Cal Golf Stays Busy Over the Summer
Aug. 14, 2003
These may be the dog days of summer for the rest of us, but not for several Cal golfing standouts. Cal looks to build on its summer momentum as it heads into another season.
Senior Peter Tomasulo has climbed to become the No.3 ranked amateur in the United States and he will be making a familiar trip to the U.S. Amateur Tournament for the third year in a row. In fact, Cal is sending three players to the U.S. Amateur, forming the single largest collegiate contingent at the event. Joining Tomasulo are senior Scott Carlyle and freshman Elliott Wainright.
Carlyle's summer has been anything but dull. Carlyle emerged victorious in a playoff to make the U.S. Amateur, and he did so in the most spectacular way possible. Playing against two others at Richmond Country Club, Carlyle holed a nine iron on a par three for a hole-in-one.
One of the competitors he beat was Todd Miller, U.S. Open Champion Johnny Miller's son. According to Men's Golf Coach Steve Desimone, both Millers were stunned with Johnny saying: 'I thought I'd seen it all.'
Wainright has lived up to high expectations this summer. He was a co-medalist in U.S. Open Qualifying as well as U.S. Amateur Qualifying.
'At this point, Elliott has the inside track at the (team's) No.4 spot by virtue of his summer play,' said Desimone.
'We have high expectations and tremendous optimism with Pete anchoring our lineup,' said Desimone. 'Scotty has solidified the No. 2 or 3 spot, while Michael Wilson also returns from his great freshman year.'
Wilson tied for seventh in the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship this summer with Tomasulo and is currently playing in the Canadian Amateur.
Also excelling this summer is junior Chris Ancheta, who is seeded fourth in California amateur matchplay.
'Freshmen, Kyle Dowden, Brandon Beck, Mat Schreiber and Jeff Vetterick all look like they can make a run at Cal's top five,' said Desimone.
It's easy to see why Desimone is so excited about the 2003-04 college campaign. If some of the up-and-comers push to be in the top 5, then watch out.