No. 18 Bears Travel to Pac-10 Championships

April 22, 2004

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CAL TEES OFF AT PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: No. 18 California (Golfweek) competes in its eighth event this spring at the three-day Pac-10 Championships April 26-28. Hosted by Arizona, the field will play four rounds at the Gallery at Dove Mountain North Course, a par-72, 7,412-yard layout.

SCOPING THE FIELD: Cal will face off against host No. 8 Arizona, along with reigning Pac-10 Champion No. 3 UCLA, No. 5 Arizona State, No. 12 USC, No. 25 Washington, No. 56 Stanford, No. 79 Oregon, No. 92 Oregon State, and Washington State. ASU is coming off a tournament record 43-under-par 821 in its Thunderbird Invitational on April 9-10, while UCLA rolls into the conference tournament fresh off a 14-under-par (838) win at the U.S. Intercollegiate hosted by Stanford April 17-18. The Bruins and the Sun Devils are the only two squads to have two players ranked in the top 50. Host Arizona boasts the highest-ranked Pac-10 player in the polls, with Chris Nallen at No. 4 with a 69.31 rating. Nallen, No. 8 Brock Mackenzie of Washington and Cal's Peter Tomasulo (No. 15) are all semifinalists for the Ben Hogan Award honoring the top amateur in collegiate golf, to be announced May 9.

BEARS' PROBABLE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS LINEUP

Player              YR   03-04 RNDS   STROKES   AVG   LOW   TOP FINISH1. J.R. Ruda        Sr.  30           2211      73.7  66    T92. Michael Wilson   So.  27           1975      73.1  68    33. Jeff Hood        Jr.  33           2370      72.3  64    14. Brandon Beck     Fr.  18           1336      74.2  69    T125. Matt Schreiber   So.  12           926       77.2  74    T38

NURSING INJURIES: Peter Tomasulo is fighting a wrist injury that forced him to withdraw in the third round of the Thunderbird Invitational, and Scott Carlyle is coping with a back injury. Both are expected to miss competition until NCAA Regionals May 20-22 in Portland, Ore.

REVIEWING THE U.S. INTERCOLLEGIATE: The Bears posted a 54-hole score of 867 (+15) for a third-place finish in last weekend's U.S. Intercollegiate hosted at Stanford Gold Course. Cal held the third-place slot after the first day, shooting 291 in round one and 284 in the second round for a total of 575 (+7). The Bears shot 292 on the second day, finishing the weekend 12 strokes behind San Diego State (855), and 29 strokes behind top-finisher UCLA (838). Playing without two of their top players - Peter Tomasulo and Scott Carlyle - due to injury, the Bears still boasted three golfers in the Top 20. J.R. Ruda and Jeff Hood tied for ninth with a one-under-par 212, and Michael Wilson tied for 19th at 217 (+4).

TOMASULO'S FEATS CONSIDERED FOR COLLEGIATE GOLF'S TOP HONOR: With his opening round score of 11-under 61 (29-32) at the Thunderbird Invitational, Tomasulo bested the previous course record set by 2000 U.S. Amateur champion Jeff Quinney, who shot a 62 on April 18, 1999. The Bears' co-captain, who has also been under par in every event this seaon, is a semifinalist for the Ben Hogan Award honoring the top amateur in collegiate golf. The award will be announced May 9.

BEARS STRIVE FOR TOP 5: With eight Top 5 finishes in 11 events this season, Cal has shown marked improvement in its tournament performances from last season. In 2002-03, the Bears finished in the Top 5 twice in 13 events.

THE RANKINGS: Since being ranked No. 1 in the first Golfweek poll of the year, the Bears have maitained a high spot in the rankings for most of the 2003-04 season. This week, Cal dropped two spots to No. 18. Despite having to sit out the final four rounds of regular season play, Tomasulo maintains a high individual ranking at No. 15. Jeff Hood is the other Bear in the Top 100 at No. 85.

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