Sept. 18, 2010
OLYMPIA FIELDS, IL - Cal will head into Sunday's final 18 holes of the 54-hole Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational in 13th place after the Bears' 16-over par team score of 296 on Saturday dropped them two spots in the standings. Cal has a two-day 26-over par total of 586 that is also 26 shots off the pace set by leader Florida, who has posted identical even-par team scores of 280 in each of the first two rounds. The Gators lead Oklahoma State and defending national champion Augusta State by six shots each.
"This was definitely not the plan," said Cal head coach Steve Desimone. "We certainly expected to get this season started much better than we've started thus far. It doesn't matter how strong this field is we are certainly capable of playing much better than we are. We should not be in the position we're in."
Eric Mina (71-73 - 144, +4) is tied for 23rd and the top Cal player at the Golden Bears' first event of the 2010-11 season after two rounds at Olympia Fields Country Club's historic par-70, 7,205-yard North Course that hosted the 2003 U.S. Open. Mina is 10 shots behind second-round tournament leader Peter Uihlein of Oklahoma State (69-65 - 134, -6), who had the best score of the first two days of the event with a five-under par round of 65 on Saturday that bolted him into the overall lead by two shots over first-round leader Bud Cauley of Alabama (66-70 - 136, -4). Mina had two birdies (4, 18) and five bogeys (1, 6, 8, 13, 14) in his round Tuesday.
Max Homa (69-76 - 145, +5) had been tied for eighth place and was Cal's top player in the first round with a one-under par 69 before skying to a six-over par 76 on Saturday. Homa birdied the first hole but then had four bogeys (3, 5, 10, 11) to fall to three-over for the day. He came up with another birdie on 15 but fell to six-over on the round after double bogeys on both 16 and 18. Homa will head into Sunday's final round tied for 28th.
Michael Weaver (76-71 - 147, +7) moved to within two shots of Homa and into a tie for 43rd place by shooting Cal's best score of the day with a one-over par 71. Weaver was actually four-under par through seven after birdies on the first, fourth, fifth and seventh holes, but played his final 10 holes five-over par with bogeys on nine, 10 and 15, and a double bogey on 17.
Ben An (74-76 - 150, +10) and Stephen Hale (76-78 - 154, +14) both added two strokes to their opening-day rounds. An had two birdies (6, 15), six bogeys (1, 4, 5, 14, 17, 18) and a double bogey (8) in his round, while Hale had eight bogeys (2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15). An is tied for 61st, while Hale is tied for 70th.
All of the players had to cope with lightning that caused them to be called in from the course at 10:45 a.m. ET, before played resume three hours and 15 minutes later at 2 p.m. ET.
The event concludes with the final round of 18 holes on Sunday, with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. PT. Hale will be the first Cal player to tee off Sunday at 8 a.m., and followed in eight-minute intervals by An, Weaver, Homa and Mina.
"I'd like to see us compete tomorrow and put together a really solid round as a team," said Desimone. "We're certainly capable of it. I want to see us with some fire tomorrow and put together five solid rounds by the Golden Bears."
Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational (Hosted by Illinois)
TOURNAMENT INDIVIDUAL LEADER (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)