No. 36 Cal Competes at John Burns Invitational
Feb. 18, 2003
CAL TEES OFF AT JOHN BURNS INVITATIONAL: No. 36 California travels to Hawaii to compete in the three-day John Burns Invitational, hosted by University of Hawaii, Feb. 19-21. The 18-team tournament will be held at the Leilehua Golf Course in Wahiawa, Oahu, a par-72, 6,917-yard facility. Golfers will tee off at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start, playing 18 holes each day.
BEARS JOHN BURNS INVITATIONAL LINEUPPlayer YR 02-03 RNDS STROKES AVG LOW TOP FINISH1. Peter Tomasulo Jr. 18 1261 70.1 66 T1st2. Jesse Ruda Jr. 18 1316 73.1 67 T14th3. Jeff Hood So. 18 1319 73.3 66 T10th4. Eric West Fr. 12 881 73.4 70 T19th5. Michael Wilson Fr. 15 1075 71.7 68 1st
THE FIELD: No. 36 California joins seven ranked teams: No. 2 UNLV, No. 8 Arizona, No. 16 New Mexico, No. 41 University of Texas, El Paso, No. 42 San Diego State, No. 43 Denver, No. 47 Brigham Young. Also competing is Auburn, UC Santa Barbara, host Hawai'I, Uh-Hilo, Nagoya, Pacific, San Francisco, San Jose State, Southern Methodist and Utah.
LAST YEAR'S TOURNAMENT: The Bears tied for sixth place with a 54-hole total of 878 (+14). San Diego State emerged as the winners of the 20-team tournament, taking the lead in the first round and never relinquishing it, finishing with an 853 score. Scott Carlyle, who transferred to Cal from the University of Hawaii at the start of the 2002 season, fired a seven-under par 209 (72-68-69) to tie with Hawaii's Matthew Kodama for second place. John Lieber of San Diego State won the individual title with a nine-under par 207.
TOMASULO IN TOP 25: Junior team captain Peter Tomasulo currently is the No. 25 golfer in the nation, according to Golf Week. His 70.17 stroke average leads the Bears, and is 2.01 strokes behind Division I leader, Oliver Wilson of Augusta State (68.16).
REVIEWING THE ARIZONA INTERCOLLEGIATE: The Bears tied for 8th at the 16-team PING-Arizona Intercollegiate last Tuesday, hosted by Arizona. Cal shot a three-round total of 851 (-1). This was the lowest three rounds the Bears have played since 2001 when they shot an 851 at the Vandal Fall Classic. Peter Tomasulo led Cal, tying for sixth place with a seven-under par 206 (70-68-68). Jesse Ruda shot 213 (73-67-73) to tie for 26th place. His second round 67 was a personal best of the season.
FALL IN REVIEW: California finished in the Top 10 of each of its five fall tournaments, including a first place showing at its initial outing of the season at the Mid-Pines Intercollegiate. Competing in his first-ever collegiate tournament, freshman Michael Wilson won individual honors, shooting 69-69-70 for a eight-under-par 208. Junior Peter Tomasulo had Top 15 performances in each tournament, highlighted by a first place tie at the Barona Collegiate Cup (66-69-71-206). For the fall, Wilson averaged 71.1 and Tomasulo averaged 70.3. The Bears hosted their first major event, the Alister MacKenzie Invitational Oct. 14-15, since the 1998 Pac-10 Championships. The Invitational was held at the 6,585-yard, par-71 Meadow Club golf course in Fairfax, CA. Fresno State won the two-day, 17-team tournament. Cal placed fourth, firing 852 (E).