Seeking to complete its first unbeaten fall in school history, California now stands within one round of that objective as the Golden Bears take a three-shot lead into Tuesday’s final round of the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational.

Sophomore Michael Kim extended his lead in the individual competition, carding an even-par 72 in gusty conditions across Isleworth’s landscape. At 5-under through two rounds, Kim found himself three shots clear of Florida’s Tyler McCumber (68), New Mexico’s James Erkenbeck (70) and last year’s titleist Jordan Spieth of Texas (74).

As a team, the Golden Bears completed two days at 3-over 579. Illinois moved into second after its second straight 3-over aggregate (582), one ahead of UF and reigning NCAA champion Texas.

“Yesterday I said our guys reminded me of a bunch of magicians, but today was blue-collar,” Cal coach Steve Desimone told a school liaison.

“We worked hard all day and held pretty tough down the stretch when conditions were especially difficult. But no matter what the conditions are, these guys are in there fighting for every shot. Anything less and we would not have the lead going into the final round.”

After reaching the semifinals of last year’s NCAA championship, Cal has won its first four tournaments of the fall. The four wins already are a school record.

“I think it would certainly be one of the best falls in the history of college golf,” Desimone said. “We've played great all fall and it would be nice to cap it off.”

North Florida stands eighth after two days, 14 shots off the pace. Host UCF is another nine shots back in 12th.

The final round begins at 8 a.m., with the final golfers expected to finish about 3:30 p.m.

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