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Cal Finishes 19th At NCAA Championships

Cal Finishes 19th At NCAA Championships

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Ethan Fang and the Golden Bears concluded play the 2024 NCAA Championships on Sunday.

Golden Bears See Impressive Season Conclude In Carlsbad

CARLSBAD – The California men’s golf team saw its 2023-24 season come to an end on the third day of the NCAA Championships at Omni La Costa’s North Course. The 20th-ranked Golden Bears could not come up with the shots they needed down the stretch of the third round Sunday, finishing in 19th place after shooting 16-over-par for the day and 40-over-par for the tournament.
The top 15 squads in the 30-team field and the top nine individuals not on an advancing team advanced for a fourth and final round of stroke play on Monday to determine the top eight teams for match-play competition.
The Golden Bears (304-296-304 – 904) entered the day in 16th place and just two strokes behind the cutline. They moved into the top 15 with a steady 1-over-par effort on the front-nine holes, but fell back outside of the advancing half of the field after collectively tallying just two birdies – both by Sampson Zheng – on the back nine. Freshman Ethan Fang, one of two Golden Bears who carded a team-best 3-over-par 75 on Sunday, was 1-under on the front nine following back-to-back birdies on holes 8-9.
Zheng, a senior playing the final event of his All-American collegiate career, sunk a birdie on the par-5 18th hole to tie for 60th overall at 8-over-par. Eric Lee (+11) and Fang joined Zheng inside the top 100 individually, placing 86th and 95th, respectively.
It was Cal’s 16th all-time NCAA Championships appearance and its first since 2019. The Golden Bears had eight top-three finishes – including two tournament wins and four runner-up finishes – in 13 stroke-play events this season.

Place Team To Par R1 R2 R3 Total
1 Illinois -2 293 287 282 862
2 Virginia +4 290 287 291 868
3 Vanderbilt +9 297 286 290 873
4 Florida State +10 299 289 286 874
5 Ohio State +13 294 294 289 877
19 California +40 304 296 304


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