Cal Hosts 2002 Alister MacKenzie Invitational

Oct. 3, 2002

The University of California men's golf team will host the 2002 Alister MacKenzie Invitational at the Meadow Club in Fairfax on Oct. 14-15. The tournament is the first major event that the Golden Bears have hosted since the 1998 Pac-10 Championships held at the Orinda Country Club.

'We are both pleased and excited to be hosting the Alister MacKenzie Invitational,' said head coach Steve Desimone. 'It is something that we've wanted to do for a long time. We have a great field and a wonderful venue in the Meadow Club. We're looking forward to a tremendous event.'

The two-day, three-round tournament features 17 teams, including seven Pac-10 squads. Schools participating are California, Colorado, Fresno State, Long Beach State, Nevada, Northwestern, Oregon, Oregon State, Pacific, San Jose State, Stanford, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, USF, Washington and Washington State.

The 6,585-yard, par-71 Meadow Club golf course was designed in 1927 by Alister MacKenzie. MacKenzie, who is considered by many experts as one of the greatest golf course architects of all time, designed over 100 golf courses. Three of these golf courses are ranked in the world's Top 20 - Cypress Point (Pebble Beach, CA), Royal Melbourne (Melbourne, Australia) and Augusta National (Augusta, GA), site of the Masters. In addition to the Meadow Club and Cypress Point, MacKenzie designed two other California courses - Pasatiempo (Santa Cruz) and The Valley Club (Montecito).

This is the first collegiate event hosted in the Meadow Club's 75-year existence. The first round begins with 7:30 a.m. tee times on Monday, Oct. 14, with the second round scheduled for continuous play. The third and final round starts with 8 a.m. tee times on Tuesday, Oct. 15, followed by an awards ceremony at approximately 2:30 p.m.

The Golden Bears' Michael Wilson, making his first collegiate golf appearance, received top medallist honors in Cal's first 2002 fall tournament, hosted by UNC Greensboro. Wilson finished 8-under par, assisting in the team's three round total of 853 (-11), as the Bears captured the Mid Pines Intercollegiate Golf Tournament crown.

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