SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Cal (345-359-354 – 1058, +8) closed out its regular season with a third-place finish Sunday at the Western Intercollegiate hosted by San Jose State at the par-70, 6,615-yard Pasatiempo Golf Club. The defending champion Golden Bears finished 16 shots behind winner and Pac-12 rival Stanford (347-349-344 – 1040, -10).
“It was a pretty disappointing finish,” head coach Steve Desimone said. “We were looking to repeat after a great victory last year, but it just wasn’t to be.”
Last year, Cal headed into the final round and ended at the Western Intercollegiate but would up winning by 13 strokes after a final-round 10-under par 340 that head coach Desimone called “certainly one of the best and maybe the best in school history.”
This season Joël Stalter (65-72-71 – 208, -2) tied for ninth to lead the Golden Bears’ effort and record his sixth top-10 finish of the campaign.
“This tournament really lets you know what you need to work on before the postseason,” Stalter added. “It’s a great preparation for what’s next.”
Cameron Shaw (67-71-73 – 211, +1) was the next Cal finisher in a tie for 15th but was playing as an individual and did not count towards the team score.
Cal came into the event ranked No. 3 by Golfstat and No. 5 according to Golfweek, while the Cardinal was Golfstat’s No. 4 team and No. 6 by Golfweek. The teams are in a battle to be the top-ranked team in the West and likely stay close to home for the only one of six NCAA Regionals on the West Coast at the Eugene Country Club. The teams will face each other one more time before NCAA Regional action begins when both return to action April 25-27 at the Pac-12 Championship hosted by Arizona at the Gallery Golf Club in Marana, Arizona.
“This is a very important event, especially with Stanford now the No. 1 team in the West,” Desimone said of the upcoming conference championship. “If we can knock them off at the Pac-12’s then I think we would have a chance to move back into that position. Both coaches and teams know exactly what needs to be done. Needless to say we’ll be looking forward to playing in a week and a half.”
WESTERN INTERCOLLEGIATE (HOSTED BY SAN JOSE STATE) SANTA CRUZ, CA PASATIEMPO GOLF CLUB (PAR-70, 6,615 YARDS) FINAL TEAM LEADER BOARD (after 2 of 2 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes) 1. Stanford (347-349-344 – 1040, -10) 2. Washington (347-355-354 – 1056, +6) 3. Cal (345-359-354 – 1058, +8) 4. San Diego State (357-352-356 – 1065, +15) 5. Oregon (359-352-356 – 1067, +17) T6. USC (355-355-362 – 1072, +22) T6. Arizona State (354-365-353 – 1072, +22) 8. Texas (351-362-360 – 1073, +23) 9. UC Irvine (361-363-357 – 1081, +31) 10. UTEP (374-358-354 – 1086, +36) 11. SMU (356-369-371 – 1096, +46) 12. San Jose State (363-370-365 – 1098, +48) 13. Memphis (361-376-362 – 1099, +49) 14. Hawai’i (363-375-371 – 1109, +59) FINAL PLAYER LEADER BOARD – INDIVIDUAL MEDALIST (after 2 of 2 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes) 1. Cameron Wilson (Stanford) 67-67-69 – 203 (-7) FINAL PLAYER LEADER BOARD – CAL INDIVIDUALS (after 2 of 2 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes) T9. Joël Stalter 65-72-71 – 208 (-2) *T15. Cameron Shaw 67-71-73 – 211 (+1) T18. James Yoon 70-70-72 – 212 (+2) T26. Keelan Kilpatrick 73-72-69 – 214 (+4) T33. Shotaro Ban 72-73-70 – 215 (+5) T33. Brandon Hagy 69-74-72 – 215 (+5) T33. Michael Weaver 69-72-74 – 215 (+5) *T43. Pace Johnson 72-71-74 – 217 (+7) *Playing as an individual NOTES ► Cal won six of 11 regular-season tournaments in 2013-14 and has captured 24 of its last 37 stroke-play events overall dating back to the beginning of the 2011-12 campaign. The Bears have also been in the top five in 40 of 41 events during the stretch, with four other top-five finishes coming in four match-play events. ► Cal’s six wins in 2013-14 are tied for the second-most in school history with the 2011-12 squad as only the 12 victories by the 2012-13 team are better. ► Stalter started his final round on the third hole and quickly got to two-under for the round and six-under for the tournament after birdies on the par-four seventh and 10th holes. He gave one shot back with a bogey on the par-four 11th but birdied the par-five 13th to get back to his previous position. Stalter would bogey four of his final seven holes on the par-three 15th and third holes sandwiching bogeys on the par-four 16th and first holes. His lone exception came on the par-three 18th when he hit his tee shot to about three feet from the hole and tapped in for birdie. ► Shaw started on the 18th hole and recovered from a tough start by playing his final 14 holes in one-under par after being four-over in his first four. He had back-to-back bogeys on the par-four first and second holes before taking a double bogey on the third. Shaw would birdie four of his final 14 holes on the par-four fourth, par-five ninth, 15th and 16th holes, but also had a bogey on the par-three fifth and a double bogey on the par-four 12th. ► Yoon, who also started on the third hole, birdied the eighth while his three bogeys came on the first, fifth and par-four 14th holes. ► Kilpatrick’s one-under 69 was Cal’s best round of the day on Sunday. Kilpatrick started the round with a birdie on the fifth hole and also had birdies on the ninth and 13th holes, while his bogeys came on the 11th and 15th. ► Ban’s even-par round that started on the fifth hole included 16 pars, while his lone birdie and bogey came on the ninth and first holes, respectively. ► Hagy, who started on the fourth hole, birdied a pair of par-five holes (6, 13), while he bogeyed both a pair of par-threes (8, 18) and par-fours (11, 16). ► Johnson, who started on 18, had five bogeys (2, 4, 5, 10, 11) before his lone birdie on the par-five 13th. ► Weaver’s two birdies came in back-to-back fashion on the 13th and par-four 14th holes but were preceded by two bogeys (5, 9) and followed by another four bogeys (16, 1, 2, 3). He started on the fourth hole.