The video from Cal head coach Kevin Grimes' appearance on the June 29 edition of Comcast Sportsnet's "Chronicle Live" has been posted on CalBears.com, on the right side of the front page and on the right side of the men's soccer page.
That marked his fourth appearance in seven days on local TV to discuss the World Cup in South Africa. Besides his interview on KTSF on June 23 and his KRON sit down with Gary Radnich on June 24, Grimes appeared on Comcast Sportsnet's "Sportsnet Central" on June 26.
Former Cal golfers Peter Tomasulo and Charlie Wi fell far off the lead in their final rounds of action at the Mexico Open Bicentenary and Traveler's Championship stops of the PGA's Nationwide and regular tour, respectively.
Tomasulo (64-71-72-75 - 282, -6) was tied for the lead heading into Sunday's final round of the Mexico Open Bicentenary in Leon, Mexico, but shot a three-over par round of 75 to finish tied for 14th and six shots out of first place.
Wi (64-67-71-69 - 271, -9), who had been tied for the lead after the first round and still tied for third through 36 holes, finished tied for 21st at the Traveler's Championship in Cromwell, Conn., five shots out of first.
Former Cal golfer Peter Tomasulo (64-71-72 - 207, -9) is tied for the lead heading into Sunday's final round of action at the Mexico Open Bicentenary stop of the PGA's Nationwide Tour in Leon, Mexico. Tomasulo and fellow American B.J. Staten are both at identical 54-hole totals of nine-under par 207 after each shot even-par rounds of 72 on Saturday. Five others are one shot off the pace at eight-under, while 15 place are within four shots.
Several other current and former Cal golfers have also recently been in action. Former Golden Bear Charlie Wi (64-67-71 - 202, -8) is tied for 13th place heading into Sunday's final round of the Travelers Championship on Sunday. Wi shot a one-over round of 71 on Saturday after having been nine-under and tied for third through the first 36 holes.
Sophomore Brandon Hagy (67-67-71-75 - 280) finished tied for seventh at the Rice Planters Amateur Tournament, shooting a 75 during Saturday's final round after having led the event after three rounds.
Senior John Murphy (T-72nd, 76-71-77-72 - 296, +20) and former Cal player George Gandranata (77th, 77-75-70-76 - 298, +22) wrapped up four days of action Saturday at the Northeast Amateur Invitational Golf Tournament.
Current Cal men's golfer Brandon Hagy and former Golden Bear Peter Tomasulo are on top of leader boards of their respective events at the conclusion of action Friday. Hagy leads the Rice Planters Amateur Tournament and Tomasulo is tied with fellow American B.J. Staten for first place at the Mexico Open Bicentenary stop on the Nationwide Tour. Another former Cal men's golfer Charlie Wi is tied for third at the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship.
Hagy's score of one-under par 71 on Friday was four strokes higher than his back-to-back rounds of five-under par 67 to start the tournament but still three strokes better than the 74 shot by second-round leader Pete Kellerman, moving Hagy one shot into the lead heading into Saturday's fourth and final round.
Tomasulo, who started the day alone atop the leader board, finished in a two-way tie with Staten after shooting a one-under par 71 in Friday's second round to move to nine-under for the tournament. Nine others are within three shots of the duo.
Wi was one of four players who started the day in first place after shooting an eight-under par round of 64 on Thursday. He came back Friday with a five-under par showing of 67 to move to 13-under for the tournament but is still five shots off the pace of tournament leader Justin Rose, who backed up his 64 on Thursday with a 62 on Friday to get to 18-under through 36 holes.
The Travelers Championship and Mexico Open Bicentenary continue through Sunday.
Former Cal men's golfers Charlie Wi and Peter Tomasulo both sit atop leader boards of their respective PGA and Nationwide events after each shot an opening-round eight-under par 64 on Thursday.
Wi was one of four players to fire the score at the Travelers Championship being played through Sunday at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut.
Tomasulo is alone at the top of the leader board at the Mexico Open Bicentenary also being played through Sunday at the El Bosque Country Club in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico.
Hagy is in second place two shots off the lead after posting back-to-back rounds of 67 over the last two days at the Rice Planters Amateur Tournament that will continue through Saturday at the Snee Farm Country Club in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
California head coach Kevin Grimes and seniors A.J. Soares and Servando Carrasco will be featured in a story that KTSF Channel 26 is producing on soccer in the San Francisco Bay Area. KTSF, a Bay Area TV station, interviewed Grimes and his players today, Wednesday, June 23, and asked them about the World Cup currently taking place in South Africa as well as the Cal program and the Cal Soccer Camps. The station interviewed the trio at Underhill Field, during the third day of the Cal camp. The story is supposed to air at 7 p.m. PT and at 10 p.m. PT tonight, Wednesday, June 23.
Cal men's golfer Eric Mina fell to Estanislao Guerrero in round of 32 match play Wednesday at the 99th California State Championship being played at the Rancho Sante Fe Club and LaJolla Country Club. Guerrero, winner of the recent 2010 Southwestern Amateur, needed a pair of extra holes to break a deadlock after each golfer won four of the 18 regularly-scheduled holes.
The playoff began on the first hole with both players making par, before Guerrero registered another par on the second hole while Mina bogeyed.
Guerrero was 3-up with three holes remaining in regulation but Mina forced the playoff by winning each of the final three holes. Mina never led in the match that Guerrero took his first lead on during the second hole of regulation when Mina double-bogeyed the par-four second hole, the same hole he bogeyed in the playoff. Guerrero also won the sixth and ninth holes to get to 3-up. Mina won his first hole of the day on the par-four 10th to get one hole back but lost it on the 15th prior to his dramatic comeback.
California midfielder Demitrius Omphroy will now train most of the summer in Panama with that nation's under-21 national team. Omphroy, whose paternal grandfather is from Panama, will be a senior in Cal's 2010 season.
The brand new officially licensed 2010 Cal football gameday tee is now available. Order yours today for only $15, with $5 of your purchase going directly to support Cal Athletics. The shirt features the official California Memorial Stadium commemorative logo and will serve as a souvenir for the final season in the current configuration of Memorial Stadium.
Former California star Dana Vollmer won the 100-meter freestyle, 100 butterfly and 400-freestyle relay as a member of California Aquatics at the June 17-20 Santa Clara Grand Prix long-course meet held in the South Bay. Other top-5 Cal results included Caitlin Leverenz taking second in the 200 IM and third in the 400 IM. A release will be posted soon on CalBears.com. Complete results are available at http://tinyurl.com/2btlosy.
Ben An, who has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Cal men's golf team in 2010-11, missed the cut after the conclusion of the first two rounds of the 2010 U.S. Open Championship at the Pebble Beach Golf Links on Friday.
An shot a seven-over par 79 during Thursday's opening round and got off to another rough start on Friday. Starting on the 10th hole, he immediately went to four-over par for the day and 12-over for the tournament after his first three holes. An bogeyed the par-four 10th, double-bogeyed the par-four 11th and bogeyed the par-four 12th. But his game steadied from then out with 15 consecutive pars to finish with a 12-over par 36-hole total of 154 and a four-over par 75 for the day. He was five shots off the cut of the 83 golfers who advanced to the final two rounds Saturday and Sunday by shooting seven-over par or better over the first 36 holes.
Byeong-Hun "Ben" An, who has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Cal men's golf team in 2010-11, will begin play at the 2010 U.S. Open Championship on Thursday at the Pebble Beach Golf Links.
An, who qualified for the event after becoming the youngest-ever U.S. Amateur champ last August at 17 years of age, will tee off from the first hole at 8:17 a.m., along with Stewart Cink and Lucas Glover.
"The course is really spectacular ... but it's really, really hard," An told the USGA on Tuesday. "It's not a long course, so that's not much of an issue, but the greens are really firm and hard, and you have to know where you want to hit it off the tee because you can get in trouble pretty quickly."
Former Cal national champion Dana Vollmer posted the Golden Bears' best result on June 9 at the Mare Nostrum meet in Barcelona, taking second place in the 100-meter butterfly in the long-course competition. The meet ends tomorrow in Spain; then the Mare Nostrum series moves on to Canet en Roussillon, France, for its final two-day meet, running June 12-13.
Check CalBears.com after June 13 for a recap of the Mare Nostrum meets.
The accompanying photo was taken during a Mare Nostrum post-meet gala in Monaco, which was the first stop of the three-meet series. From left to right: Hannah Wilson, Amanda Sims, Liv Jensen, Sara Isakovic, Natalie Coughlin, Erica Dagg, Caitlin Leverenz, Dana Vollmer and Lauren Boyle.
Mohamed has been racking up the awards and recognition prior to the 2010 season. He has already earned a spot on the prestigious Playboy Preseason All-America Football Team, while also earning preseason All-American nods from The Kickoff (second team), NationalChamps.net (third team) and Phil Steele (third team).
He is also on the watch lists for the 2010 Rotary Lombardi Award and The Lott Trophy. In addition, he has been recognized as a preseason All-Pac-10 selection by several media outlets
Current Cal golfer Michael Weaver and former Golden Bear Charlie Wi fell shy of qualifying for the 2010 U.S. Open Championship field during sectional qualifying action at the par-71, 7,121-yard Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento on Monday.
Current Cal golfer Michael Weaver and former Golden Bear Charlie Wi fell shy of qualifying for the 2010 U.S. Open Championship field during section qualifying action at the par-70, 7,121-yard Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento on Monday.
Weaver finished with a 36-hole total of two-under par 140 after shooting a two-under 69 on his first 18 holes and coming back with an ever-par 71 on his second 18.
Wi was one-under 141 for 36 holes after matching Weaver's two-under 69 on the first 18 holes and shooting a one-over 71 on his second 18.
Dana Vollmer's win in the 100-meter butterfly was among the highlights of the Cal contingent's performances in the June 5-6 Mare Nostrum meet in Monaco. A collection of nine current and former Golden Bears is competing in the trio of Mare Nostrum meets in Europe. The series includes the June 9-10 meet in Barcelona and the June 12-13 meet in Canet en Roussillon, France.
Vollmer also took second place in the 50-meter butterfly and second in the 100-meter freestyle, in which fellow former Cal star Natalie Coughlin finished fifth. Cal's Caitlin Leverenz, the 2010 Pac-10 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year, took third in the 200-meter individual medley. Former Bear Lauren Boyle finished fourth in the 400 free.
Look for a wrap-up of the Mare Nostrum meets on CalBears.com after the competition in France.
Cal's Michael Weaver will attempt to qualify for a spot in the 2010 U.S. Open Championship field when he participates in sectional qualifying at Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento on Monday. The 87-player field is scheduled to play all 36 holes of sectional qualifying on Monday, with the top four players earning a spot in the 156-player field at the U.S. Open to be played June 17-20 at the Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Weaver is slated for a 7:36 a.m. PDT tee off time for his first round on Monday, while his second 18 holes are slated to begin at 1:06 p.m. PDT. He advanced to sectional qualifying after shooting a round of 71 during local qualifying action at the Riverbend Golf Club in Madera on May 10.
Weaver is attempting to join Byeong-Hun "Ben" An, who has a signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Cal men's golf team in 2010-11 in the 2010 U.S. Open field. An qualified for the 2010 U.S. Open when he became the youngest player to ever win the U.S. Amateur at the age of 17 last August.
Cal completed its season with a 23rd-place finish at the 2010 NCAA Championships on Thursday, posting a 54-hole total team score of 16-over par 880 during the stroke play portion of the event. The Golden Bears shot nearly identical marks during each of the tournament's three stroke-play rounds at The Honors Course, a par-72, 7,395-yard venue located in the suburbs of Chattanooga. Cal posted a five-over par 293 both today and in Tuesday's opening-round to sandwich a six-over par 294 showing on Wednesday.
The Bear Blog caught up with head coach Steve Desimone and top Cal finisher Michael Weaver after the final round of stroke play at the 2010 NCAA Championships on Thursday and here's some of what each had to say.
HEAD COACH STEVE DESIMONE on the 2009-10 season and the NCAA Championships "At the end of every season you have that opportunity to reflect. Only one team is going to win an NCAA championship, but we basically achieved all of our goals. Our number one goal was to win [an NCAA title] without a doubt, but when you look back at how young this team is with three true freshmen in the lineup [at the NCAA's], knowing we had won three tournament championships during the regular season, the Pac-10 individual championship by Eric Mina, and setting a goal of making it here to the NCAA's. Sure we're disappointed, but in all honesty we played some pretty good golf [at the NCAA's]. We didn't putt the ball very well, and we made some bad decisions on three or four shots that cost us, but if you asked me to grade this I would give this a B-minus. We didn't have our A-game, but we're 14 or 15 shots from the cut line, and I can tell you that every one of us feels we left an awful lot out there."
on what reaching the 2010 NCAA Championships means to the program "After getting a taste of this, they want a whole lot more. They can't wait for a year from today, I guarantee that. This event here was a great stepping stone for us. It's something that the guys can really reflect on what went right, what went wrong. Every one of these guys has a real sense of what they need to do to move up, to improve and I can the sense that the coaching staff has right now is let's take a little bit of a break and then let's get started again real soon. I know that the guys agree with us."
on previewing the 2010-11 season "This year's team brings every one of its players back, which obviously is great news. We redshirted John Murphy, who was our best player in 2008-09, so he'll be back. And we're bringing in arguably one of the top recruiting classes, maybe the top recruiting class, in the country with U.S. Amateur champion Ben An, Joel Stalter from France, who is has been playing in the top spot for the No. 1 boys team in Europe right now, and of course, Tain Lee is coming in. He was the Division III national champion this year and has a good collegiate, but especially a great amateur record. We are adding those three great players to what is already a tremendous lineup. Will expectations be high [next year]? You'd better believe it.
on the performance of freshman Michael Weaver at the 2010 NCAA Championships "He came to play. The 69 he made today is pretty solid score. He putted very well today. He was the one player that a lot of the putts he missed Wednesday went in today. He hit it really well yesterday, too, but he just couldn't make a putt."
MICHAEL WEAVER on his round of 69 during Thursday's final round of the NCAA's "I started really well with birdies on four of my first six holes, and it could have birdied another once, but I missed about a 10-footer on the second hole. I was really hitting the ball well and my putts started finally dropping. I wasn't making a lot of putts my first two rounds, but I made up for that today. It was a little tough during the middle stretch. I bogeyed seven, which is a tough hole. I missed the fairway and had to lay-up, and then the double-bogey on nine was really bad. I hit a really bad shot in the water and didn't get it up and down for bogey. Then I bogeyed the 10th hole when I missed a six-footer for par, but after that I birdied the 12th hole with a 12 or 13-foot putt, hit an eight-footer on the par-four 14th and then made a 14 or 15-footer on 16 for birdie. I was kind of in a groove, hitting the ball really well and making some putts, too, which is always a good combination. Then, I finished off with two pars."
on why he scored lower Thursday than the first two days "You can hit the ball well and not putt well. Having putts fall was really critical for shooting a lower score today. You have to hit it close, but if you're hitting it close and not making putts, you're still not shooting very low. The putts falling were the difference between today and the first two rounds."
on his experience at his first NCAA Championships "It was awesome. The course we played at was fantastic. It was in great shape. They treated us really well. The whole tournament atmosphere was really nice. I really enjoyed it. It was a pretty cool experience. I definitely want to make it four years in a row. That would pretty nice, and I think that we're prepared to do that."
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.
Juniors Eric Mina and Stephen Hale both ended the tournament with eight-over par scores of 224 but had dramatically different rounds Thursday.
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.
The Bear Blog will have another update and a complete recap will be posted on CalBears.com after the tournament has wrapped up Thursday's third and final round of stroke play.
Here is a link to an article (in Spanish) in which Panama coach Jorge Dely Valdes talks about California midfielder Demitrius Omphroy, who is currently trying to earn a spot on Panama's under-21 national team at a training camp in the Central American nation; Panama may be trying him out as a forward: http://www.critica.com.pa/archivo/06012010/sport.html#axzz0poaa9bHn
Nine current and former California swimmers, led by U.S. stars Natalie Coughlin and Dana Vollmer, will compete in the Mare Nostrum trio of meets in Europe this month. The first meet takes place in Monaco from June 5-6, the second is in Barcelona from June 9-10 and the third is in Canet en Roussillon, France, from June 12-13.
With all five of Cal's golfers thru the turn of Thursday's third and round of stroke play, the Golden Bears have dropped into a tie for 23rd place on the team leader board at the NCAA Championships being played at the Honors Course in Ooletwah, Tennessee, located just outside of Chattanooga.
Cal had started third-round action in a tie for 19th but is four-over par as a team in the third round with its golfers having completed holes 12-16. The Bears are now 15-over for the tournament a distant 14 strokes behind the eighth and final match-play qualifying spot that will advance to quarterfinal match-play action Friday. None of the top eight teams at the end of the second round have began their third-round action yet.
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 is 10-under par for the tournament and four-under thru 10 holes of his third round Chang will tee off at nine-under par Thursday at 2:49 p.m. EDT/11:49 a.m. PDT.
Michael Weaver got off to an incredible third-round start on Thursday with birdies on four of his first six holes (1, 3, 5, 6) to get back to even-par for the tournament but has since suffered a pair of bogeys (7, 10) and a double-bogey (9). He came back with another birdie on the 12th hole and is currently tied for 65th at three-over for the tournament and is one-over for the day.
Eric Mina ended Wednesday's action in a tie for 43rd place at one-over par but has had a difficult day at four-over through the first 12 holes, with three bogeys (3, 7, 10) and a double-bogey (5), before his first birdie of the day on the 12th hole. He is now five-over for the tournament and has dropped 45 places into a tie for 88th.
Homa is one-over thru 14 holes Thursday after two birdies (2, 12) and three bogeys (5, 8, 10). He is now at seven-over for the tournament and tied for 107th.
Hale is even-par through 15 holes with two birdies (10, 15) and two bogeys (3, 14).
Brandon Hagy is seven-over par thru his first 12 holes Thursday with a round that has included a quadruple bogey nine on the par-five 11th hole as well as a double-bogey on the par-four fifth, two bogeys (3, 9) and one birdie (6). He has fallen into a tie for 131st place at 12-over par for the tournament.
The Bear Blog will have another update once all the Cal players have wrapped up third-round play.
The second round of action at the NCAA Championships that was suspended due to a lightning delay and subsequent darkness on Wednesday was completed Thursday morning at the Honors Course in Ooletwah, Tennessee, located just outside of Chattanooga. Cal moved up one spot into a tie for 19th after the nine teams that had their rounds suspended on Wednesday.
Thursday morning the Bears were selected along with Texas Tech and Oregon State in the first group of the day for third round action. Stephen Hale was the round's first player off the tee at 9:30 a.m. EDT/6:30 a.m. PDT, and was followed over the next 38 minutes by Max Homa, Brandon Hagy, Michael Weaver and Eric Mina.
With its players now having completed holes 3-6, the Bears are at even par for the day and remained tied for 19th place at 11-over par for the tournament. Cal is currently 10 strokes out of the final match-play qualifying eighth-place position. None of the top eight teams have began their third-round yet.
San Diego's Alex Ching is the tournament's current leader at nine-under par, good for a two-shot lead over Augusta State's Henrik Norlander and Oklahoma State's Peter Uihlein. Ching and Norlander will play together on Thursday, teeing off at 2:49 p.m. EDT/11:49 a.m. PDT. Uihlein will start at 3:36 p.m. PDT.
Weaver is off to a strong third-round start and his moved up 31 places into a tie for 53rd place. He is two-under through his first four holes Thursday after birdies on the par-four first and par-three third holes.
Mina is tied with Weaver in a tie for 53rd place but has slid 10 spots from where he finished Wednesday's action. Mina is two-over par for the tournament and one-over thru four holes Thursday.
Homa is the next Cal name on the leaderboard, tied for 101st at six-over for the tournament and even-par thru six holes Thursday.
Hagy and Hale are tied for 120th at eight-over par for the tournament. Hale is one-over thru seven holes and Hagy three-over thru five on Thursday.
Eric Mina was selected to the Division I PING All-West Regional team on Wednesday announced at the 2010 NCAA Championships. He was one of 28 players selected to West squad and one of 153 players nationally across six regions.
The Cal men's golf squad was among 21 teams to finish a lightning-delayed second round of the NCAA Championships on Wednesday. The Golden Bears are in the clubhouse with a 36-hole total of 11-over par 587 after a six-over par round of 294 on Wednesday followed Tuesday's opening-round six-over par tally of 293. Nine teams remained on the course when darkness fell.
Cal golfers had completed anywhere between the sixth and 10th holes on The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn., just outside of Chattanooga, when the delay began at 3:13 p.m. EDT. Play resumed at approximately 5:30 p.m. EDT/3:30 p.m. PDT.
The Bears are currently tied for 20th place and 10 strokes out of the final match-play qualifying eighth-place position. All of the current top eight teams finished their rounds Wednesday, including tournament leader Florida State. The Seminoles have a 36-hole team score of 14-under par 562 after firing a course-record nine-under par 279 on Wednesday to follow up a five-under par opening round of 283 that had FSU as the co-leaders along with Oklahoma State after the first day of competition.
Oklahoma State (283-284 - 567) is currently in second place and followed in the the top eight by Georgia Tech (290-282 - 572, -4), Augusta State (287-288 - 575, -1), Florida (287-289 - 576, E), San Diego (294-282 - 576, E), Washington (289-288 - 577, +1) and Clemson (286-291 - 577).
San Diego's Alex Ching is the tournament's current leader and in the clubhouse at nine-under par, good for a two-shot lead over three players tied for second at seven-under
Eric Mina is the first Golden Bear listed on the player leader board in a tie for 43th place at one-over par for both the tournament and today's round.
After a lightning delay of just over two hours that began at 3:13 p.m. EDT/12:13 p.m. PDT, the players are back on the course and second-round play at the NCAA Championships has resumes. The event is being played at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tennessee, just outside of Chattanooga.
Cal resumes action in a tie for 19th place at nine-over par for the tournament (four-over par for the day). The Golden Bears are currently eight strokes off the eighth and final match-play qualifying spot and 23 shots behind tournament leader Florida State, who is already in the clubhouse with a 36-hole team score of nine-under par 562. Golden Bear golfers had completed anywhere between the sixth and 10th holes on the course when the delay began.
Eric Mina is the first Golden Bear listed on the player leader board in a tie for 47th place at one-over par for both the tournament and today's round thru 10 holes.
Hagy is also two over for today's round thru eight holes, while Weaver is one-under through seven today and has moved after a birdie on his first hole and then six pars. He has moved up 39 spots from where he started the round after a three-over par opening-round 75 on Tuesday.
Stephen Hale has dropped back to a tie for 121st place with a seven-over par tournament score after a five-over 41 on the front nine today that included three bogeys, before a double on eight.
Max Homa had eight pars and a double bogey on seven going out. He is now tied for 133rd at nine-over par for the tournament.
Stay tuned to the Bear Blog and/or get updated information on the tournament provided via the links above.
As of 3:13 p.m. EDT/12:13 p.m. PDT, second-round play has been suspended by a lightning delay at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tennessee, just outside of Chattanooga. We will let you know when play resumes.
Cal is currently in a tie for 19th place at nine-over par for the tournament (four-over par for the day). The Golden Bears are currently eight strokes off the eighth and final match-play qualifying spot and 23 shots behind tournament leader Florida State, who is already in the clubhouse with a 36-hole team score of nine-under par 562. Golden Bear golfers had completed anywhere between the sixth and 10th holes on the course when the delay began.
VANCOUVER, B.C. - Former California star Dana Vollmer won four titles and set three meet records at the Mel Zajac Jr. International, a long-course meet that recently wrapped up in Canada.
On May 28, the first day of the meet, Vollmer posted a time of 1:58.41 to win the 200-meter freestyle and swam a meet-record time of 26.64 to capture the 50-meter butterfly. She clocked a meet-record 58.59 to claim the 100 butterfly on May 29, when she also took fourth in the 200-individual medley with a time of 2:18.05. Vollmer won the 100 free in a meet-record time of 54.94 on May 30, the final day of competition.
Vollmer won a total of eight NCAA titles for the Golden Bears and was a key member of the team titles that Cal won at the 2009 NCAA Championships and 2009 Pac-10 Championships. Individually at NCAAs, she won the 100-yard fly in 2007 and the 100 and 200 frees in 2009. She swam on five national-champion relays: the 2007 400- and 800-free relays and 400-medley relay and the 2009 400- and 800-free relays.
The Granbury, Texas, product had a busy year in 2009, her final season as a Bear, when she took home the Honda Award for swimming and NCAA and Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year honors. Vollmer won the 100 free and swam on the winning 400- and 800-free relays at 2009 Pac-10s. Also that year, she earned the Golden Goggles Perseverance Award from the USA Swimming Foundation.
An international star for the United States, Vollmer has won several gold medals at major meets, including Olympic gold in 2004 as part of the U.S. 800-meter free relay. Earlier in 2010, she won four races - the 100 and 200 frees and 100 and 200 flies - at the Austin Grand Prix in Texas.
With Eric Mina the first Golden Bear player scheduled to tee off from the first hole at 12:30 p.m. EDT/9:30 a.m. PDT, Cal has moved up one spot into 14th place on the team leader board before taking a stroke on Wednesday. Heading into second-round action, Cal has also gained one stroke on the eighth and final match-play qualifying spot with its five-over par score during Tuesday's opening round now only four shots back of the current eighth-place team Washington.
The Bear Blog will have another update around the time the Golden Bears make the turn. In the meantime, check out the links above for more information.
Back at the NCAA Championships for the first time since winning its lone national title in 2004, Cal is in 15th place at the conclusion of the first day of action Tuesday at the par-72, 7,395-yard The Honors Course. Eric Mina and Brandon Hagy both shot even-par rounds and are four shots off the lead.
The Bear Blog just got off the phone with Cal head coach Steve Desimone and here's some of what he had to say about Cal's first day at the 2010 NCAA Championships.
on where the team stands right now at the NCAA Championships "It's hard to really to get a strong or good feel for the way the first day is going to end up because half the field is still out [on the course], but I would have to say our guys played well. When this day is over, I suspect five-over will be very competitive and put us in a good spot to get back after it tomorrow."
on the team did well and not so well "We did a lot of things right, but we didn't putt very well. We didn't putt very well during the final round of the NCAA Regional, and we certainly didn't putt very well today. But, we did a lot of other things well, especially around the greens. We had some wonderful short-game shots that saved a number of strokes."
on the course and weather conditions "The weather was great, it was very warm, even hot and humid. There was very little wind. It picked up a little bit at the end of the day, but if you wanted a really nice day to play golf and you didn't mind a little heat and humidity, it doesn't get much better than this. As for the golf course, it is a fabulous golf course. There's just no letup here. Every tee shot you've got to grind. Once you reach the green, you've got things that are 13-plus on the stem meter. When you're dealing with a course that has these kind of challenges, you better bring your 'A' game. If you don't have the complete package here, your weaknesses are exposed very quickly."
on the event as "Everything has been great. They have done a fabulous job with the event. The accomodations are great, the people at The Honors Course have been wonderful hosts and the NCAA committee has done an outstanding job. This is the sixth final I've been to and this certainly compares favorably with the other ones."
on his goal for the first round "My hope and my goal was to get us through today and be competitive, to get through what clearly were some first-year jitters and they hung tough. Eric [Mina] and Stephen [Hale] played great, and Brandon [Hagy] and Michael [Weaver] hung steady. All in all, we're very pleased with what's gone on so far.
Cal has wrapped up action on the first day of the 2010 NCAA Championships at the par-72, 7,395-yard The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tennessee, just outside of Chattanooga. The Golden Bears, who started from the 10th tee at 7:20 a.m. EDT, are currently in 14th place with a first-round team score of five-over par 293 that is actually the third-best team score in the clubhouse behind current tournament co-leader Arizona State (286, -2) and current tied for 12th-place squad Kent State (292, +4). But with only six teams completely in the clubhouse and three clubs having not yet even started, the team and player leader boards are likely to change often over the next several hours before all 30 teams and 156 players complete first round action.
Hagy shot 36 both going out and coming back in with identical nines of two birdies, five pars and two bogeys.
Mina was briefly on top of the leader board after making birdie on each of his first two holes (10 and 11), but a double bogey on 15 and a bogey on 17 gave him a one-over par score of 37 on his first nine holes. On his second nine, he shot a 35 by coming back with three birdies, four pars and two bogeys.
Stephen Hale was amazingly consistent during his two-over par round of 74, making 14 consecutive pars before two bogeys, a birdie and another bogey over his final four holes.
The three-over par round of 75 shot by Michael Weaver was much different than Hale's, as Weaver needed his four birdies to help ease seven bogeys. Weaver's round resembled a yo-yo as he bogeyed two of his first three holes, birdied his next, then had a bogey and a birdie over his next four holes to finish his first nine with a one-over par 37. He started his second nine that ended with a score of 38 with two bogeys over his first four holes, but then birdied two in a row to get back to one-under par, before bogeying his next two to finish at three-over. He had only seven pars on the day.
Max Homa's round of seven-over par 79 both started and ended tough with a brief stretch of brilliant play in between. Homa was out in 41 with five bogeys, including three on his first four holes. However, he started his second nine on fire with birdies on three of his first four holes, before two bogeys, a double bogey and another bogey left him with a 38.
Arizona State's Jesper Kennegard has the lowest score in the clubhouse with a four-under par round of 68 and is currently tied for the tournament lead with Baylor's Ryan O'Rear, who is four-under through 16 holes.
We'll be back, but probably not until the first day of action is completed for everyone. In the meantime, click on any of the links at the top of the page to follow the action.
All of the Cal golfers have made the turn during the first round of the 2010 NCAA Championships and the Golden Bears are fourth out of the 15 teams currently in action, with 15 teams still to tee off later today. Cal has two-over team score, trailing co-leaders Arizona and Baylor by seven strokes.
Brandon Hagy (thru 12 holes) and Stephen Hale (thru 11 holes) are both tied for 11th place at even-par. Eric Mina birdied his first two holes and was tied for first place but has now dropped into a tie for 26th at one-over thru 13 holes. Michael Weaver is at one-over par thru 10 holes and Max Homa is three-over thru 12 holes.
The current tournament leader is Arizona State's Jesper Kennegard at five-under thru 10 holes.
The 2010 NCAA Championships are now underway and the first scores are starting to trickle in through the live results. With Cal's golfers having finished holes 1-4, the Golden Bears are one of three clubs along with Tennessee and Duck tied for the early lead at one-under par. Eric Mina birdied his first two holes and is currently tied for first place. Brandon Hagy and Stephen Hale are both at even-par, while Michael Weaver is at one-over par and Max Homa at three-over.
Now, time for a little more shuteye since we're still here on the West Coast. We'll have another update around the time the Bears make the turn, but if you want to stay up you can follow just about anything going on by clicking on any of the links above.
The start of the 2010 NCAA Championships are now just hours away with action beginning at 7:00 a.m. EDT (yeah, that's 4:00 a.m. PDT for you early birds).
The Golden Bears went through a practice round on Monday at The Honors Course after getting into town on Sunday. Much more from the Bear Blog once action gets started Tuesday (Cal tees off at 7:20 a.m. EDT/4:20 a.m. PDT) and update readers for the entirety of Cal's length of stay. For now, check out more information about the upcoming event on CalBears.com or at one of the links below.