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Bears Fall to Third Place At Pac-10 Championships

After finishing day one of the Pac-10 championships one stroke behind the leader-No. 7 Stanford-the Cal men's golf team took a step backward today with a 16-over third-round score.

The host Bears fell to third place and are currently at 14-over.

No. 3 USC took advantage of the Cardinal's 25-over day to grab the lead, and No. 20 Arizona State moved up from sixth place into second.

Junior George Gandranata kept the Bears in contention with another standout performance. Gandranata shot an even-par third round to stay at 3-under, good for a second-place tie overall.

All other Cal golfers are currently over-par. Evan Derian is tied for 13th at 2-over. Brandon Beck, who is competing in his third and final Pac-10 championships, is in 24th place at 6-over.

The Bears have 18 more holes to improve their position. Cal tees off for the final round today at 8 a.m.

No Surprises for Cal as Team Receives NCAA Bid

As the Cal men's tennis team sat and awaited its postseason fate, neither the players nor their coach looked nervous. So it was no surprise to the Bears when they were announced as part of the field of 64 during the NCAA tournament selection show yesterday.

When the Bears (12-10, 4-3 in the Pac-10) were selected, the few of players in attendance nodded approvingly.

"Being selected is something we can't take for granted," senior captain Ken Nakahara said. "Sixty-four teams get selected, so that's something to be proud of."

Cal will face Boise State (21-11, 2-2 in the WAC) in the first round beginning May 9. In the same pod as the Bears is host No. 6 USC (19-4, 6-1 in the Pac-10), which will face Southern (10-11, 9-0 in the SWAC). Matches will be played at Marks Stadium in Los Angeles.

"We were kind of expecting to go to one of the L.A. schools, so we are not that surprised," Nakahara said.

If Cal can get past the Broncos, a date with the Trojans-a team that the Bears have already played twice this season- is possible.

-Joshua Linville


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