CAL LOOKING FOR THIRD NCAA REGIONAL TITLE Cal (No. 4 Golfstat/No. 4 Golf World/Nike Golf, No. 6 Golfweek/Sagarin) is the top seed at the 2014 NCAA Sugar Grove Regional hosted by Northern Illinois this Thursday-Saturday, May 15-17. The Golden Bears are appearing in an NCAA Regional for a school-record-tying eighth time and looking to win for a third consecutive season after victories at the 2012 NCAA Stanford Regional and 2013 NCAA Pullman Regional. The 54-hole tournament with a five-player, count-four scoring format begins from the tees at the first and 10th holes on Thursday and Friday at 8 a.m. CT/6 a.m. PT, and on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. CT/5:30 a.m. PT. Each of the 14 teams in the field is scheduled to play a single round of 18 holes each day. The top-seeded Golden Bears are scheduled to be paired with second-seed Illinois and third-seed USC during Thursday’s opening round. The first threesome from the trio of teams will hit the first tee at 9:15 a.m. CT/7:15 a.m. PT. Specific pairings for all three days and tee times for second and third-round action Friday and Saturday have yet to be determined with the latter to be determined based upon results at the end of first and second-round action, respectively.
CHECK OUT THE NCAA SUGAR GROVE REGIONAL Admission to the 2014 NCAA Sugar Grove Regional and parking is free. Fans can also follow the event by visiting CalBears.com, which will link to live scoring provided by golfstat.com and the NCAA Sugar Grove Regional home page, as well as contain a wide array of information including a daily recap, complete results and much more. In addition, fans can check out the latest updates and be part of the conversation on Twitter by following @CalMensGolf. When tweeting about Cal men’s golf and the NCAA Sugar Grove Regional fans can help spread the word by using the suggested hashtags #CalMensGolf, #NCAAGolf and #RHFRegional.
Thu., May 15
NCAA Sugar Grove Regional (First Round)
Sugar Grove, IL (Rich Harvest Farms)
8 a.m. CT/6 a.m. PT
Fri., May 16
NCAA Sugar Grove Regional (Second Round)
Sugar Grove, IL (Rich Harvest Farms)
8 a.m. CT/6 a.m. PT
Sat., May 17
NCAA Sugar Grove Regional (Third Round)
Sugar Grove, IL (Rich Harvest Farms)
7:30 a.m. CT/5:30 a.m. PT
QUICK NOTES ► Winners – Cal won six of its 12 events during the 2013-14 season and has won 24 of its last 38 stroke-play tournaments overall dating back to the beginning of the 2011-12 campaign. The Bears have finished in the top five in 37 of those 38 events as well as another four additional match-play events during the period for 41 top-five showings in their last 42 tournaments overall. ► Next Win – Another Cal victory this season would give the Bears seven in 2013-14 and the second-most in school history behind the record 12 stoke-play events Cal won in 2012-13. ► National Honors Candidates – Senior Brandon Hagy became the first Cal player to win the prestigious Byron Nelson Award in 2013-14. The national player of the year candidate is No. 5 on the latest watch list for the Haskins Award and was a national semifinalist for The Ben Hogan Award. Hagy and JoëlStalter are both All-American and All-Academic Scholar candidates as well. Hagy is ranked as high as No. 7 (Golfweek) in the latest national rankings, while Stalter is as high as No. 17, both according to Golfweek. Stalter was also among five national finalists for the Byron Nelson Award. ► Individual Medalists – Hagy and Stalter have both been individual medalists three times in 2013-14, which is one shy of the school-record four individual medalist honors captured by unanimous national player of the year Michael Kim in 2012-13. Hagy won outright at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational and Aggie Invitational, while Stalter was victorious on his own at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational and the National Invitational Tournament. The two shared the Arizona Intercollegiate title. ► Two-Time Defending NCAA Regional Champions – Cal has won team titles each of the past two seasons during NCAA Regional in 2012 at the NCAA Stanford Regional and 2013 at the NCAA Pullman Regional. The Bears posted a 20-stroke win last season in Pullman and broke the modern-era NCAA single-season win record in the process with their 11th victory of the 2012-13 campaign. Three members of this year’s lineup had top-five finishes with Michael Weaver sharing individual medalist honors, Stalter talking third and Hagy fifth. In a six-stroke win the previous season at Stanford that was the first NCAA Regional victory in school history, Hagy led the way with a third-place finish while Stalter tied for 27th. ► NCAA Regional History – In addition to victories each of the last two seasons, Cal has advanced out of NCAA Regional into the NCAA Championship on seven other occasions in 1995 (7th, Albuquerque, N.M.), 1998 (T4th, Tempe, Ariz.), 1999 (4th, Tucson, Ariz.), 2000 (T10th, Madera, Calif.), 2004 (T7th, Portland, Ore.), 2010 (T3rd, San Diego, Calif.) and 2011 (3rd, Tucson, Ariz.). ► Longest Trip in NCAA Regional History – Cal’s trip to Illinois marks the longest the Bears have ever traveled for an NCAA Regional. The furthest east the team has traveled previously was in 2009 to Austin, Tex. ► NCAA Regional Individual History – Weaver’s share of NCAA individual medalist honors in 2013 marked the first time a Cal player had shared or won an individual NCAA Regional title. Cal’s three seniors have combined to play in eight NCAA Regionals during their careers with half of those top-five finishes and five in the top 10. In addition to Weaver’s victory, he was eighth at the 2010 San Diego Regional with the top-five showing s for Hagy and Stalter noted above. ► 10-Year NCAA Championship Anniversary – Cal won its lone NCAA title 10 years ago in 2004. On its way to the national championship, Cal was sixth at the Pac-10 Championship and tied for seventh at the NCAA Portland Regional. ► NCAA Regional Weather Forecast – The weather forecast for the NCAA Sugar Grove Regional is calling for afternoon showers with a 50 percent chance of rain on Thursday with a high temperature of 58 and a low of 39 with winds from the north up to 10 mph. A few showers with a 30 percent chance of rain is forecast for Friday with a high of 54 and a low of 38 with winds from the north and northeast up to 12 mph. Partly cloudy skies with a 10 percent chance of rain are forecast for Saturday with a high of 60 and a low of 40, with winds out of the northwest at up to 8 mph. ► The Field – The 14-team field for the 2014 NCAA Sugar Grove Regional features six teams that are in the top 25 of the most recent Golfstat poll. Complete rankings of each team in the field according to the Golfstat, Golfweek and Golf World/NIKE Golf Coaches polls are listed below. Teams are seeded in each NCAA Regional in order of their Golfstat rankings. Golfstat – No. 6 Cal, No. 8 Illinois, No. 16 UAB, No. 25 USC, No. 28 UNLV, No. 29 Clemson, No. 38 Kent State, No. 51 Purdue, No. 52 Mississippi State, No. 57 Cal State Fullerton, No. 68 New Mexico State, No. 113 Jacksonville State, No. 180 Cleveland State, No. 269 Saint Peter’s Golfweek – No. 4 Cal, No. 9 Illinois, No. 16 USC, No. 21 UAB, No. 28 UNLV, No. 33 Clemson, No. 39 Kent State, No. 45 Purdue, No. 52 Mississippi State, No. 66 Cal State Fullerton, No. 67 New Mexico State, No. 97 Jacksonville State, No. 175 Cleveland State, No. 271 Saint Peter’s Golf World/NIKE Golf Coaches – No. 4 Cal, No. 8 Illinois, No. 18 UAB, No. 21 USC
CAL’S 2014 NCAA SUGAR GROVE REGIONAL LINEUP Cal’s lineup for the 2014 NCAA Sugar Grove Regional listed below along with each player’s current Golfstat and Golfweek national rankings, as well as 2013-14 and career stroke-play rounds, strokes and averages.
Visit the 2013-14 roster online at CalBears.com for links to complete player and coach bios; ^Rankings last updated: Golfstat (5/13/14), Golfweek (5/5/14); *Ranking for those golfers who have not played in minimum number of rounds to be eligible for regular rankings
PLAYER NOTES 1 – JoëlStalter(5-7, 155, Sr., 3L, Amneville, France/INDP HS) NCAA Regional History – 2 (3rd, 2013 Pullman Regional; T27th, 2013; 2012 Stanford Regional) ► A national player of the year candidate for most of the season, one of five finalists for the Byron Nelson Award, on the watch list for The Ben Hogan Award and co-team MVP ► Has been individual medalist three times in 2013-14 (Alister MacKenzie Invitational, National Invitational Tournament, Arizona Intercollegiate shared with teammate Brandon Hagy), in the top two four times, the top five on six occasions and the top 10 seven times ► Has led or co-led Cal seven times in 2013-14, including seven of the last nine events ► Won Pac-12 Men’s Golfer of the Month honors in February of 2014 for the second time in his career after posting a 69.80 stroke average over his first five rounds of the spring ► Has been an individual medalist a team-high five times in his career, adding wins in 2012-13 at the Arizona Intercollegiate (shared with Michael Kim) and John A. Burns Intercollegiate to his three victories this season ► Has a 71.59 stroke average on the season and 71.73 for his career that are both second among active players on the team to Brandon Hagy 2 – Brandon Hagy (5-11, 170, Sr., 3L, Westlake Village, CA/Westlake HS) NCAA Regional History – 3 (3rd, 2012 Stanford Regional; 5th, 2013 Pullman Regional; T21st, 2010 San Diego Regional) ► A national player of the year candidate at No. 4 on the Haskins Award watch list who is also one of five finalists for the Byron Nelson Award and one of 10 semifinalists for The Ben Hogan Award ► Selected to Team USA for the 2014 Palmer Cup after being ranked No. 6 in the final Palmer Cup Ranking ► Has finished in the top five in 10 of his last 13 events and the top 10 in all but two of those 13 tournaments ► Has been an individual medalist three times in 2013-14 (Jack Nicklaus Invitational, Arizona Intercollegiate, Aggie Invitational) and four times in his career, also winning the Alister MacKenzie Invitational in 2012-13 ► Has a career-best and team season-best 70.83 stroke average that is ranked 23rd nationally ► Cal’s only player to have played in all 12 of the team’s events in 2013-14
3 – Keelan Kilpatrick (5-9, 165, So., 1L, Christchurch, New Zealand/St. Bede’s College) NCAA Regional History – None ► Has finished tied for 26th or better in each of his last six tournaments, including the top finish of his career when he tied for eighth at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate and was Cal’s top finisher to start the run ► In the lineup for the seventh consecutive tournament after having played only once from during the 2012-13 and fall 2013 seasons, redshirting in 2012-13 and participating only at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational in the fall of 2013 ► Named the team’s Co-Most Improved Player in 2013-14
4 – Shotaro Ban (5-10, 155, So., 1L, San Jose, CA/Archbishop Misty HS) NCAA Regional History – None ► In the team’s lineup for the third consecutive event after having not previously played as a member of the team since a career-best sixth-place finish at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational during the third tournament of the fall last September ► Did play in two consecutive events prior to returning to the lineup as an individual, which included the second-best finish of his career and his second top-10 showing this year when he tied for eighth at the Aggie Invitational ► Participated in the team’s first three events of 2013-14, adding a tied for 12th showing at the Saint Mary’s Invitational and a tied for 27th finish at the Gopher Invitational to his sixth-place finish at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational ► Has four top-20 finishes in 2013-14, adding a tied for 16th at the Pac-12 Championship 5 – Michael Weaver (5-9, 175, Sr., 3L, Fresno, CA/Clovis West HS) NCAA Regional History – 3 (T1st, 2013 Pullman Regional; 8th, 2010 San Diego Regional; T25th, 2011 Arizona Regional) ► Has three top-10 finishes and been tied for 17th or better in seven of 12 events in 2013-14 ► Was on watch lists for the 2013-14 Byron Nelson Trophy and The Ben Hogan Award ► The only Cal golfer to ever play at the Masters while currently on the collegiate team and only the second golfer in the history of the sport to play in the Masters, Palmer Cup, U.S. Open and Walker Cup in the same calendar year in 2013
COACH NOTES Head Coach Steve Desimone ► 35th season as Cal head coach ► NCAA Champions (2004) ► NCAA Semifinalists (2012, ’13) ► NCAA Regional Champions (2012, ’13) ► Pac-12 Champions (2012, ’13) ► Two-time National Coach of the Year (2004, ’13) ► Two-time Regional Coach of the Year (2012, ’13) ► Three-time Pac-10/12 Coach/Co-Coach of the Year (1987, 2012, ’13) ► GCAA (Class of 2010) and NCGA (Class of 2014) Hall of Famer ► Nine NCAA Championship appearances (1995, ’98, ’99, 2000, ’04, ’10, ’11, ’12, ’13) ► 19 NCAA Regional appearances (1990, ’93, ’95, ’97, ’98, ’99, 2000, ’01, ’02, ’03, ’04, ’07, ’08, ’09, ’10, ’11, ’12, ’13, ’14) ► 62 stroke-play victories ► 13 All-Americans/18 All-American honors ► 13 All-America Scholars/20 All-America Scholar honors
DES SAYS ► On approach to NCAA Regional action “This is survive and advance. Winning an NCAA Regional is a great honor and accomplishment but the reality is you must finish in the top five to play for the national championship. That will certainly have consequences for how we approach this event. These are times when you take fewer risks, you play more conservatively. You have to think that if you play your normal game, keep the ball in play and do what we’ve done the last few years, we will be in a good position.” ► On the NCAA Sugar Regional field “You’ve got three local teams here in Illinois, Kent State and Purdue. You’ve got a team like Kent State that is seeded seventh that I would be surprised if they didn’t advance, which means somebody in the top five is going to get knocked out. We’re going to have to be sharp, keep mistakes to a minimum and hopefully we survive and head to Prairie Dunes. Making the top five is all that really counts.” ► On having three seniors in the lineup “All three of our seniors have played in three NCAA Regionals and three NCAA Championships. Experience counts at this stage. These guys have been here and done that. If all three of them play steady golf then chances are that we’ll be in good shape. That’s what we’re looking for from those guys and they know it.”