Cal Goes Deep in the Desert as Two Players Medal
The victorious Cal Bears (Cal Athletics photo)
The victorious Cal Bears (Cal Athletics photo)

PALM DESERT, CA (February 18, 2018) - The University of California, Berkeley shot a final-round 20-under-par 268, the low round of the tournament, to run away with the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate at the Classic Club.

Cal took a 15-shot lead into the final round over runner-up Texas Tech, and increased their lead despite a 15-under 273 by the Red Raiders. Four Bears broke 70 in the final round, led by Collin Morikawa with a 65, Sebastian Crampton at 66, Ben Doyle at 68 and K.K. Limbhasut at 69.

The win was Cal's third of the season, along with their back-to-back victories in the Alister Mackenzie Invitational and the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational in October.

The winning total for Cal was 47-under-par 817, with Texas Tech 20 shots back at 27 under. Colorado finished third at 19 under, with UCLA the only other team under par at 16 under. Kansas rounded out the top five at even-par 864.

Morikawa and Crampton were co-medalists at 14-under 202, tied with Fredrik Nilehn of Texas Tech and Austin Eckroat of Oklahoma State who was competing as an individual. There was no playoff and each player was credited with a medalist finish.

Eckroat had the low round of the tournament, an 8-under 64, while Nilehn closed with a 65.

"Picking up my first collegiate win has been a goal of mine for a while and it's nice that it finally happened," said Crampton to Cal Athletics. "However, like the team I can definitely improve in some areas going forward."

Collin Morikawa and Sebastian Crampton
Collin Morikawa and Sebastian Crampton
(Cal Athletics photo)
"It was awesome to share the individual victory with Seb," Morikawa said after picking up his second career college win. "He played great all week and it's amazing that we had the opportunity to both come out on top."

With his win, Morikawa rose to #3 in the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com World Ranking, behind only Braden Thornberry (who finished runner-up in the All-American Collegiate to solidify his #1 spot), and Doug Ghim.

Results: Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate
T1SwedenFredrik NilehnSweden60070-67-65=202
T1CACollin MorikawaLa Cañada Flintridge, CA60068-69-65=202
T1CASebastian CramptonPacific Grove, CA60067-69-66=202
T1OKAustin EckroatEdmond, OK60068-70-64=202
T5GermanyYannik PaulGermany30071-69-67=207

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54-hole men's college tournament hosted by the University of Wyoming. Team (best four scores out of five players) and individual competitions.

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