Sept. 23, 2012
ALPHARETTA, Ga. - Cal is tied for eighth place after the first day of the PING/Golfweek Preview with the first 18 holes of the 54-hole event played Sunday at the par-70, 7,248 Crabapple Course at the Capital City Club.
The Golden Bears were nine strokes over par Sunday after an opening-round 289 and trail first-round leader UNLV (281, +1) by eight strokes. UCLA (282, +2) is one shot off the lead, while a trio of teams (New Mexico, Georgia Tech, San Diego State) are tied for third two strokes ahead of the Bears at seven-over par. Georgia and Arkansas are both a single stroke ahead of Cal at eight-over, while the Bears are tied with Washington.
"You can't get too far behind and give up too much to the teams ahead of you," head coach Steve Desimone said. "This is an NCAA Championship quality field."
The 15-team field for the event hosted by Georgia Tech, who will also host the 2013 NCAA Men's Golf Championship at the same venue, includes 14 teams in Golfweek's preseason top 25, including the second-ranked Golden Bears.
Max Homa and Michael Weaver both shot one-over par scores of 71 and are among a group of 15 players tied for 11th place and four strokes behind first-round leader Tom Berry, who shot a three-under par 67. Michael Kim is tied for 35th after a first-round three-over par 73, while Brandon Hagy carded a four-over par 74. Walker Huddy (76, +6) also teed it up for the Bears.
Homa shot a two-under par 33 on the back nine with birdies on the par-fiive 12th and par-four 17th holes. His three-over par 39 going out included bogeys on a trio of par-four holes - the fifth, eighth and ninth.
Weaver started on fire and was three-under par after six holes following birdies on the par-four first, par-five fourth and fifth. But after making par on the par-three sixth, Weaver would bogey five of his final 15 holes. He dropped back to even after bogeys on the seventh, ninth and 11th - all par fours. He birdied the 12th to return briefly into the red but finished one-over after consecutive bogeys on the par-four 14th and par-three 15th.
Kim was even through 13 holes with a pair of birdies on the par-four second and seventh coupled with a pair of bogeys on the first and fourth. But bogeys on three of his final five holes (all par fours) - 14th, 17th and 18th - gave him his first-round score.
Hagy had an eventful day that included his triple on the third hole despite that was contributed to significantly when accidentally hit the ball of a New Mexico State player on his second shot. He also had a double bogey on the 12th hole, and bogeys on the par-four 16th and 18th. He did manage a trio of birdies on the first, seventh and 12th holes.
Huddy's round included a double bogey on the 16th hole, and six bogeys on the first, sixth, ninth, 11th, 14th and 15th. He did birdie the third and par-four 10th holes. "It wasn't a great day," Desimone said. "But, you can't be great every time you tee it up. We were good, but we just weren't as sharp as we've been. My guess is we'll play a little bitter as we go."
The teams are scheduled to begin the second round of the 54-hole event Monday at 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT. Cal will be in the first five threesomes off the first tee Monday and play along with Arkansas and Washington.
PING/Golfweek Preview (hosted by Georgia Tech)
TEAM LEADER BOARD (after 1 of 3 days/1 of 3 rounds/18 of 54 holes)
PLAYER LEADER BOARD - INDIVIDUAL LEADER (after 1 of 3 days/1 of 3 rounds/18 of 54 holes)
PLAYER LEADER BOARD - CAL INDIVIDUALS (after 1 of 3 days/1 of 3 rounds/18 of 54 holes)