There is nothing better than the taste of victory, and for Cal men’s golf, the sweetness of their successful run at the Marquette Intercollegiate is still lingering. Now, they’re hungry for even more.
The Bears head to Bremerton, Washington, to compete in the Husky Invitational this week at the Gold Mountain Golf Course.
The two-day tournament will be played on the club’s Olympic course and will begin on Monday. The competition will wrap up play on Tuesday. A combined total of 54 holes, teams will play the first 36 holes on Monday and the remaining 18 on Tuesday. Weather conditions are looking rather considerate for the players, with partly cloudy skies and temperatures ranging from 66 to 69 degrees.
Cal’s lineup this week consists of senior Sampson Zheng, junior Tony Chen, sophomore Nathan Wang and freshmen Ethan Fang and Eric Lee; senior Jeewon Park will be playing as an individual.
This will be the first time Lee is a part of the team lineup — expectations for the freshman are high after his impressive debut performance in which he tied for first in individuals, scoring three under par.
Lee, a freshman from Fullerton, California, was one of four freshmen to join the team this year. Even before donning blue and gold, Lee accumulated an impressive record and was named the 2022 AJGA Rolex Junior Player of the Year, putting his name in the conversation for top male junior golfer in the world.
This will be Wang’s season debut; during his first year at Berkeley, Wang averaged 72.64 strokes with an 18-hole low of 67 and a 54-hole low of 210. Park will also be fresh on the green after some quality playing last season. Averaging 73.19 strokes in the 2022-23 season, Park also carded a collegiate career low 18-hole score of 67, twice.
Seven of the Bears who will not be participating in the Husky Invitational will play in the Husky Individual. This includes seniors Aaron Du and Costas Panay, juniors Charlie Berridge, Papon Sawatyanon and Ethan Chung, as well as sophomore Daniel Heo.
The Husky Individual will be held on the Cascade Course, which has notably less elevation in comparison to the hillier Olympic Course. Other schools that will be joining Cal include: Colorado State, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, Seattle University, San Diego State, San Jose State, St. Mary’s, UCLA, Washington and Washington State. The Bears will be grouped with Nevada and Seattle.
Despite Cal’s stellar performance and results last tournament, this week includes some new and strong competition. Oklahoma was ranked No. 10 in the preseason poll and Oregon at No. 22. It is up to the Bears to continue their exceptional playing — especially with the new additions to the team.