Men's and Women's Golf: Bears Beat Flu Bug, But Not Anteaters

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Watching golf on television makes the sport seem like a walk in the park-the trees, breezes, and calm demeanor of the competitors can provide a tranquil viewing experience.

Just don't tell it to the Cal men's golf team.

Both the men's and women's golf teams concluded tournaments this week, with vastly different experiences.

While the women got through their week without incident and finished fourth at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, the men faced a near-Sisyphean ordeal on their way to a seventh-place finish at the Club Glove Intercollegiate.

The Bears were unsure if they would even be able to play at the 54-hole tournament, after flu-like symptoms spread to almost every member of the team in the preceding days. Even the coaches caught the bug.

"It was a very unsettled Friday and Saturday," coach Steve Desimone said, referring to the weekend before the tournament.

Without freshman Michael Wilson and sophomore Chris Ancheta, Desimone substituted freshmen Eric West and Christian Schunck.

But even the healthiest roster could not squelch the intense heat at Saticoy, as temperatures stayed in the 90s both days.

Perhaps even more debilitating for Cal was the course itself.

"This is arguably the toughest course we play all year," Desimone said. "It demands a lot of accuracy off the tee."

The Bears struggled Monday, shooting a two-round total of 596 to fall 20 shots behind first-place Pepperdine.

"We ran out of steam on the fourth nine (holes) on Monday afternoon," Desimone said.

A 10-over par 298 in the third round did not earn Cal a finish in the top half of the field, but it was good enough for seventh place and a spot ahead of BYU and Southern Methodist, two of the traditional powers in men's college golf.

UC-Irvine shot a one under-par 287 on Tuesday to win the tournament by three shots over the Waves.

Junior Pete Tomasulo led the Bears for the third time in three tournaments this year, shooting a one-under 215 to tie for fourth.

"I didn't hit the ball very well, but I made some putts to help out the score," said Tomasulo.

Irvine's Jeff Coburn and New Mexico's Jae Choi both finished at five under-par, with Coburn winning a playoff to claim victory.

The Cal women's team played three steady rounds at the par-73, 6,102 yard Tacoma Golf and Country Club to earn a fourth-place finish at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational.

Golfers played 18 holes each day, with the 54-hole tournament concluding yesterday.

USC blew by the rest of the field, shooting a nine over-par 885 to win by 15 strokes over Washington, the host of the invite.

Senior Vikki Laing continued to shine for the Bears, carding a trio of 74s on her way to a seventh-place finish. Freshman Mika Takayama matched Laing's total.

The Trojans' Mikaela Parmlid won a playoff to win individual honors.


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