Cal Ranked No. 1 in First Golfweek Poll

Sept. 23, 2003

Berkeley, Calif. - The California men's golf team will enter its second fall tournament of the year next week at the Husky Invitational ranked as the No. 1 team in the country according to Golfweek magazine.

The Bears went to the Mid Pines Intercollegiate with an extremely deep and talented squad, and they did not disappoint. Cal won the tournament over No. 2 Xavier, No. 4 UNC Wilmington, and No. 25 Wichita State.

Junior Jeff Hood won the individual crown at the Mid Pines Intercollegiate. After Hood's spectacular performance in Southern Pines, N.C., which included an opening-round 64, he ranks as the No. 8 golfer in the nation, according to Golfweek magazine.

Coach Steve Desimone has curbed his enthusiasm despite the lofty rankings.

'I'm not sure that it is all that meaningful,' said Desimione. 'Sure it is nice to see your name at the top of the list, but there are plenty of good teams out there. I guess we just have to go out and prove it the next few weeks.'

The competition is still wide open for the last couple spots at the Husky Invitational, taking place Sept. 29-30. Cal will take six golfers, instead of the usual five.

'Freshman Brandon Beck is playing very well so we have to consider him,' said Desimone. 'Chris Ancheta just won the Oakland City Championship and Elliot Wainright has played well recently.'

Regardless of who the Bears take to Washington, they will be on a mission to prove the pundits correct.

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