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Cal at Pac-12 Championship Friday-Sunday
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Release:  04/26/2012

April 26, 2012

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Day, Date - Event (Round) - Location (Course) - Host - Start Time
Fri., Apr. 27 - Pac-12 Championship (First and Second Rounds) - Corvallis, OR (Trysting Tree Golf Club) - Oregon State - 8:00 a.m. PST
Sat., Apr. 28 - Pac-12 Championship (Third Round) - Corvallis, OR (Trysting Tree Golf Club) - Oregon State - 9:00 a.m. PST
Sun., Apr. 29 - Pac-12 Championship (Fourth Round) - Corvallis, OR (Trysting Tree Golf Club) - Oregon State - 8:00 a.m. PST

CAL AT PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP FRIDAY-SUNDAY
Cal (No. 5 Golfworld Nike/No. 6 Golfstat/No. 8 Golfweek) will play at the 2012 Pac-12 Championship at the par-72, 7,030-yard Trysting Tree Golf Club this Friday-Sunday, April 27-29. Half of the field's 12 teams have at least one top-12 national ranking heading into the 53rd annual edition of the conference's championship hosted by Oregon State. The first 36 holes of the 72-hole stroke play event are scheduled to be played on Friday, followed by 18 holes both Saturday and Sunday. The teams will being the tournament Friday with the groups split on the first and 10th holes. The first tee times from both are at 8:00 a.m. PDT, with Cal golfers starting their Friday rounds from the 10th tee beginning at 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., respectively. The first tee time on Saturday is at 9:00 a.m., while Sunday's action begins at 8:00 a.m. Specific tee times and pairings for Saturday and Sunday will be announced following the preceding day's action. Follow the 2012 Pac-10 Championship live online thru links from CalBears.com. A recap and complete results at the end of each day's action will also be available by visiting CalBears.com. Admission is free.

TOURNAMENT FIELD RANKINGS (GOLFWEEK/GOLFSTAT/GOLFWORLD NIKE)
Arizona (53/57/NR), Arizona State (78/83/NR), Cal (8/6/5), Colorado (72/72/NR), Oregon (7/11/12), Oregon State (54/52/NR), Stanford (6/9/9), UCLA (3/2/4), USC (5/5/7), Utah (197/209/NR), Washington (12/13/13), Washington State (114/117/NR)

PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP WEATHER FORECAST
The forecast in the Corvallis area during the 2012 Pac-12 Championship calls for a 30 percent chance of rain and showers late in the day skies on Friday, with a high of 59 and a low of 43, winds from the south up to 10 mph and 72% humidity. Saturday's forecast is for a 20% chance of rain and clouds early in the day giving way to sunny skies and a high temperature of 67 and a low of 47, with winds from the east and southeast up to five mph and 69% humidity. Sunday's partly cloudy forecast has a high of 66, a low of 45 and a 10% chance of rain, with winds at seven mph from the north and 71% humidity.

CAL SETS SCHOOL REGULAR-SEASON RECORDS WITH FOUR WINS AND TOP FIVE FINISHES IN EVERY EVENT
Cal has set a pair of regular-season school records in 2011-12 with four tournament wins and top five finishes in all of its regular-season events for the first time in school history. The Bears opened the season with a win at the Wolverine Intercollegiate, shared the team title along with Oregon at the annual Alister MacKenzie Invitational the Bears hosted Oct. 17-18, won the John A. Burns Intercollegiate hosted by Hawai'I Feb. 15-17 and captured the ASU Thunderbird Invitational April 6-7. In addition to the victories, Cal had top-five finishes in each of its other seven events, falling by a single shot to host schools Arizona and UNLV at both the Arizona Intercollegiate to open its spring season and the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters later in the spring. Cal was third at both of its match-play events (Del Walker Match Play Championship, Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship), tied for fourth at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational, and fifth at both the Golfweek Conference Challenge and Western Intercollegiate. Later in the notes is an event-by-event rundown of the team's 2011-12 tournaments.

CAL'S NATIONAL RANKINGS
In the latest national polls, Cal ranks No. 5 by Golf World/Nike (4/25/12), No. 6 according to Golfstat (4/25/12) and No. 8 by Golfweek (4/22/12). The Bears dropped one spot in Golf World/Nike poll, two in the Golfstat poll and three in the Golfweek poll from their previous rankings after a fifth-place showing in their final regular-season event April 14-15 at the Western Intercollegiate. Cal's highest ranking of the season was No. 3 on both the Golfstat and Golf World/Nike lists two polls prior to the current edition.

CAL'S HISTORY AT THE PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP
Cal has never won the team title during the first 52 years of the Pac-12 Championship, which will be playing its first season with 12 teams. Cal has had two individual medalists; most recently Eric Mina in 2010 at the ASU Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. Mina came back from four shots off the lead at the beginning of the final round and then survived a triple bogey on the 18th hole of the final round to win by a single shot. Current PGA golfer Charlie Wi won the 1995 event played in Richland, Wash. The conference's championship event began in 1960 (the Golden Bears have played in 49 of the 52 events, not participating from 1980-82 when Cal men's golf was not varsity status). The top team finish for the Bears came with a second-place showing in 1995, while Cal has been third on four occasions (1992, `96, 2000, '08). Last year, Cal took fifth at the event hosted by Stanford. The three members of this year's Golden Bear lineup for the Pac-12 Championship to have previously played in the conference champion are Brandon Hagy, Max Homa and Joël Stalter. Homa and Stalter finished 38th and tied for 48th, respectively, at Stanford in 2011. Hagy tied for 20th in Tempe in 2010.

BEAR LINEUP
Cal's lineup in order for the 2012 Pac-12 Championship with 2011-12 number of stroke play events/rounds, match play rounds/record, season stroke play average, Cal career stroke play average and 2011-12 national rankings in parenthesis. The format of the event will be six players per team, with the top five scores for each round counting in the team total.
1. Michael Kim (9/27, 4/0.5-3.5, 71.5 season, 71.5 career, No. 35 Golfweek, No. 46 Golfstat)
2. Brandon Hagy (9/27, 7/6-1, 72.0 season, 72.7 career, No. 69 Golfweek, No. 85 Golfstat)
3. Max Homa (9/27, 7/5-2, 71.4 season, 72.3 career, No. 33 Golfweek, No. 37 Golfstat)
4. Jeff Hamm (3/9, 3/1-2, 73.2 season, 75.0 career, No. 53 Golfweek, no Golfstat ranking)
5. Keelan Kilpatrick (4/12, 7/5.5-1.5, 74.8 season, 74.8 career, ^No. 42 Golfweek; no Golfstat ranking)
6. Joël Stalter (9/27, 4/2-2, 72.3 season, 72.9 career, No. 87 Golfweek, No. 115 Golfstat)
^Golfweek rankings for Keelan Kilpatrick and Jeff Hamm are for a secondary group of golfers without enough rounds to qualify for regular rankings

HOMA NAMED PAC-12 FEBRUARY MEN'S GOLF PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Max Homa was named the Pac-12 Men's Golfer of the Month for February 2012 for the first time in his career. Homa became the first Cal player to win the Pac-12 honor since Eric Mina was selected in April of 2010. Homa had a second-place individual showing to lead Cal to a team victory Feb. 15-17 at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate, shooting a seven-under par 209 including an opening-round 66 that tied for his lowest score of the year. He then played in Cal's top spot in the lineup Feb. 27-28 at the Del Walker Match Play Championship, shining in his first collegiate match play event with a 3-1 record. For the 2011-12 season, Homa has played in each of the team's 10 events and leads the club with a career-low 71.4 stroke average in nine stroke-play events, with five top-10 finishes, taking second at both the Alister MacKenzie Invitational and John A. Burns Intercollegiate, tied for fourth at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, tied for fifth at the Wolverine Intercollegiate and tied for eighth at the Golfweek Conference Challenge. He is also 5-2 in seven match play events.

DURABLE DUO, FANTASTIC FOURSOME AND SUPER SEVEN
Max Homa and Brandon Hagy have each played in all 11 of Cal's events in 2011-12, while Michael Kim and Joël Stalter have played in 10 of the team's 11, missing only the Del Walker Match Play Championship. Keelan Kilpatrick has played six times, Pace Johnson on five occasions and once as an individual, and Jeff Hamm twice and on two additional occasions as an individual.

COACHING STAFF
Head coach Steve Desimone is in his 33rd season at the helm of the Cal men's golf team in 2011-12. The rejuvenation of a program that won the 2004 NCAA title has ramped up in the past two-plus campaigns. Cal has tied for 19th and finished 23rd at the NCAA Championship the last two seasons and extended its run of consecutive NCAA Regional appearances to five in a row from 2007-11. The Golden Bears had another outstanding regular season in 2011-12, setting school records in a pair of areas with four regular-season wins (Wolverine Intercollegiate, Alister MacKenzie Invitational, John A. Burns Intercollegiate, ASU Thunderbird Invitational) and top five finishes in each of their 11 regular-season events for the first time in school history. The Bears' reached as high as No. 3 in national polls by Golfstat and Golfworld/Nike, with current rankings of No. 5 (Golfworld/Nike), No. 6 (Golfstat) and No. 8 (Golfweek). In 2010-11, Cal preceded its national finish by taking third at the NCAA Arizona Regional, reached as high as No. 13 in the national polls and posted a then school-record-tying three regular-season tournament wins among their 14 events. The 2010 calendar year was a banner 12 months for Desimone that was capped off when he was one of seven members of the 2010 class inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame during the Reception and Awards Banquet at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas on December 6. Desimone's 2009-10 squad tied for third place at the NCAA San Diego Regional to earn its first spot at the NCAA Championship since the Bears won the NCAA title for the only time in school history in 2004. Desimone grew the Bears from a club team when he was named the head coach in the fall of 1979 into one of the elite varsity golf programs in the country beginning in the 1990's. He was named Golfweek's 2003-04 College Coach of the Year and was presented with the 2004 Grand Master of the Year award by the Northern California Golf Association after the team's 2004 national title. Desimone has directed Cal to 16 NCAA Regionals (1990, '93, '95, '97, '98, '99, 2000, '01, '02, '03, '04, '07, '08, '09, '10, '11) and seven NCAA Championship events (1995, '98, '99, 2000, '04, '10, '11), and was voted Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year in 1987. He was a member of the basketball team as an undergraduate at Cal before receiving his bachelor's degree in 1970. Walter Chun is in his eighth season on the Bears' staff and the third in his current role as associate head coach. Chun, who spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Cal from 2004-09, was named the 2008 Jan Strickland Award winner honoring the best assistant coach in the nation. He received his bachelor's degree from Cal in 2001 after playing four seasons for the Bears. Volunteer assistant Gene Bakkum is in his 10th season with the program and his eighth in his current role after serving two campaigns as an assistant coach from 2002-04. He received his bachelor's degree from UC Davis in 2000 and served as an assistant coach for two seasons at his alma mater (2000-02) before coming to Cal.

DES SAYS
Head coach Steve Desimone's thoughts on ...

On the Pac-12 Championship and the strength of the conference
"It's the first of the Pac-12 Championship now that we've shifted from Pac-10 to Pac-12. The field is loaded with the Pac-12 being the best conference in college golf, by far being the most dominant conference in college golf all year. You've got six of the top 12 or 13 teams in the country. They're all bunched, and I think the team with the most amount of depth is the team that's going to come out of here the winners. UCLA on paper would seem to have the most amount of depth. We seem to be pretty close, I think Stanford also has a got a great deal of depth. It's going to be one heck of a championship and over 72 holes whoever wins will be a deserving champion."

On Trysting Tree Golf Club
"We have not player there in 10 years. The golf course is not overly long, but it will probably be set up very difficult as it was for the Regional and 2002 for the Pac-10 Championship. I would expect the rough to be very high, very punitive. You've got to keep the ball in the fairway off the tee and second shots will be critical in getting them at the right levels of the green."

On breaking the school record with four regular-season wins
"We've had a number of teams over the years get to three but we've never had any of the teams push it over the top. If any team is going to push it over the top it's this one. I say this with a smile. It [breaking the record] hasn't been the number one issue on the radar screen but there have been comments from every one of the guys at various times about how great it would be to be the team that set the record knowing there have been so many wonderful teams ahead of them. I also sense these guys would like to distance themselves a little bit and add another one to the column."

On the team's depth and its importance
"We've gone seven players deep all year, and that's one of the reasons we've been successful. You've got to think going into a tournament like this that maybe over 72 holes that depth will play out in a positive way. We feel good about that, we feel good about the lineup, and we're excited to get up there and get after it."

On the way the team is currently playing
"We had a little bit of a dip at the Western Intercollegiate when we finished. That was a very challenging golf course and a great field. We kind of got used to winning or close to it, so we were certainly disappointed that we weren't close enough a week and a half ago. However, I do believe we're playing well. We had a number of good scores in qualifying recently. I sense that maybe we're really ready to play."

NATIONAL STROKE-PLAY STATS
Below are all of Cal's stroke-play stat rankings in the Top 50 for team and Top 100 for individuals according to Golfstat as of April 22, 2012.

Team
Average Score - 4th, 72.22
Versus Par - 5th, +0.92
Par 4 Scoring - 3rd, 4.06
Par 5 Scoring - 15th, 4.79
Eagles - T2nd, 21
Subpar Strokes/Round - 10th, 3.42
Fairways% - 8th, 70.7
Greens in Regulation% - 3rd, 69.5
Putts on Greens in Regulation - 18th, 1.845
Sand Saves - 35th, 38.1

Individuals
Average Score - Max Homa (38th, 71.37), Michael Kim (T42nd, 71.48), Brandon Hagy (T80th, 72.00)
Versus Par - Max Homa (53rd, +0.04), Michael Kim (T60th, +0.15)
Low Round - Joël Stalter (T2nd, 63), Michael Kim (T41st, 65)
Par 4 Scoring - Max Homa (11th, 4.00), Joël Stalter (14th, 4.00), Michael Kim (56th, 4.05), Brandon Hagy (88th, 4.07)
Par 5 Scoring - Pace Johnson (41st, 4.65), Max Homa (T87th, 4.70), Brandon Hagy (T98th, 4.71)
Eagles - Brandon Hagy (T1st, 11)
Birdies - Max Homa (T81st, 97)
Subpar Strokes/Round - Max Homa (T56th, 3.74), Brandon Hagy (T56th, 3.74)
Fairways% - Michael Kim (14th, 80.1%), Joël Stalter (47th, 74.8%), Max Homa (74th, 72.9%)
Greens in Regulation% - Max Homa (8th, 73.6%), Brandon Hagy (22nd, 71.6%), Joël Stalter (51st, 69.4%), Michael Kim (81st, 67.6%)
Average Putts - Michael Kim (T45th, 29.72)
Putts on Greens in Regulation - Michael Kim (30th, 1.790), Joël Stalter (86th, 1.827)
Sand Saves% - Joël Stalter (T82nd, 47.4%), Michael Kim (87th, 47.1%)
Short Game% - Max Homa (98th, 58.0%)

2011-12 EVENTS
SEPT. 12-13, 2011 - CAL OPENS WITH WIN AT WOLVERVINE INTERCOLLEGIATE (Full Recap)
Three Cal players posted top five finishes to lead Cal a team victory at the season-opening Wolverine Intercollegiate hosted by Michigan. Cal (281-275-283 - 839, -13) tied a six-year-old course record at 13-under par and coasted to a 12-stroke win. Joël Stalter (72-63-72 - 207, -6) started the third and final round at the par-71, 6,687-yard U-M Golf Course on top of the leader board. Stalter stayed on top most of the day before two bogeys late in his round left him in second place one shot behind individual medalist Jace Long (67-73-66 - 206, -7) of Missouri. Stalter had moved into the lead heading into the final round after tying a 12-year-old course when he shot an eight-under par 63 in the second round. Michael Kim (68-69-74 - 211, -2) tied for fifth in his first collegiate tournament, as did Max Homa (72-69-70 - 211, -2). Brandon Hagy (70-74-70 - 214, +1) finished in a tie for 14th, while Pace Johnson (71-74-71 - 216, +3) climbed eight spots during the final round with his second even-par round of the event to tie for 18th in the final standings.

SEPT. 25-27, 2011 - CAL FINISHES FIFTH AT GOLFWEEK CONFERENCE CHALLENGE (Full Recap)
Cal (288-296-294 - 878, +14) finished fifth at the Golfweek Conference Challenge hosted by Iowa at the 7,010-yard, par-72 Spirit Hollow Golf Course. The Bears had the second-best team score during the final round to move up one spot and finish among the top five finishing teams. Arkansas (280-294-285 - 859, -5) won the team title. Max Homa (71-74-71 - 216, E) was Cal's top finisher with an eighth place tie. Pace Johnson (70-72-76 - 218, +2) ended up tied for 13th after a four-over par 76 in the final round dropped him to his final spot after he had been tied after the second round. Michael Kim (72-76-73 - 221, +5) tied for 22nd overall, while Joël Stalter (75-74-74 - 223, +7) tied for 31st and Brandon Hagy (80-81-76 - 237, +20) finished in a tie for 70th.

OCT. 17-18, 2011 - CAL SHARES MACKENZIE TITLE WITH OREGON (Full Recap)
Cal (273-267-271 - 811, -41) and Oregon (270-268-273 -811, -41) battled all the way to the final putt before eventually sharing the team title at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational hosted by the Bears at the par-71, 6,718-yard Meadow Club. Individual medalist Eugene Wong (65-63-67 - 195, -18) of Oregon hit a six-foot uphill birdie putt on the 18th hole to secure the Ducks' piece of the title after second-place finisher Max Homa (66-66-68 - 200, -13) had drained a 25-footer for a birdie to guarantee Cal a piece of the crown. Cal has won at least a share of the MacKenzie title each of the last three seasons, five of the past six campaigns and six times in the nine years of the tournament that began in 2002. The dramatic action on the final hole also included birdies by Cal's Michael Kim and Joël Stalter, as well as Oregon's Andrew Vijarro. Kim (70-65-66 - 201, -12) tied for third at the event. Brandon Hagy (70-68-69 - 207, -6) tied for 17th, while Stalter (72-68-68 - 208, -6) tied for 20th and Jeff Hamm (67-74-72 - 212, E) tied for 37th.

OCT. 23-25, 2011 - CAL TIES FOR FOURTH AT ISLEWORTH (Full Recap)
Cal (293-301-294 - 888, +24) wrapped up its 2011 fall season by moving up two spots on the third and final day of action at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational as the Golden Bears tied for fourth at the event co-hosted by Texas Tech and UCF. Cal's six-over par round on the final 18 holes was the third-best round of the day. Texas (278-296-282 - 856, -8), LSU (295-289-298 - 882, +18) and North Florida (287-300-299 - 886, +22) were the only teams to finish ahead of the Bears in the final standings of a 15-team field that included eight teams ranked in the top 25 nationally. Michael Kim (71-76-72 - 219, +3) tied for eighth place to lead Cal's effort, while Brandon Hagy (70-74-77 - 221, +5) tied for 16th despite dropping 11 spots on the final day. Max Homa (77-72-74 - 223, +7) tied for 25th, while Pace Johnson (78-79-75 - 232, +16) finished 49th and Joël Stalter (75-87-73 - 235, +19) moved up 12 spots on the final day to tie for 56th.

JAN. 30-31, 2012 - CAL FINISHES SECOND BY A STROKE AT ARIZONA INTERCOLLEGIATE (Full Recap)
Cal (272-284-280 - 836, -16) battled host and eventual team champion Arizona (277-277-281 - 835, -17) throughout the third and final round of the Arizona Intercollegiate before eventually settling for second place one stroke behind the winners in a two-day, 54-hole event played at the par-71, 6,793-yard Arizona National Golf Club. After leading for much of the event's first 36 holes, Cal fell behind Arizona late in the second round and began the final day's action two shots behind the Wildcats. The four-under par 280 the Golden Bears fired in the final round was a shot better than the 281 Arizona posted and the second-best round of the day but fell just short. Three Cal golfers - Joël Stalter (67-71-71 - 209, -4), Brandon Hagy (70-72-67 - 209, -4) and Michael Kim (69-68-72 - 209, -4) - tied for fifth on the final leaderboard, six strokes behind individual medalist John Caitlin of New Mexico (66-70-67 - 203, -10). Max Homa (74-74-70 - 218, +5) tied for 22nd and in his debut Keelan Kilpatrick (66-73-84 - 223, +10) tied for 35th. Jeff Hamm (74-74-71 - 219, +6) played the event as an individual and finished tied for 24th.

FEB. 15-17, 2012 - CAL REPEATS AT BURNS, TIES RECORD WITH THIRD WIN (Full Recap)
Cal (270-286-291 - 847, -17) repeated as team champion at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate with a win that was Cal's third of the season, tying a school record for most regular-season team victories that has also been reached each of the past two campaigns. The Bears led the event hosted by Hawai'i at the end of each of the three days of action and finished seven shots better than UNLV (278-291-285 - 854, -10) and Duke (282-286-286 - 854, -10) on the final leader board. Max Homa (66-71-72 - 209, -7) finished second, four strokes behind individual medalist Julian Suri of Duke (65-65-70 - 205, -11). Homa was a defending individual medalist at the event, having reached a playoff at the 2011 Burns before being defeated on the second hole of the extra session. Joël Stalter (66-71-74 - 211, -5) tied for third, while Brandon Hagy (71-72-71 - 214, -2) moved up nine spots on the final day of the event to finish tied for 11th. Pace Johnson (70-72-74 - 216, E) tied for 18th in the final standings, while Michael Kim (68-75-77 - 220, +5) tied for 35th.

FEB. 27-28, 2012 - CAL TAKES THIRD AT DEL WALKER MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP (Full Recap)
Cal finished third at the Del Walker Match Play Championship, wrapping up the two-day event with a 4-1 victory over Oregon State. Cal's victory over the Beavers followed a split the previous day when the Bears defeated Oregon, 3-1-1, in their morning quarterfinal before falling to Washington, 4-1, in an afternoon semifinal. The two-day event was hosted by Long Beach State at the par-70, 6,633-yard Virginia Country Club. Keelan Kilpatrick was the only Cal player to go unbeaten in the tournament, winning matches against his Washington and Oregon State opponents, while being all square versus Oregon. Homa and Hagy were both 2-1 in their three tournament matches, winning against opponents from Oregon and Oregon State, while falling to Washington foes. Johnson and Hamm were 1-2. Johnson fell to Oregon and Washington before his victory against Oregon State. Hamm was a winner against Oregon before falling to Washington and Oregon State.

MARCH 9-11, 2012 - CAL FINISHES SECOND AT SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS (Full Recap)
Cal (286-287-300 - 873, +9) started the third and final round of the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters with a six-shot lead but was unable to hold off host UNLV (287-292-293 - 872, +8) down the stretch and had to settle for second place at the prestigious event played at the par-72, 7,510 Southern Highlands Golf Club. It was the second time Cal has been runner-up by a single stroke to a team on its home course this season, but the Bears did extend their string of top-five finishes to all eight of their 2011-12 matches. UNLV trailed by a shot heading into each of the players' turns at the par-five 18th hole but its four golfers that figured in their final round team score played the course's final hole one-under, while the four scoring Bears played the hole one-over. Cal had lost a lead it held all day briefly on the back nine but had moved back ahead on the 17th hole when Bears were even-par on the par-three compared to four-over for the Rebels. Associate head coach Walter Chun served as the team's head coach for the tournament while head coach Steve Desimone recovered from a health-related issue that prevented him from making the trip. Max Homa (71-72-73 - 216, E) had the team's highest finish overall by tying for fourth. Brandon Hagy (72-71-75 - 218, +2) tied for eighth with the second-highest finish of his career. Keelan Kilpatrick (72-70-79 - 221, +5) tied for 15th in the final standings after starting the final day tied for fourth. Joël Stalter (71-74-76 - 221, +5) moved up two spots on the final day into a tie for 15th along with Kilpatrick, while Michael Kim (74-76-76 - 226, +10) sneaked up 11 spots in the final standings on the final day into a tie for 33rd.

FEB. 27-28, 2012 - CAL TAKES THIRD AT DEL WALKER MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP (Full Recap)
Cal finished third at the Del Walker Match Play Championship, wrapping up the two-day event with a 4-1 victory over Oregon State. Cal's victory over the Beavers followed a split the previous day when the Bears defeated Oregon, 3-1-1, in their morning quarterfinal before falling to Washington, 4-1, in an afternoon semifinal. The two-day event was hosted by Long Beach State at the par-70, 6,633-yard Virginia Country Club. Keelan Kilpatrick was the only Cal player to go unbeaten in the tournament, winning matches against his Washington and Oregon State opponents, while being all square versus Oregon. Homa and Hagy were both 2-1 in their three tournament matches, winning against opponents from Oregon and Oregon State, while falling to Washington foes. Johnson and Hamm were 1-2. Johnson fell to Oregon and Washington before his victory against Oregon State. Hamm was a winner against Oregon before falling to Washington and Oregon State.

MARCH 9-11, 2012 - CAL FINISHES SECOND AT SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS (Full Recap)
Cal (286-287-300 - 873, +9) started the third and final round of the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters with a six-shot lead but was unable to hold off host UNLV (287-292-293 - 872, +8) down the stretch and had to settle for second place at the prestigious event played at the par-72, 7,510 Southern Highlands Golf Club. It was the second time Cal has been runner-up by a single stroke to a team on its home course this season, but the Bears did extend their string of top-five finishes to all eight of their 2011-12 matches. UNLV trailed by a shot heading into each of the players' turns at the par-five 18th hole but its four golfers that figured in their final round team score played the course's final hole one-under, while the four scoring Bears played the hole one-over. Cal had lost a lead it held all day briefly on the back nine but had moved back ahead on the 17th hole when Bears were even-par on the par-three compared to four-over for the Rebels. Associate head coach Walter Chun served as the team's head coach for the tournament while head coach Steve Desimone recovered from a health-related issue that prevented him from making the trip. Max Homa (71-72-73 - 216, E) had the team's highest finish overall by tying for fourth. Brandon Hagy (72-71-75 - 218, +2) tied for eighth with the second-highest finish of his career. Keelan Kilpatrick (72-70-79 - 221, +5) tied for 15th in the final standings after starting the final day tied for fourth. Joël Stalter (71-74-76 - 221, +5) moved up two spots on the final day into a tie for 15th along with Kilpatrick, while Michael Kim (74-76-76 - 226, +10) sneaked up 11 spots in the final standings on the final day into a tie for 33rd.

MAR. 18-20, 2012 - CAL FINISHES THIRD AT CALLAWAY COLLEGIATE MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP (Full Recap)
Cal captured third place at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship by defeating Chattanooga, 3-2, on third and final day of the four-match event hosted by South Florida at The Concession Golf Club. Cal had won a pair of matches on the first day of the tournament with a 3-2 victory over UNC Wilmington and a 4.5-0.5 victory against Tennessee. The Golden Bears' lone loss of the event came in heartbreaking fashion when Duke needed extra holes to pull out a 3-2 victory. Brandon Hagy won all four of his matches at the event to improve to 6-1 in match play on the season, while Keelan Kilpatrick and Max Homa were both 3-1 in the tournament to improve to 5-1-1 and 5-2, respectively, for the campaign. Joël Stalter (2-2) and Michael Kim (0-3-1) both played match play for the first time this season.

APR. 6-7, 2012 - CAL SETS SCHOOL RECORD WITH FOURTH REGULAR-SEASON WIN (Full Recap)
Cal (276-285-274 - 835, -17) set a school record with its fourth regular-season tournament victory of the year by winning the ASU Thunderbird Invitational for the first time ever in the event's 40-year history. Cal trailed San Diego State (282-275-286 - 843, -9) by four strokes heading into the final round, but the Golden Bears quickly erased that deficit and went on to an eight-shot victory. Cal's effort was led by the duo of Brandon Hagy (67-70-70 - 207, -6) and Joël Stalter (68-71-68 - 207, -6) that tied for third place three shots behind individual medalist Derek Ernst of UNLV (69-67-68 - 204, -9). Michael Kim (67-73-70 - 210, -3) tied for 13th on the final player leader board, while Max Homa (74-71-66 - 145, +3) soared 12 spots into a tie for 16th in the final standings after a five-under par 66 in his final round that matched his best round of the year. Keelan Kilpatrick (77-78-71 - 226, +13) made a tremendous improvement in his final round to move up 14 spots into a tie for 66th, while Pace Johnson (70-67-71 - 208, -5) finished tied for fifth while playing the tournament as an individual.

APR. 14-15, 2012 - CAL FINISHES FIFTH AT WESTERN INTERCOLLEGIATE (Full Recap)
Cal (364-371-365 - 750, +50) finished fifth to give the Golden Bears a top-five finish in each of its 11 regular-season events in 2011-12 for the first time in school history. Texas (355-349-356 - 1060, +10) won the event on a challenging par-70, 6,615-yard course that kept the final tally for all 14 of teams in its field over par, including seven that were ranked in the top 10 nationally in at least one poll. Michael Kim (73-71-69 - 213, +3) had the top overall finish and the best final round for the Bears, moving up six spots on the final day after his final-round one-under par 69. Brandon Hagy (67-76-74 - 217, +7) finished tied for 20th, while Max Homa (76-73-74 - 223, +13) and Pace Johnson (73-79-71 - 223, +13) both tied for 36th, Keelan Kilpatrick (75-75-77 - 227, +17) tied for 50th and Joël Stalter (76-76-78 - 230, +20) tied for 58th. Playing as an individual, Jeff Hamm (73-75-79 - 227, +17) tied for 50th. Stanford's Patrick Rodgers (69-71-68 - 206, -4) was the individual medalist.


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