 7 in the latest Golfstat rankings and No. 10 according to Golfweek. The Golden Bears' No. 7 Golfstat ranking equals their highest national mark of the year when Cal was No. 7 by Golfweek earlier in the season. Follow the 2012 Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters 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

Current Golfweek/Golfstat Rankings - Tournament Field: Alabama (3/3), Arizona State (67/69), Cal (10/7), Duke (16/18), Florida (25/21), New Mexico State (79/78), Oklahoma State (24/22), Stanford (12/12), TCU (39/42), Texas (1/1), Texas A&M (15/17), Texas Tech (42/37), UCLA (5/5), UNLV (11/11), USC (4/6)

Cal's lineup in order for the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters with 2011-12 number of stroke play events/rounds, match play rounds/record, season and Cal career stroke play averages, as well as 2011-12 national rankings in parenthesis. 1. Max Homa (6/18, 3/2-1, 70.9 season, 72.4 career, No. 34 Golfstat, No. 36 Golfweek)
2. Joël Stalter (6/18, 0/0-0, 71.8 season, 72.9 career, No. 102 Golfweek, No. 114 Golfstat)
3. Brandon Hagy (6/18, 3/2-1, 72.3 season, 73.0 career, No. 144 Golfweek, No. 196 Golfstat)
4. Michael Kim (6/18, 0/0-0, 71.7 season, 71.7 career, No. 48 Golfstat, No. 51 Golfweek)
5. Keelan Kilpatrick (1/3, 3/2-0-1, 74.3 season, 74.3 career, no Golfstat ranking, No. 114 Golfweek*)
*Golfweek ranking for Kilpatrick for a secondary group for those without enough rounds to qualify for regular rankings

Cal finished third at the 2011 Southern Highland Collegiate Masters. The Golden Bears had led by six strokes heading into the third round but had their advantage erased by both tournament winner and No. 1 ranked Oklahoma State and Texas A&M. Max Homa is the team's only current player to have ever played in the event, tying for 21st last year.

Friday's forecast is for sunny skies, a high of 72F and mild winds up to 6 mph from the northeast. Saturday's weather outlook is pretty much a carbon copy with once again sunny skies, a high of 72F, and mild winds of 6 mph this time from the east and southeast. A slight warmup, higher winds and partly cloudy are in store for Sunday, with a high temperature of 75F and winds up to 15 mph being called for from the south and southwest.

Max Homa was named the Pac-12 Men's Golfer of the Month for February 2012 for the first time in his career. He is also the first Cal player to win the honor since Eric Mina was selected in April of 2010. Homa continued a fantastic junior season with a second-place individual showing that led Cal to a team victory and defense of its title Feb. 15-17 at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate. The team win was Cal's third regular-season victory of the season, tying a school record. Homa shot a seven-under par 209 for the tournament, 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. Homa shined in his first collegiate match play event and only the second in school history. In his opening match, Homa defeated one of the nation's top-ranked players in Eugene Wong (Oregon), currently No. 2 nationally by Golfstat and No. 3 according to Golfweek. The following day he knocked off defending Pac-10 individual medalist Alex Moore (Oregon State) to lead Cal to a third-place finish in the event.

Cal tied a school record when the Bears were victorious for the third time this season Feb. 15-17 at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate hosted by Hawai'i at the Arnold Palmer Course at Turtle Bay Resort. Cal has played strongly during its seven events in 2011-12 with top-five finishes in each tournament, inlcuding two other 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 just missed winning the Arizona Intercollegiate that opened their spring season by finishing second to host Arizona by a single shot. Cal was also third at the Del Walker Match Play Champioship, tied for fourth at the prestigious Isleworth Collegiate Invitational and ifth at the Golfweek Conference Challenge in the fall. Later in the tournament notes is an event-by-event rundown of the team's 2011-12 tournament.

Max Homa and Brandon Hagy have played in each of Cal's seven events in 2011-12. Michael Kim and Joël Stalter had played in each of the first six but neither played in the team's most recent outing at the Del Walker Match Play Championship.

The men's golf team was recently featured on the Cal Sports Report weekly television show produced by Cal Athletics, with the story focusing on the squad's foreign-born foursome of James Coré (Canada), Keelan Kilpatrick (New Zealand), Michael Kim (South Korea) and Joël Stalter (France). Visit to watch the feature.

Below are all of Cal's stat rankings in the Top 50 for team and Top 100 for individuals according to Golfstat as of Mar. 5, 2012. The team's numbers are highighted by three national leaders. Cal paces the country in par-four scoring (4.04), eagles (16) and greens in regulation% (73.0). Brandon Hagy's seven eagles are tied for the national lead.

Average Score - 4th, 71.90
Versus Par - 4th, +0.40
Par 4 Scoring - 1st, 4.04
Par 5 Scoring - 9th, 4.74
Eagles - 1st, 16
Birdies - 40th, 281
Subpar Strokes/Round - 11th, 3.48
Fairways% - 4th, 72.5
Greens in Regulation% - 1st, 73.0
Putts on Greens in Regulation - 13th, 1.832

Average Score - Max Homa (T23rd, 70.94), Michael Kim (36th, 71.17), Joël Stalter (T92nd, 71.83)
Versus Par - Max Homa (25th, -0.56), Michael Kim (T37th, -0.33), Joël Stalter (T82nd, +0.33)
Low Round - Joël Stalter (T2nd, 63), Michael Kim (T25th, 65)
Par 3 Scoring - Michael Kim (37th, 3.03)
Par 4 Scoring - Joël Stalter (4th, 3.96), Max Homa (14th, 3.98), Brandon Hagy (T94th, 4.06), Michael Kim (T94th, 4.06)
Par 5 Scoring - Max Homa (T49th, 4.63), Michael Kim (T62nd, 4.65), Pace Johnson (T95th, 4.69)
Eagles - Brandon Hagy (T1st, 7), Pace Johnson (T51st, 3), Michael Kim (T51st, 3)
Birdies - Max Homa (T33rd, 68)
Subpar Strokes/Round - Max Homa (T37th, 4.00)
Fairway% - Michael Kim (24th, 79.7%), Max Homa (49th, 76.4%), Joël Stalter (63rd, 74.8%)
Greens in Regulation% - Max Homa (T7th, 74.7%), Brandon Hagy (T7th, 74.7%), Joël Stalter (T7th, 74.7%), Michael Kim (T49th, 70.4%)
Avg. Putts - Michael Kim (34th, 29.22)
Putts on Greens in Regulation - Michael Kim (11th, 1.746), Max Homa (56th, 1.793)
Sand Saves% - Michael Kim (5th, 77.8%)
Short Game% - Jeff Hamm (T95th, 59.5%)

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 in 23rd place at the last two NCAA Championships. In 2010-11, Cal was alone in third at the NCAA Arizona Regional 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. The Bears are off to another strong start in 2011-12, having tied a school record with three regular-season wins (Wolverine Intercollegiate, Alister MacKenzie Invitational, John A. Burns Intercollegiate) and placing in the top five in each of their first seven regular-season events. The Bears have been ranked as high as No. 7 by both Golfstat and Golfweek, with a current No. 7 spot according to Golfstat and No. 10 by Golfweek. 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. 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 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 eighth season with the program. He received his bachelor's degree from UC Davis in 2000.

Head Coach Steve Desimone's thoughts on ...

Southern Collegiate Highlands Masters
"When you look at your schedule, there are always certain rivalries and certain tournaments that are just a cut above everything else, and sometimes a cut way above. The Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters is arguably the best colege golf tournmaent outside of the NCAA Championship. It's a great venue and is run beatifully. This is one of those tournaments we've been pointing to all year long. Are we excited? You better believe it. It's a huge national stage and prepares you for national the NCAA Championship. To be successful there you have to do well at Southern Highlands."

Max Homa
"He's become so more of a complete player. I thing we've seen from Max, and I think we're going to see much more is . His play over the last two and a half weeks and this wonderful honor that's been bestowed upon him. Scratching surface, All-American pace. I can't say enough about him other than I'm glad we have him for another year. He has really stepped up as a team leader and that usually comes with age and good play. Not only has Max become a student of the game but a rep of the team. He's willing to step up and really lead, especially the younger player. The chemistry is so good with these guys and lot of that leads back to Max."

Cal's depth after using it at Del Walker Match Play Championship
"We felt all along that we had seven players who were clearly ready to play. That was certainly validated over the last couple of days. These guys did a great job. We know going forward we've got seven guys that have proven they can be very competitive at this level, and if we need them we'll use them. Gaining experience for these guys was really good. This was a good time to get these guys in competition."

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.

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.

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.

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.