Cal Men's Golf Inks Strong Recruiting Class

Dec. 5, 2002

The California men's golf team signed a solid recruiting class, featuring three southern California products, as announced by head coach Steve Desimone. Joining the class of 2003-04 will be Brandon Beck, Kyle Dowden and Matt Schreiber.

Beck, an Oak Park, Calif. native and Somis, Calif. standout Dowden, will not have to wait until the fall of 2003 to meet each other. Recently the two competed in the final round of the inaugural Tournament of Champions held in Camarillo, Calif., as Beck defeated his future Golden Bear teammate, posting a 2-under-par 69, three strokes ahead of Dowden.

Beck, a three-time first team Tri-Valley League member, averages 72.9 strokes, with his lowest round of 65 setting a school and league record at Soule Park in Ojai, Calif. The 2002 Tri-Valley league Player of the Year has placed in the Top 10 in three American Junior Golf Association Tournaments, including the runner-up out of 84 golfers at the Las Vegas Qualifier, third out of 63 competitors at the Marshallia Ranch Tournament and eighth out of 57 athletes at the AJGA Las Vegas Tournament.

At the 2002 CIF State Championships, Beck finished tied for 15th out of 112 golfers, after fifth place showings atthe CIF Individual Finals and Northern Regionals. At the Oak Park Spring Invitational Beck shot a round of 71 to take second place out of 120 athletes. Beck was a medallist at the Ventura County Junior Golf Association Ojai Championship, firing rounds of 69 and 70 (139). Beck is a four-year letterwinner at Oak Park High School and has the chance to be the first golfer in league history to be a four-year first team all league selection.

Dowden joins the Bears as a five-time medallist, including the 2002 California Boys Junior Amateur Qualifier, the 2001 California Men's Amateur Qualifying Member's Club and the Lost Canyons, Calabasas and El Prado Invitationals. Dowden's accolades include a two-time Camarillo High School MVP, Pacific View League MVP, Los Angeles Daily News Player of the Year and the Ventura County Star Player of the Year.

Dowden has competed in several national events, highlighted by a fifth place showing at the U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifier at Woodland Hills and a sixth place finish at the Future Collegiate World Tour at Sacramento's Turkey Creek. He has competed in two AJGA Ping Phoenix Qualifiers, placing 10th and 25th. At the Texas-Oklahoma Junior Event Dowden placed 12th out of 360 golfers. A three-time Carmarillo High scholar athlete, Dowden has finished in the Top 10 in three Toyota Tour Cup Series, decorated with a third, fifth and ninth place showings.

Schreiber is a transfer from Saddleback Junior College. There, he was named the Southern California Conference MVP as a freshman, and received medallist honors in half of his college matches. The Laguna Niguel, Calif. native qualified for sectionals of the U.S. Open both in 2000 and 2001, finishing third and second, respectively, out of 144 golfers.

Schreiber took fourth place at the AJGA Tournament in Moreno Valley (72-72-74) and the U.S. Amateur Alternate (71-71). In 2000, Schreiber shot rounds of 76 and 69 for a fifth place finish at the U.S. Amateur Qualifier at Friendly Hills. Schreiber also made the field for the 2002 Southern California Golf Association Amateur.

The Golden Bears return to action February 3 at the Arizona Intercollegiate after a successful fall campaign, including medallist honors by junior Peter Tomasulo and freshman Michael Wilson.

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