Sept. 26, 2011
(BURLINGTON) - Cal (288-296 - 584, +8) dropped one spot to sixth place at the end of the second round of action Monday at the Golfweek Conference Challenge. Pace Johnson (70-72 - 142, -2) remained towards the top of the leader board at the event hosted by Iowa at the 7,010-yard, par-72 Spirit Hollow Golf Course. Johnson moved up four spots into a tie for fourth, six shots off the pace of the second-round leader Stephan Jaeger (67-69 - 136, -8) of Chattanooga.
The Bears started the day in fifth place after an even-par team score on Sunday but were eight-over par as a unit Monday during a round played mostly in inclement weather.
"It was kind of a mixed bag given the conditions," head coach Steve Desimone said. "The weather was really tough. It was very cold, very windy and very wet. It wasn't a gully washer, but it was pretty miserable. Still, I was pleased with the way we fought. Everyone other than Pace got off to a pretty slow start but as the conditions deteriorated we really held pretty steady."
Chattanooga (279-291 - 570, -6) continues to lead the event, with Oklahoma State (283-289 - 572, -4), Arkansas (280-294 - 574, -2), Iowa (283-294 - 577, +1) and New Mexico (289-291- 580, +4) the other teams in the top five ahead of the Bears.
Johnson came out of the gate on fire with an eagle on the par-five third hole and a birdie on the par-five fourth, as he has combined to play those two holes five-under par over the first two rounds. But Johnson would lose all three strokes he gained over the first four holes, with his only birdie the rest of the way on the par-three seventh being accompanied by a pair of bogeys on the par-four fifth and ninth, as well as a double-bogey on the par-four 14th.
Despite giving back the three strokes, Desimone was happy with his performance. "Pace played really well today," Desimone said. "It's a long shot [for him to win the tournament], but not out of the question."
Max Homa (71-74 - 145, +1) inched up one spot into a tie for 16th with a solid round Monday, making 14 pars to go with a birdie on the par-five fourth and bogeys on the par-three seventh, and par-four 13th and 17th.
Michael Kim (72-76 - 148, +4) dropped one spot into a tie for 23rd after a round that consisted of five bogeys (4, 5, 7, 11, 12) and a birdie on the par-four 16th that was his first since he opened the tournament with back-to-back birdies on his first two holes Sunday.
Joël Stalter (75-74 - 149, +5) was the only Cal player to improve upon his Sunday round and also made the biggest move by a Cal player on the leader board, gaining 13 places to move into a tie for 33rd. After playing the first three holes at three-over par, with a bogey on the par-five second and a double-bogey on the par-four third, Stalter steadied and played the final 15 holes at one-under par. He had birdies on the par-three seventh and par-four 17th holes, and a bogey on the par-three 12th.
Brandon Hagy (80-81 - 161, +17) fell five spots into a tie for 73rd. Hagy birdied the first hole for the second straight day before once again struggling, this time by playing the fourth through ninth holes at nine-over par as his bogey on four was followed by three straight double bogeys and then two additional bogeys. He steadied on the back nine with eight straight pars before a bogey on the 18th hole. The third and final round of the Golfweek Conference Challenge on Tuesday starts with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. CT/6:30 a.m. PT.
Golfweek Conference Challenge (hosted by Iowa)
Burlington, IA - Spirit Hollow Golf Course (par-72, 7,010 yards)
TEAM LEADER BOARD (after 2 of 3 days/2 of 3 rounds/36 of 54 holes)
1. Chattanooga (279-291 - 570, -6)
2. Oklahoma State (283-289 - 572, -4)
3. Arkansas (280-294 - 574, -2)
4. Iowa (283-294 - 577, +1)
5. New Mexico (289-291 - 580, +4)
6. Cal (288-296 - 584, +8)
7. Ball State (295-291 - 586, +10)
T8. Kennesaw State (293-302 - 595, +19)
T8. Georgia Tech (294-301 - 595, +19)
10. New Mexico State (301-296 - 597, +21)
11. Tulsa (294-306 - 600, +24)
12. North Texas (297-305 - 602, +26)
13. Southeastern Louisiana (293-310 - 603, +27)
14. UC Irvine (298-314 - 612, +36)
15. Xavier (299-314 - 613, +37)
PLAYER LEADER BOARD (after 2 of 3 days/2 of 3 rounds/36 of 54 holes)
1. Stephen Jaeger (Chattanooga) 67-69 - 136 (-8)
PLAYER LEADER BOARD - CAL INDIVIDUALS (after 2 of 3 days/2 of 3 rounds/36 of 54 holes)
T4. Pace Johnson 70-72 - 142 (-2)
T16. Max Homa 71-74 - 145 (+1)
T23. Michael Kim 72-76 - 148 (+4)
T33. Joël Stalter 75-74 - 149 (+5)
T73. Brandon Hagy 80-81 - 161 (+17)