Cal in Third Place at NCAA Championships
June 3, 2004
HOT SPRINGS, Va. - The Cal men's golf team enters Friday's final round of the NCAA championships in third place after firing a 7-over-par total of 287 on the third day of competition Thursday, putting the Bears in position for their best finish ever at the national tournament.
Cal, which entered NCAAs ranked 20th in the country, held one-stroke leads after each of the first two rounds of the championships. Despite falling back Thursday, the Bears assured themselves a spot in the final round for just the second time in school history, as the field of 30 teams is narrowed down to 15 for Friday's last day. Cal placed a school-best sixth in the 1995 NCAA tournament.
UCLA, which shot a 5-under-par 275 - easily the lowest score of the day - now leads the field with a cumulative 847 total (7-over). Kentucky is second at 852, followed by Cal at 855, and Washington and Arizona, both at 856.
Individually, the Bears' Jeff Hood, who was tied for the second-round lead, struggled down the stretch Thursday, shooting 6-over on the final nine holes to finish with a 77. He now stands tied for 21st at 213 (3-over) for the tournament.
Cal's best round of the day came from sophomore Michael Wilson, who birdied the 18th hole to card a 1-under-par 69. Wilson has lowered his score each day after opening with a 76 and shooting 74 on Wednesday.
UNLV's Ryan Moore leads the field at 9-under 201, with Arizona's Chris Nallen second (7-under) and Matt Wells of Kentucky in third place (6-under).
On Friday, the Bears will be paired with UCLA and Kentucky and will tee off at 9:21 a.m. Eastern Time.
NCAA Men's Golf Championships
The Cascades at The Homestead, Hot Springs, VA
Par 70, 6,679 Yards
Third Round Results
1. UCLA 847; 2. Kentucky 852; 3. California 855; T4. Washington 856; T4. Arizona 856; 6. Florida 858; 7. Pepperdine 860; T8. BYU 861; T8. Georgia Tech 861; 10. Texas 863; 11. Texas A&M 867; 12. Georgia State 869; T13. Penn State 870; T13. Oklahoma State 870; T15. Georgia 871; T15. Purdue 871; T15. USC 871; 18. Clemson 872; 19. New Mexico 876; 20. TCU 877; T21. Auburn 879; T21. Arizona State 879; T21. Oklahoma 879; 24. Kent State 881; 25. Toledo 884; T26. SMU 887; T26. Wichita State 887; 28. Vanderbilt 891; 29. North Carolina 892; 30. Rhode Island 912.
1. Ryan Moore, UNLV 201; 2. Chris Nallen, Arizona 203; 3. Matt Wells, Kentucky 204; T4. Bill Haas, Wake Forest 205; T4. Travis Johnson, UCLA 205.