Cal Men's Golf Competes in Collegiate Match Play Championship

Nov. 13, 2004

BERKELEY, CA - The University of California men's golf team will face No. 2 seeded Oklahoma State in the 2004 Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship, held Nov. 14-16 at Mission Inn Resort at Howey-in-the Hills, Fla. and co-hosted by the Central Florida Sports Commission.

The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA), in association with Hooters of America, Inc., unveiled the brackets for the 2004 Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship. Georgia was named the top seed in the men's bracket. The men will be competing on the El Campeón course. Invitation to the Match Play was based on 2004 national championship finish and includes both the defending men's and women's national champions.

Georgia Tech will face No. 16 seed Penn State in the first round of the men's tournament. The winner of the Georgia Tech-Penn State match will advance to meet the winner of Pac-10/Big Ten clash between eighth-seeded Arizona and ninth-seeded Purdue. Kentucky grabbed the fourth seed where it will face No. 13 seeded Clemson. A match-up between fifth-seeded Texas and No. 12 Pepperdine completes the top half of the bracket. Oklahoma State earned the tournament's second seed and will face defending national champion Cal (15 seed). Florida - the event's defending champion and seventh seed - will face UCLA in the opening round. Third-seeded Georgia will face No. 14 Texas A&M while sixth-seeded Georgia State tees off against No. 11 Washington in other first-round action.

The 2004-05 Cal men's golf team is led by senior Jeff Hood, who placed 10th individually with former Bear teammate Peter Tomasulo at the 2004 NCAA championships. Cal is coached by Steve Desimone, Golfweek's 2003-04 College Coach of the Year, who is in his 26th season directing the Bears' men's golf program. On Oct. 22, Desimone was presented with the 2004 'Grand Master of the Year' Award by the Northern California Golf Association.

The Cal men's golf team last placed 11th, Oct. 26 at the inaugural Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge, played at The Bandon Dunes Golf Resort near the Oregon coastal town of Bandon. The Bears finished with a 311 and their top finisher was freshman Michael Jensen, who tied for 28th after shooting a 153 (74, 79, +9).

Cal, ranked 19th in Golf World's College Preseason Coaches' Poll, had its best showing of the 2004 fall season when it placed third at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational, hosted by Cal and played at The Meadow Club in Fairfax, Calif., Oct. 11-12. The Bears shot rounds of 281, 288 and 287 to conclude the tournament at 856. Redshirt freshman Kyle Dowden had Cal's top individual finish, tying for fifth with a score of 211 (68, 72, 71).

California men's golf roster for the Collegiate Match Play ChampionshipName			Year	Hometown (Previous School)Jeff Hood		Sr.	Atascadero, CA (Atascadero HS)Michael Jensen	Fr.	Los Altos, CA (St. Francis HS)Kyle Dowden	Fr.	Somis, CA (Camarillo HS)Fredrik Svanberg 	Jr.	Davos, Switzerland (Orange Coast CC)Eric West		So.	Pembroke, Bermuda (Pendleton HS)

Head Coach: Steve Desimone (Cal 1970, 26th year)Assistant Coach: Walter Chun (Cal 2001, Second year)

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