Cal Finishes Fifth at Ashworth Collegiate Invitational

March 1, 2005

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. - California finished fifth at the Ashworth Collegiate Invitational with a 54-hole score of plus-18 870 Tuesday at the North Ranch Country Club. The Golden Bears climbed from sixth place after 36 holes by tying for the second-best round of the day at even-par 284 today.

Tennessee won the 15-team tournament with a score of 852, followed by BYU (854), USC (861) and Georgia Southern (865). Cal placed fifth in last year's tournament (then called the Cleveland Golf Invitational), also played at the North Ranch Country Club.

Cal, the 2004 NCAA champion, was led by All-American Jeff Hood, who tied for 10th at one-over 214. Hood carded a two-under 69 in the final round, including an eagle on the second hole.

Bears redshirt freshman Kyle Dowden tied for 15th at 216 after also firing a 69 Tuesday. Freshman Michael Jensen had a strong showing for Cal, tying for 17th at 217 following today's round of 72.

Cal sophomore Brandon Beck tied for 37th at 223, and redshirt freshman Jeff Vetterick tied for 70th (234)

Georgia Southern's Aron Price claimed the individual title at 10-under 213, five shots ahead of Tennessee's Ross McGowan.

Cal next competes at the Hall of Fame Classic March 18-20 in Houston, Tex.

Ashworth Collegiate InvitationalNorth Ranch Country Club, 6,815 yards, par 71Final of Three Rounds

Team Scores: 1. Tennessee 284-279-289--852 (E), 2. BYU 291-280-283--854 (+2), 3. USC 287-280-294--861 (+9), 4. Georgia Southern 286-285-294--865 (+13), 5. California 296-290-284--870 (+18), 6. Washington 293-301-284--878 (+26), 7. Stanford 299-285-296--880 (+28), 8. Pepperdine 305-287-291--883 (+31), 9. UC Riverside 297-299-289--885 (+33), 10. Fresno State 298-302-288--888 (+36), T11. Vanderbilt 301-293-298--892 (+40), T11. Oregon State 295-300-297--892 (+40), 13. UC Irvine 305-297-292--894 (+42), 14. Washington State 314-299-299--912 (+60), 15. Oregon 303-313-305--921 (+69).

Top 5 Individual Scores: 1. Aron Price (Georgia Southern) 69-64-70--203 (-10), 2. Ross McGowan (Tennessee) 69-67-72--208 (-5), 3. James Lepp (Washington) 71-68-71--210 (-3), 4. Ron Harvey, Jr. (BYU) 72-70-69--211 (-2), 5. Michael Putman (Pepperdine) 74-68-70--212 (-1).

Cal Scores: 10t. Jeff Hood 72-73-69--214 (+1), 15t. Kyle Dowden 75-72-69--216 (+2), 17t. Michael Jensen 72-73-72--217 (+2), 37t. Brandon Beck 77-72-74--223 (+10), 70t. Jeff Vetterick 80-75-79--234 (+21).

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