Cal Men's Golf Opens Season in North Carolina

Sept. 9, 2001

The California men's golf team heads East to Greensboro, N.C. this week for its first tournament of the fall season. The Bears tee it up at the inaugural Mid Pines Intercollegiate on Sept. 10-11.

The tournament is hosted by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and will feature a national field that includes seven NCAA regional qualifiers from last year and two NCAA championship participants.

'We've played very well the last two weeks and now it's time to get into competition,' said Cal Head Coach Steve Desimone. 'Our top six guys are playing really well right now and it's time to tee it up.'

The Bears once again field a young squad with team captain Walter Chun the only senior in the starting lineup (No. 2). Peter Tomasulo returns as the team's top golfer after receiving All-Conference honors last year as a freshman. Junior Scott Carlyle, an All-WAC transfer from Hawaii, starts in the third slot with Jeff Hood, who redshirted last season filling the fourth spot. As was the case last season, two or three golfers will jockey for the fifth spot. In the season-opener, Desimone said sophomore George Serra will get the nod.

'George is one of most improved players we've ever had and very similar to way Walter Chun improved from end of first year into second,' Desimone said. 'George made a commitment in the last 12 months and it's really paid off.'

In addition to Cal and host UNCG, the 16-team field includes: Georgia Southern, Minnesota, Louisiana-Lafayette, San Diego State, Virginia Commonwealth, Wichita State, Charlotte, East Carolina, Coastal Carolina, Louisville, Old Dominion, Texas Tech, Furman and Wofford.

The two-day, three-round event is being played on the Mid Pines course (6,515-yards, Par 72). The first round begins on Sept. 10 at 8 a.m., and the second round is slated to begin at 12:45 p.m. The third round tees off at 8 a.m. on Sept. 11.

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