No. 19 Cal Men's Golf Begins Defense of National Title

Sept. 24, 2004

BERKELEY, CA - No. 19-ranked Cal men's golf team begins defense of its 2004 NCAA title when the Golden Bears travel to the prestigious 54-hole NCAA Ping/Golfweek Preview Tournament Sunday-Monday, Sept. 26-27, at the Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md.

The Ping/Golfweek Preview serves as the pre-cursor to the 2005 NCAA championships, which will be hosted by Loyola College at Caves Valley Golf Club. Co-sponsored by Ping and Golfweek, the tournament is held each fall at the site of the following spring's NCAA championships and annually attracts one of college golf's best fields.

The top-10 finishers at the 2004 NCAA championships, four at-large invitees, and the host, Loyola Greyhounds, will comprise the field at the Ping Preview, making it Division I golf's most prestigious tournament of the year, other than the NCAA championships itself.

Joining Loyola in the 15-team field are reigning NCAA champion Cal, and Florida, which was No. 1 in the final 2003-04 Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings. In addition to the Golden Bears and the Gators (at-large team), the field will include Clemson (No. 2), UCLA (3), Georgia (4), Arizona State (5), Georgia Tech (6), Arizona (7), Oklahoma State (8), Texas (9) and TCU (10). Defending NCAA individual champion and U.S. Amateur champion Ryan Moore and his UNLV Runnin' Rebels received an at-large bid to the tournament along with Kentucky and Pepperdine.

Caves Valley will be playing at a par-70, 7,120-yard layout. Format of play at this year's Preview begins with an 18-hole practice round on Saturday, Sept. 25. Official competition takes off on Sunday with a 36-hole shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The final 18 holes will be played Monday, Sept. 27 with staggered tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m.The 2005 NCAA Golf Championships will take place on June 1-4 at Caves Valley, a Tom Fazio-designed course, which opened in 1991. Caves Valley hosted the 1995 U.S. Mid-Amateur, the 2002 U.S. Senior Open, and the 1997 and 2004 A.J.G.A. Canon Cup Tournaments.

The 2004-05 Cal men's golf team will be led by senior Jeff Hood, who was an honorable mention All-American last year, placing 10th individually with Bear teammate Peter Tomasulo at the 2004 NCAA championships. Hood will be joined at the Ping/Golfweek Preview by redshirt-freshman Kyle Dowden, freshman Michael Jensen, sophomore Brandon Beck and sophomore Eric West. Cal is coached by Steve Desimone, Golfweek's 2003-04 College Coach of the Year, who is beginning his 26th season directing the Bears' men's golf program.

California Men's Golf Roster For Ping/Golfweek PreviewName	        Year	Hometown (Previous School)Jeff Hood	         Sr.	Atascadero, CA (Atascadero HS)Kyle Dowden	Fr.	Somis, CA (Camarillo HS)Michael Jensen	Fr.	Los Altos, CA (St. Francisc HS)Brandon Beck	So.	Oak Park, CA (Oak Park HS)Eric West 	So.	Pembroke, Bermuda (Pendleton HS)

Head Coach: Steve Desimone (Cal 1970, 26th year)

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