April 14, 2012
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - Cal (364-371 - 735, +35) is in fifth place following Saturday's first day of play of the Western Intercollegiate hosted by San Jose State at the par-70, 6,615-yard Pasatiempo Golf Club. The final 18 holes will be played on Sunday and the Golden Bears will need to retain their place in the standings or move up to finish the regular season with top-five finishes in all 11 of their events for the first time in school history.
"We have certainly played better than we played today," head coach Steve Desimone said. "For the first time in a while we really didn't manage our games very well. We made some bad decisions and tried to force the issue a few too many times. That can definitely happen here if you're not careful. This was the first time all year we've had a bad round. We weren't going to go through the entire year without one and this course can do it to you. Hopefully, we'll be a little smarter and play a little better tomorrow."
Cal (No. 4 Golfstat/No. T4 Golf World/Nike, No. 5 Golfweek) has won a school-record four regular-season tournaments in 2011-12 but the Bears will start Sunday's final round 31 shots behind leader Texas (355-349 - 754, +4). No team broke par Saturday on the challenging course, with the others ahead of the Bears all being Pac-12 foes in Stanford (353-360 - 713, +13), UCLA (351-364 - 715, +15) and USC (358-364 - 722, +22). Another Pac-12 team Oregon (369-373 - 742, +42) is next behind the Bears.
Brandon Hagy (67-76 - 143, +3) shared the lead after the first round but finished tied for 15th when he needed nine more strokes to finish his second 18 than he did his first. Starting on the seventh hole of a shotgun start, Hagy got off to a blistering start with three birdies and four pars over his first seven holes, with birdies on a pair of par-fives (No. 9 and No. 13) and one par-four (No. 12). He traded bogeys and birdies three times over the remainder of the first round with bogeys on a pair of par-threes (No. 15 and No. 5) and a par-four (No. 1) followed each time by birdies on a pair of par-fours (No. 17, No. 2) and a par-five (No. 6). Hagy quickly moved back to even-par for the day when he tripled bogeyed his fourth hole of the second round on the par-four 10th. He would fall another three strokes into the black with four bogeys on the par-four 11th and 16th, and par-three 18th and 3rd holes, and one birdie on No. 17 the remainder of the way.
Michael Kim (73-71 - 144, +4) is only one shot and two places in the standings behind Hagy in a tie for 17th. Playing with Hagy and starting on the seventh hole, Kim got off to a rough start with a double bogey on the par-three eighth and then bogeyed No. 10 to quickly fall to three-over. He got back to one-over with birdies on No. 16 and No. 18, before giving both strokes back with bogeys on No. 3 and No. 6. Kim's second round started better with a birdie on the par-four seventh. He would go back in the black with bogeys on No. 11 and No. 15, before getting back to even with a birdie on the par-four fourth but missed an even-par round when he bogeyed No. 5.
Max Homa (76-73 - 149, +9) is tied for 39th after a late second-round flurry that included birdies on four of his final seven holes (No. 1, No. 4, No. 6, No. 7). Homa's second-round 73 that was the second best final 18 holes by a Cal player after Kim's 71 had started with a bogey (No. 8), and also included a triple bogey (No. 15) and another bogey (No. 18), before his late run that was slightly dampened by a pair of bogeys (No. 3, No. 5) that prevented him from moving further up the standings. Homa started his day with a birdie on No. 8 and stayed at one-under with 10 consecutive pars before a disastrous finish to his first round that saw him play his final seven holes in seven-over with a pair of double bogeys (No. 4, No. 5) and three bogeys (No. 1, No. 3, No. 6).
Keelan Kilpatrick (75-75 - 150, +10) is tied for 43rd. Kilpatrick, who started on the ninth hole, posted a first round included two birdies (No. 12, No. 16), five bogeys (No. 9, No. 13, No. 17, No. 1, No. 5) and a double bogey (No. 8). His second round had a double bogey (No. 10) and three bogeys (No. 17, No. 5, No. 6). Pace Johnson (73-79 - 152, +12) and Joël Stalter (76-76 - 152, +12) are tied for 52nd.
Johnson started on the eighth hole and picked up an early birdie on No. 9 but immediately gave it back with a bogey on No. 10 before a double bogey on No. 11. His final birdie of the day on No. 16 was followed by bogeys on No. 18 and No. 3 for his first round three-over par total. His second round started with a double bogey on No. 8 and later included another on No. 2. He would also bogey seven holes (No. 11, No. 12, No. 16, No. 17, No. 3, No. 6, No. 7) and manage two birdies, matching his first-round birdie on nine and then getting another on No. 13.
Stalter had a wild day that included four double bogeys and 10 bogeys but also four birdies and the only eagle by a Cal player on the day on the ninth hole to start his second round. In fact, Stalter followed his eagle with four pars and a birdie on the par-four 14th to get to three-under after the first five holes of the second round. But he fell back quickly with a bogey on No. 15 and back-to-back doubles on No. 17 and No. 18. He would lose another four shots with bogeys on No. 3 and No. 5, and a double bogey on No. 6 to go to six-over for the round, before finishing with a birdie on No. 7 and a bogey on No. 8. His first round had started five-over through the first five holes with bogeys on No. 10, a double on No. 11, and two more bogeys on No. 12 and No. 13. He made his first birdie of the day on No. 14 but three consecutive bogeys on No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 squelched the rally. He got one stroke back with a birdie on No. 8.
Playing as an individual, Jeff Hamm (73-75 - 148, +8) finished the first day tied for 32nd. Hamm's first round included three birdies (No. 5, No. 6, No. 16) and six bogeys (No. 18, No. 3, No. 9, No. 10, No. 11, No. 15). His second round started with a triple bogey on No. 18, which was followed by three bogeys (No. 1, No. 3, No. 6), two birdies (No. 11, No. 13) and another bogey (No. 16).
Cal will close its regular season on Sunday in the final round of the Western Intercollegiate that begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. New Mexico State's Justin Chin (68-69 - 137, -3) will start Sunday's action as the leader, with Stanford's Patrick Rodgers (67-71 - 138, -2) and Texas' Jordan Spieth (72-67 - 139, -1) the only other two players under par.
Western Intercollegiate (hosted by San Jose State)
Santa Cruz, CA - Pasatiempo Golf Club (par-71, 7,026 yards)
TEAM LEADER BOARD (after 1 of 2 days/2 of 3 rounds/36 of 54 holes)
1. Texas (355-349 - 704, +4)
2. Stanford (353-360 - 713, +13)
3. UCLA (351-364 - 715, +15)
4. USC (358-364 - 722, +22)
5. Cal (364-371 - 735, +35)
6. Oregon (369-373 - 742, +42)
7. Kansas (372-375 - 747, +47)
8. San Diego State (369-379 - 748, +48)
9. San Jose State (380-369 - 749, +49)
10. UC Irvine (387-368 - 755, +55)
11. New Mexico State (376-382 - 758, +58)
12. Denver (384-375 - 759, +59)
13. Hawai'i (382-378 - 760, +60)
14. Hawai'i Hilo (393-379 - 772, +72)
PLAYER LEADER BOARD - INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (after 1 of 2 days/2 of 3 rounds/36 of 54 holes)
1. Justin Chin (New Mexico State) 68-69 - 137 (-3)
PLAYER LEADER BOARD - CAL INDIVIDUALS (after 1 of 2 days/2 of 3 rounds/36 of 54 holes)
T15. Brandon Hagy 67-76 - 143 (+3)
T17. Michael Kim 73-71 - 144 (+4)
T39. Max Homa 76-73 - 149 (+9)
T43. Keelan Kilpatrick 75-75 - 150 (+10)
T52. Pace Johnson 73-79 - 152 (+12)
T52. Joël Stalter 76-76 - 152 (+12)
*T32. Jeff Hamm 73-75 - 148 (+8)
*Playing as an individual