Bears Ready for NCAA Championships

May 24, 2004

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Tue-Fri * June 1-4 * at NCAA Championships
Cascades Golf Course, The Homestead * Hot Springs, VA

CAL HEADS TO NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: By virtue of its seventh-place tie at the NCAA West Regional last week, the California men's golf team qualified for the NCAA championship rounds for the first time since 2000. As a results, the Golden Bears travel to the opposite coast as one of 30 teams to compete at the par-70, 6,679-yard Cascades Golf Course at the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va.

In addition to Cal, five other Pac-10 teams qualified - UCLA, USC, Arizona, Arizona State and Washington. Clemson won last year's national title with a two-stroke victory over Oklahoma State.

REGIONAL REVIEW: California tied for seventh with Toledo at the NCAA West Regional May 21-23 at the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore. The Bears were tied for 21st after the opening round, then bounced back with a 14-under-par 277 on the second day. Cal rose to has high as third place in the final round before settling for the seventh-place tie. Senior Peter Tomasulo tied for sixth place at 2-under 214 - the only Bear under par for the tournament.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY: Cal is making its fifth appearance in the NCAA championship rounds, with previous berths in 1995, '98, '99 and 2000. The Bears' best finish came in '95 when Cal placed sixth behind Pac-10 champion and first team All-American Charlie Wi. The Bears also tied for 15th in 1998, finished 16th in '99 and took 17th in 2000.

TOMASULO CLAIMS ALL-PAC-10 FOR THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR: Senior Peter Tomasulo became the first Cal player to be selected to the first team All-Pac-10 unit three consecutive years when the conference awards were announced in early May. A semifinalist for the Ben Hogan Award and one of five finalists for the Byron Nelson Award (along with teammate Scott Carlyle), Tomasulo's 70.2 scoring average this season is well ahead of his school-record pace of 70.98 set last year. The 2003 third-team All-American, who represented the United States at the Palmer Cup last summer, was also recently chosen for the Fuji Xerox USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship. The 12-member U.S. squad will play its Japanese counterpart July 13-16 at Taiheiyou Club Ichihara Course in Chiba, Japan.

THE RANKINGS: Since being ranked No. 1 in the first Golfweek poll of the year, the Bears have maitained a spot in the Top 20 all season. This week, the Bears come in at No. 20. Peter Tomasulo is the top individual for Cal at No. 15, while junior Jeff Hood holds the 86th spot.

BEARS' PROBABLE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS LINEUP

Player          YR  03-04 RNDS  STROKES  AVG    LOW   TOP FINISHJesse Ruda      Sr      37      2721     73.5   66    7Peter Tomasulo  Sr      33      2317     70.2   61    T2Jeff Hood       Jr      40      2895     72.4   64    1Michael Wilson  So      34      2507     73.7   68    3Scott Carlyle   Sr      30      2183     72.8   67    T2

GOLDEN BEAR NOTES: Senior Scott Carlyle was the recient of Cal's Neufeld Scholar-Athlete Award for having the highest GPA among Cal's graduating student athletes; he has a 3.95 GPA in civil engineering ... Tomasulo shot a school record 11-under-par 61 in the opening round of the Thunderbird Invitational April 9 in Tempe, Ariz. - just one off the collegiate record of 60 ... Cal won two tournaments in the fall - the Mid-Pines Intercollegiate and the Allister MacKenzie Invitational ... in addtion to Tomasulo, Jeff Hood earned second team All-Pac-10 status, while Scott Carlyle and Jesse Ruda were honorable mention choices.

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