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Golden Nuggets: Cal Golf's Terrific Comeback at Western Intercollegiate Gives Bears a Shot at NCAA Record

Down nine strokes at the start of the final round of the Western Intercollegiate, Cal mounted a furious comeback to post a 13-stroke win. With the win, Cal has a chance to tie the NCAA record for tournament wins during the Pac-12 Championships.

Andrew Redington

If you haven't been following the no. 1 men's golf team this year, you have been missing out on the best season in school history. With a tremendous comeback this past weekend, the Bears put themselves in position to ties the NCAA Record of 10 tournament victories if they win at the upcoming Pac-12 Championship.

No. 1 Cal (350-361-340 - 1051, +1) won for the ninth time in 11 tournaments this season after a third and final round of 10-under par Sunday at the Western Intercollegiate that head coach Steve Desimone claimed "was certainly one of the best and maybe the best ever" in school history.

"This was a tremendous team win, and it's been that way all year," Desimone said. "It certainly sets us up well for the Pac-12 Championship."

Cal will attempt to equal the unofficial NCAA record of 10 victories in a season by the 1985-86 Oklahoma State team in its next event April 29 - May 1 at the Pac-12 Championship hosted by UCLA at the Los Angeles Country Club North Course.

"That has a nice ring to it," Desimone said about the team being one victory away from the NCAA record. "I know I can handle it and the guys can too, but let's not forget the real prize is June 2 [NCAA Championship]. Maybe we can combine the two. How sweet would that be?"

"It's just wow, I guess," said Max Homa, the team's lone senior in the lineup. "I don't really even know how to put it into words, but it's been a lot of hard work. You could kind of see it coming after last year but the way everyone's played when the lights were on and when we really needed to play well is amazing. Today was a perfect testament. We were down nine, and we probably had one of the best rounds I've ever seen by a team. We just step it up when we need to."




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