Golf: Bears climb into tie for 4th at NCAAs; set to face San Diego St. in match play quarterfinals

Climbing the chart for the second straight day, the Cal men’s golf team moved into a tie for fourth place as three rounds of stroke play ended at the NCAA tournament.

After starting in 15th place on Tuesday and climbing into a tie for eighth on Wednesday, the Bears have qualified for match play competition beginning Friday.

Cal, the Pac-12 champion, shot a 287 to share fourth place with San Diego State with a 19-over-par score of 871. The Bears and Aztecs will meet Friday in match play quarterfinal action.

Alabama finished first with a seven-over score of 859, two strokes ahead of UCLA.

Kent State and Florida State finished in a tie for the eighth and final spot and will stage a playoff Friday morning to determine the survivor and the right to take on Alabama.

Cal’s Max Homa shot a 68 and has moved into a four-way tie for ninth place. Brandon Hagy, tied for 16th after two rounds, shot a 75 and now sits in a tie for 45th.

Jeff Faraudo