LIHUE, Hawaii (Feb. 20, 2014) – No. 2/3/4 Cal increased its lead to nine strokes after the second round of action Thursday at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate hosted by Hawai’i at the par-72, 6,991-yard Wailua Golf Course. Defending champion Joël Stalter (67-71 – 138, -6) remained in second place and will start Friday’s third and final round four strokes behind second-round leader Justin Kelly of BYU (68-66 – 134, -10).
All five Cal players are in the top 15 with Michael Weaver (70-70 – 140, -4) tied for fourth, Pace Johnson (71-70 – 141, -3) and Keelan Kilpatrick (70-71 – 141, -3) tied for eighth, and Brandon Hagy (71-72 – 143, -1) tied for 14th.
“It’s nice that we held onto the lead today,” Desimone said. “We have really not putted well but we have pounded the par fives and that’s really what has kept us in the lead.”
“It was tough out there today,” Stalter said. “I didn’t have my ‘A’ game but fought hard to stay close to the lead. I’m looking forward to a low round tomorrow to help the team bring home the trophy.”
BYU (287-282 – 569, -7) and Texas A&M (286-283 – 569, -7) are tied for second nine shots off Cal’s pace and the only two other teams under par after 36 holes. Friday’s final round will be a shotgun start beginning at 10:30 a.m. PT/8:30 a.m. HT. Cal players will play in foursomes along with players from BYU, Texas A&M and New Mexico and start on the first, second and third holes.
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