June 3, 2010
OOLTEWAH, TN - 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.
"We played hard for three days," said head coach Steve Desimone. "We are disappointed not be moving on, but we didn't play well enough to advance."
For the second consecutive season, the NCAA team champion will be decided by three rounds of match play, with the top eight teams from the 54 holes of stroke play advancing to quarterfinal matchups Friday (TBD). The national semifinals are slated for Saturday (9:00 a.m. EDT), with the championship match set for Sunday (Noon EDT).
Seven of the eight teams that will advance to match play have been determined, but three teams are tied for the eighth and final position. Stanford (292-288-288 - 868, +4), Arizona State (286-292-290 - 868, +4) and San Diego (294-282-292 - 868, +4) will resolve the three-way tie during a playoff Friday (8:00 a.m. EDT) before the start of match play.
The seven teams that have already advanced to match play by virtue of their stroke play finish include Oklahoma State (283-284-283 - 850, -14), Florida State (283-279-292 - 854, -10), Georgia Tech (290-282-286 - 858, -6), Washington (289-288-283 - 860, -4), Oregon (284-294-283 - 861, -3), Augusta State (287-288-288 - 863, -1) and Texas Tech (302-285-280 - 867, +3).
Illinois' Scott Langley (70-68-68 - 206, -10) won individual medalist honors, coming back after trailing San Diego's Alex Ching (69-66-73 - 208, -8) by three shots heading into the final round. Ching ended up tied with Oklahoma State's Peter Uihlein (69-68-71 - 208, -8) for second place two shots behind Langley.
Freshman Michael Weaver was the top finisher for the Bears with a one-over par score of 217 that was good for a finish that tied for 41st-place. Weaver shot a three-under par round 69 on Thursday that was the best round recorded by any Cal player during the tournament. He got off to a fantastic start, struggled in the middle of the round and then finished strong. Weaver was four-under on the day after birdies on four of his first six holes (1, 3, 5, 6) brought him back to even-par for the tournament. But, he 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). Three of his seven birdies came on three of the course's four par-three holes, while he added three more on par-fours and one on a par-five. His double-bogey was on a par-four, as were his two bogeys.
"Having putts fall was really critical for shooting a lower score today," said Weaver, who will play in sectional qualifying Monday at Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento in an attempt to earn a spot in the 2010 U.S. Open field. "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."
"He came to play," added Desimone. "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."
After a seven-over par 79 in Tuesday's opening round, fellow freshman Max Homa finished strong over his final two rounds and was the second Cal player listed on the final leader board, finishing in a tie for 86th. He backed 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 Thursday, making three on the par-five 17th. He also had a pair of birdies on the par-five second and par-four 12th holes. His four bogeys on the fifth, eighth, 10th and 15th holes were all par-fours other than the par-three eighth.
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 2010 Pac-10 champion skied to a season-high seven-over par 79. He had two double-bogeys on the par-four fifth and par-three 14th holes. In addition he bogeyed the third, seventh, 10th, 16th and 18th holes, with three of those holes par-fours and the other two par-threes. His two birdies came on the par-four 12th and par-four 17th.
Hale recovered from a five-over par 77 on Wednesday to shoot a solid one-over round of 73 on Thursday. He made two birdies on the par-four 10th and 15th holes, with his three bogeys coming on a pair of par-threes (3, 14) and the par-four 18th.
Freshman Brandon Hagy, who had been at even-par after the first day of the tournament following an opening round of 72, suffered a nine-over par score of 81 on Thursday that equaled a career-worst. Hagy finished with a 54-hole score of 14-over par 230 to tie for 135th. HIs final round was plagued by a quadruple bogey nine on the par-five 11th hole. He also had a double-bogey on the par-four 18th and spread out three other bogeys over the par-three third, par-four ninth and par-five 17th holes. His two birdies came on the par-five sixth and par-three 16th holes.
NCAA Championships (Hosted by Chattanooga)
*TEAM STANDINGS (after 3 of 3 days of stroke play/3 of 3 rounds of stroke play/54 of 54 holes of stroke play)
TOURNAMENT INDIVIDUAL MEDALIST (after 3 of 3 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)
FINAL CAL INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (after 3 of 3 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)