Sept. 17, 2012
BERKELEY - Cal (No. 2 Golfweek, No. 3 Golf World/Nike) was named the Golfweek men's team of the week Monday for the Golden Bears' season-opening victory September 9-10 at the Gopher Invitational.
Cal carried its momentum from last season into its first of match of 2012-13. Last year, the Bears tied for third at the 2012 NCAA Championship to mark their second-highest finish ever next to the team's lone national title in 2004. The 2011-12 season was one of firsts for Cal, including its first trip to match play at the NCAA Championship as well as its first NCAA match play victory in the quarterfinals over San Diego State. Cal also captured its first NCAA Regional and Pac-12 titles, posted a school-record six wins to double the previous mark, and had top-five finishes in all 14 events for the first time in school history.
Cal (274-290-298 - 862, -2) rushed out to a huge 18-stroke lead after the first round of the Gopher Invitational at the par-72, 7,020 Spring Hill Golf Club and then cruised to a final 14-stroke advantage over second-place SMU (303-275-298 - 876, +12).
"This was an absolutely fabulous way to start the season," head coach Steve Desimone said after the victory. "It was a somewhat inconsistent tournament. At times, we were absolutely brilliant and couldn't play any better. There was just enough great play to overcome the inconsistent play and put us over the top. Overall, it was the type of performance you would expect by one of the top teams in the country."
Cal has three returning Golfweek All-Americans on its 2012-13 roster in Brandon Hagy, Max Homa and Michael Kim. Homa and Kim tied for second at the Gopher Invitational, while Hagy was fourth. This season the Bears also feature 2012 U.S. Amateur runner-up Michael Weaver, who returns after redshirting last year to work on his golf game and focus on being admitted to Cal's Haas School of Business.
The Bears return to the course Sept. 23-25 for the Ping/Golfweek Preview at the Crabapple Course at the Capital City Club in Atlanta, which is the same site as the 2013 NCAA Championship. Georgia Tech will host both events.