Cal advances to NCAA Championship
San Diego State, UAB, Stanford and UCF earn berths in finals
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- California (276-270-269--815, -25) will be going to the NCAA Championship for a school-record-tying third consecutive season after winning the Stanford Regional on Saturday at the par-70, 6,727-yard Stanford Golf Course. The victory was Cal's first NCAA Regional win and sixth in 13 events this season to add to a school record total. Cal had three players -- Brandon Hagy (67-66-66-199, -11), Michael Kim (67-64-69--200, -10) and Max Homa (71-68-67--206, -4) -- finish in the top 10 to lead the way.
San Diego State (282-265-274--821, -19), Alabama-Birmingham (278-274-278--830, -10), Stanford (277-275-280--832, -8) and Central Florida (278-279-278--835, -5) will be the four other teams from the Stanford Regional heading to the NCAA Championship. Pepperdine's Josh Anderson (67-65-64--196, -14) won individual medalist honors and will also advance to the NCAAs. Anderson's six-under par round on Saturday was the best of the day.
Hagy's third-place solo finish was the highest of his career and his second consecutive four-under par round of 66 on Saturday included a stretch of four birdies in a row. Hagy opened his round with a birdie on the par-five first hole before a bogey on the par-four second. After a bogey on the par-four sixth, he went on a tear with the four consecutive birdies. The hot streak started on the par-five seventh before continuing on the par-three eighth, and par-four ninth and 10th holes. He would then make seven pars in a row before his sixth and final birdie of the round on the par-four 18th.
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Kim ended up tying for fourth after having led the tournament entering the final round. He followed his collegiate best six-under par 64 on Friday with a one-under par round of 69 on Saturday. Kim never went lower than one-under on the day during an effort that included 13 pars, three birdies and two bogeys. He birdied the first hole but gave the stroke back with a bogey on the par-three third. He went back into the red with a birdie on the par-four fifth and stayed there with nine consecutive pars before a bogey on the par-four 15th. His birdie on the par-five 16th put him back in the red.
Homa and Joël Stalter also came up huge for the Bears on Saturday.
Homa moved up 14 spots into a 10th place tie after a three-under par round of 67 that was his best of the tournament. Homa had three birdies over his first five holes on the first, par-three fourth and fifth to get to three-under in a hurry. He would stay there with two more birdies and two bogeys over his final 13 holes. His fourth and fifth birdies of the round came on the seventh and 15 holes, while his bogeys were on the sixth and 10th.
Stalter (72-72-67--211, +1) jumped up 24 spots into a tie for 27th and matched Homa's three-under par round of 67. He started off on fire with a par of birdies on the first two holes. He bogeyed the third but subsequent birdies on the seventh, par-four 11th and par-three 14th got him to four-under for the day before he bogeyed the 15th.
Pace Johnson (71-77-72 - 220) was the other Cal player to participate in the event and inched up four spots on the day into a tie for 62nd in the final standings. Johnson's two-over par round on Saturday included three birdies (1, 7, 16) and five bogeys (6, 9, 10, 13, 18).