Oct. 19, 2012
BERKELEY, Calif. - Fans tuning in to Hooked on Golf on KNBR 680 AM this Saturday are in for treat with entertaining Cal men's golf head coach Steve Desimone scheduled to be interviewed by hosts John Abendroth and Mitch Juricich. The show airs on KNBR 680 from 7-8 a.m. PT.
The 2011-12 Pac-12 Men's Golf Coach of the Year has arguably orchestrated the best extended run of his career and arguably one of the best in the history of college golf over the past season and a half, with the Golden Bears having won at least a share of the team title in 10 of the 18 events they have played in during the period and finishing in the top five in every event since the beginning of the 2011-12 season.
The stretch includes a current school-record string of four consecutive victories to open the 2012-13 campaign. Cal began its current season with a victory at the Gopher Invitational, then shared the title at the PING/Golfweek Preview, and captured both the Pac-12 Preview and Alister MacKenzie Invitational.
Desimone will join Abendroth and Juricich from Florida, where his squad is trying to close out the 2012-13 fall season with a victory at the prestigious Isleworth Collegiate Invitational in an elite field that includes 2011-12 national champion Alabama and runner-up Texas among its nine teams in the most recent Golfweek national top-25 rankings.
All five players in Cal's lineup at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational are currently ranked in the nation's top 50 according to Golfweek. Four of the five - Michael Kim (3rd), Max Homa (8th), Brandon Hagy (14th) and Joël Stalter (15th) - are ranked in the top 15, while Michael Weaver is 50th.
Weaver was the runner-up at the 2012 U.S. Amateur.
Hagy, who is coming off his first collegiate victory at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational this past Tuesday, was a 2012 U.S. Amateur semifinalist, with Homa (quarterfinalist) and Kim (Round of 64) joining Hagy and Homa to give Cal a school-record four golfers in the match play portion of the event.
Cal is picking up in 2012-13 where it left off last season when the Bears tied for third at the NCAA Championship to record the second-highest finish in school history only to the team's lone national title in 2004. The 2011-12 campaign was a season of firsts for the Bears, including a first trip to match play at the NCAA Championship, as well as first NCAA match play, NCAA Regional and Pac-12 Championship victories. Cal also posted a school-record six wins to double its previous mark and had top-five finishes in all 14 events for the first time in school history.