Men's Golf Grabs First-Round Lead at NCAA Championships
June 1, 2004
HOT SPRINGS, Va. - Led by Jeff Hood's five-under-par 65, California grabbed the first-round lead at the 2004 NCAA Men's Golf Championships at The Cascades at The Homestead on Tuesday.
Hood, a junior from Atascadero, carded four birdies, an eagle and just one bogey on the par 70, 6,679-yard course to claim a one-stroke advantage over Georgia's Kevin Kisner and TCU's Adam Meyer in the individual competition.
'I thought we played a good, solid round,' Cal head coach Steve Desimone said. 'It was a good first step, but it was just a first step. We're going to be in a battle. There are 30 great teams out here.'
Cal, which entered the four-day tournament ranked 20th in the nation, benefited from an early tee time. Just after the Golden Bears completed their round, heavy winds with 30-mph gusts whistled through the course.
Cal's team total of one-under-par 279 is one stroke ahead of BYU and two up on TCU. Auburn and Kentucky, both at 283, are tied for fourth place. The 30-team field will be paired down to the Top 15 schools after Thursday's third round, with the top group competing on Friday for the national title.
Hood, who opened the 2003-04 season with a victory at the Mid-Pine Intercollegiate, made a birdie from the bunker on No. 13, and an eagle-three on the 527-yard 16th after hitting a five wood from 240 yards to 40 feet. He then sank the putt.
In addition to Hood, both Scott Carlyle and Jesse Ruda were at one-over 71 for Cal, while Peter Tomasulo birdied three of the final eight holes to finish with a 72 after a slow start. Michael Wilson closed with a pair of birdies to card a 76.
NCAA Men's Golf Championships
The Cascades at The Homestead, Hot Springs, Va.
Par 70, 6,679 Yards
1. California 279; 2. BYU 280; 3. TCU 281; T4. Auburn 283; T4. Kentucky 283; 6. USC 284; T7. Clemson 285; T7. Georgia 285; T7. Florida 285; 10. Oklahoma 286; 11. Texas 288; T12. Texas A&M 289; T12; Georgia Tech 289; T14. Penn State 289; T14. UCLA 289; T14. Washington 289; 17. New Mexico 291; T18. Georgia State 292; T18. Purdue 292; T18. Arizona 292; T18. Oklahoma State 292; T22. North Carolina 294; T22. Kent State 294; T22. Toledo 294; T22. Vanderbilt 294; T22. Arizona State 294; 27. Pepperdine 295; 28. SMU 297; 29. Wichita State; 30. Rhode Island 299.
1. Jeff Hood, Cal 65; T2. Kevin Kisner, Georgia 66; T2. Adam Meyer, TCU 66; T4. Jeff Overton, Indiana 67; T4. Ryan Moore, UNLV 67;