April 3, 1998
THIS WEEK: April 6-7 Western Intercollegiate Host: San Jose State Pasatiempo GC
NEXT WEEK: April 11-13 U.S. Intercollegiate Host:Stanford Stanford GC
TEEING OFF: The California men's golf team returns to action Monday and Tuesday, April 6-7, at the Western Intercollegiate. A 21-team, 54-hole tournament hosted by San Jose State, the Western Intercollegiate will be played at Pasatiempo Golf Course in Santa Cruz, Calif., with 36 holes being contested the first day and 18 the second. Pasatiempo is a Par 71 course plays to approximately 6,483 yards. In addition to Cal and San Jose State, Pac-10 rivals Oregon, Washington and Stanford along with Bay Area teams from San Francisco and Santa Clara will vie for this year's tournament title.
CAL'S LINEUP: As of Friday, Head Coach Steve Desimone was still qualifying two players for the fifth and final position on this week's tournament squad. Dan Coyle, Adam Ainbinder, Dan Arroyo, and Jay Berkowitz have all been selected to compete this week with the Han Lee and Josh Levin battling it out for the last spot. Here's a look at what each individual player has done to date: Spring 1998 Stats
Player Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown/Last School Rounds Total Avg Low Top Finish 1. Dan Coyle 5-11 158 So Dundalk, Ireland/St. Mary's Golf HS 9 665 73.9 70 T8th 2. Adam Ainbinder 5-10 155 Fr Huntington Beach, CA/Servite HS 9 660 73.3 68 T8th 3. Dan Arroyo 6-0 175 So Walnut Creek, CA/Northgate HS 9 645 71.7 67 T5th 4. Jay Berkowitz 5-8 165 Jr Weaverville, CA/Enterprise HS 9 673 74.8 64 T3rd 5. Han Lee 6-2 180 So Cerritos, CA/Cerritos HS 9 672 74.7 67 T7th 5. Josh Levin 5-11 145 San Francisco, CA/USF 0 -- -- -- --
1997 WESTERN INTERCOLLEGIATE REWIND: The Bears registered their best placing of the 1997 campaign at last year's Western Intercollegiate, carding a combined 27-over 879 to finish second in the 16-team field. Jay Berkowitz led the way for Cal with a three round total of 2-under 214, good enough for a share of second place. The overall team title went to Ohio State, while the individual championship was won by Stanford's Joe Kribel (209).
THE LAST TIME OUT: After finishing in seventh place two weeks ago at the Southwestern Intercollegiate, the California men's golf team had an improved effort at UC Irvine Invitational, finishing in third place with a combined score of 17-over-par 881. Cal ended up 17 strokes behind tournament champion UCLA, which fired an even-par total of 864, but just one stroke behind second place finisher Washington (16-over 880). Junior Dan Coyle (3-over 219, T 8th) and freshman Adam Ainbinder (3-over 219, T 8th) led the way for the Bears, who with Junior Dan Arroyo's 14th place finish (4-over 220), had three golfers among the tournament's Top 15. Also in action for Cal were junior Jay Berkowitz (tied for 51st) and sophomore Han Lee (tied for 54th).
HOT, HOT, HOT: In a sport where winning even one tournament is a major accomplishment, the 1997-98 Bears opened the year in an incredible tear, bring home tournament titles from three of the first four competitions they entered. Cal kicked off the year with three-round total of one-over-par 865 to take the Falcon-Cross Creek Invitational, Sept. 12-14. Cal had four golfers finish in the Top 20 with Dan Coyle's 3-under-par 71-69-72--212 second place total leading the way. Just 10 days later the Bears won their second fall tournament at the Pacific Invitational firing a team total of 15-under 849 to take the title. Dong Yi's 8-under-par 73-67-68--208 was good enough to place him fourth overall, while Dan Arroyo (66-73-70--209) finished in fifth. Cal opened the spring with its third tournament win of the year at the 26th annual International Intercollegiate in Monterrey, Mexico. The Golden Bears, who set a school record in the tournament's opening round with a combined 22-under-par 266, finished with a three-day total of 25-under 839. Cal secured the victory by having all four if its scoring players finish in among the top 25, including three who finished in the top seven led by junior Jay Berkowitz third place three-day total of 10-under-par 206.
MR. CONSISTENCY: If there's a word to describe junior Dan Arroyo's play so far this season it would have to be consistent. Owner of the Bears lowest average (71.9 over 18 rounds of play this year), Arroyo has finished in the Top 15 in four of Cal's six tournaments. In fact, Arroyo has not finished out of the Top 25 in any tournament this year. Although Arroyo posted his lowest round at the Pacific Invitational (6-under 66), his best tournament may have come at the International Intercollegiate, where he fired three sub-par rounds (67-70-71--208) to finish tied for fifth place overall.
RECORDS WERE MEANT TO BE BROKEN: Junior team captain Jay Berkowitz's round of 8-under 64 during the opening day of play at the International Intercollegiate was not only the best single round fired by a Bear this year, it was also a school record-low round. Berkowitz's score was instrumental to Cal also setting a school-record low round of 22-under 266 during the same round.
ON THE CHARTS: Despite Cal's hot start, the Bears slipped to the No. 45 position in the latest MasterCard Team Rankings on April 1, most likely due to lack of tournament play over the last month. However, the Bears are still ranked high nationally on the GolfStat charts in a number of categories, including: Par 3 Scoring (2nd), Par 4 Scoring (2nd), Par 5 Scoring (4th) and Subpar Strokes Per Round (2nd). Individually, Cal's Dan Arroyo ranks No. 41 overall among individuals and is 2nd in Subpar Strokes Per Round.
YOUNG GUNS: After playing the 1996-97 campaign with only one senior, the 1997-98 Bears are doing last year's squad one better -- this year's team has no seniors. And though this group was thought to be a year away, they are already proving to be a dangerous team that can challenge for the title at any tournament. A peak at the roster shows the Bears with three freshmen, three sophomores and five juniors. A solid foundation for the future for sure.
AINBINDER STEPPING UP: With the loss of second team All-Pac-10 performer sophomore Dong Yi, true freshman Adam Ainbinder has been forced into the Cal lineup and appears to be stepping up to the challenge. During the fall, Ainbinder's only appearance for the Bears came in the season-opener at Air Force where he carded a three round total of 13-over 219 (T77th). But this spring, the Huntington Beach product has really begun to blossom, competing in all three tournaments to date and posting the team's second-best stroke average (73.3). Last week, Ainbinder had the best placing of his brief collegiate career when fired a 3-over 219 to finish tied for eighth place overall at the UCI Invitational. Ainbinder's best three round total of the season came at the International Intercollegiate in Monterrey, Mexico where he shot a 1-under total of 215 (T24th). He also posted his a season-low round of 68 at the International Intercollegiate.
YI OUT FOR SEASON: The California men's golf team suffered a huge blow in early March when its top player, sophomore Dong Yi of Alameda, suffered a season-ending injury to his right wrist. After undergoing exploratory arthroscopic surgery, doctors discovered a torn tendon sheath. It is the second time this season that Yi has had problems with the wrist. Yi, who had been battling tendinitis during the fall, actually broke a bone in the wrist in December. After appearing to have rehabilitated the injury, Yi recently returned to the links and had hoped to play himself back into the Bears lineup until this latest setback. Yi will petition the NCAA with the hope of receiving a medical redshirt.