Men's Golf Heads to Pacific Northwest
September 26, 1998
Sept. 26, 1998
THIS WEEK Sept. 28-29 Husky Invitational Seattle, WA
NEXT ACTION Oct. 11-12 Missouri Bluffs Intercollegiate Columbia, MO
NORTHWEST ON TAP: With a pair of Top 5 finishes under its belt, the California mens golf team heads to the Pacific Northwest for the Husky Invitational, Sept. 28-29. Hosted by the University of Washington, the two-day, 54-hole tournament will be contested at the Gold Mountain Olympic Golf Course (par 72, 7003 yards) in Bremerton, Wash., with the first two rounds of play taking place on Monday, followed by the third and final round Tuesday. Unlike most collegiate golf tournaments in which a maximum of five players can be entered, the Husky Invitational will employ a play-six-count-five format, which should benefit a deep team like Cal.
THE FIELD -- SMALL BUT STACKED: In addition to Cal, nine quality golf teams will be competing in this years Husky Invitational, including: Brigham Young; Nevada-Reno; Northwestern; Oregon; Oregon State; Stanford; Tulsa; Washington; and Washington State.
CAL ANNOUNCES LINUP FOR HUSKY INVITATIONAL: Head coach Steve Desimone has selected the following individuals to represent Cal in this years Husky Invitational:
1998-99 Stats/Results Player Ht. Yr Hometown/Last School Rounds Total Avg. Low Top Finish 1. Han Lee 6-2 JR Cerritos, CA/Cerritos HS 6 422 70.3 68 2nd 2. Dong Yi 5-8 JR Alameda, CA/Alameda HS 6 430 71.7 68 t3rd 3. Dan Coyle 5-11 SR Dundalk, Ireland/St. Marys HS 6 433 72.2 69 t5th 4. Dan Arroyo 6-0 SR Walnut Creek, CA/Northgate HS 6 434 72.3 71 t12th 5. Robert Hamilton 5-10 JR Sacramento, CA/Sac State -- -- -- -- -- 6. Jay Berkowitz 5-8 Redding, CA/Enterprise HS -- -- -- -- --
NO PAC-10 PREVIEW: With the Bears tight travel schedule and the fact that the tournament is being played nearly 60 from the UW campus, Cal, unfortunatlly, will not get an opportunity to play Broadmore Country Club in Seattle, site of this years Pacific-10 Conference golf championship. The Bears hosts their major fundraiser of the year at Orinda Country Club on Friday, Sept. 25 and wont depart for Washington until Noon Saturday.
PACIFIC INVITE RECAP: After playing solid golf during the first two rounds at Saddle Creek, the Bears entered Tuesdays third and final round13-strokes under par in third place. But Cal couldnt maintain that pace as none of the Bears five competitiors were able to break par during the afternoon session. The Bears, who had opened the season with five consecutive sub par rounds, shot a dissapointing 8-over 296 during the third round, slipping to fifth place overall with a final score of 5-under 859. Cals score was 21 shots behinde tournament champion No. Texas, which lit up the course with a final score of 26-under 838. Han Lee (211) was Cals top finisher in 7th place at -5 followed by Dong Yi (217/30th), Dan Arroyo (218/34th), Dan Coyle (218/34th) and Josh Levin (222/54th).
HANS HOT HAND: Through the seasons first two tournaments, junior Han Lee has without a doubt, been 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 last week at Saddle Creek to card another 211. For the season, Lees stroke average is a paltry 70.3, over four strokes per round lower than he shot in 1997-98 when he averaged 74.5 in 35 rounds of competition.
YI BACK IN THE SWING OF THINGS: After missing the entire spring 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 last weeks Pacific Invitational. He posses the teams second lowest stroke average at 71.7, over two full strokes lower than his collegiate career average of 73.8.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH: The California Mens golf team got the 1998-99 season off to a bang last weekend as the Golden Bears fired a combined 12-under-par three round total of 852 to win their second consecutive Falcon-Cross Creek Invitational.
The Bears, who have now won three of the last four Falcon Invitationals, led the event wire-to-wire and finished the tournament with four of their five golfers among the Top 12, including three in the Top 5. Leading the way for Cal with a career-best finish was junior Han Lee (Cerritos, CA), who used a final round 69 to climb from sixth to second, and closed out the tournament with a three round total of 5-under 211. Just two strokes behind Lee and four strokes off the pace at 3-under 213 in a two-way tie for third was junior Dong Yi (Alameda, CA).
Yi, who was playing in his first collegiate tournament since suffering a wrist injury and missing all of the 1998 spring campaign, had an outstanding return to the links and actually sat atop the tournament leader board for the first two rounds. But Yis bid for medalist honors vanished after a final-round 75. Cals two other golfers to finish in the Top 12 were seniors Dan Coyle (Dundalk, Ire.) at -2 and Dan Arroyo (Walnut Creek, CA) at even par. The pair finished in fifth and 12th, respectively.
CAL SNARES TOP 25 RANKING: With everyone back from last years squad that finished in the Top 15 at the NCAA Golf Championships, the Cal mens golf team opens its 1998-99 campaign ranked No. 22 in the preseason MasterCard College Golf Rankings. Defending champs, UNLV, with 345 votes nailed down the top spot with Georgia, Georgia Tech, Clemson and Oklahoma State in slots 2-5, respectively.
BEWARE OF THE BEAR IN 98-99: According to Cal head coach Steve Desimone, the Skys the limit for the Golden Bears in 1998. Deep, experienced and very talented, Cal returns every player from last year, including junior Dong Yi, who missed the entire spring with a wrist injury. The Bears have added Sacramento State-transfer Robert Hamilton. Last year at Sac State, Hamilton posted a 72.4 stroke average and took medallist honors at the Pacific Invitational. Leading the way for Cal once again will be 1997 honorable mention All-American Dan Arroyo.