Men's Golf Opens Spring Season In Arizona

Jan. 26, 2001

BERKELEY - With two Top 5 finishes during the fall, the California men's golf team opens its spring tournament season at the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate, Jan. 29-30. Hosted by the University of Arizona, the two-day, 54-hole tournament is being held at the Raven Golf Club (6,900 yards, par-71) in Tucson, Ariz. An 8 a.m. MST shotgun start will be used each day with 36 holes scheduled for Monday and 18 on Tuesday.

In addition to the host school, No. 10 Arizona and Cal, the 20-team PING-Arizona Intercollegiate field features four teams ranked in the top 25 in the most recent Mastercard/CGF college golf rankings and three teams in the top 10. Scheduled to compete: No. 4 South Carolina, No. 8 BYU, No 16 USC, California-Irvine, Long Beach State, Mississippi, Arizona State, Arkansas and New Mexico State. Also competing are: Ohio State, Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine, Stanford, Texas-El Paso, UCLA and Washington.

The team's best result in the fall was at Pacific Invitational, hosted by the University of the Pacific, where the team placed third out of 17 teams. Cal's Jesse Ruda won the tournament with a 9-under-par score of 207 (67-69-71). Cal also tied for fifth at the Husky Invitational, hosted by Washington, and sixth at the Fresno Lexus Classic. Cal finished 3rd in the 1999 Pac-10 standings and advanced to the NCAA West Regionals.

The Bears may not have won a fall tournament, but they played consistently solid rounds throughout the season. Cal finished in the top 5 in two of its fall tournaments. Coach Desimone hopes the team continues to finish in the top 5 because he believes this squad, though young, may be his strongest team in years.

Head coach Steve Desimone has selected the following five players to represent Cal at the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate:

PLAYER	              YR	FALL '00 RDS	AVG	TOP FINISH1. Peter Tomasulo	Fr.	9		73.1	tie-5th2. Dong Yi		Sr.	12		73.7	tie-12th3. Walter Chun	Jr.	12		74.8	tie-26th4. Lance Torrey	Fr.	6		75.8	tie-40th5. Jesse Ruda	So.	12		74.0	1

Cal's top golfer in 1999, senior Dong Yi returns to action after redshirting last season. In the fall, Yi tied for 12th in two tournaments. As a junior, Yi led Cal in both top 5 finishes (3) and top 10 finishes (4).

The Bears were a model of consistency during the fall with five players averaging below 75. Redshirt freshman Peter Tomasulo led the team with a 9-round 73.1 average. Cal also had three players finish in the top 10 in two different tournaments (Jesse Ruda, 1st Pacific Invitational, Jayme Berkowitz, tie-10th Pacific Invitational, and Tomasulo, tie-5th Husky Invitational).

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