No. 1 Cal extends lead at John Burns Intercollegiate
KAHUKU, Hawaii – No. 1 Cal (284-282 – 566, -10) has moved out to a 16-stroke lead at the end of second-round action Thursday at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate. The Golden Bears are looking to win for the sixth time in seven tournaments this season and capture the event being hosted by Hawai’i for the third consecutive year.

Joël Stalter (67-70 – 137) retained his first-round lead in pursuit of a second consecutive individual title.

Stalter shot a two-under par 70 on Thursday and holds a two-stroke lead on teammate Max Homa (71-68 – 139), who was the only player Thursday to break 70 with his four-under par round of 68. Michael Weaver (72-70 – 142, -2) is in a three-way tie for third after matching Stalter’s two-under 70 on Thursday. Michael Kim (74-75 – 149, +5) is tied for 18th, while James Yoon (78-74 – 152, +8) is tied for 44th.

“We played great today,” head coach Steve Desimone said about his team’s round that was the best of the day for the second consecutive round. “This is one of the best rounds we have played over the last two or three years. We’ve had a lot of really good rounds and this certainly falls into that category.”

The Bears played well despite a cool morning that included a stoppage in play due to rain as well as windy conditions at the par-72, 7,218-yard Arnold Palmer Course at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore. The forecast is similar for Friday’s final 18 holes that begin with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. PT/7:30 a.m. HT.“These were the toughest conditions we’ve played in this year,” Desimone said. “That’s what makes this round so much more special. It was a tremendous round and a good time for it to happen.”

Cal started on the back nine Thursday with its four scoring players combining for a three-over par total before rebounding to play the second half of the day’s play in nine-under on the front nine with 10 birdies and a single bogey by the Bears.

Stalter bogeyed two of his first five holes on the par-four 11th and 14th, but also sandwiched in a birdie for the second straight day on the par-five 12th. He would also birdie the par-five 18th and par-four fifth for the second straight day before adding another on the par-four sixth.

“I’m happy I’m still in the lead,” said Stalter, who shared the Arizona Intercollegiate individual medalist honors with teammate Kim in his most recent event. “I hung tough today and played some solid golf. Hopefully we will take care of business tomorrow and get our first win of the spring.”

Homa had four birdies and no bogeys during his round, with three of the birdies coming on par-fours (17, 1, 6) and another on a par-three (4).

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54 hole men's college tournament hosted by the University of Hawaii. Team (best four out of five players) and individual scoring.

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