No. 19 Cal Travels to Golf Digest Collegiate Invitational

VIVA LAS VEGAS: The 19th-ranked California men's golf team returns to action this week when the Golden Bears travel to Las Vegas, Nev., for one of college golf's most prestigious events - the Golf Dig
By Cal Athletics on Mon, June 21, 1999

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March 8, 1999


  • Fri.-Sun.
  • Mar. 12-14
  • at Golf Digest Invitational
  • Las Vegas, NV

    VIVA LAS VEGAS: The 19th-ranked California men's golf team returns to action this week when the Golden Bears travel to Las Vegas, Nev., for one of college golf's most prestigious events - the Golf Digest Collegiate Invitational, presented by Cleveland Golf. The three-day 54-hole tournament takes place at the Desert Inn Golf Club Friday, March 12 through Sunday, March 14.

    TOUGH TEST: Outside the NCAA Championship, it would be diffiuclt to find a more stacked field. Fifteen teams will vie for this year's title, including 11 teams ranked in the Top 20. In addition to No. 19 Cal, the Golf Digest field includes: No. 1 Clemson; No. 2 Georgia Tech; No. 3 Oklahoma State; No. 4 Georgia; No. 5 Texas; No. 6 Houston; No. 7 UNLV; No. 8 Arizona State; No. 10 Minnesota; and No. 18 Texas Christian. Also competing are defending Golf Digest Invitational champs Virginia, Pac-10 foe Arizona, New Mexico and Southern Methodist.

    CAL'S LINEUP: Head coach Steve Desimone has selected the following five players to represent Cal at the Golf Digest Collegiate Invitational:

    Player            YR  1998-99 ROUNDS    STROKES    AVG    LOW    TOP FINISH
    1. Dan Coyle      SR        21           1511     71.9     67         T4
    2. Han Lee        JR        18           1291     71.7     67          2
    3. Dan Arroyo     SR        21           1516     72.2     68         T3
    4. Dong Yi        JR        21           1528     72.8     68         t2
    5. Jay Berkowtiz  SR         6            448     74.7     70        t16
    MOST RECENTLY: Dan Arroyo carded a 4-under-par 68 and Dan Coyle finished up with a 2-under 70, as the 12th-ranked California men's golf team overcame a two-shot Oregon State advantage during the third and final round to capture the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate with a combined three-round score of 1-over 865. The tournament title is the third of the season for the Golden Bears, who also took home team titles from the Falcon Invitational and Fresno Lexus Classic. Coyle's 70 was his fifth par-or-better round in six rounds of golf this spring and placed the senior in a two-way tie for fourth among individuals. Arroyo, however, made perhaps the most dramatic move of the day, climbing all the way from 31st to sixth with his final-round 68.

    TEAM STROKE AVERAGE ON THE SLIDE: The California men's golf team continues to show signs that it is headed in the right direction. Through seven tournemants so far this season, Cal has combined for a 72.58 stroke average ove 111 individual rounds of golf. That average is nearly a stroke and a half lower that the Bears combined for during the 1997-98 season when they average 74.02 over 178 rounds.

    TOP 5 OR BUST: You can't have a much better season than the Bears have had thus far. Through seven tournaments, Cal has posted six Top 5 finishes, including taking top honors at the Falcon Invitational, Fresno Lexus Classic and Pacific Coast Intercollegiate. Cal posted a fall tournament-low of 12-under 852 at the Falcon Invitational, but its best all-around outing may have come at the Fresno Classic, when the Bears combined to shoot 9-under 855, placing all six golfers in the Top 14. Cal's only finish outside the Top 5 (8th) this season came at the John Burns Invitational in Hawaii. That tournament featured nine of the nation's Top 30 ranked teams.

    DID YOU KNOW?: Cal has four golfers with sub-73 averages. Han Lee leads the way at 71.1 followed closely by Dan Coyle 71.9, Dan Arroyo 72.2 and Dong Yi, 72.8. Last season, only Arroyo at 72.5 posted a sub-73 stroke average for the Bears. The biggest improvement to date has been made by Lee, who has shaved over three strokes off his 1997-98 average.

    Falcon-Cross Creek Invitational - Par 72
    Colorado Springs, CO Sept. 11-13, 1998
    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
    Copperopolis, CA Sept. 21-22, 1998
    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
    Port Orchard, WA Sept. 28-29, 1998
    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
    St. Charles, MO Oct. 11-12, 1998
    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
    Fresno, CA Oct. 16-17, 1998
    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
    Kaneohe, HI Feb. 17-19, 1999
    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
    Santa Barbara, CA March 4-5, 1999
    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

    PAR AT WORST: Cal golfers have shot par or better in 55-of-111 (50.5%) rounds so far this season. Dan Coylei leads the way with the 12 par or better 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 both spring tournaments, Coyle has finished at par or better in five of six 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 last week's 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 71.8, over 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.

    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 1-under-par 215s 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.


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