Men's Golf Travels to ASU Thunderbird Invite

THIS WEEK: Sat.-Sun. April 17-18 at Thunderbird Invitational Tempe, Ariz. BACK TO KARSTEN: For the third time in less than a year, the California men's golf team returns to Arizona State's Karsen
By Cal Athletics on Mon, June 21, 1999

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April 12, 1999

THIS WEEK: Sat.-Sun. April 17-18 at Thunderbird Invitational Tempe, Ariz.

BACK TO KARSTEN: For the third time in less than a year, the California men's golf team returns to Arizona State's Karsen Golf course in Tempe, Ariz., for the 1999 ASU Thunderbird/SAVANE Invitational. The 54-hole tournament, which takes place April 17-18, features 17 teams, including nine from the Pacific-10 Conference.

THE FIELD: As with all Thunderbird Invitationals, the field at the 1999 version will once again be a competitive one, with 13 of the Top 40 teams in the nation (CGF 4-7-99) in contention. The field will be headed by Top 10 squads No. 5 Oklahoma State, No. 7 Texas and No. 8 Arizona State, which will field two squads. Also competing will be No. 20 Oklahoma, No. 22 California, No. 26 Stanford, No. 28 Fresno State, No. 29 Kansas, No. 30 TCU, No. 33 UCLA, No. 34 Oregon, No. 36 USC, No. 39 Colorado State, Arizona, Tulsa and Washington.

CAL VERSUS THE FIELD: Cal has faced 13 of the 15 teams it will compete against at this week's Thunderbird Invitational and to date has registered a 9-13-2 record against the field. Here's a look at how the Bears have faired against this week's participants: Arizona (0-1-1), ASU (0-1), Colorado State (2-0), Fresno State (2-1), Kansas (0-0-1), Oklahoma (0-1), Oklahoma State (0-2), Oregon (0-3), Stanford (1-2), Texas (0-1), TCU (1-0), Tulsa (2-0), Washington (1-1). Ironically, the two teams Cal has yet to face this season both hail from the Pac-10 - UCLA and USC.

CAL'S LINEUP: Head coach Steve Desimone has yet to set a lineup for this year's Thunderbird Invitational, as the Bears will be qualifying this week. However, look for individuals from the following seven-player list to comprise this week's Top 5. The players are arranged by stroke average:

   Player           YR 1998-99 ROUNDS   STROKES   AVG   LOW    TOP FINISH
1. Dan Arroyo       SR       24           1737   72.4    68        2
2. Dan Coyle        SR       26           1887   72.6    67       T4
3. Han Lee          JR       23           1674   72.8    67        2
4. Dong Yi          JR       26           1909   73.4    68       T2
4. Josh Levin       SR        9            661   73.4    69       T7
6. Robert Hamilton  JR       17           1252   73.6    70        6
7. Jay Berkowitz    SR        9            679   75.4    70      T16
MOST RECENTLY: Playing without 1998 Honorable Mention All-American Dan Arroyo, who withdrew from the tournament prior to the opening round, the California men's golf team carded a final-round 299 to finish tied for seventh at 49-over-par 609 at the rain-shortened Western Intercollegiate played at Pasatiempo Golf Course. No team was able to break par, as foul weather conditions not only played havoc with the scores, but also limited the contest to only two rounds. Washington, which led the event wire-to-wire, captured the team title with a final score of 24-over 584. Leading the Bears was sophomore Robert Hamilton, who rebounded from a 7-over 79 effort during the opening round, to close with a 1-over 71 final round, moving all the way from tied for 46th to tied for 17th. Stanford's Joel Kribel took medalist honors with a final score of 72-67-137 (-1) and was the only golfer to break par. Junior Han Lee and senior Dan Coyle finished tied for 24th at 12-over 152, while junior Dong Yi tied for 44th at 15-over 155.

BEARS LOOK TO REGAIN EARLY FORM: After posting five Top 5 finishes during the fall, including two team titles, the Bears have slipped into a bit of a funk during the spring, with their only Top 5 finish being a championship at the Pacific Coast Invitational. In fact, all three of Cal's non-Top-5 finishes have come this spring - 8th at the John Burns, 13th at the Golf Digest and 7th at the Western Intercollegiate. With that in mind, the Bears will be trying to return to the form they showed earlier this year when they had six Top 5 finishes in the first seven tournaments of the season.

TEAM STROKE AVERAGE STILL LOWER: Despite Cal's recent struggles, the Bears team stoke average continues to be improved over last season. Through nine tournemants so far this season, Cal has combined for a 73.1 stroke average over 134 individual rounds of golf. That average is still nearly 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 seson but they've 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.

DEEP AND TOUGH TO BEAT: The Bears were a model of consistency during the fall. And though Cal was unable to produce an individual medalist, six of seven golfers did register at least one Top 10 finish. Dan Arroyo, Dan Coyle, Han Lee and Dong Yi, each recorded two with Lee's 2nd at the Falcon Invitational and Yi's 2nd at the Fresno Classic leading the way. Overall, Cal had a Top 10 finisher in four of five tournaments.

COYLE CATCHES FIRE: After a solid fall campaign, 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 finished at par or better in five of ten rounds thus far, 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.

HAN HAD HOT HAND: Through the season's 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 Cal's top finisher at the Husky Invitational, finishing with a three round total of 219 in 14th. For the season, Lee's stroke average is a rock solid 71.7, nearly three strokes per round lower than he shot during the 1997-98 season when he averaged 74.5 in 35 rounds of competition.

YI BACK IN THE SWING OF THINGS: After 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 tournament's final hole to seal the win for Cal.

ARROYO FINISHES STRONG: After receiving honorable mention All-America accolades last spring, Dan Arroyo had big plans for 1998-99. Nevertheless, the senior from Walnut Creek, Calif., got out to a less-than-Arroyo-like start during the fall. That didn't last long, however, as he posted a pair of Top 10 finishes to close out the fall. Arroyo got things back on track at the Missouri Bluffs Intercollegiate, firing a 3-under 210 to finish in a tie for third place. He then recorded a strong tied for seventh at Fresno with a 1-over total of 217 to finish the fall with the team's second best stroke average. Last week, Arroyo was back in familiar territory, finishing tied for sixth at the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate in Santa Barbara.

HAMILTON ON THE RISE: No golfer on the Cal team showed more improvement during the fall than Sacramento State-transfer Robert Hamilton. After a standout 1998 campaign at Sac. State, Hamilton was unable to crack the Bears starting five until Cal's third tournament of the fall. Once in the starting lineup, however, he made his presence felt. After a solid but unspectacular debut at the Husky Invitational, Hamilton came back to post a pair of Top 10 finishes at the Missouri Bluffs Intercollegiate and the Fresno Lexus Classic. His total at Fresno was good enough to place him in seventh overall. Hamilton finished the fall with a 73.2 stroke average over nine rounds of play. However, that number dropped to 71.7 over his final six rounds, tops on the team in the Bears final two tournaments. Last week, Hamiliton was Cal's top golfer, tying for 17th at the Western Intercollegiate.

1998-99 Cal Men's Golf Schedule/Results

Date         Tournament (Host)                Cal Finish
Sep. 11-13   Falcon Invite (AFA)             852 (-12), 1st 
Sep. 21-22   Pacific Invite (UOP)            859 (-5), 5th
Sep. 28-29   Husky Invite (UW)              1107 (+27), 5th
Oct. 11-12   Missouri Inter. (MU)            849 (-3), 3rd 
Oct. 16-17   Fresno Classic (FSU)            855 (-9), 1st 
Feb. 17-19   John Burns Inter. (UH)          857 (-7),  8th
Mar. 4-5     Pac. Coast Inter. (UCSB)        865 (+1), 1st
Mar. 12-14   Golf Digest Invite (GD)         896 (+32), 13th
Apr. 5-6     Western Inter. (SJSU)           609 (+49), 7th
Apr. 17-18   Thunderbird Invite (ASU)
Apr. 26-28   Pac-10 Champship (UW)
May 7-9      U.S. Inter. (Stanford)
May 20-22    NCAA West Regional (Arizona)
June 2-5     NCAA Championships (Minnesota)
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.


Falcon-Cross Creek Invitational - Par 72
Team Finish:

1.  California   278-285-289-852 -12
Cal Individual Results:
  2.  Han Lee (Cal)         70-72-69 211 -5
 t3.  Dong Yi (Cal)         68-70-75 213 -3
  5.  Dan Coyle (Cal)       71-69-74 215 -1
 12.  Dan Arroyo (Cal)      71-74-71 216  E
t41.  Josh Levin (Cal)      69-78-75 222 +6
Pacific Invitational - Par 72
Team Finish:
   5. California       283-280-296-859 -5
Cal Individual Results:
  t7. Han Lee (Cal)       68-69-74 211 -5
 t30. Dong Yi (Cal)       71-70-76 217 +1
 t34. Dan Coyle (Cal)     75-70-73 218 +2
 t34. Dan Arroyo (Cal)    74-71-73 218 +2
 t54. Josh Levin (Cal)    70-76-76 222 +6
Husky Invitational - Par 72
Team Finish:
   5. California          372-367-368-1107 +27
Cal Individual Results:
 t14. Han Lee (Cal)           74-71-74 219  +3
 t19. Dan Arroyo (Cal)        75-72-74 221  +5
 t21. Dong Yi (Cal)           72-74-76 222  +6
 t21. Dan Coyle (Cal)         75-75-72 222  +6
  38. Jay Berkowitz (Cal)     76-75-77 228 +12
 t39. Robert Hamilton (Cal)   77-80-72 229 +13
Missouri Bluffs Intercollegiate - Par 71
Team Finish:
  t3. California           285-283-281-849 -3
Cal Individual Results
  t3. Dan Arroyo (Cal)        70-69-71 210 -3
  t6. Dan Coyle (Cal)         75-68-69 212 -1
 t15. Robert Hamilton (Cal)   70-74-71 215 +2
 t20. Han Lee (Cal)           74-72-70 216 +3
 t42. Dong Yi (Cal)           71-76-74 221 +8
Fresno Lexus Classic - Par 72
Team Finish:
   1. California           285-286-284-855 -9
Cal Individual Results
  t2. Dong YI (Cal)           72-70-72 214 -2
   6. Robert Hamilton (Cal)   72-71-72 215 -1
  t7. Dan Arroyo (Cal)        71-72-74 217 +1
  t7. Josh Levin (Cal)        70-73-74 217 +1
 t14. Dan Coyle (Cal)         74-76-70 220 +4
 t14. Han Lee (Cal)           74-76-70 220 +4
John Burns Invitational - Par 72
Team Finish:
  T8. California       287-292-278-857 -7
Cal Individual Results
 t18. Dan Coyle          72-72-67-211  -5
 t27. Han Lee            67-73-73-214  -2
 t46. Dan Arroyo         76-71-71-218  +2
 t56. Robert Hamilton    73-76-71-220  +4
 t60. Dong Yi            74-78-69-221  +5
Pacific Coast Intercollegiate - Par 72
Team Finish:
   1. California      282-298-285-865 +1
Cal Individual Results
  T4. Dan Coyle         72-72-67-211  -5
  T6. Dan Arroyo        67-73-73-214  -2
 T12. Dong Yi           76-71-71-218  +2
 T16. Jay Berkowitz     73-76-71-220  +4
 T31. Robert Hamilton   74-78-69-221  +5
Golf Digest Invitational - Par 72
Team Finish:
  13. California        301-302-293-896  +32
Cal Individual Results
 t32. Dan Arroyo (Cal)     74-76-71-221   +5
 t42. Dan Coyle (Cal)      75-74-75-224   +8
 t47. Dong Yi (Cal)        74-81-71-226  +10
 t62. Han Lee (Cal)        79-76-76-231  +15
 t62. Jay Berkowitz (Cal)  78-76-77-231  +15
Western Intercollegiate - Par 70
Team Finish:
   7. California            310-299-609  +49
Cal Individual Results
 t17. Robert Hamilton (Cal)   79-71-150  +10
 t24. Han Lee (Cal)           73-79-152  +12
 t24. Dan Coyle (Cal)         80-72-152  +12
 t44. Dong Yi (Cal)           78-77-155  +15
  WD. Dan Arroyo (Cal) 


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