Cal rallies to beat Arizona State

Host California came from two strokes down in the final round to win the Alister MacKenzie Invitational for the sixth straight year in windy conditions at the Meadow Club in Fairfax.

The Golden Bears, who have won the tournament nine times in 12 years, posted a score of 279-272-288–839, 13-under-par, with Arizona State second at 271-278-292–841.

“This is a young team, and this is when you start finding out about how players and teams come together,” said Coach Steve Desimone of Cal, which was eight strokes behind in ninth place after the first round.

“We were so far down early, that it was improbable that we would put together the kind of run we did. … We have to have players that can find that determination, the heart of a champion, and we’re seeing that from these guys.”

Oregon State was third at 274-278-292–844, followed by UC Davis at 275-283-291–849, Pepperdine at 283-285-285– 853 and San Diego State at 273-284-297–854.

USF finished 10th at 273-295-300–868, St. Mary’s was 12th at 276-301-295–872 and San Jose State wound up 15th at 284-294-307–885.

Max Rottluff of Arizona State captured the individual title at 68-66-70–204, 9-under, followed by Tyler Collier of Oregon State at 69-66-71–206 and Sebastian Crampton of Cal at 68-66-73–207.

Jonathan De Los Reyes of St. Mary’s shot 63-77-69–309 and tied for fourth with Riccardo Michelini of San Diego State, who finished at 68-68-73–209.

Keelan Kilpatrick of Cal carded a score of 72-69-69–210 and tied for sixth with Nicolas Noya of UC Davis, who totaled 68-68–74–210 and Yannick Paul of Colorado, who came in at 66-67–77–210.

Cal won with its depth, as K.K. Limbhasut tied for 11th at 71-68-73–212 and Cameron Shaw tied for 15th at 70-70-73–213.

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