By Jeff Faraudo
Thursday, April 11th, 2013 at 2:05 pm in Golf.
Cal junior Michael Weaver struggled to a six-over par 78 in the opening round of the Masters at Augusta National. Weaver is tied for 82nd place and fifth among the event’s six amateurs.
“It was fun being out there,” said Weaver, who will need a strong bounce-back round on his 22nd birthday Friday to make the cut for weekend play. “It was a little frustrating at times, but that’s the way it goes. I got off to a good start, which was nice and helped settle me down.
“But, I had a couple of bad mistakes and hit the ball in a few bad spots and my score added up pretty high in a hurry, unfortunately.”
“It was the first time a current Cal golfer has ever played in the Masters, so it was a special day and I know one that we’ll all remember for the rest of our lives,” Cal coach Steve Desimone said. “All in all, it was a great day for Michael and a great day for Cal golf.”
Weaver, who qualified for the Masters by finishing second at the U.S. Amateur last summer, had two double-bogeys and only two birdies on Thursday.
He scored 6s on the par-4 third and 11th holes, and also bogeyed the fifth, eighth, 13th and 17th. Weaver already was six over after 13 holes.