No. 18 Cal Men's Golf Places 7th in Unfinished First Day at Pac-10 Championships

April 26, 2004

MARZANA, Ariz. - Cal was one of only seven teams Monday that were able to complete its first and second rounds on the first day of the Pac-10 Championships at the Gallery at Dove Mountain North Course. Due to darkness, reigning champs No. 3 UCLA, Washington State and Stanford were halted from play on either the 16th, 17th, or 18th hole. These three teams will resume play Tuesday morning before teeing off for the third round.

The No. 18 Bears finished the day with a total score of 757 (377-380) for seventh place at 37-over-par. No. 5 Arizona State and host No. 8 Arizona tied for first, both tallying an even 720 (357-363). UCLA finished third, based upon its 12-over-par performance in the first round (371).

Cal was led by Ben Hogan Award semifinalist Peter Tomasulo, who made an early comeback to the conference tournament. Originally expected to sit out until the NCAA Regionals, Tomasulo did not seem to be hampered by injury as he shot 145 (70-75) for a tie for ninth place after two rounds. Jesse Ruda, who placed 12th after the first day, also boosted the Bears with his two-over-par 146 (72-74).

Another Ben Hogan Award semifinalist, Arizona's Chris Nallen, led his team with a five-under par 139 (70-69), while Arizona State's Chez Reavie shot 69-70 for the same total. Arizona had two other players in the Top 5 with Henry Liaw tying teammate Nallen's score, and Josh Esler shooting a 140 (70-70) for fifth place.

The Bears and the rest of their Pac-10 rivals will tee off for round three Tuesday and round four Wednesday.

Team scores: T1. Arizona State 720 (357-363), Arizona State 720 (357-363), 3. UCLA 371 (371-n/a), 4. Washington 738 (365-373), 5. Southern California 749 (378-371), 6. Oregon 752 (368-384), 7. California 757 (377-380), 8. Washington State 389 (389-n/a), 9. Stanford 383 (383-n/a), 10. Oregon State 766 (387-379).

Top 5 Individual Scores: 1. Brock Mackenzie (Washington) 135 (67-68), T2 Henry Liaw (Arizona) 139 (69-70), Chris Nallen (Arizona) 139 (70-69), Chez Reavie (Arizona State) 139 (69-70), 5. Josh Esler (Arizona) 140 (70-70).

Cal Scores: T9. Peter Tomasulo 145 (72-74), T12. J.R. Ruda 146 (72-74), T25 Jeff Hood 150 (77-73), T48. Michael Wilson 157 (80-77), T53 Brandon Beck 159 (78-81), T56 165 (84-81).

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