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NCAA Men's Golf Championships - Cal finishes in 10th place in coach Steve Desimone's final year

Bears finished the 2016 campaign with in 10th place. Bears missed out on the top 8 and the chance to advance to match play.

The Golden Bears will try to extend the season beyond today for their retiring head coach Steve Desimone
The Golden Bears will try to extend the season beyond today for their retiring head coach Steve Desimone
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Golden Bears finished the 2016 NCAA Men's Golf Championships with a 10th place finish (much better than Stanford's 28th place finish, by the way).

Bears didn't exactly have a great Memorial Day, dropping from 8th place at the start of the day to 6 strokes behind 8th - the last spot to advance to Tuesday's Match Play.

Nonetheless, Monday marked the end of coach Steve Desimone's long 37 career at the helm of Cal Men's Golf - the only "non-revenue" sport at Cal to be completely self-funded.

Here are the final scores for the Bears:

FINAL STROKE-PLAY PLAYER LEADERBOARD – CAL INDIVIDUALS
(after 4 of 4 stroke-play days/4 of 4 stroke-play rounds/72 of 72 stroke-play holes)
T10. Collin Morikawa (73-69-70-71 – 283, +3)
T17. KK Limbhasut (69-69-72-75 – 285, +5)
T66. Jamie Cheatham (76-71-68-79 – 294, +14)
77. Sebastian Crampton (69-75-77-77 – 298, +18)
T79. Shotaro Ban (76-78-77-69 – 300, +20)

GO BEARS!

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With 3 rounds complete, the California Golden Bears find themselves currently in 8th place at +18, just one shots ahead of 9th place. Bears made the cut of being a top 15 team and will play on Monday for a spot in the final 8 when the NCAA format all the sudden changes from Stroke-Play to Match-Play.

In head coach Steve Desimone's last season (the Cal alum is retiring after a long coaching career in Berkeley), the Golden Bears are hoping to push it to the limit. Better yet, the Bears hope to send "Coach Des" out on top, with another national championship to go with the one that he led the Bears to win back in 2004.

I find what Coach Des said in the video below about the technology of (essentially) instant score update interesting. He talked about changing strategy (how aggressive to go for shots) based on the situations.

The other 15 teams still alive for the national championships are leader Vanderbilt at +5. Texas is two strokes behind. USC, LSU, and host Oregon are separated by a stroke each from +10 to +12. Bears are in the next bunch of teams between +15 and +19 that include Arkansas, Arizona State, Cal, Oklahoma State, and Illinois. Still in contention are Kentucky, South Carolina, Florida, Louisville, and Oklahoma.

The individual title will be decided by the end of stroke play on Monday. Cal sophomore K. K. Limbhasut is still in the hunt at a tie for 9th place, shooting an even par through 3 rounds. He is 6 strokes behind Oregon's Aaron Wise who made a move on Sunday by shooting a -6 round.

The other Cal golfers are Colin Morikawa at +2 (T17th place), Jamie Cheatham at +5 after a fine 3rd round of -2 (T36), Sebastian Crampton at +11 (T96), and senior Shotaro Ban at +21 (T149) who can easily shoot much better. The top 4 scores from each round contributes to the team total in stroke play.

The two freshman Colin and Jamie talks about their 3rd round in the video below. Pulling a TwistNHook here, I'm going to comment a little bit on the fashion. If you look carefully, you will see that Colin on the left is wearing a block C cap while Jamie on the right is wearing the proprietary "Cal font" C on his cap. Cal fans, which cap do you like better?

Bears will tee off at 1:10 PM PT on Monday while paired with Arizona State (currently 7th, one stroke ahead of the Bears) and Oklahoma State (currently in a tie for 9th, one stroke behind the Bears). This is the last group to tee off.

You can follow the stats via Golf Stats HERE.

The Golf Channel will have coverage of the 2016 NCAA Men's Golf Championships for the remainder of the week.


Golf Channel NCAA Men's Golf Championships Coverage (all times ET)
Monday, May 30 Individual National Championship 7-10 p.m. (Live)
Tuesday, May 31 Quarterfinals, Team Match Play 1:30-3:30 p.m. (Live)
Tuesday, May 31 Semifinals, Team Match Play 6:30-10 p.m. (Live)
Wednesday, June 3 Team Match Play National Championship 6-10 p.m. (Live)

GO BEARS!