April 6, 2012
TEMPE, Ariz. - Cal (276-285 - 561, -7) jumped out to a six-stroke lead after the first 18 holes of action Friday at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational before San Diego State (282-275 - 557, -11) overtook the Bears by posting the best round of the day over the second 18 holes at the par-71, 7,026-yard ASU Karsten Golf Course.
"It was really a tale of two different rounds," head coach Steve Desimone said. "We did a lot of things right in the morning then this afternoon we really played really well we just didn't make anything, and every time we turned around San Diego State was knocking in everything from three feet to 50 feet. They're a quality team and hats off to them, but I have a sneaking suspicion that we may come out tomorrow and put together a really good round."
Third-place New Mexico State (289-276 - 565, -3) matched Cal's first-round score of nine-under par and is the tournament's only other team under par after two rounds. Host Arizona State (286-282 - 568, E) and Washington (284-284 - 568, E) are at even-par in fourth and fifth place.
San Diego State's Alex Kang (68-65 - 133, -9) and Arizona State's Austin Quick (66-67 - 133) are tied atop the player leader board heading into Saturday's action that will begin at 7 a.m. PDT/MST.
Brandon Hagy (67-70 - 137, -5) led the Cal effort and is tied for fifth on the player leader board four shots behind the leaders. Hagy's four-under par 67 in the first round had him a single shot out of the lead in a tie for third place at the midway point of Friday's action. He fell two spots after his one-under par 70 on the second 18 holes.
Hagy's first round included a pair of eagles on the par-five 10th and par-four 13th holes, driving the green on the latter on a 350-yard hole and putting in from three and a half feet. The two eagles gives him 10 for the season to tie for the national lead along with San Diego State's Alex Kang, who is not playing in the event. Hagy's first round that started on the second hole also included birdies on the par-five 14th and 17th holes, as well as bogeys on the par-three sixth and 16th.
Hagy began his second round with a bogey on the par-four second hole. He regained the stroke to get back to even for the round with a birdie on No. 6 but gave it right back when he bogeyed the par-three seventh. Hagy then caught fire with birdies on the same two holes he had eagled in the first round and added his second birdie in his many rounds on No. 14 before bogeying the par-four 18th for his final score.
Joël Stalter (68-71 - 139, -3) was able to tie for ninth after the first day despite a pair of up-and-down rounds that included 10 birdies, five bogeys and a double bogey. Starting on the fourth hole, Stalter's three-under par first round included birdies on three of his final five holes (No. 18, No. 2 and par-four No. 3). He had bogeyed his third hole of the day (No. 6) but came back with back-to-back birdies on No. 7 and the par-four eighth. He added another birdie on No. 14 before back-to-back bogeys on par-four 15th and No. 16 put him back at even-par before his final push. He was under-par only briefly during his second round after a birdie on No. 15 that followed bogeys on the par-four fifth and the par-three 12th, as well as birdies on No. 10 and No. 14. His double bogey on No. 18 put him back at one-over in the second round, but he got back to even with a birdie on the par-four first hole.
Michael Kim (67-73 - 140, -2) is tied for 12th after two rounds. He started strong with birdies on his first two holes (No. 3 and par-four No. 4). He bogeyed No. 6 but came back with back-to-back birdies (par-four No. 9 and No. 10). After eight straight pars he picked up another birdie on No. 1 to match Hagy's opening-round 67. But Kim quickly dropped down the leader board when he bogeyed three of his first five holes (No. 5, No. 6, No. 8) early in his second round. He managed to get two strokes back with birdies on No. 10 and No. 14 before a bogey on No. 16 left him at two-over for the round.
Max Homa (74-71 - 145, +3) had a tough stretch on the back nine of his opening round that contributed to his uncharacteristically low spot on the leader board tied for 28th after two rounds. Playing in the top spot in the lineup from the course's first hole, Homa was at even par through nine with a bogey on No. 5 and a birdie on No. 7, before four bogeys (No. 10, No. 13, No. 16, No. 18) and only one birdie (par-four No. 11) left him with an opening-round 74 and a tally of 40 on the back nine. He moved up 14 positions to his current spot from a 42nd place tie after an even-par second round that included two early back-to-back birdies on the par-four third and fourth holes. Despite the early success and another pair of back-to-back birdies (par-four No. 9 and No. 10), he never really was able to mount much of a charge due to four bogeys (No. 6, No. 8, No. 11 and No. 18).
Keelan Kilpatrick (77-78 - 155, +13) is tied for 80th after a day that included four double bogeys and 10 bogeys. Kilpatrick was also able to manage six birdies on a day in which neither of his rounds counted towards the Bears' team score.
Pace Johnson (70-67 - 137, -5) had a strong showing while playing the tournament as an individual. Johnson started on the 17th hole and after a bogey on his third hole of the day (No. 1) came back with birdies on No. 2 and No. 4 to get to one-under. A double bogey on nine put him back to one-over but he came back with three birdies (No. 10, No. 11, No. 13) and one bogey (No. 12) over his next four holes to finish his first round one-over. After a bogey on No. 18 early in his second round he rolled off six birdies (No. 1, No. 8, No. 10, No. 11, No. 13, No. 14) to get to five-under for the round and six-under for the tournament before a bogey on No. 15 brought him back down one stroke.
Cal, who is ranked as high as No. 3 nationally in the latest Golfstat and Golfworld/Nike polls, has already tied a regular-season school record with three team victories in 2011-12 and will break the mark with its next win.
ASU Thunderbird Invitational (hosted by Arizona State)
Tempe, AZ - ASU Karsten Golf Course (par-71, 7,026 yards)
TEAM LEADER BOARD (after 1 of 2 days/2 of 3 rounds/36 of 54 holes)
1. San Diego State (282-275 - 557, -11)
2. Cal (276-285 - 561, -7)
3. New Mexico (289-276 - 565, -3)
T4. Arizona State (286-282 - 568, E)
T4. Washington (284-284 - 568, E)
6. UNLV (285-285 - 570, +2)
7. BYU (280-294 - 574, +6)
8. Pepperdine (287-292 - 579, +11)
9. Oklahoma (290-292 - 582, +14)
10. Denver (290-296 - 586, +18)
11. Arizona (291-296 - 587, +19)
12. UC Irvine (293-299 - 592, +24)
13. UTSA (303-294 - 597, +29)
14. Ball State (308-292 - 600, +32)
T15. Colorado State (294-309 - 603, +35)
T15. Cal State Northridge (296-307 - 603, +35)
17. Wyoming (304-300 - 604, +36)
PLAYER LEADER BOARD - INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (after 1 of 2 days/2 of 3 rounds/36 of 54 holes)
T1. Alex Kang (San Diego State) 68-65 - 133 (-9)
T1. Austin Quick (Arizona State) 66-67 - 133 (-9)
PLAYER LEADER BOARD - CAL INDIVIDUALS (after 1 of 2 days/2 of 3 rounds/36 of 54 holes)
T4. Brandon Hagy 67-70 - 137 (-5)
T9. Joël Stalter 68-71 - 139 (-3)
T12. Michael Kim 67-73 - 140 (-2)
T28. Max Homa 74-71 - 145 (+3)
T80. Keelan Kilpatrick 77-78 - 155 (+13)
*T4. Pace Johnson 70-67 - 137 (-5)
*Playing as an individual