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Golf: Bears push Regional lead to 11 strokes

The top-ranked Golden Bears own an 11-stroke lead after Friday’s second round in the NCAA Pullman Regional at the Palouse Ridge Golf Club.

Cal (265-276-541) sits 35 strokes under par after 36 holes, well ahead of runnerup USC (272-280-552).

The third and final round is Saturday and Cal will be trying to win its 11th tournament of the season, which would set a modern NCAA record. The top five finishing teams advance to the NCAA championships, May 28 to June 2 at Alpharetta, Ga. 

“It’s a little bit like a broken record, but we had another great round today,” Cal coach Steve Desimone said. “I could even make the case that we played better today than we did yesterday when we set a school-record for our lowest round. The separation that we put between ourselves and the rest of the field make that point. It was fun to watch.”

Cal’s Michael Weaver (65-67-132) is alone in second place, six strokes behind USC’s Sam Smith (62-64-126). Joel Stalter (65-68-133) is one stroke behind his teammate in third.

Michael Kim (69-69-137) is tied for sixth, Brandon Hagy (66-73-139) is 12th and Max Homa (70-73-144) is 34th.

Jeff Faraudo