June 2, 2010
OOLTEWAH, TN - The Cal men's golf team is in 20th place at the conclusion of the second day of action at the NCAA Championships on Wednesday. The Golden Bears were among 21 teams to finish Wednesday's lightning-delayed second round, while nine teams were unable to finish before darkness fell. Cal shot a six-over par round of 294 and has a 36-hole total of 11-over par 587 at The Honors Course, a par-72, 7,395-yard venue located in the suburbs of Chattanooga.
The Bears are currently 10 strokes out of the final match-play qualifying eighth-place position. All of the current top eight teams were able to finish 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 round of 279 on Wednesday to follow a five-under par opening round of 283 that had FSU as a co-leader of the event along with Oklahoma State after Tuesday's first day of competition.
Oklahoma State (283-284 - 567) is currently in second place and followed in the top 10 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, +1). Each of the tournament's top 10 teams completed their rounds on Wednesday, with 11th-place Virginia the highest ranking team to not finish their Wednesday round. The Cavaliers are three-over par for the tournament and have matched Florida State's course-record nine-under par team score for the day with two of its golfers still needing to complete a combined total of three holes.
"I've been around golf for many, many years, but this may have very well been the most frustrating day I've ever spent on a golf course, and without a doubt the most frustrating day I've had as the coach of this team," said Cal head coach Steve Desimone. "We were so close to having a great round today, but we just couldn't catch a break. I've never seen so many putts lip out in my life."
"Everyone knows how close we were to jumping right up in the middle of this," added Desimone. "We're 10 strokes out of the last match-play spot, but I think every one of these guys believes if we get a couple of breaks and hit a couple of putts that 10-under is out there for us. So we'll see, we've got one round to keep it going but this was a day of missed opportunities and every one of us is hurting right now."
Tournament leader Alex Ching (69-66 - 135, -9) completed his round Wednesday and tied a competitive course record with a six-under par 66, a mark that was also equaled by Virginia's Henry Smart on Wednesday and dated back to the 2004 Southern Amateur. Ching is two shots ahead of the seven-under par trio of Oklahoma State's Peter Uihlein (69-68 - 137), Augusta State's Henrik Norlander (68-69 - 137) and Illinois' Scott Langley, who shot a two-under par 70 on Tuesday and is five-under par with a hole still to play in the second round.
Pac-10 champion Eric Mina has the top 36-hole score for Cal and is tied for 43rd in the tournament at one-over par 145, after shooting a one-over par round of 73 on Wednesday. Mina was consistent on Wednesday with 15 pars, with his only ups or downs coming during a three-hole stretch when a birdie on the par-five sixth was sandwiched by bogeys on the par-four fifth and seventh holes.
Michael Weaver (75-73 - 148, +4) is the next Cal player listed on the leader board in a tie for 84th place. His one-over par round of 73 on Wednesday featured birdies on the par-four first and 12th holes. He had a bogey on the par-three eighth and was one-under par for the day until a double-bogey on another par-three with a five on the 16th hole.
Brandon Hagy (72-77 - 149, +5) dropped 55 spots after his five-over par round of 77. He had bogeys on the second, fourth, ninth and 13th holes, as well as a double bogey on 12. All of the holes other than the par-five second were par-fours. His lone birdie came on the par-three 16th.
Max Homa (79-71 - 150, +6) had the team's best round of the day, firing a one-under par 71 to move up 38 spots but is still tied for 101st place after his seven-over par opening-round Tuesday. Homa had a double-bogey on the par-four seventh hole, but shot a three-under par 33 on the back nine with birdies on the par-four 10th, and par-five 11th and 17th holes.
Stephen Hale (74-77 - 151, +7) fell 52 positions into a tie for 117th after a five-over par round. Hale went out with a five-over par 41 after bogeys on the par-five second and par-four fourth and fifth holes, as well as a double-bogey on the par-three eighth. He steadied on the back nine with his two bogeys on the par-four 13th and 18th holes accompanied by birdies on the par-four 12th and par-five 17th.
The conclusion of the second round of action is scheduled to begin on Thursday at 7:00 a.m. EDT, followed by the third and final round of the 54-hole stroke play portion of the event hosted by the University of Chattanooga. Specific tee times for Thursday's action have not yet been posted.
For the second consecutive season, the NCAA team champion will be decided by three rounds of match play, with the top eight teams from 54 holes of stroke play scheduled to end Thursday advancing to quarterfinal matchups Friday (9 a.m. EDT). The national semifinals are slated for Saturday (9:00 a.m. EDT), with the championship match set for Sunday (Noon EDT).
NCAA Championships (Hosted by Chattanooga)
*TEAM STANDINGS (after 2 of 3 days of stroke play/2 of 3 rounds of stroke play/36 of 54 holes of stroke play)
TOURNAMENT CO-LEADERS (after 2 of 3 days/2 of 3 rounds/36 of 54 holes)
CAL INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (after 2 of 3 days/2 of 3 rounds/36 of 54 holes)