Former Golden Bear Star Peter Tomasulo Qualifies for U.S. Open
June 10, 2008
BERKELEY - Former University of California golf star Peter Tomasulo put together spectacular back-to-back rounds at the Ohio sectional qualifier to earn a spot in this week's U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego. Action begins on Thursday with ESPN coverage starting at 8 a.m. (Pacific).
Tomasulo, who grew up an hour and a half from Torrey Pines, carded an amazing 36-hole score of 16-under par 128 (63-65) to take medalist honors at the Ohio #2 sectional in Columbus, winning the event by five strokes.
'What Peter did is spectacular,' Cal head coach Steve Desimone said from Singapore. 'We are all very proud of him and looking forward to following him this weekend.'
Tomasulo told ESPN.com that he was very excited to qualify for a U.S. Open so close to home. 'This one has been circled on my calendar for a while. I've never wanted to play in an Open as badly as this one,' he said.
A four-time All-Pac-10 selection, Tomasulo played for the Golden Bears from 2000-04, helping the Bears to four straight NCAA Regional appearances as well as Cal's only men's golf national championship in 2004. A third-team All-American as a junior in 2003, the Southern California product earned first-team honors in 2004 after leading the Bears to the national title.
Tomasulo has been playing on the Nationwide Tour for the past four years. His best finish on the Tour is a fifth place at the BMW Charity Pro-Am.
Cal, which advanced to the NCAA Regionals for the 10th time in the last 12 years in 2008, posted a third-place finish at this year's Pac-10 Championships - the Golden Bears' best finish since 2000 in the event, the year before Tomasulo's arrival. Five of the team's top six golfers return for the 2008-09 season, as well as former all-conference selection Michael Jensen, who redshirted the 2007-08 campaign.