Men's Golf Heads To Sunny Hawaii

Feb. 19, 2001

BERKELEY - After a successful spring season-opener at the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate three weeks ago, the Cal men's golf team packs its bags and heads to Hawaii to compete in the 25th annual John A. Burns Intercollegiate. The three-day affair finds Cal facing 18 other teams in the 54-hole tournament at Leleihua Golf Course (6,916 yards, Par 72).

Cal faces an exceptionally strong field this week. The 19-team John A. Burns Intercollegiate features four teams ranked in the Top 25 of the latest Mastercard/CGF college golf rankings. And three of the teams are ranked in the Top 10, including No. 6 Oklahoma State University, No. 7 University of New Mexico and No. 10 University of Arizona. Also competing is No. 21 University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Other teams competing include: Stanford, Colorado State, San Jose State, University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hawaii at Manoa (host), Wyoming, Auburn, SMU, San Diego State, Pacific, University of Utah, Fresno State and Nagoya University.

Head coach Steve Desimone has selected the following five players to represent Cal at the John A. Burns 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. Jesse Ruda		So.	12		74.0	1st5. Lance Torrey		Fr.	6		75.8	tie-40th

Cal's second-place finish at the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate last month wasn't a surprise for Bears coach Steve Desimone. 'The idea is to take a very young group of players and turn them into one of the best teams in the country,' Desimone said. 'I think we're beginning to show that's where we're heading.'

Freshman Peter Tomasulo led the Bears with a 54-hole, 3-under-par 210 (74-67-69) and placed 5th in the entire field. Senior Dong Yi also cracked the top-10, placing 9th with a 1-under-par 212.

The Bears just missed cracking the Top 25 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin performance ratings after the team's second-place finish at the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate. Cal was rated 27th while Peter Tomasulo was 71st in the individual ratings.

Cal's top golfer in 1999, senior Dong Yi returns to action after redshirting last season. At the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate last month, Yi placed 9th with a 54-hole, 1-under-par score of 212 (68-73-71). In the fall, Yi tied for 12th in two tournaments. As a junior, the golfer from Alameda led Cal in both top 5 finishes (3) and top 10 finishes (4).

The Bears will travel to Stevinson, Calif., March 26-27 to compete in the Stevinson Ranch Invitational. The tournament is a week before the Western Intercollegiate.

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