Bears Maintain Lead at NCAA Championships
June 2, 2004
HOT SPRINGS, Va. - The Cal men's golf team held on to its one-shot lead at the NCAA championships with a 9-over-par 289 during the second round Wednesday at the Homestead Resort's Cascades course.
Halfway through the four-day tournament, the Golden Bears stand at 8-over 568, one stroke up on Kentucky and two ahead of BYU. Pepperdine and Washington are tied for fourth at 571.
In the individual competition, Cal's Jeff Hood shot a 1-over 71 Wednesday after firing a 65 in the opening round. He is now tied for the lead at 4-under-par 136 with Arizona's Chris Nallen and Matt Wells of Kentucky.
Starting on the 10th hole, the 20th-ranked Bears jumped out to a fast start and built a double-digit lead midway through the round. Despite struggling down the stretch, Cal maintained its spot atop the leaderboard. Only Pepperdine, at 4-under, managed to break par on the day.
Hood, a junior who entered the NCAA tournament as the 82nd-ranked player in the country, held a one-stroke advantage after the first day and got his score to 7-under after birdies on the 12th and 16th holes. However, he gave back three strokes with a double-bogey on No. 6 and a bogey on No. 8.
The field of 30 teams will be whittled down to the Top 15 after Thursday's third round, with the remaining schools battling it out on Friday for the NCAA title.
NCAA Men's Golf Championships
The Cascades at The Homestead, Hot Springs, VA
Par 70, 6,679 Yards
Second Round Results
1. California 568; 2. Kentucky 569; 3. BYU 570; T4. Pepperdine 571; T4. Washington 571; T6. Georgia State 572; T6. UCLA 572; T8. TCU 573; T8. Arizona 573; T10. Florida 574; T10. Texas 574; T10. Georgia Tech 574; 13. Clemson 575; 14. Purdue 577; 15. Penn State 580; T16. Auburn 581; T16. Oklahoma 581; T16. Oklahoma State 581; T19. Kent State 582; T19. New Mexico 582; T19. USC 582; 22. Texas A&M 583; T23. SMU 585; T23. North Carolina 585; 25. Toledo 586; 26. Georgia 587; 27. Arizona State 596; 28. Vanderbilt 597; 29. Wichita State 602; 30. Rhode Island 610.
T1. Jeff Hood, Cal 136; T1. Chris Nallen, Arizona 136; T1. Matt Wells, Kentucky 136; T4. A.J. Elgert, Kansas State 137; T4. Travis Johnson, UCLA, 137. T4. Ryan Moore, UNLV 137.