Cal has wrapped up its third final round of action at the 2010 NCAA Championships on Thursday, finishing the tournament hosted by Chattanooga at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn., with a 54-hole total of 16-over par 880. The score is currently good for 24th place on the leader board with only six of 30 teams in the clubhouse, three of those below the Golden Bears. Cal had started third-round action tied for 19th.
The top eight teams during 54 holes of stroke play over the first three days of the event advance to match-play quarterfinals on Friday (9 a.m., EDT/6 a.m. PDT). Semifinals are scheduled for Saturday (9 a.m. EDT/6 a.m. PDT), with the national championship match slated for Sunday (Noon EDT/9 a.m. PDT). Check out the team leader board for the latest update on teams battling for those eight spots.
The Bears shot nearly idential scores in each of the three rounds with a pair of five-over par efforts of 293 on Tuesday and Thursday sandwiching Wednesday's six-over par 294.
Cal, who was competing at the NCAA Championships for the first time since winning their lone men's golf national title in 2004, qualified by finishing tied for third May 20-22 at the NCAA Southwest Regional hosted by San Diego State. The Bears were playing with three freshmen in the lineup.
On the player leader board, Scott Langley of Illinois has moved into the tournament lead past second-round leader Alex Ching of San Diego. Langley shot a four-under par 68 for the second consecutive round and is 10-under par for the tournament. Chang is at nine-under par through his first two rounds and has reportedly just started his third round.
Freshman Michael Weaver was the top finisher for the Bears with a one-over par score of 217 in his first NCAA Championships. Weaver shot a three-under par round 69 on Thursday that was Cal's best round of the event. Weaver got off to an incredible third-round start on Thursday, struggled in the middle of the round and then finished strong. He birdied four of his first six holes (1, 3, 5, 6) to get back to even-par for the tournament but then suffered a pair of bogeys (7, 10) and a double-bogey (9) to go back to four-over. He rebounded with three birdies over his final seven holes (12, 14, 16) and is currently tied for 41st place.
After a seven-over par 79 in Tuesday's opening round, Max Homa finished strong over his final two rounds, backing up Wednesday's one-under par round of 71 with an even-par 72 on Thursday. Homa had Cal's only eagle of the tournament on the par-five 17th on Thursday. He also had a pair of birdies (2, 12) and four bogeys (5, 8, 10, 15). He is currently tied for 101st place.
Mina ended Wednesday's action in a tie for 43rd place at one-over par for the tournament after an even-par 72 on Tuesday and a one-over round of 73 on Wednesday. But on Thursday, the Pac-10 champion skied to a season-high seven-over par 79. He had two double-bogeys (5, 14), five bogeys (3, 7, 10, 16, 18) and a pair of birdies (12, 17).
Hale recovered from a five-over 77 on Wednesday to shoot a solid one-over par round of 73 on Thursday. He made two birdies (10, 15), 13 pars and three bogeys (3, 14, 18).
Mina and Hale are currently tied for 107th palce.
Brandon Hagy, who had been at even-par after the first round of the tournament, suffered a nine-over par round of 81 on Thursday that equaled a career-worst and finished with a 54-hole score of 14-over par 230. He is currently tied for 137th. Hagy's final NCAA round was plagued by a quadruple bogey nine on the par-five 11th hole. He also had a double-bogey on the 18th hole and three bogeys (3, 9, 17). His two birdies came on the sixth and 16th holes. He is currently tied for 136th place.