Hood Gives California First-Round Lead At NCAA Championships

June 1, 2004

HOT SPRINGS, Va. (AP) - California's Jeff Hood shot a 5-under 65 to help theGolden Bears take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the NCAA GolfChampionships on Tuesday.

The Golden Bears shot a 1-under 279 on the 6,679-yard Cascades Golf Course.Brigham Young (280) was second, a stroke ahead of TCU (281). Auburn andKentucky (283) rounded out the top five.

Southern Cal (284), defending national champion Clemson, Florida and Georgia(285) and Oklahoma (286) rounded out the top 10.

In addition to Hood, the Golden Bears got solid performances from ScottCarlyle and J.R. Ruda, who both finished at 1-over 71, and Peter Tomasulo (72).

'We've been a slow starting team all year,' California coach SteveDesimone said. 'These guys can get it going.

'I'm not going to tell you I would have predicted this, but this is not agreat surprise.'

This is the first time in the NCAA championships for both California and BYUsince 2000.

Todd Miller, the son of former golf great Johnny Miller, led BYU, shooting a69. Oscar Alvarez and Jake Ellison finished at 70 for the Cougars and RonHarvey shot a 71.

'These guys think they're capable of playing with these teams, so we'reexcited about the opportunity,' BYU coach Bruce Brockbank said. 'This was agreat day and there's a lot of golf left to be played.'

Hood, ranked 85th in the nation, had birdies at Nos. 1, 3, 6 and 13 and aneagle on the par-5, 527-yard 16th.

'It's out there, if you can hit the shots,' Hood said.

Hood holds a one-stroke lead over Georgia's Kevin Kisner and TCU's AdamMeyer on the individual leaderboard. Indiana's Jeff Overton and UNLV's RyanMoore were two back at 67.

Wake Forest's Bill Haas, the son of PGA golfer Jay Haas, shot a 70.

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