March 1, 1999
PACIFIC COAST INTERCOLLEGIATE ON TAP: Coming off an eighth place finish at the John Burns Invitational in Hawaii, the 12th-ranked Golden Bears travel to Santa Barbara for this week's Pacific Coast Intercollegiate. The tournament is being held at the Sandpiper Golf Course in Santa Barbara, with first and second round action being contested on Thrusday, March 4. The third and final round takes place on Friday, March 5.
CAL'S LINEUP: Head coach Steve Desimone has selected the following five players to represent Cal at the John Burns Intercollegiate:
Player YR 1998-99 ROUNDS STROKES AVG LOW TOP FINISH 1. Dan Coyle SR 18 1298 72.1 67 T5 2. Han Lee JR 18 1291 71.7 67 2 3. Dan Arroyo SR 18 1300 72.2 69 T3 4. Dong Yi JR 18 1308 72.7 68 t2 5. Jay Berkowtiz SR 3 228 76.0 75 38MOST RECENTLY: The California men's golf combined to shoot a 10-under-par total of 278 during the third and final round at the John Burns Invitational and finished in a two-way tie for eighth at 7-under 857, 25 strokes behind defending NCAA Champions, UNLV, which finished atop the 21-team field. Dan Coyle, Cal's most consistent golfer throughout the three-day tournament, capped a solid effort with a blistering 5-under 67 final round to finish in a tie for 18th place at 5-under 211. Also carding sub-par final round for the Bears were Dong Yi (3-under 69), Dan Arroyo (1-under 71) and Robert Hamilton (1-under 67). Han Lee, who was Cal's next highest finisher after Coyle, shot 1-over 73 to finish up a 2-under 214 in a tie for 27th.
BERKOWITZ IS BACK: A mainstay in the Bears starting lineup for the past three years, senior Jay Berkowitz is slated to make only his second start of 1998-99 at this week's Pacific Coast Intercollegiate. Last year's team captain, Berkowitz started 11-of-12 tournaments for the Bears and appeared to be headed for All-America honors after a posting a 72.5 stroke average, including a school record 8-under 64 at the International Intercollegiate, in his first four outings of the year. However, swing changes made during last year's winter break had a negative effect on his game, ballooning his average to 76.9 over the final 23 rounds of the season. Berkowtiz's game appears to be back, according to Desimone, as he posted strong qualifying rounds leading up to this week's tournament, earning a spot in Cal's lineup.
COYLE GOES LOW: Senior Dan Coyle is making his first appearance at the top of Cal's lineup this week after strong finish at the John Burns Invitational. Coyle, who finished tied for 18th at the JBI, not only turned in his lowest three-round total of the year (211), but also carded a career-best 5-under 67 during the final round of play.
TEAM LOW DOWN: Despite its eighth place finish at the John Burns Invitational, Cal did manage to tie its team-low round of the year during the thrid and final round of play when the Bears combined to shot 10-under 278. Cal also carded a combined 10-under round during the first day of play at the Falcon-Cross Creek Invitational on Sept. 11, 1998.
PAR AT WORST: Cal golfers have shot par or better in 51-of-96 (53.1%) rounds so far this season. Dan Arroyo, Dan Coyle, Han Lee and Dong Yi lead the way with the 10 par or better rounds each.