Men's Golf Prepares For U.S. Intercollegiate

April 19, 2001

BERKELEY - Cal defends its U.S. Intercollegiate title at Stanford Golf Course (par 71 o 6,786 yards) on April 21-22. The Bears won the 2000 competition with a 3-over-par 855 which included Han Lee taking medalist honors.

Although the Bears finished in 10th place at the Thunderbird Invitational last weekend, Cal coach Steve Desimone was pleased with his team's performance.

'Overall we played really well,' he said. 'Our final round (284) was the third lowest round of the tournament.'

Desimone added that it's scary when a team posts that low of a round and still finishes in 10th place. 'That just shows the quality of the teams out there,' he said. 'There were some incredibly low numbers.'

Looking toward the weekend, Desimone said the key to the Stanford course is executing well on the Par 5's. He also acknowledged that although the tournament is wide open, the host Cardinal play the course very well.

The 18-team field will play 36 holes on Saturday with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Sunday will also be an 8 a.m. shotgun start with the team's playing 18 holes.

The field is as follows: host-Stanford, California, Oregon State, Washington, UCLA, Arizona State, Arizona, USC, Washington State, Oregon, UC Irvine, Long Beach State, Portland, San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Diego, Pacific and San Jose State.

The tournament features eight teams ranked in the top 50 nationally including No. 4 Arizona State and No. 6 USC. Cal is currently ranked No. 36.

Desimone has selected the following five players to represent Cal at the U.S. Intercollegiate:

PLAYER             YR    SPRING RDS    AVG    TOP FINISH1. Peter Tomasulo     Fr.    17           73.5    tie-5th2. James Hahn         So.    11           75.7    tie-21st3. Jesse Ruda         So.    17           73.6    tie-7th4. Dong Yi                 Sr.    17           73.9    tie-9th5. Walter Chun        Jr.    17           74.1    tie-9th

Freshman Lance Torrey will be playing as an individual.

Cal finished 10th out of 22 teams at the Thunderbird Invitational on April 13-14. The Bears shot 286-291-284-861 (-3).

Redshirt Freshman Peter Tomasulo once again led Cal with a 1-under, 215 (72-73-70). It's the third tournament of the Spring that Tomasulo has posted the Bears' lowest score.

Sophomores James Hahn (69-76-71) and Jesse Ruda (72-75-69) each finished Even with a 216. Senior Dong Yi shot a 4-over, 220 (73-73-74) and junior Walter Chun posted a 6-over, 222 (75-70-77).

Following a return to Stanford for the Pac-10 Championships April 27-29, the Bears will likely head to Corvallis, Ore. to compete in the NCAA Western Regional on May 17-19.

'We're very proud that we're not anywhere near the bubble for the Western Regional,' Desimone said.

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