Sept. 30, 2005
BERKELEY, CALIF. - The University of California men's golf team will compete in the second annual Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge this Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 3-4, in one of college golf's most unique and premier events. The challenge will feature the top programs from both conferences and is set for The Glen Club (par 72, 7,149 yards) in Glenview, Ill. The 14 teams will play 36 holes on Monday followed by the final 18 holes Tuesday.
This year's field includes seven schools from each league: Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, UCLA, Oregon, USC and Washington from the Pac-10; Indiana, Illinois, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State and Purdue from the Big Ten.
Individually, the field includes some of college golf's top players: Alejandro Canizares (Arizona State), the 2003 NCAA national champion and the 2004 Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge winner; James Lepp (Washington), the 2005 NCAA national champion; and Dillon Dougherty (Northwestern), the 2005 U.S. Amateur finalist. In addition, 17 players in the field earned first- or second-team all-conference honors in 2005.
The tournament, which was held for the first time last year in Bandon, Ore., rotates annually between three courses-Pacific Dunes and Bandon Dunes in Oregon, and The Glen Club in Glenview. All three courses are owned or managed by KemperSports Management in Northbrook, Ill.
A home trophy listing each year's individual, team and conference champion is being housed at Bandon Dunes. Last year, Minnesota won the team title. In the conference challenge, the Pac-10 won the inaugural event with a combined scored of plus-162 to the Big Ten's plus-191. Each conference counted its low six scores of each round to determine the challenge winner.
Next year's event returns to Oregon and Bandon Dunes.
In their opening tournament of the 2005-06 season, the Golden Bears placed fifth, Sept. 10-11, at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational, played at Eisenhower Golf Club (7,301-yard, par 72) at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Cal shot a three-round score of 884 (290, 290, 304). Junior Michael Wilson, who redshirted during the 2004-05 season after being named the 2002-03 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and was a member of Cal's national championship squad, paced the Bears with a 214 (71-70-73), tying for sixth.
Cal's other top finisher was freshman George Gandranata, from Jakarta, Indonesia. Gandranata, who attended the Pendleton School in Bradenton, Fla., tied for 12th with a 220 (70-73-77).
The Air Force Academy won its own tournament with an 868 (281-286-301), outlasting Weber State (872, 294-294-284). Boise State's Graham Delaet was the tournament individual champion after shooting a 206 (67, 70, 69) for the two days. Other scores for the Bears included senior Fredrik Svanberg at 223 (tied 30th, 77, 71, 75), sophomore Kyle Dowden at 231 (tied 66th, 73-77-81) and true freshman Larry Wong, from Diamond Bar, Calif. (Diamond Ranch High School) at 231 (tied 66th, 76, 76, 79).
California men's golf roster for the Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge Name Year Exp. Hometown Michael Wilson Jr. 2V Pacific Grove, Calif. George Gandranata Fr. HS Jakarta, Indonesia Fredrik Svanberg Sr. 1V Davos, Switzerland Larry Wong Fr. HS Diamond Bar, Calif. Jeff Vetterick So. 1V Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.