No. 1 California owns a healthy nine-stroke lead through 36 holes, standing at 5-under par 695 in finishing ahead of No. 3 and host UCLA (704). No. 4 Washington is in third (709), then there is an 18-shot gap over fourth place, No. 7 Stanford (727).
Cal held an eight-stroke lead after the morning's opening round, the Bears posting a 12-under 338; most of that margin came thanks to senior Max Homa, who recorded course record a 9-under par 61. UCLA was second at 346, with Washington joining as the only other team under par at 349. The Buffaloes were in 11th with a 20-over 370 total, but were just four shots out of sixth place.
"We're obviously in decent position," head coach Roy Edwards said. "We finished our first round poorly otherwise we'd all be happier with the day. There was a lot of solid play out there on a tough, challenging course. The Cal kid that shot the 61 had everyone turning their heads, an amazing round."
Colorado's five golfers in the morning played the last three holes at 8-over, all bogeys with no birdies.
"There was absolutely no wind in the morning and just breezy here and there, so the conditions were really good. They changed the pins between rounds, and it felt harder in the afternoon, which should give us some confidence as we were 10 shots better in the second round.
Freshman Philip Juel-Berg paced the Buffaloes on the first day, recording a 140, an even par effort on the 7,236-yard, par-70 Los Angeles Country Club's North Course design. Tied for sixth in the individual standings, he had two birdies, 14 pars and two bogeys in each round, one of the steadiest performances in CU history by a true freshman in his first conference championship. His pair of 70s match three other Buffs in a league meet as the second best, behind only Mike Mulhern's 68 in the 1972 Big 8 Championship.
"Philip was just solid," Edwards gleamed. "He's really played well this semester, so I wasn't surprised at all. He just played good and has really grown a lot this year. He was just very steady and when he doesn't make any big numbers, he's playing well because he's always in good position and almost always gives himself uphill putts."
Senior Derek Fribbs is tied for 27th after he fashioned a 5-over effort, as he recorded one of only six eagles on the day by opening the second round with one on the 578-pard, par-5 first hole. He had three birdies, 22 pars and 10 bogeys otherwise, joining Juel-Berg as the two Buffs who did not make worse than a bogey Monday. Fribbs had it at 3-under after he scored pars on Nos. 2 through 9 and a birdie on 10, but he would bogey the next three holes to fall back to even.
1. California 338-357 -- 695
2. UCLA 346-358 -- 704
3. Washington 349-360 -- 709
4. Stanford 366-361 -- 727
5. Utah 358-371 -- 729
6t. Arizona State 368-362 -- 730
6t. Oregon State 368-362 -- 730
6t. Colorado 370-360 -- 730
9. Oregon 362-370 -- 732
10. Southern California 368-368 -- 736
11. Arizona 369-370 -- 739
12. Washington State 376-379 --7 55
6t. Philip Juel-Berg 70-70 -- 140
27t. Derek Fribbs 75-70--145
31t. John Hayes 72-74--146
34t. David Oraee 75-72--147
63t. Jason Burstyn 78-77--155
63t. Drew Trujillo 81-74 -- 155
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS
1. Max Homa, California 61-70 -- 131
2. Michael Weaver, California 65-69 -- 134
3t. Jonathan Garrick, UCLA 68-68 -- 136
3t. Chris Williams, Washington 68-68 -- 136
5. Anton Arboleda, UCLA 69-69 -- 138
6t. Philip Juel-Berg, Colorado 70-70 -- 140
6t. Max Rottluff, Arizona State 67-73 -- 140
6t. Patrick Rodgers, Stanford 68-72 -- 140
6t. Rak Cho, Oregon 71-69 -- 140
6t. Trevor Simsby, Washington 68-72 -- 140
to NCAA Regionals
University of Colorado women's golf junior Jenny Coleman was selected to participate as an individual at the 2013 NCAA Western Regional at Stanford from May 9-11.
Coleman is fresh off a third place finish at the 2013 Pac-12 Championships, held last week in Valencia, Calif. Her third place finish, second round 5-under par 67 and overall 3-under par 213 all set new CU postseason records.
If she is one of the top two individuals not on one of the top eight teams advancing out of the Western Regional, she will advance as an individual to the NCAA Championships, set for May 21-24 in Athens, Ga., hosted by the University of Georgia.