Cal Men's Golf Opens Spring Season at PING-Arizona Intercollegiate

Jan. 31, 2005


Mon.-Tue.Jan. 31-Feb. 1at PING-Arizona IntercollegiateArizona National G.C., Sabino Springs, AZ All Day

CAL TEES OFF AT PING-ARIZONA INTERCOLLEGIATE: California, the defending 2004 NCAA champion, opens its 2005 spring season at the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate, hosted by the University of Arizona, Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 31-Feb. 1. Play begins with 36 holes Monday, Jan. 31, starting at 8 a.m. MST, with a shotgun start, and concludes on Tuesday, Feb. 1, with the final round beginning at 8 a.m. MST. The tournament will be played at the par-71, 6,900-yard Arizona National Golf Club in Sabino Springs, Ariz. The Golden Bears are led by senior Jeff Hood, a 2004 honorable mention All-American, who placed 10th individually (282, +2) with Bear teammate Peter Tomasulo at the 2004 NCAA championships. Hood will be joined at the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate by sophomore Brandon Beck, freshman Michael Jensen, redshirt-freshman Kyle Dowden and junior Fredrik Svanberg. Hood is the only member returning this season from Cal's 2004 NCAA championship squad.

THE FIELD: Cal joins defending tournament champion Arizona (two teams), as well as Arizona State, Brigham Young, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, Colorado, Fresno State, Long Beach State, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Oregon, Texas-El Paso, Texas A&M and Tulsa. Four teams from the 2005 PING-Arizona Invitational field qualified for last year's NCAA Tournament - Cal (first), Arizona (third), BYU (ninth) and Texas A&M (14th).

LAST YEAR'S TOURNAMENT: Arizona took the 2004 PING-Arizona Intercollegiate, shooting 267-271-286 for a 28-under-par 824. Chris Nallen of Arizona won the individual title with a 18-under-par 195. Cal placed sixth out of the 15 teams, shooting 276-282-298 for a four-over-par 856. Hood was the Bears' second highest finisher behind Tomasulo (202, tied for third) with a 210, placing tied for 12th.

FALL IN REVIEW: Cal, ranked 19th in Golf World's College Preseason Coaches' Poll, had its best showing of the 2004 fall season when it placed third at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational, hosted by Cal and played at The Meadow Club in Fairfax, Calif., Oct. 11-12. The Bears shot rounds of 281, 288 and 287 to conclude the tournament at 856. Redshirt freshman Kyle Dowden had Cal's top individual finish, tying for fifth with a score of 211 (68, 72, 71). In Cal's first competition of the fall, the Bears finished tied for 12th with Pac-10 rivals Arizona and UCLA at the PING/Golfweek Preview, played at the Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Md Sept. 26-27. Cal shot rounds of 305, 294 and 285 for a total of 884. At the Windon Memorial Classic, played at the Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill. Oct. 4-5, the Bears placed 13th with a team score of 905. Cal was 11th at the weather shortened Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon Dunes, Ore., Oct . 25-26. Freshman Michael Jensen was the Bears' top finisher, placing tied for 28th with a two round 153 (74, 79, +9). As a result of his All-America status from last season, Jeff Hood was invited to compete in the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic, in El Paso, Tex., placing tied for 20th with a six-over-par 219.

Steve Desimone: The Cal men's golf program has made amazing strides since the spring of 1980. It went from a club sport in the early '80s, to one of the elite golf programs in the country in the 1990s, to national champions in 2004. Head coach Steve Desimone, now in his 26th year at the helm of Cal men's golf, is the man largely responsible for the level of success enjoyed by the program. Desimone was named Golfweek's 2003-04 College Coach of the Year and was presented with the 2004 Grand Master of the Year award by the Northern California Golf Association after leading the Golden Bears to the 2004 NCAA golf title.Over the years, Desimone has directed the Bears to 11 NCAA West Regional berths and five NCAA championship events ('95, '98, '99, '00, `04). He was voted Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year in 1987. A member of the Golden Bears' basketball team as an undergraduate, Desimone graduated from Cal in 1970. He took golf at Cal from a club sport in the early 80's to one of the preeminent programs in the country.Desimone is joined by assistant coach Walter Chun (second year, Cal '01) and administrative assistant Curt David (first year, Pacific, '89).

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