No. 19 Cal Heads into NCAA West Regional
May 17, 2004
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May 17, 2004Contact: Janet McKnightMEN'S GOLFNo. 19 Cal Heads into West RegionalTHIS WEEK: Thurs.-Sat. May 20-22 at NCAA Regionals Crosswater Club, Sunriver, OR All Day
CAL TEES OFF AT WEST REGIONAL: No. 19 California (Golfweek) competes in its second postseason event at the three-day West Regional hosted by the University of Portland May 20-22. The field of 27 will play four rounds at the Crosswater Golf Course, a par-72, 7,683-yard layout. The Top-10 finishers will qualify for the NCAA Nationals hosted by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University at the Cascades Golf Course June 1-4.
SCOPING THE FIELD: Cal will be the sixth seed in the tournament, fighting for a tenth-place finish among fellow Pac-10 rivals No. 4 Arizona State, No. 5 UCLA, No. 7 Arizona, No. 11 Southern California, and No. 24 Washington, along with 20 other non-conference competitors. No. 3-seeded Arizona is coming off a ten-over-par (1450) win at the Pac-10 Championships April 26-28. The Wildcats finished second in last year's West Regional, shooting an 865, just one stroke shy of a tie victory with UCLA. Cal was 21st in the event last season with a total score of 917.
BEARS' PROBABLE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS LINEUPPlayer YR 03-04 RNDS STROKES AVG LOW TOP FINISH1. J.R. Ruda Sr. 34 2497 73.4 66 72. Peter Tomasulo Sr. 30 2103 70.1 61 T23. Jeff Hood Jr. 37 2673 72.2 64 14. Michael Wilson So. 31 2279 73.5 68 35. Scott Carlyle Sr. 27 1952 72.3 67 T2
RETURNING FROM INJURY: After coping with a back injury that forced him to miss the last three spring events, Scott Carlyle is slated to compete this weekend.
REVIEWING THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Bears posted a score of 1494 (377-380-363-374) for a sixth-place finish in the conference tournament April 26-28. Host No. 8 Arizona won the event with a ten-over-par 1450. Peter Tomasulo was not expected to return to competition until Regionals due to a wrist injury, but made an early comeback at the Pac-10 Championships, where he placed 11th with a total of 291 (70-75-72-74). But it was J.R. Ruda who stole the show, shooting a 288 (72-74-67-75) for a season-high seventh-place finish. Arizona freshman Henry Liaw won the event with a 279 (69-70-72-68).
REGIONALS AND NATIONALS HISTORY: This season will mark Cal's 11th trip to NCAA Regionals. After 25 years at the helm of Cal Men's Golf, head coach Steve Desimone has led the Bears to 10 NCAA Regional appearances ('90, '93, '95, '97, '98-'03) and four NCAA Nationals appearances ('95, '98, '99, '00). The Bears earned thier last trip to NCAAs by beating out rivals Stanford and Idaho for the 10th and final qualifying spot at Regionals in Fresno, Calif. At the Nationals in Alabama, the Bears finished in 17th place, just one stroke shy of the Top 15 that qualified for the final two rounds of play.
BEARS HONORED: 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 a 62 on April 18, 1999. For his achievements this season, the Bears' co-captain was named one of ten semifinalists for the Ben Hogan Award honoring the top collegiate golfer. Both Tomasulo and Carlyle have also been nominated for the Byron Nelson Award, giving to a graduating senior who has shown character and integrity over his collegiate career.
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 2003-04 season. This week, Cal dropped one spot to No. 19. Despite having to sit out the final four rounds of regular season play, Tomasulo maintains a high individual ranking at No. 16. Jeff Hood is the other Bear in the Top 100 at No. 92.
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