March 27, 2006
SANTA CRUZ, CALIF. - The Cal men's golf team, led by sophomore Freddy Wolfe's 71, is tied for seventh after the first round of the 60th annual Western Intercollegiate, played at the Pasatiempo Golf Course (par 70, 6,432 yards) in Santa Cruz. As a team, the Golden Bears shot a 16-over 296, tying the University of San Diego and trailing only Duke (284), UC Santa Barbara and Stanford (289), New Mexico State (291) and Santa Clara and UC Irvine (295).
Due to weather, the second round of the Western Intercollegiate was postponed until Tuesday (Mar. 28) morning. The tournament will now only be 36 holes.
Wolfe, a sophomore transfer from College of the Desert, is tied for ninth after shooting a plus one 35-36 for his 71. Wolfe's father, Bob, played basketball and golf, and competed in track and field at Cal in the late 60s. Other top first day finishers for the Bears were junior Michael Wilson (20th, 36, 37 - 73, +3), freshmen Romain Payat (37, 39 - 76) and George Gandranata (38, 38 - 76) who are 45th with six over 76s, and freshman Larry Wong who is 53rd with a 77 (41, 36, +7).
Sophomore Michael Jensen (53rd, 43, 34 - 77, +7), and freshman Erick Thorson (88th, 43, 40 - 83, +13) played as individuals. Duke's Ryan Blaum (33, 35) and Stanford's Rob Grube (34, 34) are the current leaders with a two-under 68s.