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Men's Golf Aiming for First Pac-10 Championship
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  06/21/1999

April 22, 1999

1999 Pacific-10 Men's Golf Championship
Host:
Washington
Site: Broadmoor Country Club, Seattle, Wash.

TEEING OFF: Coming off an impressive third place finish at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational and in search of its first conference title, the 24th-ranked California mens golf team travels to Seattle, Wash., to compete in the 1999 Pacific-10 Conference Mens Golf Championship, April 26-28. The 72-hole tournament, which is being hosted by the University of Washington at the Broadmoor Country Club (Par 70, 6,186 yards), opens with 36 holes on Monday, followed by 18-hole rounds on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Teams will tee off from the 1st and 10th holes beginning at 8:00 a.m. all three days. California will be paired with Arizona for the opening two rounds and will take the course at 8:21 for round 1 and 12:51 p.m. for round 2 from the 10th tee.

THE FORMAT: Unlike most collegiate golf tournaments, which employ a five-player format, teams at the Pac-10 Championship will consist of six players, with the five best scores from each 18-hole round applying toward the team total.

THE PAC-10 FIELD: With eight of 10 conference members ranked in the College Golf Foundations Top 50 and 16 individuals in the Top 100, the Pac-10 is one of the deepest leagues in the country. Included among this weeks (April 21) CGF Top 50 are: No. 7 Arizona State, No 12. Washington, No. 21 Oregon, No. 24 California, No. 26 UCLA, No. 27 Stanford, No. 35 Oregon State and No. 38 USC. Arizona and Washington State were not ranked. Last year, the Pac-10 sent nine teams on to NCAA Regional play, with five of those (Cal, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon and UCLA) advancing to the 30-team NCAA Championship the most of any single conference in the country.

CAL VERSUS THE PAC-10: According to Golfstats April 20 head-to-head standings, the Golden Bears enter the 1999 Pac-10 Championship with a 118-37-3 record this season. However, Cal is just 11-12 versus Pac-10 foes. The following is a look at how the Bears have fared against conference opponents this season: Arizona 1-1-1; Arizona State 0-2; Oregon 1-3; Oregon State 2-2; Stanford 2-2; Washington 2-1; Washington State 2-0; UCLA 0-1; USC 1-0.

1998 PAC-10 REWIND: Last year at the Orinda Country Club, host team Cal held the team lead for the first three rounds before falling to fourth during the final round of play, as Arizona State overcame a five-stroke Golden Bear advantage to win its record-tying fourth Pac-10 Championship with a score of 4-over 1444. UCLA (1455) and Arizona (1459) finished second and third, respectively. Individually, ASUs Paul Casey took medalist honors with a final score of 5-under 283, followed by Cals Dan Arroyo and Stanfords Joel Kribel at 3-under 285.

MOST RECENTLY: The Golden Bears placed two golfers in the Top 6 and four in the Top 30, en route to a third place team finish at the ASU Thunderbird/SAVANE Invitational, April 18. In a field that featured 13 of the nations Top 40 teams, including three Top 10 squads, Cal combined to shoot a spring-low 12-under-par team total of 852, despite playing without1998 All-American Dan Arroyo. Junior Robert Hamilton, who set a new Karsten record for a competitive round with his second-round 65, and fellow junior Dong Yi, both finished in sixth place at 4-under 212 to pace the Bears. Senior co-captain Jay Berkowitz, playing in only his fourth tournament of the season, had his best outing in over a year for the Bears, ending up tied for 22nd at 1-over 217. Sophomore Han Lee finished just a shot back of Berkowitz at 2-over 218 in a tie for 29th, while senior Dan Coyle placed tied for 43rd at 5-over 221.

BACK ON TRACK: With its third place finish at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational last weekend, it appears that the Bears have broken out of a mid-season slump that saw them finish 13th at the Golf Digest Invitational and 7th at the Western Intercollegiate. Cals team stroke average at ASU (71.0), is a marked improvement over the Bears last two outings (76.1 at the Western Intercollegiate and 74.7 at the Golf Digest) and much more in line with the teams fall stroke average (72.6). Last year, the Bears suffered the same mid-season maladies, finishing 10th at the US Intercollegiate and 18th at ASU before taking 4th at the Pac-10s, 4th at the NCAA Regional and 15th at the NCAAs.

TOP FIVE OR BUST: Cal has made its living finishing in the Top 5 this season. Entering this weeks Pac-10 Championship, the Golden Bears have placed fifth or better in seven of 10 tournaments, including three wins. Last season, Cal also claimed three tournament titles, however, the Bears were a much less consistent squad, registering Top 5 finishes in only six of 12 tournaments.

TEAM STROKE AVERAGE DECENDS: Despite Cals mid-season struggles, the Bears team stoke average continues to be improved over last season. Through 10 tournaments so far this year, Cal has combined for a 73.0 stroke average over 149 individual rounds of golf. That average is just over a full stroke lower that the Bears combined for during the 1997-98 season when they average 74.02 over 178 rounds.

THREE'S A CROWD: Excuse the Bears if they are not too impressed with their three tournament victories so far this season but theyve done it before. Last season, Cal claimed victories at the Falcon Invitational, Pacific Invitational and the International Intercollegiate, tying the 1990 team for the only squads in school history to post three tournament victories in a single season. And though Cal is in the best two-year run in school history, the Bears would really like to pick up a fourth title and have the single-season record all to themselves.

BALANCED ATTACK: Individually, the Bears continued to add to their string of Top 10 finishes last week at ASU, as Robert Hamilton and Dong Yi tied for 6th at the Thunderbird Invitational. Though Cal has been unable to produce an individual medalist, six of seven golfers have registered at least one Top 10 finish so far this season. Dan Arroyo, Dan Coyle, and Dong Yi lead have posted three each with Yis 2nd at the Fresno Classic leading the way. Robert Hamilton and Han Lee have both produced two Top 10 finishes, while Josh Levin has notched one. Overall, Cal has had a Top 10 finisher in six of 10 tournaments.

CLOSING STRONG: Cal's top finisher in each of the Bears' last two tournaments, junior Robert Hamilton is beginning to show a flare for late season charges. After not being able to crack the Bears starting five until Cals third tournament of the fall, the Sacramento State-transfer posted a pair of Top 10 finishes at the two fall finales at Missouri and Fresno with a stroke average of 71.7 over his final six rounds. This spring, Hamilton again started slow but appears to be turning it up at just the right time. Hamilton finished a team-best 17th at the Western Intercollegiate two weeks ago, then posted a sixth at ASU, averaging 72.4 strokes per round in those events.

YI BACK IN THE SWING OF THINGS: Since missing the entire spring 1998 campaign with a wrist injury that ultimately required surgery, Dong Yi has returned to the Cal lineup and appears to have picked up right where he left off. Yi shot a three round total of 3-under 213 at the Falcon Invitational followed by a 1-over total of 217 at the Pacific Invitational. But he really caught fire at the Fresno Classic, firing a three-round total of 2-under 214 that included an incredible chip-in on the tournaments final hole to seal the win for Cal. More recently, Yi placed 12th in Cals victory at the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate and last week scorched the course at Karsten with a pair of 67s in the final two rounds to tie for sixth.

NOT A BAD SIXTH MAN: You wont find many returning All-Americans playing in a teams No. 6 position, but thats exactly where senior Dan Arroyo will tee off at the Pac-10 Championship. After being sidelined for Cals last two tournaments with a hand injury, Arroyo will finally be back in the Bears lineup this week. However, hes not your average sixth man. To date, Arroyo has posted a team-tying-best three Top 10 finishes. In fact, Arroyo has finished in the Top 26 in all but two outings this season. The owner of Cals best 1998-99 stroke average at 72.4, Arroyos top finish of the year came at Missouri, where he shot 3-under 210 to tie for 3rd . He also had a tied for 7th at Fresno and a tied for 6th at the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate.

BERKOWTIZ IS BACK: If theres one thing that bodes will for Cals chances at this weeks Pac-10 Championships, its the return of senior co-captain Jay Berkowitz to the Bears lineup. After starting the 1997-98 season on fire, including carding a school-record 8-under 64 at the International Intercollegiate, Berkowitz made some swing changes that dramatically altered his game. As a result, he has made only four starts this season, but appears to be finally regaining the form that made him a preseason All-America candidate heading into his junior year. Last week at ASU, Berkowitz shot a 1-over 217 to tie for 22nd. It was his best three round total in over a year. Last season, Berkowitz posted sub-73 average in all six of the Bears Top 5 finishes. However, in Cals three 10th or worse placings, his average ballooned to 78.6.

COYLE CATCHES FIRE: Following a solid fall campaign, senior Dan Coyle has turned things up a notch and may be playing the best golf of his collegiate career. The Bears top finisher in the first two spring tournaments, Coyle has shot par or better in six rounds this spring, including a season-low 67 during the third round of the John Burns Invitational. Coyle has also recorded his season-best finish this spring, placing tied for fourth at the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate and holds the Bears second-best spring stroke average (72.9).

HAN HAD HOT HAND: Through the seasons first three tournaments, junior Han Lee has without a doubt the Bears hottest golfer. Lee opened the season with a career-best third place finish at the Falcon Invitational, firing a 5-under 211. He then came right back at the Pacific Invitational to card another 211. Lee was also Cals top finisher at the Husky Invitational, finishing with a three round total of 219 in 14th. For the season, Lees stroke average is a rock solid 72.8, nearly two strokes per round lower than he shot during the 1997-98 season when he averaged 74.5 in 35 rounds of competition.

1998 Pac-10 Championship
Orinda Country Club, Orinda, CA
April 27-29, 1998

Place   School         Final   +/- Par
    1.  Arizona St.    1444     4
    2.  UCLA           1455    15
    3.  Arizona        1459    19
    4.  California     1461    21
    5.  Washington     1476    36
    6.  Stanford       1477    37
    7.  Oregon         1481    41
    8.  Oregon St.     1483    43
    9.  USC            1484    44
    10. Washington St. 1485    45

HEAD COACH STEVE DESIMONE Steve Desimone is in his 20th season as the head coach of the Golden Bears. A 1970 Cal graduate and former member of the basketball team, Desimone led the Bears to a fourth-place finish at the Pac-10s last season. He has taken Cal to five NCAA West Regionals (90, 93, 95, 97, 98) as well as a pair of appearance NCAA championships (95 and 98). Since Desimone has been at the helm, the golf program has produced four All-Americans.

Cal Golf Tournament-by-Tournament

Falcon-Cross Creek Invitational  Par 72
Team Finish: 1  Score: 278-285-289852 (-12)

Individual Results Score 2. Han Lee 70-72-69211 (-5) t3. Dong Yi 68-70-75213 (-3) 5. Dan Coyle 71-69-74215 (-1) 12. Dan Arroyo 71-74-71216 (E) t41. Josh Levin 69-78-75222 (+6)

Pacific Invitational Par 72 Team Finish: 5 Score: 283-280-296859 (-5)

Individual Results Score t7. Han Lee 68-69-74211 (-5) t30. Dong Yi 71-70-76217 (+1) t34. Dan Coyle 75-70-73218 (+2) t34. Dan Arroyo 74-71-73218 (+2) t54. Josh Levin 70-76-76222 (+6)

Husky Invitational Par 72 Team Finish: 5 Score: 372-367-3681107 (+27)

Individual Results Score t14. Han Lee 74-71-74219 (+3) t19. Dan Arroyo 75-72-74221 (+5) t21. Dong Yi 72-74-76222 (+6) t21. Dan Coyle 75-75-72222 (+6) 38. Jay Berkowitz 76-75-77228 (+12) t39. Robert Hamilton 77-80-72229 (+13)

Missouri Bluffs Intercollegiate Par 71 Team Finish: t3 Score: 285-283-281849 (-3)

Individual Results Score t3. Dan Arroyo 70-69-71210 (-3) t6. Dan Coyle 75-68-69212 (-1) t15. Robert Hamilton 70-74-71215 (+2) t20. Han Lee 74-72-70216 (+3) t42. Dong Yi 71-76-74221 (+8)

Fresno Lexus Classic Par 72 Team Finish: 1 Score: 285-286-284855 (-9)

Individual Results Score t2. Dong YI 72-70-72214 (-2) 6. Robert Hamilton 72-71-72215 (-1) t7. Dan Arroyo 71-72-74-217 (+1) t7. Josh Levin 70-73-74217 (+1) t14. Dan Coyle 74-76-70220 (+4) t14. Han Lee 74-76-70220 (+4)

John Burns Invitational Par 72 Team Finish: t8 Score: 287-292-278857 (-7)

Individual Results Score t18. Dan Coyle 72-72-67211 (-5) t27. Han Lee 67-73-73214 (-2) t46. Dan Arroyo 76-71-71218 (+2) t56. Robert Hamilton 73-76-71220 (+4) t60. Dong Yi 74-78-69221 (+5)

Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Par 72 Team Finish: 1 Score: 282-298-285865 (+1)

Individual Results Score T4. Dan Coyle 72-72-67211 (-5) T6. Dan Arroyo 67-73-73214 (-2) T12. Dong Yi 76-71-71218 (+2) T16. Jay Berkowitz 73-76-71220 (+4) T31. Robert Hamilton 74-78-69221 (+5)

Golf Digest Invitational Par 72 Team Finish: 13 Score: 301-302-293896 (+32)

Individual Results Score t32. Dan Arroyo 74-76-71221 (+5) t42. Dan Coyle 75-74-75224 (+8) t47. Dong Yi 74-81-71226 (+10) t62. Han Lee 79-76-76231 (+15) t62. Jay Berkowitz 78-76-77231 (+15)

Western Intercollegiate Par 70 Team Finish: 7 Score: 310-299609 (+49)

Individual Results Score t17. Robert Hamilton 79-71150 (+10) t24. Han Lee 73-79152 (+12) t24. Dan Coyle 80-72152 (+12) t44. Dong Yi 78-77155(+15) WD. Dan Arroyo

ASU Thunderbird Invitational Par 72 Team Finish: 3 Score: 293-279-280852 (-12)

Individual Results Score T6. Robert Hamilton 74-65-73212 (-4) T6. Dong Yi 78-67-67212 (-4) t24. Jay Berkowitz 73-73-71217 (+1) t29. Han Lee 72-77-69218 (+2) t43. Dan Coyle 74-74-73221 (+5)

MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings April 21, 1999 1. Georgia 2. UNLV 3. Clemson 4. Georgia Tech 5. Houston 6. Oklahoma State 7. Arizona State 8. Texas 9. Florida 10. Minnesota 11. South Carolina 12. Washington 13. Northwestern 14. North Carolina 15. Nebraska 16. East Tennessee State 17. North Carolina State 18. New Mexico 19. North Florida 20. Brigham Young 21. Oregon 22. Oklahoma 23. Mississippi State 24. CALIFORNIA 25. South Alabama 26. UCLA 27. Stanford 28. Augusta State 29. Pepperdine 30. Kansas 31. Southern Methodist 32. Tennessee 33. Fresno State 34. Maryland 35. Oregon State 36. Mississippi 37. Colorado State 38. Southern California 39. TCU 40. Texas-Arlington 41. Georgia State 42. Virginia 43. Baylor 44. North Texas 45. Duke 46. Virginia-Commonwealth 47. Coastal Carolina 48. San Diego State 49. Arkansas 50. Alabama

1998-99 California Golf Individual Results/Bests

DAN ARROYO Event (par) rounds total avg low finish Falcon Invite (72) 71-74-71 216 72.0 71 t12 Pacific Invite (72) 74-71-73 218 72.7 71 t34 Husky Invite (72) 75-72-74 221 73.6 72 t19 Missouri Inter (71) 70-69-71 210 70.0 69 t3 Fresno Lexus (72) 71-72-74 217 72.3 71 t7 John Burns (72) 76-71-76 218 72.7 71 t26 Pac. Coast (72) 73-75-68 216 72.0 68 t6 Golf Digest (72) 74-76-71 221 73.7 71 t32 West. Inter. (70) WD-WD WD WD WD WD Totals/Bests 24 rds 1737 72.4 68 t3

JAY BERKOWITZ Event (par) rounds total avg low finish Husky Invite (72) 76-75-77 228 76.0 75 38 Pac. Coast (72) 70-74-76 220 73.3 70 t16 Golf Digest (72) 78-76-77 231 77.0 76 t62 T-Bird Invite (72) 73-73-71 217 72.3 71 t22 Totals/Bests 12 rds 896 74.6 70 t16

DAN COYLE Event (par) rounds total avg low finish Falcon Invite (72) 71-69-74 215 71.7 69 t5 Pacific Invite (72) 75-70-73 218 72.7 70 t34 Husky Invite (72) 75-75-72 222 74.0 72 t21 Missouri Inter (71) 75-68-69 212 70.7 68 t6 Fresno Lexus (72) 74-76-70 220 73.3 70 t14 John Burns (72) 72-72-67 211 70.3 67 t18 Pac. Coast (72) 70-73-70 213 71.0 70 t4 Golf Digest (72) 75-74-75 224 74.7 74 t42 West. Inter. (70) 80-72 152 76.0 72 t24 T-Bird Invite (72) 74-74-73 221 73.6 73 t43 Totals/Bests 29 rds 2108 72.7 67 t4

ROBERT HAMILTION Event (par) rounds total avg low finish Husky Invite (72) 77-80-72 229 76.3 72 t39 Missouri Inter (71) 70-74-71 215 71.7 70 t15 Fresno Lexus (72) 72-71-72 215 71.7 71 6 John Burns (72) 73-76-71 220 73.3 71 t56 Pac. Coast (72) 74-76-73 223 74.3 73 t31 West. Inter. (70) 79-71 150 75.0 72 t17 T-Bird Invite (72) 74-65-73 212 70.7 65 t6 Totals/Bests 20 rds 1464 73.2 65 6

HAN LEE Event (par) rounds total avg low finish Falcon Invite (72) 70-72-69 211 70.3 69 2 Pacific Invite (72) 68-69-74 211 70.3 68 t7 Husky Invite (72) 74-71-74 219 73.0 71 t14 Missouri Inter (71) 74-72-70 216 72.0 70 t20 Fresno Lexus (72) 74-76-70 220 73.3 70 t14 John Burns (72) 67-73-73 214 71.3 67 t27 Golf Digest (72) 79-76-76 231 77.0 76 t62 West. Inter. (70) 73-79 152 76.0 73 t24 T-Bird Invite (72) 72-77-69 218 72.6 69 t29 Totals/Bests 26 rds 1892 72.8 67 2

JOSH LEVIN Event (par) rounds total avg low finish Falcon Invite (72) 69-78-75 222 74.0 69 t41 Pacific Invite (72) 70-76-76 222 74.0 70 t54 Fresno Lexus (72) 70-73-74 217 72.3 70 t7 Totals/Bests 9 rds 661 73.4 69 t7

DONG YI Event (par) rounds total avg low finish Falcon Invite (72) 68-70-75 213 71.0 68 t3 Pacific Invite (72) 71-70-76 217 72.3 68 t30 Husky Invite (72) 72-74-76 222 74.0 72 t21 Missouri Inter (71) 71-76-74 221 73.7 71 t42 Fresno Lexus (72) 72-70-72 214 71.3 70 t2 John Burns (72) 74-78-69 221 73.7 69 t60 Pac. Coast (72) 69-76-74 220 73.3 69 t12 Golf Digest (72) 74-81-71 226 75.3 71 t47 West. Inter. (70) 78-77 155 77.5 77 t44 T-Bird Invite (72) 78-67-67 212 70.7 67 t6 Totals/Bests 26 rds 1909 73.4 67 t2


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