Oct. 24, 2011
(WINDERMERE, FL) - On a day with high winds contributing to 12 of the 16 teams in the field having higher scores than the previous day, Cal (293-301 - 594, +18) was one of those squads and ended Monday's second round of action at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational down a spot to sixth.
"The wind picked up pretty significantly," head coach Steve Desimone said. "In fact, I pointed out at one point that it's not a good sign when you've got an interior lake that there are whitecaps on. There were a couple of good scores but overall they went up considerably from yesterday."
The Bears remain in legitimate striking distance of everyone in the field other than possibly leader Texas (278-296 - 574, -2). The Longhorns were also affected by the weather conditions Monday with 18 strokes added to their score of Sunday but still managed to maintain a 10-shot advantage over their nearest competitor LSU, who bounced up four spots into second place by firing a one-over par 289 that was the best team score of the day Monday.
North Florida (287-300 - 587, +11), Stanford (291-299 - 590, +14) and Alabama (291-300 - 591, +15) will also begin Tuesday's final round ahead of the Bears and close out the top five.
Brandon Hagy (70-74 - 144, E) posted a score four strokes higher than his Sunday round but played well enough to maintain a tie for fifth place on the individual leader board. Hagy was one-under for the day through 16 holes before suffering a triple-bogey eight on the par-five 17th. Still, Hagy dropped only one additional shot behind leader Jordan Spieth (65-73 - 138, -6) of Texas from where he started the round. He is within two shots of a pair of players from Stanford - Patrick Rodgers (70-72 - 142, -2) and Andrew Yun (69-73 - 142, -2) - that are tied for second place.
Michael Kim (71-76 - 147, +3) dropped four spots on the leader board into a tie for 14th after his four-over par second round. Kim shot a one-under par 35 on the front nine before a tough start on the second half of the course with a bogey on the 10th hole, a double on the 11th and another bogey on the 12th. He got one stroke back with a birdie on the 13th but immediately gave it back plus another shot with his second double bogey of the round on the 14th before playing even the remainder of the day.
Cal's top player in the lineup Max Homa (77-72 - 149, +5) bolted 28 spots up the leader board into to a tie for 23rd place by returning to the form he has shown most of the season. Only four of the tournament's 75 players had a better round than Homa on Monday. His even par round included three birdies, a bogey and a double bogey. He was two-over for the day before back-to-back birdies on the 13th and 14th holes.
"Max was really solid today after a round yesterday that was probably his worst since early summer," Desimone said in reference to Homa's five-over 77 on Sunday. "But you just had a sense knowing him, his game and his competitive instinct that he was going to find a way to get it done today. It was no surprise that he played well and was steady, and I suspect we may even see a little better out of him tomorrow."
Pace Johnson (78-79 - 157, +13) and Joël Stalter (75-87 - 162, +18) are also competing in the event for the Bears and finished action Monday in 60th and tied for 68th, respectively. Johnson had an eagle on the par-five seventh hole but also had five bogeys and a pair of doubles. Stalter had a tough day with seven bogeys and three double bogeys. He did manage a birdie on the par-four sixth.
"When you have a great golf course like this that is as tough as it is it doesn't take much to really create problems," Desimone said. "You've got really tough hole locations, you throw the wind in, and you've got some tough tee shots. There isn't an easy approach shot on the golf course. It's one of the best golf courses we've ever played and arguably the most difficult. I'm pleased with what we've done, but we've got 18 more to play tomorrow."
Action concludes Tuesday with the third and final round of the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational being co-hosted by UCF and Texas Tech at the par-72, 7,544-yard Isleworth Golf & Country Club. Tuesday's first tee time is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. ET/5:00 a.m. PT. The Bears will play with Stanford and Alabama beginning at 8:50 a.m. ET/5:50 a.m. PT.
Cal will be out of competitive action until resuming the 2011-12 campaign January 30-31 at the Arizona Intercollegiate to open the spring portion of the schedule.
Isleworth Collegiate Invitational (hosted by UCF and Texas Tech)
Windermere, FL - Isleworth Golf & Country Club (par-72, 7,544 yards)
TEAM LEADER BOARD (after 2 of 3 days/2 of 3 rounds/36 of 54 holes)
1. Texas (278-296 - 574, -2)
2. LSU (295-289 - 584, +8)
3. North Florida (287-300 - 587, +11)
4. Stanford (291-299 - 590, +14)
5. Alabama (291-300 - 591, +15)
6. Cal (293-301 - 594, +18)
T7. Indiana (296-301 - 597, +21)
T7. UCF (305-292 - 597, +21)
9. Florida (295-305 - 600, +24)
10. Oklahoma State (295-307 - 602, +26)
11. Augusta State (295-309 - 604, +28)
12. Texas Tech (301-305 - 606, +30)
13. TCU (303-306 - 609, +33)
14. Ohio State (313-306 - 619, +43)
15. Vanderbilt (305-315 - 620, +44)
PLAYER LEADER BOARD - INDIVIDUAL LEADER (after 2 of 3 days/2 of 3 rounds/36 of 54 holes)
1. Jordan Spieth (Texas) 65-73 - 138 (-6)
PLAYER LEADER BOARD - CAL INDIVIDUALS (after 2 of 3 days/2 of 3 rounds/36 of 54 holes)
T5. Brandon Hagy 70-74 - 144 (E)
T14. Michael Kim 71-76 - 147 (+3)
T23. Max Homa 77-72 - 149 (+5)
60. Pace Johnson 78-79 - 157 (+13)
T68. Joël Stalter 75-87 - 162 (+18)