Top-seeded Cal advanced to the semifinal round of the NCAA golf championships on Friday with a 3-2 match play win over Pac-12 rival Arizona State at the Capital City Club in suburban Atlanta.
The Bears, who have won 11 of 13 tournaments this season, face No. 5 Illinois in Saturday’s semifinals. Illinois knocked off fourth-seeded and defending national champion Texas 3-2.
Cal got victories from Max Homa — coming off his NCAA individual title on Thursday — Joel Stalter and Brandon Hagy.
Homa defeated Trey Ka’ahanui 3 and 2, Stalter defeated Max Rottluff 1 up, and Hagy beat John Rahm 2 up.
Michael Weaver lost on the 19th hole to ASU’s Austin Quick, and Michael Kim, the nation’s top-ranked collegiate golfer at season’s end, fell 1 up to Spencer Lawson.
Cal reached the NCAA semifinals last year before losing to Alabama.
In the other quarterfinal matches, No. 2 Georgia Tech beat UNLV 3-2 and No. 3 Alabama handled New Mexico 4-1.