Cal’s top-ranked men’s golf team completed its wire-to-wire victory at the NCAA Pullman Regional, winning a modern NCAA-record 11th tournament this season. Leading the way was junior Michael Weaver, who played the Masters earlier this spring and Saturday rallied to earn a share of medalist honors.
The Bears (265-276-280-821) finished 43 strokes under par and beat runnerup Texas Christian by 20 strokes at the Palouse Ridge Golf Club. Saint Mary’s was third, USC fourth.
Cal previously shared the NCAA record of 10 tournament titles with the 1985-86 Oklahoma State team.
“I’ve been doing this for 34 years and there’s never been a team that’s been close to this,” Cal coach Steve Desimone said about the record. “There are a lot of reasons for it but primarily it has happened because these guys have understood all along what was out there for us and they’ve worked so hard. They are the epitome of a team.”
As one of the top five finishing teams at the Regionals, Cal advances to the NCAA Championships, May 28 through June 2 at Alpharetta, Ga.
“It feels surreal to have the most wins in history of the modern-era of NCAA golf,” said senior Max Homa, who missed his graduation ceremony at Cal on Saturday. “I really can’t put it into words. I can’t wait to get to Georgia and put it all on the line. This is what we work for. I told myself I needed to make today worth not getting to walk at graduation, so I guess I did that.”
Weaver (65-67-70-202) came from six strokes back to share the individual Regional title with USC’s Sam Smith. He is the first Cal golfer to win an NCAA Regional crown.
“This was a tremendous win for Michael,” Desimone said. “I’m really happy for him and proud of him.”
“It feels good to get my first win and to make it where all five of us have now won a tournament this year,” said Weaver, alluding to the fact that his four teammates all previously won tournament titles this season.
Joel Stalter (65-68-73-206) and Brandon Hagy (66-73-69-208) finished third and fifth, respectively, while Homa (70-73-68-211) and Michael Kim (69-68-74-211) tied for 11th.