April 14, 2005
BERKELEY, CA -
Sat.-Sun.Apr. 16-17at U.S. Intercollegiate Stanford Golf Course, Stanford, CA All Day
CAL PLAYS AT U.S. INTERCOLLEGIATE: California, the defending 2004 NCAA champion, travels to the U.S. Intercollegiate Saturday-Sunday, April 16-17 at the par 71, 6,786-yard Stanford Golf Course on the Stanford campus. Thirty six holes will be played Saturday, followed by a final round on Sunday. The U.S. Intercollegiate is the last tournament for Cal before the Pac-10 Championships at the Walla Walla (Wash.) Country Club, Apr. 25-27. The Golden Bears have been paced by freshman Michael Jensen, who has been Cal's top finisher in the last three tournaments, including tying for eighth at The Western Intercollegiate (played at the Pasatiempo Golf Course in Santa Cruz) with a two-round score of 144, Mar. 28-29. The Bears also feature returning All-American Jeff Hood, Cal's lone returner from the 2004 NCAA championship squad. If the Bears can qualify for the NCAA Western Regionals, they would return to the Stanford Golf Course, May 19-21.
A LOOK AT THE FIELD: This year's U.S. Intercollegiate 18-team field features four schools ranked in the GCAA/Bridgestone Division I Coaches Poll Top 25. The field includes: No. 7 Arizona State, No. 10 USC, No. 13 UCLA, No. 23 Arizona, host Stanford, California, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, UC Irvine, Fresno State, San Francisco, San Diego State, San Jose State, Long Beach State, Pacific and Santa Clara.
TOURNAMENT HISTORY: Last season, UCLA won the U.S. Intercollegiate with a team score of 840 (279-277-284), while Mark Warman from San Diego State won medalist honors with a seven-under 206 (71-62-73). Last year, Cal placed third out of 19 teams at the tournament with a +15 867 (291-284-292). Jeff Hood and Jesse Ruda were the Bears' top finishers, tying for ninth with a one-under 212.
BEARS' STANFORD LINE-UP: Cal's lineup (in order) for the U.S. Intercollegiate. Player YR 04-05 RNDS STROKES AVG LOW TOP FINISH Michael Jensen Fr. 25 1848 73.9 69 T8 Jeff Vetterick Fr. 14 1064 76.0 71 T51 Kyle Dowden Fr. 20 1510 75.5 68 T5 Jeff Hood Sr. 26 1906 73.3 68 T10 Brandon Beck So. 21 1592 75.8 72 T27
THE ASU THUNDERBIRD INVITATIONAL RECAP: Cal, again paced by true freshman Michael Jensen, placed 15th at the 33rd annual ASU Thunderbird Invitational, played at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz., Apr. 8-9. The Bears finished at 50-over 902 (297-296-309). Jensen tied for 47th with a 225 (77-74-74), finishing with the Bears' best score for the third-straight tournament. Redshirt freshmen Jeff Vetterick (74-72-80) and Kyle Dowden (72-75-79) shot identical 226s (T51st), while senior Jeff Hood shot 228 (76-75-77, T63rd) and junior Fredrik Svanberg shot 229 (75-75-79, T69th).
JENSEN AND HOOD LEAD BEARS: Michael Jensen has had Cal's top finish in the last three tournaments, tying for eighth at The Western Intercollegiate, 24th at the Hall of Fame Classic and 47th at the ASU Thurderbird Invitational. Jensen is second on the team with a 73.9 average in 25 rounds. All-American Jeff Hood leads the team with a 73.3 average in 23 rounds. Hood finished tied for 10th at both the PING/Arizona Intercollegiate and the Ashworth Invitational earlier this spring. He also had an eagle on the par-4, 408-yard second hole at Ashworth Invitational, helping Cal to a fifth-place finish, the Bears' best team finish of the spring season. Freshman Kyle Dowden was 15th at the Ashworth Invitational with a 216 (75-72-69), matching Hood with a final round 69. Dowden showed his potential during the fall season when he tied for fifth at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational with a 211 (68-72-71, -2).
HEAD COACH Steve Desimone: The Cal men's golf program has made amazing strides since the spring of 1980. It went from a club sport in the early '80s, to one of the elite golf programs in the country in the 1990s, to national champions in 2004. Head coach Steve Desimone, now in his 26th year at the helm of Cal men's golf, is the man largely responsible for the level of success enjoyed by the program. Desimone was named Golfweek's 2003-04 College Coach of the Year and was presented with the 2004 Grand Master of the Year award by the Northern California Golf Association after leading the Golden Bears to the 2004 NCAA golf title. Over the years, Desimone has directed the Bears to 11 NCAA West Regional berths and five NCAA championship events ('95, '98, '99, '00, `04). He was voted Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year in 1987. A member of the Golden Bears' basketball team as an undergraduate, Desimone graduated from Cal in 1970. He took golf at Cal from a club sport in the early 80's to one of the preeminent programs in the country.
Desimone is joined by assistant coach Walter Chun (second year, Cal '01) and administrative assistant Curt David (first year, Pacific, '89).