Cal was victorious a record fourth straight season at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate.
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Cal Claims Record Fourth Straight John A. Burns Intercollegiate Title

Golden Bears win for fifth time in seven events this season.
By Cal Athletics on Fri, February 21, 2014

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LIHUE, Hawaii – No. 2/3/4 Cal (278-282 – 560, -16) won for the fifth time in seven events this season with a nine-stroke victory at the weather-shortened John A. Burns Intercollegiate hosted by the University of Hawai’i. Cal became the first team to win four consecutive titles in the tournament’s 38-year history.

The third and final round scheduled for Friday at the par-72, 6,991-yard Wailua Golf Course was cancelled due to inclement weather and the tournament was shortened to the 36 holes played Wednesday and Thursday. Cal opened the event Wednesday with a 10-under par 278 to take a seven-stroke lead and extended its margin to nine strokes on Thursday with a six-under par 282 that tied for the day’s best round.

“We are certainly disappointed we were not able to finish the final round of play,” head coach Steve Desimone said. “But overall it was a good team win. Texas A&M, BYU and New Mexico are all really good teams. So it’s nice to come out of this with a win.”

Joël Stalter (67-71 – 138, -6) led the way for the Golden Bears by shooting six-under par for the tournament and finishing in second place, four strokes behind individual medalist Justin Kelly of BYU (68-66 – 134, -10). Stalter was the tournament’s defending champion.

“I’m really happy about my performance and the team’s performance overall,” Stalter said. “It’s a bit frustrating not being able to play today, but this happens and will certainly happen again so we just have to go with it.”

All five Cal players finished in the top 15 with Michael Weaver (70-70 – 140, -4) tied for fourth, Pace Johnson (71-70 – 141, -3) and Keelan Kilpatrick (70-71 – 141, -3) tied for eighth, and Brandon Hagy (71-72 – 143, -1) tied for 14th.

BYU (287-282 – 569, -7) and Texas A&M (286-283 – 569, -7) tied for second nine shots off Cal’s pace and were the only other teams to finish under par for the tournament.

Cal returns to action March 7-9 at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters hosted by UNLV in Las Vegas. The Bears are the defending champion of the event.

*Event shortened from 54 to 36 holes due to inclement weather

FINAL TEAM LEADER BOARD (after 2 of 2 days/2 of 2 rounds/36 of 36 holes)
1. Cal (278-282 – 560, -16)
T2. BYU (287-282 – 569, -7)
T2. Texas A&M (286-283 – 569, -7)
4. New Mexico (288-289 – 577, +1)
T5. UTEP (292-288 – 580, +4)
T5. Arizona (285-295 – 580, +4)
7. Washington State (291-291 – 582, +6)
T8. Long Beach State (292-292 – 584, +8)
T8. UNLV (293-291 – 584, +8)
10. Pacific (293-293 – 586, +10)
T11. Colorado State (293-295 – 588, +12)
T11. Nevada (295-293 – 588, +12)
13. Hawai’i (299-291 – 590, +14)
T14. Saint Mary’s (296-301 – 597, +21)
T14. Hawai’i ‘B’ (297-300 – 597, +21)
16. Fresno State (296-304 – 600, +24)
17. Hawai’i Hilo (298-304 – 602, +26) 

FINAL PLAYER LEADER BOARD – INDIVIDUAL MEDALIST (after 2 of 2 days/2 of 2 rounds/36 of 36 holes)
1. Justin Kelly (BYU) 68-66 – 134 (-10)

FINAL PLAYER LEADER BOARD – CAL INDIVIDUALS (after 2 of 2 days/2 of 2 rounds/36 of 36 holes)
2. Joël Stalter 67-71 – 138 (-6)
T4. Michael Weaver 70-70 – 140 (-2)
T8. Pace Johnson 71-70 – 141 (-3)
T8. Keelan Kilpatrick 70-71 – 141 (-3)
T14. Brandon Hagy 71-72 – 143 (-1) 

► Cal won for the fifth time in its first seven events in 2013-14 and has won 23 of its last 35 stroke-play events overall dating back to the beginning of the 2011-12 season while finishing in the top five in each
► Cal became the first team to ever win the John A. Burns Intercollegiate four straight times in its 38-year history
► Hagy, a candidate for National Player of the Year and the nation’s third-ranked player, had his string of top-10 finishes snapped at eight in a row with a 14th place finish but has still been in the top 14 for each of the last nine events, including all seven of his previous 2013-14 tournaments and his final two 2012-13 events at the NCAA Championship and NCAA Pullman Regional
► Kilpatrick’s tied for eighth place finish was the best of his career in only his second collegiate event since the 2012-13 season

Head Coach Steve Desimone
“Joël shot five-under par the first round and played great. He’s so steady – he hits it straight, good short game, wonderful putter and he manages his game and himself around the golf course really well. It’s a wonderful combination and it’s no surprise he’s come out of the blocks here in the spring with a win and a second.”

“For the first time in a while, we are going to be close to healthy. We have a lot of guys out with various injuries. Wrist, back, elbow – it’s just been one crazy thing after another. So I think my real goal (before our next tournament) is to make sure that we are healthy and get us into qualifying so that we identify our top five.”

“Southern Highlands will be the best regular-season tournament of the year in college golf. It’s a phenomenal field so we want to be as ready as possible.”

Brandon Hagy
“The team played well. We all definitely wanted to play today and increase our lead but a win is a win. For me individually, I’m disappointed I didn’t get a chance to move up the leader board but I feel confident with where my game is going into the next tournament.”

Keelan Kilpatrick
“Despite the team win, most of us are disappointed we didn’t get out there today. There was a really good feel amongst the team and with all five guys in the top 15 we really wanted to make a run at the individual title as well. Unfortunately the weather was not on our side today, but I would say it’s been a successful week all around. Everyone is playing really solid and there is a lot of excitement for Southern Highlands in two weeks, one of the best tournaments and strongest fields of the year. Personally it’s my first top 10 finish in college golf and it feels good to be back in the lineup and on form. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season.”

Michael Weaver
”We are really pleased we won the event for the fourth year in a row. I think all of us were hoping that we could go out and play today and post a good round, but you can’t control the weather. I’m pleased with how I played individually and that I bounced back with a good finish after Arizona.” 


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