Jan. 30, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - Cal (272-284 - 556, -12) sits in second place two shots behind host and leader Arizona (277-277 - 554, -14) after the first 36 holes of the Arizona Intercollegiate were played Monday at the par-71, 6,793-yard Arizona National Golf Club.
Three Cal golfers - Michael Kim (69-68 - 137, -5), Joël Stalter (67-71 - 138, -4) and Keelan Kilpatrick (66-73 - 139, -3) - are among the top seven places on the individual leader board heading into Tuesday's third and final round that begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. MT/7 a.m. PT. Kim is in fourth place, while Stalter is fifth and Kilpatrick tied for seventh.
The Golden Bear trio will chase among others leader John MacArthur of Pepperdine, who after firing an eight-under par 134 total over 36 holes holds a one-stroke advantage over second-place Juan Pablo Hernandez of the host Wildcats.
Cal, ranked No. 12 by Golfstat and No. 12 according to Golfweek, jumped out to a five-stroke lead over the Wildcats at the halfway point of Monday's action after a team score of 272 in the first round that was the best of the day. Cal was ahead of Arizona by nine strokes counting the total of each team's four scoring golfers through 13 holes. But in the midst of heavy late afternoon winds, Cal's four scoring golfers were five-over par through their final five holes, while Arizona's four scorers were six-under.
"There's a very small margin on this golf course for starters and when that wind comes up it can play very difficult," head coach Steve Desimone said. "We just didn't handle it very well. We'll evaluate what happened at our team meeting tonight, regroup and make a run at this thing tomorrow."
"Arizona on its own course is a pretty good team," Desimone added. "It increases their advantage because they are much more familiar with the shots than we are. But we've got to go play tomorrow and we're only two down. If we do what we're supposed to do, we'll catch them and put a little distance between us. We've got to play smarter and play better, and we'll be fine."
Playing in the No. 1 spot and starting on the first hole, Kim had four birdies and two bogeys during his two-under par first-round 68, finishing strong with three birdies over his final four holes (15, 16, 18). He started his second round with a bogey but then proceeded to finish the front nine with a five-under 30 after an eagle (5) and four birdies (2, 3, 6, 7). He added birdies on 11 and 13 to get to seven-under for the round and nine under on the day before a destructive three-hole stretch of two double bogeys (15, 16) and a bogey (17). He was able to birdie 18 for his final score.
Starting on the fourth hole, Stalter had a strong four-under par 67 in the opening round, with five birdies (5, 12, 16, 17, 1) and one bogey (13). He was up and down on his even-par second 18, spreading out five birdies (4, 11, 13, 18, 2) and five bogeys (1, 5, 7, 12, 15).
Playing in his first match at Cal, Kilpatrick made a strong impression with his five-under par 66 on the first 18 that tied for the best individual round of the day. A transfer from St. Bede's College in New Zealand at the beginning of the spring semester, Kilpatrick started on third hole and birdied five of his first 12 holes (5, 8, 11, 12, 14) before giving one shot back with his only bogey of the round on 18. He finished his round with a sixth birdie on his final hole. He started his second round with a par on the third hole, went bogey-birdie on four and five and then remained at even-par for much of the remainder of the round until back-to-back bogeys on 14 and 15. He stayed at two-over for the round and three-under for the day with a birdie on 18 and a bogey on 2 over his final five holes.
"I was actually just pretty excited to make the [traveling] team for the first event, having been here just a few weeks," a humble Kilpatrick said. "It was nice to get into the competition and see what it's all about. I've been looking forward to it for so long, and it's great that I could play like I did."
"Keelan had a reputation for being a good player coming in, and I'm sure glad to have him on our side," Desimone said.
Brandon Hagy (70-72 - 142, E) is in striking distance 14th place. Hagy, who came into the event tied for 25th nationally in eagles, added two more during his second round to raise his season total to five. Starting on the second hole, he had eagles on the par-five second and fifth that helped offset a pair of double bogeys (4, 18) and a bogey (6) during a one-over par round of 72. All five of his birdies on the day came during his first round (3, 4, 11, 16, 18) in which he shot a one-under par 70. He also had a double bogey (5) and two bogeys (2, 10) over his first 18 holes.
Homa had eight birdies during his two rounds but his day was marred by a single hole in each round. After playing his first five holes of the day even with a birdie on his opening fifth hole and a bogey on nine, Homa soared to a nine on the par-four 10th. He rebounded by playing two-under over his final 12 holes with birdies on 18 and 2, and 10 pars. Homa got off to a strong start on the back nine and was two-under through six holes with birdies on seven and nine. But a quadruple-bogey nine on the 11th hole quickly took away his two strokes in the red and added two more to the black. He would another shot over par with four bogeys (12, 14, 16, 3) and three birdies (13, 18, 2) over his last 11 holes.
Playing as an individual, Hamm's rounds were less dramatic but were also negatively influenced by two holes, with his double bogeys on 13 in the first round and 16 in the second. Beginning on the 16th hole, Hamm was up-and-down for most of the first round. After three pars to open his first round, he went bogey-birdie-bogey-par-birdie. He steadied out with four straight pars before going bogey-birdie on 10 and 11 and posting his double on 13. He lost one more stroke with a bogey on 15. Hamm started his second round with a double bogey on 16. He got back to even for the round over the next 15 holes, with 10 pars and birdies on 18 and 8, but gave both shots back plus one more with three bogeys (9, 14, 15) over his last seven holes.
Arizona Intercollegiate (hosted by Arizona)
Tucson, AZ - Arizona National (par-71, 6,793 yards)
TEAM LEADER BOARD (after 1 of 2 days/2 of 3 rounds/36 of 54 holes)
1. Arizona (277-277 - 554, -14)
2. Cal (272-284 - 556, -12)
3. Pepperdine (286-286 - 572, +4)
4. New Mexico (289-285 - 574, +6)
5. Campbell (291-286 - 577, +9)
6. Santa Clara (295-294 - 589, +21)
7. UTEP (303-287 - 590, +22)
8. UC Irvine (295-300 - 595, +27)
9. Central Arkansas (303-293 - 596, +28)
10. Utah (299-298 - 597, +29)
11. UC Riverside (295-309 - 604, +36)
12. Mc Neese State (304-307 - 611, +43)
PLAYER LEADER BOARD - INDIVIDUAL LEADER (after 1 of 2 days/2 of 3 rounds/36 of 54 holes)
1. John MacArthur (Pepperdine) 68-66 - 134 (-8)
PLAYER LEADER BOARD - CAL INDIVIDUALS (after 1 of 2 days/2 of 3 rounds/36 of 54 holes)
4. Michael Kim 69-68 - 137 (-5)
T5. Joël Stalter 67-71 - 138 (-4)
T7. Keelan Kilpatrick 66-73 - 139 (-3)
T14. Brandon Hagy 70-72 - 142 (E)
T29. Max Homa 74-74 - 148 (+6)
*Jeff Hamm 74-74 - 148, +6)
*Played as an individual