Oct. 25, 2011
(WINDERMERE, FL) - Cal (293-301-294 - 888, +24) wrapped up its fall season by moving up two spots on the third and final day of action at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational as the Golden Bears tied for fourth at the event co-hosted by Texas Tech and UCF. Cal's six-over par round on the final 18 holes was the third-best round of the day behind only the six-under par effort by team champion Texas (295-289-298 - 886, +22) and the three-over par tally from Indiana (296-301-291 - 888, +24), who tied for fourth with Cal.
"Win, lose or draw here I wanted us to do a couple of things," Desimone said. "I told our guys the night before the tournament that I wanted us to play well and manage our games, and if we did those two things then we'd make a good showing here."
LSU (295-289-298 - 882, +18) and North Florida (287-300-299 - 886, +22) were the only other teams to finish ahead of the Bears in the final standings of a 15-team field that included eight teams ranked in the top 25 nationally. Cal was the nation's No. 7 team according to Golfweek prior to the event and ranked No. 10 in the Golfstat poll.
"We're beating some of the top teams in the country," Brandon Hagy said. "I think it just proves to us that we can play at highest level and against the best players in the country."
Michael Kim (71-76-72 - 219, +3) tied for eighth place to lead Cal's effort and also had the team's best round of the day Tuesday at even par with a steady showing that included 14 pars. His birdies came in back-to-back fashion on the 12th and 13th holes, while his bogeys were on the fifth and 18th.
Hagy (70-74-77 - 221, +5) was tied for fifth heading into the day's action but dropped 11 spots into a tie for 16th on the final player leader board after shooting a five-over par round Tuesday. Hagy was four-over early in his round after he followed up his bogey on the second hole with a triple bogey on the third. He got halfway back to par with an eagle on the par-five seventh but returned both of those strokes by making bogey on both the eighth and 10th holes. He managed a birdie on 12 but bogeys on 13 and 17 gave him his final numbers.
Max Homa (77-72-74 - 223, +7) tied for 25th in the final standings. His up and down third and final round started three-over through five holes with a bogey on the second and a double bogey on the fifth. He then put together back-to-back birdies on the sixth and seventh holes, but immediately gave both strokes back with consecutive bogeys on eight and nine. He came back with birdies on 11 and 13, before a bogey on 15 and a birdie on 16.
Pace Johnson (78-79-75 - 232, +16) finished 49th after a three-over par round on Tuesday that included an eagle (7), two birdies (3, 16), three bogeys (9, 10, 18) and two doubles, both on par-three holes (5, 11).
Joël Stalter (75-87-73 - 235, +19) moved up 12 spots and tied for 56th after cutting 14 strokes off his collegiate-worst round of 87 on Monday. Stalter was even on the front nine with bogeys on the first and fourth holes that were erased by birdies on the fifth and seventh. He was still at even-par for the day through 16 holes after adding bogeys on 11 and 15 as well as birdies on 14 and 16. A bogey on 17 left him one-over for the round.
"This was a total team effort," Desimone said. "Everybody made major contributions in at least one round. What it showed was the great teams have to have players step up at different times, and you've got to have five guys that play well when they need to play well. That's what has been obvious to us not just today but all fall."
"You don't want to get too far ahead of yourselves in late October but the good news here is that we're only going to get better," Desimone added. "This is a young team that is learning how to play the game and gaining confidence."
Cal will be out of competitive action until resuming the 2011-12 campaign January 30-31 at the Arizona Intercollegiate to open the spring portion of the schedule.
Isleworth Collegiate Invitational (hosted by UCF and Texas Tech)
FINAL TEAM LEADER BOARD (after 2 of 3 days/2 of 3 rounds/36 of 54 holes)
FINAL PLAYER LEADER BOARD - INDIVIDUAL MEDALIST (after 3 of 3 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)
FINAL PLAYER LEADER BOARD - CAL INDIVIDUALS (after 3 of 3 days/3 of 3 rounds/54 of 54 holes)