Peter Tomasulo and Jeff Hood both shot under par yesterday to help California make up an eight-stroke deficit in the final round and claim its first NCAA men's golf championship in Hot Springs, Va.
Tomasulo shot a 67 and Hood a 69 as the Golden Bears combined for a 1-under-par 279 in the final round -- the only team to shoot under par in the rainy, cool conditions. Cal finished with an overall score of 1,134, six strokes ahead of UCLA (1,140), the third-round leader.
Arizona (1,148) finished third followed by Texas (1,149) and Georgia Tech (1,151).
California's surprising run came a month after finishing seventh in the Pacific-10 championships. The Golden Bears tied for seventh at last week's NCAA West regionals.
"To have one round to win the national championship, that's all you can ask for," California Coach Steve Desimone said. "I told the kids [Thursday] that if we played one great round, we'd win the national championship, and lo and behold, here we are."
The rest of the top 10 were Florida and Washington (tied with 1,152), Kentucky (1,155), BYU (1,156) and Pepperdine (1,160).
UNLV's Ryan Moore shot a 4-under 66 in the final round to claim the individual title.
Moore, from Puyallup, Wash., had three bogeys and seven birdies in the final round, including a chip in from the rough on the final hole for a birdie. He finished at 13-under for the championship.
"It means a lot," Moore said. "This was the goal at the beginning of the year, just to even get here. So to pull out a victory, it's hard to put it into words right now."
Moore, ranked second in the nation, defeated top-ranked Bill Haas of Wake Forest. Haas shot a 68 in the final round and finished tied for second at 7 under.
Haas is the son of PGA golfer Jay Haas.
Arizona's Chris Nallen also finished at 7 under, while Pepperdine's Michael Putnam finished fourth at 4 under and UCLA's Travis Johnson was fifth at 3 under. . . .
In what is becoming a rite of spring, the Southeastern Conference announced another financial windfall, doling out a record $108.8 million to its 12 members for this school year.
The amount is 6 percent more than last year and nearly $75 million more than the schools divvied up just a decade ago.
Schools that participated in football bowl games also kept another $7.9 million from their payouts. In addition, the NCAA provided $624,000 to SEC members for academic enhancements.
* SOCCER: Angie Woznuk scored three straight goals in the first half to lead the United States into the final of the women's under-19 regional qualifying tournament for the world championships with a 6-0 win over Mexico in Montreal.
The United States will play either Canada or Costa Rica in the final. The win also gave them a spot in the world championships in Thailand in November.
* TRACK AND FIELD: World triple jump champion Christian Olsson began his outdoor season with a win at the Memorial Primo Nebiolo Meet in Turin, Italy.
Olsson won with a leap of 57 feet 91/2 inches, his record 163rd jump beyond 55-91/4. Romania's Marian Oprea was second with a jump of 56-31/4 and Phillips Idowu of Britain was third 55-81/2.
Olsson, the world outdoor and indoor champion, is considered capable of joining Jonathan Edwards and Kenny Harrison as the only men to break the 18-meter barrier.
At the world indoor championships earlier this year, Olsson reached 58-6, equaling Aliecer Urrutia's world indoor mark set in 1997.
* AUTO RACING: Chad Chaffin took the lead during a caution period and held on over the last 52 laps at Dover (Del.) International Speedway for his first victory in the NASCAR truck series. Chaffin is the sixth different winner in the first six races -- a series record.
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