April 15, 2012
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - Cal (364-371-365 - 750, +50) remained in the fifth-place position the Golden Bears started the day in Sunday after the final round of the Western Intercollegiate hosted by San Jose State at the Pasatiempo Golf Club. The fifth-place finish gave Cal a top-five finish in each of its 11 regular-season events in 2011-12, marking the first time in school history the Bears have accomplished the feat.
"It's been a wonderful regular season," head coach Steve Desimone said. "We head to the Pac-12 Championship and post-season competition over the next month. We had tough couple of days here on a very challenging golf course and in a great field."
Cal (No. 4 Golfstat/No. T4 Golf World/Nike, No. 5 Golfweek) won a school-record four regular-season tournaments in 2011-12. The Bears will next compete April 27-29 at the Pac-12 Championship hosted by Oregon State at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis.
Texas (355-349-356 - 1060, +10) won the Western Intercollegiate title on a challenging par-70, 6,615-yard course that kept the final tally for all 14 of teams in its field over par, including seven squad that were ranked in the top 10 nationally in at least one poll heading into the event. A trio of Pac-12 foes that the Bears will see again in Corvallis finished second through fourth in Stanford (353-360-351 - 1064, +14), UCLA (351-364-352 - 1067, +17) and USC (358-364-367 - 1089, +39).
Michael Kim (73-71-69 - 213, +3) had both the top overall finish and best round Sunday for Cal. Kim moved up six spots in on the final day after his one-under par 69 on Sunday that included five birdies on four par-four holes (No. 7, No. 11, No. 12, No. 17) and a par-five (No. 13). His two bogeys came on the par-five ninth and par-four 14th holes, while he had a double-bogey on the par-four 16th. Starting on the sixth hole, all of Kim's variations from par came on his first 12 holes of play before finishing with six consecutive pars.
"I played pretty well today," Kim said. "I just had one bad hole on the 16th but other than that it was a really solid round."
Brandon Hagy (67-76-74 - 217, +7) finished tied for 20th. Hagy had shared the lead after the first of two rounds Saturday before falling into a tie for 15th after the second 18 holes. Starting in the same group as Kim on the sixth hole, Hagy began strongly on Sunday with birdies on the seventh and ninth holes making up for a bogey on the par-three eighth that put him one-under for the day after four holes. Hagy would stay there until a bogey on No. 14 brought him down to even for the day and a triple on No. 16 skied him to three-over. He fell one more shot back with a bogey on the par-three 18th hole before finishing with five consecutive pars.
Max Homa (76-73-74 - 223, +13) and Pace Johnson (73-79-71 - 223, +13) tied for 36th. Homa started out on fire with birdies on his first two holes, the par-five sixth and the seventh, but gave both shots back with bogeys on No. 9 and the par-four 10th. He would briefly get back in the red for the day after a birdie on No. 12, but a bogey on the par-three 15th brought him back to even. A double on No. 16 and back-to-back bogeys on the par-four second and par-three third gave him his final four-over score for the day.
Johnson was the model of consistency Sunday. After a birdie on his first hole on the seventh, he would post 15 pars and a pair of bogeys (No. 13, No. 16) the remainder of the way.
Keelan Kilpatrick (75-75-77 - 227, +17) tied for 50th. He was unable to manage a birdie on Sunday to counter a triple bogey on the par-four first hole and four bogeys (No. 2, No. 3, No. 11, No. 13).
Joël Stalter (76-76-78 - 230) fell six spots into a tie for 58th after a second consecutive up-and-down day that included a pair of triple bogeys (No. 12, No. 18), a double bogey (No. 16) and four bogeys (No. 1, No. 6, No. 8, No. 14), but also four birdies (No. 2, No. 7, No. 11, No. 17) that were second only to Kim's five in the round.
Playing as an individual, Jeff Hamm (73-75-79 - 227, +17) finished for 50th. Hamm started on the 18th hole and his round included two triple bogeys (No. 2, No. 17), a double bogey (No. 11), three bogeys (No. 8, No. 12, No. 14) and two birdies (No. 9, No. 13).
Stanford's Patrick Rodgers (69-71-68 - 206, -4) was the individual medalist, finishing two shots ahead of UCLA's Patrick Cantlay (69-71-68 - 208, -2) and New Mexico State's Justin Shin (68-69-71 - 208). Shin had led through his first 15 holes until bogeys on each of his last three holes (No. 10, No. 11, No. 12) cost him the title.
Western Intercollegiate (hosted by San Jose State)
FINAL TEAM LEADER BOARD (after 2 of 2 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)
FINAL PLAYER LEADER BOARD - INDIVIDUAL MEDALIST (after 2 of 2 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)
FINAL PLAYER LEADER BOARD - CAL INDIVIDUALS (after 2 of 2 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)