Oct. 15, 2010
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Day, Date - Event - Location (Course) - Host School - Start Time
Mon., Oct. 18 - The Alister MacKenzie Invitational - Fairfax, CA (Meadow Club) - Cal - 8:15 a.m. PT
Tue., Oct. 19 - The Alister MacKenzie Invitational - Fairfax, CA (Meadow Club) - Cal - 8 a.m. PT
CAL HOSTS THE ALISTER MACKENZIE INVITATIONAL
Cal will host its own event when the Golden Bears welcome a 16-team field for The Alister MacKenzie Invitational this Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 18-19. The 54-hole will be played at the par-71, 6,708-yard Meadow Club in Fairfax, Calif. The first 36 holes of continuous action are scheduled for Monday, with a shotgun start beginning at 8:15 a.m. PT. Tee times for Tuesday's final round will begin at 8 a.m. PT and be determined following Monday's play.
WEATHER LOOKS GOOD UNLIKE LAST YEAR
The weather forecast in Fairfax look good for the 2010 edition of The Alister MacKenzie Invitational. Monday's weather forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a high of 72, a low of 52 and a 10 percent chance of precipitation. Tuesday's forecast is for sunny skies with a high of 76, a low of 52 and zero chance of precipitation. Last year there was plenty of precipitation, so much so in fact that heavy rain and winds cancelled the final 18 holes of the event for the first time in its history.
FOLLOW THE ALISTER MACKENZIE INVITATIONAL ONLINE
The Alister MacKenzie Invitational can be followed online by visiting CalBears.com, which will link to live stats supplied by golfstat.com and includes the Bear Blog which will be updated periodically throughout the event. A recap and complete results at the end of each day's action will be available by visiting CalBears.com.
CAL IN THE NATIONAL POLLS
THE MACKENZIE INVITATIONAL FIELD FEATURES EIGHT TOP-50 TEAMS
Cal is currently ranked No. 21 team nationally according to Golfweek, while Golfstat has the Golden Bears at No. 22. Cal fell to as lowe as No. 29 by Golfweek and No. 66 according to Golfstat after the Bears finished 12th out of 15 teams in its season-opening Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational. However a third-place showing at the Windon Memorial Classic and a victory at The Prestige at PGA West has the Bears back up to their currnet spots. Cal's highest preseason mark was a No. 14 ranking by Golfweek.
Host Cal is joined in the 16-team field for The Alister MacKenzie Invitational by Colorado, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawai'i, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, Oregon State, Penn State, San Diego State, San Francisco, San Jose State, UC Davis, UC Irvine and Wisconsin. San Diego State (No. 15 Golfstat, No. 19 Golfweek) is the field's highest-ranked team. A total of eight teams (over half of the field's teams) are in the nation's top 50, with the Aztecs joined by Cal (No. 21 Golfweek, No. 22 Golfstat), New Mexico (No. 27 Golfstat, No. 30 Golfweek), San Francisco (No. 40 Golfstat, No. 45 Golfweek), Oregon (No. 42 Golfweek), Oregon State (No. 43 Golfstat, No. 43 Golfweek) and Minnesota (No. 47 Golfstat).
THE MACKENZIE INVITATIONAL HISTORY
Team Champions ... Individual Medalists
*2009 - Cal (545, -23) ... Stephen Hale, Cal (132, -10)
2008 - No Tournament Played
2007 - San Diego State (828, -24) ... Daryl Fathauer, Louisville (200, -13)
2006 - Cal (826, -26) ... Michael Wilson, Cal (202, -11)
2005 - Cal (844, -8) ... Jon Rosa, Fresno State (205, -8)
2004 - Oregon State (848, -4) ... Bobby Bennett, Purdue/Dillion Dougherty, Northwestern (207, -6)
2003 - Cal (833, -19) ... Steve Conway, UCLA (200, -13)
2002 - Fresno State (841, -11) ... Nick Watney, Fresno State (200, -13)
*2009 event shortened to 36 holes due to inclement weather
2010-11 TOURNAMENT RECAPS
OCT. 10-12, 2010 - CAL WINS THE PRESTIGE AT PGA WEST
Cal and Stanford entered the final round of action at The Prestige at PGA WEST at the 7,300-yard par-72 TPC Stadium Course tied for the team lead, with the Bears emerging victorious by three strokes over the Cardinal and Washington. The victory was Cal's first team wins in 2010-11 after the Golden Bears won a school-record-tying three regular-season events in 2009-10. Cal (286-289-289 - 864, E) put together three consistent rounds and was the only team not over par for the tournament. Stanford had posted the best round of the 54-hole event during Monday's second round with a seven-under par round of 281 to tie the Bears for the lead, but fell back to four-over par 292 on Tuesday to finish at three-over for the tournament. Ben An (70-73-68 - 211, -5) was Cal's top individual with a third-place overall finish and also had the Bears' top round in the final round with a two-under par 68. Stephen Hale (71-71-72 - 214, -2) played all three of his rounds either at or below par and finished tied for sixth overall. Max Homa (72-70-79 - 221, +5) had been tied for sixth at two-under par along with Hale after two rounds but shot a seven-over par 79 in his final round and finished tied for 23rd. Michael Weaver (76-75-73 - 224, +8) and Eric Mina (73-75-76 - 224, +8) tied for 32nd overall.
"It was a great day today," said Cal head coach Steve Desimone about the team's victory. "I'm really proud of our guys. They hung tough. We went up and down that scoreboard, and it was really intense. But, we managed to be steadier than the other teams. We did a lot of good things and were able to prevail."
SEPT. 26-27, 2010 - CAL TAKES THIRD AT WINDON MEMORIAL CLASSIC
Cal was in a battle for the team title at the Windon Memorial Classic throughout the third and final round at the 7,067-yard par 71 North Shore Country Club, before eventually placing third only two shots behind winner Michigan (285-287-282 - 854, +2). The nine-under par round shot by Ohio State (287-293-275 - 855, +3) in the final round also allowed the Buckeyes to also finish a single stroke ahead of Cal (301-273-282 - 856, +4). Two Golden Bears finished in the top six on the individual leader board, with Max Homa (77-65-69 - 211, -2) tying for fourth and Ben An (73-70-69 - 212, -1) tying for sixth. Both players posted a score of 69 in their third and final rounds for the second consecutive under-par round. Eric Mina (74-69-77 - 220, +7) had been tied for fifth heading into Monday's action but shot a six-over par 77 and finished tied for 36th. James Coré (77-81-75 - 233, +20) shot his best round of the tournament with a four-over par 75 that was included along with the three 69's in the team score Monday. His round included 15 pars, including 13 of the last 14 holes after he was three-over through three holes. He finished tied for 78th overall. Lion Kim (69-71-67 - 207, -6) won individual medalist honors while leading Michigan to the team title.
SEPT. 17-19, 2010 - CAL 12TH AT SEASON-OPENING OLYMPIA FIELDS/FIGHTING ILLINI INVITATIONAL
Cal shot its best round of the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational on the final day of action and moved up one spot to finish 12th in the final standings. The Golden Bears, who finished with a 35-over par team score of 875, had their nine-over par team score of 289 in the third and final round sparked by the play of Max Homa and Michael Weaver, who respectively shot rounds of two-under par 68 and even-par 70. Homa was Cal's top finisher in the event, tying for 11th overall at three-over par 213. In addition to his 68 on Sunday, he also had a 69 during Friday's opening round and was one of only three players including individual medalist Peter Uihlein of Oklahoma. Weaver moved up 13 spots in the final standings into a tie for 30th place at seven-over par 217 with a consistent final round that included 14 pars, two birdies (8, 16) and two bogeys (5, 15). Eric Mina fell 18 places to finish tied for 41st with a final-day seven-over par 77. Ben An finished tied for 66th in his collegiate debut with a 17-over par 54-hole total of 227, including a final round seven-over par 77. Stephen Hale had his best round of the tournament on Sunday with a four-over par 74 that included 14 pars and four bogeys. Hale finished tied for 68th at 18-over par 228.
2010-11 CAL GOLF
Cal's 2010-11 includes all five players that participated at the 2010 NCAA Championships in Brandon Hagy, Stephen Hale, Max Homa, Eric Mina and Michael Weaver being joined by amateur standout Ben An. Weaver tied for sixth at the Pac-10's and was the top individual finisher for the Bears both at the NCAA Championships and the NCAA San Diego Regionals with an eighth-place finish at the latter. Mina became only the second player in the history of Cal men's golf to win the Pac-10 individual title when he captured 2010 medalist honors by coming back from four shots off the lead on the final day to finish 16-under par, capturing the crown by a single stroke over third-round leader Jesper Kennegard of Arizona State. Cal also had a school-record six players qualify for the 2010 U.S. Amateur, with An reaching the semifinals one year after becoming the youngest player to ever win the event at the age of 17 in 2009. An qualified for the 2010 semifinals by beating Homa in a quarterfinal match. The others to qualify for the 2010 U.S. Amateur were James Coré, Ben Mangum, Mina and John Murphy.
FRESHMAN BEN AN LlSTED AS NATION'S NO. 5 FRESHMAN
Golfweek listed Ben An as the nation's No. 5 incoming freshman prior to the season. An's pre-Cal career includes a strong showing the past two summers at the U.S. Amateur, when he became the youngest player to ever win the event in 2009 at the age of 17 and then followed that up by reaching the semfinalis of match play in 2010. An's 2009 victory allowed him to play all four of the PGA Tour's majors during 2010. He has two top-six finishes in his first three collegiate events, taking third in his most recent outing to lead Cal to victory at The Prestige at PGA WEST after tying for sixth at the Windon Memorial Classic in his previous outing. An finished tied for 66th in his collegiate debut at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational.
2009-10 CAL GOLF RECAP
The Cal men's golf team returned to the NCAA Championships for the first time in six years since winning the school's lone national title in 2004. The Bears finished 23rd in the event hosted by Tennessee-Chattanooga. The Bears qualified for the NCAA Championships after tying for third at the 2010 San Diego Regional hosted by San Diego State and was tied for sixth at the Pac-10 Championships to begin its postseason. During the regular season the Bears won a school-record-tying three tournaments over 11 outings. Cal captured the Spartan Golf Classic (Sept. 19-20) hosted by Michigan State and its own Alister MacKenize Invitational (Oct. 12) in the fall of 2009. Cal then started the spring portion of its schedule with a victory at the Arizona Intercollegiate (Feb. 1-2) hosted by Arizona. The Bears finished in the top four in seven of the 11 regular-season events they played, also taking second at the USC Collegiate Invitational (Mar. 1-2), tying for third at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate (Feb. 17-19) hosted by Hawai'i, placing fourth at the season-opening Golfweek Conference Challenge (Aug. 30 - Sept. 1) hosted by Iowa and fifth at the National Invitational Tournament (Mar. 17-18) hosted by Arizona, in addition to the three tournament victories.
Cal's lineup for the 2010 Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational (in order, with 2010-11 season stroke average and current national rankings according to Golfweek and Golfstat)
1. Ben An (72.22, 173 GW)
2. Stephen Hale (73.67, 619 GW)
3. Max Homa (71.67, 13 GW)
4. Michael Weaver (73.22, 103 GW)
5. Eric Mina (73.89, 220 GW)
Cal men's golf has made amazing strides since Steve Desimone (Cal, 1970) began his tenure as head coach in the spring of 1980, evolving from a club sport into one of the elite varsity golf programs in the country in the 1990's before winning the NCAA title in 2004. Now in his 32nd season at the helm of Cal golf, Desimone is largely responsible for the level of success enjoyed by the program. He was named Golfweek's 2003-04 College Coach of the Year and was presented with the 2004 Grand Master of the Year award by the Northern California Golf Association after leading the Golden Bears to the 2004 national title. The Bears returned to the NCAA Championships in 2010 after a five-year absence following their national championship in 2004. All told, Cal has been to six NCAA Championship events (1995, '98, '99, 2000, '04, '10) and 15 NCAA Regionals (1990, '93, '95, '97, '98, '99, 2000, '01, '02, '03, '04, '07, '08, '09, '10) under Desimone. He was voted Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year in 1987. A member of the Cal basketball team, Desimone graduated from Cal in 1970. Walter Chun (Cal, 2001) is in his seventh season on the Bears coaching staff and his second in his current role of associate head coach. Chun, who spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Cal from 2004-09, was named the 2008 Jan Strickland Award winner honoring best assistant coach in the nation.