No. 8 California in Fifth Place at Alister Mackenzie Invitational
Oct. 13, 2003
Fairfax, Calif. - No. 8 California (Golfweek) is in fifth place at the end of the first two rounds of the Alister Mackenzie Invitational. Cal holds a score of 560 (-8) heading into the final day. Northwestern has a commanding lead in first place with a score of 546 (-22). In its second year hosting the tournament, Cal will need a stellar third round to catch the Wildcats.
Cal carded a second round 283 (-1). The Bears were led by second round 70s from junior Jeff Hood and senior Peter Tomasulo. Illinois' Patrick Nagle and UCLA's Scott Conway tied the tournament record with second round 65's (-6).
The first round saw three Bears shoot under par on the 6,585-yard par 71 Meadow Course. Senior Scott Carlyle paced Cal with his 67 (-4) - the second best score of the first round behind the 66(-5) San Jose State's Issac Weintraub shot. Junior Jeff Hood shot a 69 (-2) and sophomore Michael Wilson carded a 70 (-1).
Cal was in third pace at the end of the first round with a score of 277 (-7). Northwestern was in first place after a first round score of 272 (-12), in which four Wildcats shot under par. San Jose State was in second behind Weintraub's 66, totaling a score of 276 (-8).
Head coach Steve Desimone like many of the other head coaches was surprised by how spectacular Northwestern played.
'The reality is we're disappointed we didn't play better,' said Desimone. 'Northwestern had two great rounds and ran away from the field. My hats off to them.'
Cal will have to concentrate on scoring better on the par 5's in the third round to move up the leaderboard.
'The second round was tough,' said Desimone. 'We didn't play the par 5's well today. That's the biggest difference on where we finished and where other teams finished. We probably need to play like we did last Tuesday to move up.'
Conditions were ideal in the morning at the Meadow Club with little wind and temperatures rising to the mid 70's, leading to many low scores. In the afternoon, the teams found the scoring more difficult, as the wind began to blow more.
The final round will be held tomorrow morning, starting at 8 a.m.
Top Five Teams
1. Northwestern 272, 274=546 (-22)
2. UCLA 280, 274=554 (-14)
3. Oregon State 279, 279=558 (-10)
4. San Jose State 276, 283=559 (-9)
5. California 277, 283=560 (-8)
Top Five Individuals
1. Steve Conway, UCLA 67, 65=132 (-10)
2. Tom Johnson, Northwestern 68, 67=135 (-7)
3. Joe Affrunti, Illinois 68, 68=136 (-6)
Brian Kelley, OSU 69, 67=136(-6)
Bryson Young, Northwestern 69, 67=136 (-6)