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M. Golf Dominates Opening Tourney

After last year's devastating conclusion at the NCAA West Regional, the Cal men's golf team couldn't have asked for a better beginning to its 2002 season.

The Bears ran away with the Mid Pines Intercollegiate, winning the tournament by 13 strokes. The tournament was played at the par-72 Mid Pines Inn & Country Club in Southern Pines, N.C.

Michael Wilson, making his first collegiate appearance for Cal, won medallist honors with an 8-under-par total of 208 to hold off Virginia Commonwealth's Ted Brown by a stroke.

The Bears shot a 284 in the final round on Tuesday for an 11-under-par score of 853. No other team in the field finished under par. East Carolina was second with a 2-over-par 866.

Junior Peter Tomasulo built upon last year's success, firing a final-round 69 to finish fourth with a 4-under-par total of 212.

Sophomore Jeff Hood, who played well last postseason, also finished in the top 10 individually, shooting a 1-over-par 217.

The last time Cal won a tournament was 2000, when the Bears won the U.S. Intercollegiate by one stroke over Pepperdine.

Wald, Knapp Garner Honors

The Cal field hockey team's consecutive 1-0 shutouts over NorPac rival Southwest Missouri and Big Ten opponent Indiana did not go unnoticed.

Senior midfielder Michelle Wald was named Co-Offensive NorPac Player of the Week and sophomore goalkeeper Kelly Knapp was awarded Defensive Player of the Week.

In both Cal victories, Wald scored game-winning goals.

Knapp has recorded four consecutive shutouts, making 35 saves in the Bears' opening five games.

In Cal's win over SMS, Knapp stopped a season-high 10 shots. Against Big Ten foes Indiana and Ohio State, Knapp posted two eight save performances.

The National Field Hockey Coaches Association began their first week of rankings, logging Cal (4-1, 1-0 in NorPac) in at No. 16, tied with Ohio State (2-1). The Bears received 135 votes and became the first team in NorPac conference history to begin the season ranked in the NFHCA top-20 poll.

The Bears will look to improve that ranking Sept. 21 at their home opener against No.10 Iowa at 12 p.m. at Maxwell Family Field.


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