Cal Competes at NCAA West Regional
May 12, 2003
CAL COMPETES AT NCAA REGIONAL: Making its seventh consecutive postseason appearance, California travels to the NCAA West Regional Thursday-Sunday, May 15-17, in Auburn, Wash. The 27-team, 54-hole tournament will be contested at the par 72, 7,183-yard Washington National Gof Course. Eighteen holes will be played each day beginning at 7:12 a.m; the final group tees off at 1:21 p.m. The top 10 teams and two individuals not on those teams from each of the three regionals advance to the NCAA Championships May 27-30 at Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla. The Bears look to qualify for their first NCAA Championships since 2000.
BEARS' NCAA REGIONAL LINEUP:Player YR 02-03 RNDS STROKES AVG LOW TOP FINISH1. Peter Tomasulo Jr. 37 2613 70.6 66 T1st2. Michael Wilson Fr. 34 2434 71.6 67 1st3. Chris Ancheta So. 13 976 75.1 70 T27th4. Jeff Hood So. 37 2747 74.2 66 T10th5. Eric West Fr. 31 2305 74.4 69 T19th
THE FIELD: Nine Pac-10 teams are represented in the 27-team NCAA West Regional. Washington State is the only Pac-10 program not to earn an NCAA bid. The complete field consists of (in order of seeds): UCLA, UNLV, Arizona, Georgia, Arizona State, Washington, New Mexico, USC, Pepperdine, San Diego State, California, Fresno State, UC Irvine, Brigham Young, Colorado State, UTEP, Denver, Oregon, Austin Peay, Stanford, Oregon Stte, Old Dominion, Xavier, Oral Roberts, Navy, Central Connecticut State and Loyal (Md.).
2002 NCAA REGIONAL RECAP: Cal fell one shot shy of a playoff that might have landed them in the NCAA Championships, scoring +1 on the final day of the West Regional in New Mexico with a tournament score of +19 (883). The third and final round represented the culmination of a late charge by the Bears, who began the tournament in 24th place, and finished at the 12th spot. New Mexico and Washington tied for first at 872. Peter Tomasulo tied for 14th to lead Cal at plus-one 217.
TOMASULO INVITED TO PALMER CUP: Tomasulo has been selected to the eight- member 2003 United States Palmer Cup team, announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). A junior from Long Beach, Calif., Tomasulo has finished under par in 10 of the 12 tournaments he has competed in this season and has led Cal in scoring in seven of those events. Tomasulo has finished in the top 12 in 11 tournaments this season and earned co-medalist honors at the Barona Collegiate Cup. Overall, he has eight Top 10 showings to his credit in 2002-03. As a sophomore, he became the youngest Cal player selected first-team All-Pac-10 and All-Pacific Region. Cal's number one player each of the last three seasons, Tomasulo set a Cal freshman record with a stroke average of 73.19.
WILSON NAMED PAC-10 CO-FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Cal's Michael Wilson was named Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the Year along with Arizona State's Alejandro Canizares. Tomasulo was selected first team All-Pac-10 for the second straight year, while Wilson garnered second team honors. Wilson, from Pacific Grove, Calif., has posted seven Top 10 finishes in 11 tournaments this season. His best performance was a win at the Mid-Pines Intercollegiate in his first college tournament. Wilson ranks second on the Cal squad with a 71.6 stroke average.