March 20, 1998
The California men's golf team will tee it up Monday and Tuesday, March 23-24, at the Cleveland Golf Southwestern Intercollegiate Invitational. Hosted by USC, the 12-team tournament will be played at the par-71 North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, Calif. In addition to Cal, USC, and defending NCAA champions Pepperdine, Augusta State, Arizona State, Brigham Young, CSU Northridge, Fresno State, Oregon, Oregon State, San Jose State and Washington will also be competing for this year's crown. Last year, host team USC won the event.
Head Coach Steve Desimone: Steve Desimone is in his 19th season as the head coach of the Golden Bears. Desimone, a 1970 Cal graduate and former member of the basketball team, led the Bears to a sixth-place finish in the Pac-10 last season. He has taken Cal to four NCAA West Regionals (90, 93, 95, 97) as well as an appearance in the 1995 NCAA championships, when the Bears finished sixth in the nation. Since Desimone has been at the helm, the golf program has produced three All-Americans.
Cal's Lineup Set Southwestern Intercollegiate: Head Coach Steve Desimone has selected the following players to represent Cal in the 1998 Southwestern Intercollegiate.
1997-98 Results Player Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown/Last School Rounds Total Avg Low Top Finish 1. Dan Arroyo 6-0 175 So Walnut Creek, CA/Northgate HS 12 857 71.4 66 T5th 2. Jay Berkowitz 5-8 165 Jr Weaverville, CA/Enterprise HS 11 591 72.5 62 T3rd 3. Dan Coyle 5-11 158 So Dundalk, Ireland/St. Marys Golf HS 12 649 72.7 69 2nd 4. Han Lee 6-2 180 So Cerritos, CA/Cerritos HS 9 559 73.2 67 T7th 5. Adam Ainbinder 5-10 155 Fr Huntington Beach, CA/Servite HS 6 444 74.0 68 T24th
The Last Time Out: The Bears opened the spring season 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 tournaments opening round with a combined 22-under-par 266, finished with a three-day total of 25-under 839, seven strokes better than second place finisher Southern Methodist. 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. Junior Jay Berkowitz was Cals low scorer in third place overall with a three-day total of 10-under-par 206. Cals Dan Arroyo finished four strokes off the pace at 8-under 208 in fifth place overall and Han Lee ended the tournament tied for seventh with a final score of 6-under 210. The only scoring golfer not to finish among the top seven was freshman Adam Ainbinder, whose career-best three-day total of 1-under 215 placed him tied for 24th overall.
2-of-3 Isn't Bad: The 1997-98 Bears showed they were going to be a team to be reckoned with during the fall, winning the first two tournaments of the season. 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 Coyles 3-under-par 71-69-72212 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 Yis 8-under-par 73-67-68208 was good enough to place him fourth overall, while Dan Arroyo (66-73-70209) finished in fifth. Cal wrapped up the fall season with a disappointing 15th at the Nike Northwest Invitational Oct. 6-7 in Corvallis, Ore., shooting an 33-over-par three-day total of 897. Cal was in 17th place after the first two rounds, but fired a 293 over the final 18 holes to move up two notches. Individually, Cals highest finisher was junior Dan Arroyo (74-74-72220).
Yi Out for Season: The California mens golf team suffered a huge blow last week when its top player, sophomore Dong Yi of Alameda, suffered a season-ending injury to his right wrist. After undergoing exploratory arthroscopic surgery Friday, doctors discovered a torn tendon sheath. It is the second time this year 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.