Tomasulo, Bears Seize Lead at Western Intercollegiate

March 22, 2004

Santa Cruz, Calif. - No. 13 California moved into a tie for first place at 2-over-par (562) at the Western Intercollegiate after two rounds today with Colorado and Georgia Tech. Peter Tomasulo shot two superb rounds (70-66) to claim sole possession of first place at the 6,445 yard, par-70 Pasatiempo Golf Club.

The Bears opened up with a 284 (+4), behind the outstanding round shot by Jeff Hood. His 4-under 66 was the best score of the first round and his best tally since he shot 64 at the season-opening Mid Pines Intercollegiate. Only seven players were under par for the first round.

The Bears surged toward a 4-over 284 and tie for second behind Tomasulo's 70 (E), Michael Wilson's 71 (+1) and Scott Carlyle's 77 (+7). Playing as an individual Brandon Beck shot 72 (+2).

Then came the second round, where Tomasulo's 66 (-4) tied for the best score and vaulted him into first place from eighth. The Bears shot 278 (-2) as a team behind Jesse Ruda's 70 (E), Wilson's second 71 (+1) and Carlyle's 71 (+1). Beck recorded his second 72 (+2) to place him at an impressive tied for 26th in his first tournament since the Alister MacKenzie Invitational.

At 2-over-par and tied for 17th place, Wilson is having his best tournament all spring. If not for a second round 78 (+8), Hood would surely be in contention for the top spot but he still is a modest tied for 26th. Ruda and Carlyle both recovered with their second rounds to sit at 8-over and tied for 45th.

Tomasulo is the man everyone is chasing though. He has finished in the Top 3 three times this spring already and will be looking for his first title since the Barona Collegiate Cup in 2002. A trio of Kane Webber, Roberto Castro, and Spencer Paschall sit two shots off the lead.

The Bears as a team are in a dogfight themselves with the Buffaloes and Yellow Jackets. UC Riverside (566) led after one round but now sits four shots off the team lead. Cal is looking for its third win of the 2003-04 season and first since the Alister MacKenzie Invitational.

Team Scores:T1. California 284-278=562T1. Colorado 286-276=562T1. Georgia Tech 284-278=5624. UC Riverside 279-287=5665. Long Beach State 288-282=5706. Kansas 287-286=5737. Fresno State 288-286=5748. Colorado State 290-286=5769. Texas El Paso 288-291=57910. San Jose State 300-280=58011. Santa Clara 295-286=58112. Pacific 288-295=58313. UC Santa Barbara 292-292=584T14. San Francisco 304-306=610T14. Hawaii 305-305=610

Top 5 Players:1. Peter Tomasulo, California 70-66=136T2. Kane Webber Colorado 71-67=138T2. Roberto Castro Ga. Tech 72-66=138T2. Spencer Paschall UC-Rvrside 67-71=138T5. Chad Spencer Fresno St. 70-69=139T5. Eric Riehle UC-Rvrside 69-70=139T5. Michael Barbosa Ga. Tech 72-67=139

Other California Finishers:T17. Michael Wilson 71-71=142T26. Jeff Hood 66-78=144T26. Brandon Beck 72-72=144T45. Jesse Ruda 78-70=148T45. Scott Carlyle 77-71=148

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