Cal wins John Burns Intercollegiate title
Monday, February 20, 2012
KAHUKU, Hawaii – The California men's team is starting to like Hawaii.
The Golden Bears captured the John Burns Intercollegiate on Feb. 17 at Turtle Bay Resort, their second consecutive triumph at the event and their third victory of the season, matching the program record set the past two seasons. Led by top-3 finishes from Max Homa and Joel Salter and sparked by an 18-under 270 in the opening round, the Golden Bears led wire-to-wire and finished at 17-under 847, seven shots ahead of Duke and UNLV.
Homa shot 7-under 209 and was the individual runner-up to Duke’s Julian Suri, and Salter tied for third at 5 under. Teammates Brandon Hagy (T-11) and Pace Johnson (T-18) also posted top-20 finishes. The Bears shot 3-over 291 in the final round, but held tough on a day that had consistent winds of 25 to 30 mph.
“Winning never gets old, but it hardly ever gets easy, either,” said Cal head coach Steve Desimone, whose team had opened with a runner-up finish by one shot at the Arizona Intercollegiate and is No. 10 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. “This is a nice win in a good, solid field. It’s good to know we held steady and hung on. . . . When things got tough, they just kept right on grinding, and as a coach I can’t ask for anything more than what they did.”