Bears at U.S. Intercollegiate at Stanford

April 13, 2004

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CAL TEES OFF AT U.S. INTERCOLLEGIATE: No. 16 California (Golfweek) competes in its seventh event this spring at the two-day U.S. Intercollegiate April 17-18. Hosted by Stanford, the field will play at the Stanford Golf Course, a par-71, 6,786-yard layout.


Player               YR   03-04 RNDS  STROKES  AVG   LOW  TOP FINISH1. Jesse Ruda        Sr.  27          1999     74.0  64   T182. Michael Wilson    So.  24          1758     73.3  68   33. Jeff Hood         Jr.  30          2158     71.9  64   14. Brandon Beck      Fr.  15          1109     73.9  69   T125. Matt Schreiber    So.  9           695      77.2  74   T38

NURSING INJURIES: Peter Tomasulo is fighting a wrist injury that forced him to withdraw in the third round of the Thunderbird Invitational, and Scott Carlyle is coping with a back injury. Both are expected to miss competition until NCAA Regionals May 20-22 in Portland, OR.

REVIEWING THE THUNDERBIRD INVITATIONAL: The Bears shot six-under-par 858 in three rounds of play for a ninth-place finish at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational in Tempe, Ariz., last weekend. Cal held the seventh-place slot after the first day, shooting a 275 in round one and a 289 in round two for a total of 564 (-12). Peter Tomasulo was tied for second place after the first day, after breaking the course, tournament and Cal record with his first-round performance of 11-under 61 (29-32). With Tomasulo's withdrawal due to injury on the 12th hole of the third round, Cal was dominated by host Arizona State, which shot 43-under-par 821, on its way to a tournament record total. J.R. Ruda was Cal's top finisher, tying for 18th place at 211 for his second-best score and his top placing of the season.

TOMASULO SWINGS AT THE RECORD BOOKS: With his opening round score of 11-under 61 (29-32) at the Thunderbird Invitational, Tomasulo bested the previous course record set by 2000 U.S. Amateur champion Jeff Quinney, who shot 62 on April 18, 1999. Tomasulo was one stroke away from 60, a score which has only been accomplished in the collegiate record books on three occasions. Despite working with injuries, Tomasulo has lived up to the role of team leader on and off the course. Not only has Tomasulo finished T3rd, T3rd, T2nd, T12th and 3rd in five spring events he has complete, the Bears' co-captain has also been under par in every spring event.

BEARS STRIVE FOR TOP 5: With seven Top 5 finishes in 10 events this season, Cal has shown marked improvement in its tournament performances from last season. In 2002-03, the Bears finished in the Top 5 twice in 13 events. They already have two tournament wins this season as opposed to one last season.

THE RANKINGS: Since being ranked No. 1 in the first Golfweek poll of the year, the Bears have maitained a high spot in the rankings for most of the 2003-2004 season. This week, Cal is at No. 16. With his spring surge, Tomasulo garnered his highest individual ranking of the season at No. 14. Jeff Hood is the other Bear in the Top 100 at No. 81.

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