Sept 22. 1997
California Travels to Pacific Invitational
This Week: Mon.-Tue., Sept. 22-23 at Pacific Invitational Golf Tournament SaddlecreekGolf Course, Copperopolis, CA Par 72, 7,019 yards
Bears Travel To Pacific: The California mens golf team continues the 1997-98 season this week at the 26th annual Pacific Invitational Sept. 22-23 in Stockton. The 54-hole tournament will be played at Saddlecreek Golf Course and features 36 holes on Monday, Sept. 22 and 18 holes on Tuesday, Sept. 23. The Bears competed at this tournament in 1995, when it was known as the Robertson Homes Invitaitonal, placing third out of 18 teams with an overall score of 873.
Tournament Field: The complete 19-team tournament field includes: Boise State, Cal, Cal State Northridge, Idaho, Long Beach State, Nevada, New Mexico State, Oregon, Oregon State, Pacific, Sacramento State, San Jose State, Stanford, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, Utah, Utah State, Washington and Washington State.
Cal Brings Home Title: Cals final round comeback to win the 29th Falcon-Cross Creek Invitational last weekend set a tournament record. The Bears had a sizzling 285 over the final 18 holes to end the 54-hole tournament with a score of 865 to break the previous record of 874 set by Weber State in 1982. Individually, junior Dan Coyle led the Bears with a three-day total of 212 (71-69-72) to finish second overall. Junior Jay Berkowitz fired a 216 (70-73-73) to finish in a tie for seventh place. Two other Bears, sophomore Dong Yi (T13th: 71-75-71) and junior Dan Arroyo (T20th: 78-73-69), finished in the Top 20. Freshman Adam Ainbinder finished in a tie for 74th place (78-75-76) in his first college outing. The victory at the Falcon-Cross Creek Tournament was Cals second in three years. In 1995, the Bears tied Rice for the title, but lost the trophy on a tie-breaker.
A Look At The Bears: The 1997-98 Bears have a roster that includes six juniors, two sophomores and four freshmen. Sophomore Dong Yi (Alameda/Alameda HS), the Bears No. 1 player a year ago, posted the Bears best scoring average last season (73.8) and competed in the U.S. Amateur this past summer as well as the World Student Golf Championship Pacific Rim Tournament. Junior Jay Berkowitz (Weaverville/Enterprise HS) had Cal's second best scoring average in 1996-97 (74.3). Last season, sophomore Dan Arroyo (Walnut Creek/ Northgate HS) was Cals No. 3 man (74.9) and also competed at the World Student Golf Championship Pacific Rim Tournament in Japan. Pacing the Bears in last weeks win at the Falcon-Cross Creek Invitational was junior Dan Coyle (Dundalk/Ireland), who averaged 76.3 strokes in spring 97. Also returning for Cal this season are junior Steve Golditch (Northridge/Taft HS) and sophomore Han Lee (Cerritos/Cerritos HS). Newcomers to the squad are freshman Adam Ainbinder (Huntington Beach/Servite HS), junior Tyler Brown (Danville/Chabot JC), freshman Walter Chun (Memphis, TN/Memphis University School), freshman Greg Goodfried (Encino/Birmingham HS), junior Josh Levin (San Francisco/USF) and freshman Craig Wolfman (Orinda/Miramonte HS).
Head Coach Steve Desimone: Steve Desimone is in his 19th season as the head coach of the Golden Bears. Desimone, a 1970 Cal graduate and former member of the basketball team, led the Bears to a sixth-place finish in the Pac-10 last season. He has taken Cal to four NCAA West Regionals (90, 93, 95, 97) as well as an appearance in the 1995 NCAA championships, when the Bears finished sixth in the nation. Since Desimone has been at the helm, the golf program has produced three All-Americans.