Sept. 26, 2010
GLENVIEW, IL - An impressive second round during a 36-hole day of golf Sunday at the Windon Memorial Classic has Cal in second place heading into the final 18 holes of the event scheduled for Monday. Cal will start Monday's final round at the 7,067-yard par 71 North Shore Country Club two shots behind Michigan, who is at four-over par after firing a four-over par 36-hole total of 572 (285-287). The first tee time Monday is 8:30 a.m. CT/6:30 a.m. PT.
After struggling with a 17-over par 301 on the first 18 holes that left Cal tied for 10th at the day's halfway point, the Golden Bears rebounded with a blistering 11-under par 273 over the final 18 holes. Cal's second round of the day was nine strokes better than the second-best team round of the day and left Cal with a four-over par score of 574 for the day.
"Early this season, we've either been really good or really bad," said head coach Steve Desimone. "We saw both sides of that today. We played very poorly this morning and made lots of fundamental mistakes, but we played with some real resolve this afternoon. We got off to a good start in the second round and just never slowed down."
Max Homa led Cal's comeback by shooting a six-under par round of 65 over the final 18 holes and will head into the final round of action tied for second with Stephen Carney (Tulsa) and Robin Wingardh (Tennessee) at even-par 142 overall, two shots behind leader Lion Kim of Michigan. Homa moved up 49 spots with a second round that included eight birdies (and two bogeys) in his second round after struggling with five bogeys, a double bogey and a birdie during a first-round 77.
Participating in only his second collegiate tournament, An shot a one-under par 70 over his final 18 holes by playing steady golf with 15 pars, two birdies and one bogey. An's 73 over his first 18 holes included an eagle three on the par-five seventh hole, as well as two birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey.
Mina was also consistent in his two-under par second round 69, with 14 pars, three birdies and one bogey. He had five bogeys and two birdies during the 74 he shot in his first round.
Michael Weaver recovered from an opening-round 80 that included seven bogeys, a double bogey and a birdie by firing 16 pars and two birdies during his two-under par second round of 69.
"Our four top guys were really impressive during their second rounds today," said Desimone. "We could have just mailed it in after that first round, but they were clearly on a mission. It was fun to watch. We went from root canal to nirvana in four or five hours."
James Coré is the other Cal player competing in the event and is tied for 81st place with a 36-hole total of 16-over par 158. Coré's opening-round 77 included five bogeys, a double bogey and a birdie. The 81 he shot on his final 18 holes was marred by three double bogeys and six bogeys, while he managed a pair of birdies.
"Make no mistakes about it, we've got some really good teams all around us," said Desimone. "We're going to have to go out, compete and play solid, fundamental golf tomorrow. If we do, we've got a real shot at it."
Cal won a school-record-tying three regular-season tournaments in 2009-10.
Windon Memorial Classic (Hosted by Northwestern)
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS (after 1 of 2 days/2 of 3 rounds/36 of 54 holes)
TOURNAMENT LEADER (after 1 of 2 days/2 of 3 rounds/36 of 54 holes)
CAL INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (after 1 of 2 days/2 of 3 rounds/36 of 54 holes)