Men's Golf Travels to ASU Thunderbird Invite
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 T16MOST 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.
CAL GOLF: TOURNAMENT-BY-TOURNAMENT
Falcon-Cross Creek Invitational - Par 72
1. California 278-285-289-852 -12Cal 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 +6Pacific Invitational - Par 72
5. California 283-280-296-859 -5Cal 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 +6Husky Invitational - Par 72
5. California 372-367-368-1107 +27Cal 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 +13Missouri Bluffs Intercollegiate - Par 71
t3. California 285-283-281-849 -3Cal 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 +8Fresno Lexus Classic - Par 72
1. California 285-286-284-855 -9Cal 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 +4John Burns Invitational - Par 72
T8. California 287-292-278-857 -7Cal 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 +5Pacific Coast Intercollegiate - Par 72
1. California 282-298-285-865 +1Cal 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 +5Golf Digest Invitational - Par 72
13. California 301-302-293-896 +32Cal 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 +15Western Intercollegiate - Par 70
7. California 310-299-609 +49Cal 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)