No. 16 Cal Turns to Morris Williams Intercollegiate
March 12, 2004
Berkeley, Calif. -
THIS WEEK:Mon.-Tues. Mar. 15-16 at Morris Williams IntercollegiateAustin CC, Austin, TX All Day
CAL TEES OFF AT MORRIS WILLIAMS INTERCOLLEGIATE: No. 16 California (Golfweek) travels to Austin, Texas to compete in the two-day Morris Williams Intercollegiate. Hosted by the University of Texas March 15-16, a field of 15 teams will play three rounds each at the Austin Country Club, a par-72, 6,906-yard course. Golfers will tee off for two rounds Monday from the 1st and 10th tees at 7:15 a.m (Central). The final round will be played on Tuesday beginning at 8 a.m. (Central) from the 1st and 10th tees.
BEARS' MORRIS WILLIAMS INTERCOLLEGIATE LINEUPPlayer YR 03-04 RNDS STROKES AVG LOW TOP FINISH1. Peter Tomasulo Sr. 18 1256 69.8 65 T2nd2. Scott Carlyle Sr. 21 1508 71.8 67 T2nd3. Jeff Hood Jr. 21 1507 71.8 64 1st4. Jesse Ruda Sr. 18 1346 74.7 66 T25th5. Michael Wilson So. 15 1100 73.3 68 3rd
THE FIELD: No. 16 Cal joins defending tournament champion No. 9 Oklahoma State as well as No. 6 Texas, No. 7 TCU, No. 19 BYU, No. 22 Arkansas, No. 24 Oklahoma, Baylor, Fresno State, Houston, Pepperdine, Southern Methodist, Texas A&M, Tulsa and Virgina (Golfweek).
REVIEWING THE CLEVELAND GOLF INVITATIONAL: The Bears finished fifth at the Cleveland Golf Invitational Mar. 1-2 in Westlake Village, Calif. Cal shot a three-round total 874 (+20) finishing behind first place Texas (847, -5). Cal was consistent throughout the three rounds for its fifth Top 5 finish in seven tournaments. On a tough course for scoring, only the Longhorns were under par for the tournament. Peter Tomasulo had another outstanding tournament. The senior co-captain shot 4-under (69-69-71=209) to finish in second and only one shot off first place. Scott Carlyle had his best finish of the spring thus far, shooting 4-over-par (73-70-74) to finish tied for 19th.
TOMASULO SPRINGS INTO FULL SWING: In his senior season, Tomasulo was expected to be a leader of this team on and off the course. Since the calender turned to 2004, he has taken his game to another level. In three spring events, Tomasulo has finished T3rd, T3rd and T2nd. He did not play poorly in the fall by any means (T13th, T9th, T20th), but he did not reach the level of play that was expected of him. With the spring season in full swing, Tomasulo has his eyes on another All-American nod and taking his team to the next level.
BEARS STRIVE FOR TOP 5: With five Top 5 finishes in seven events this season, Cal has shown marked improvement in their tournament performances from last season. In 2002-03, the Bears finished in the Top 5 twice in 13 events. They already have two tournament wins this season as opposed to one last season.
THE RANKINGS: On Sept. 23, 2003, Cal was ranked No. 1 in the first Golfweek Poll of the year. The Golden Bears fluctuated up and down the Top 15 throughout the fall and find themselves at No. 16 after three spring events. At No. 19, Tomasulo has reached his highest ranking of the season and is the highest rated Cal individual. The Golden Bears are also ranked No. 16 in the GCAA/Precept Coaches Poll.
FALL IN REVIEW: California won two out of its four fall tournaments, including a dramatic come-from-behind win at the Golden Bear-hosted Alister MacKenzie Invitational. Cal came from 14 strokes behind Northwestern to win the tournament at 19-under-par (277-283-273=833). It was the second year Cal hosted the tournament at the 6,585-yard, par-71 Meadow Club golf course in Fairfax, Calif. The Bears also won at the Mid Pines Intercollegiate for the second consecutive year, shooting 32-under-par (277-283-273=832). Jeff Hood was the second straight Bear to win the individual crown at the Southern Pines, N.C. course, as Michael Wilson won in 2002, shooting 12-under-par (64-67-71).