Men's Golf: Birthday Boy Tomasulo Treats Self to Big Win

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What would you want for your 21st birthday? A handle of Jack? An all-expenses paid trip to the Bahamas?

Cal golfer Pete Tomasulo gave himself a gift no drink or vacation can match.

Playing on his 21st birthday, Tomasulo shot a one under-par 71 Tuesday to finish at 10 under-par 206, winning a share of the title at the Barona Collegiate Cup in Lakeside, Calif.

"It's really, really great," Tomasulo said. "It's something I've worked really hard for. I'm ready to celebrate!"

The Bears finished sixth after shooting a one over-par 858 at the par 72, 7,088-yard Barona Creek Golf Club 12 shots back of host San Diego State.

Tomasulo shared first place with SDSU's John Lepak. Both golfers missed par putts on the 18th hole of the final round, but the possibility of a playoff was unfeasible because of a late finish time for the Aztecs and Cal's early departure from San Diego.

"I wanted to play it off," Tomasulo said. "I was really disappointed."

The junior captain was in the running for the individual title from the start, shooting a 66 in Monday's first round to put himself only one shot behind Lepak. A 69 in the second round vaulted Tomasulo into a tie for first with Denver's Shawn Willis.

However, Lepak's phenomenal 68 in the final round was good enough to catch Tomasulo at 10 under.

The Bears shot two under-par rounds on Monday to finish in fourth at 569, 10 shots behind first-place Denver and four shots behind second-place BYU and SDSU.

The Aztecs made sure Cal and the rest of the field would not make any dramatic final-round charges. SDSU shot a seven under-par 281 to finish six shots ahead of Denver and 12 shots ahead of Cal.

The Bears' freshman duo of Eric West and Michael Wilson played formidably.

Both players shot 2 over-par 218, placing them in a crowded tie for 33rd place, while Jeff Hood and J.R. Ruda shot 219 and 222, respectively.

Tomasulo had come close to victory many times before, but couldn't push through the winner's circle. Heading into this weekend, Tomasulo knew something was in the air.

"He hit two or three shots in front of me at the range last Friday," coach Steve Desimone said. "The next thing he said was, 'I'm ready.'"

Tomasulo's win marks the first time Cal has had two individual winners in the same year, and it has come less than halfway through the season.

"We continue to play really good golf," Desimone said. "We're excited about the spring."


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