Women's Golf Travels to NCAA Central Regional at Purdue

May 4, 2001

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BEARS TRAVEL TO NCAA REGIONAL
For the second-straight season, California has extended its year into the postseason. The Golden Bears compete at the NCAA Central Regional, May 10-12, at Purdue's in West Lafayette, Ind. The regional takes place at the par 72, 6,040-yard Kampen Golf Course. Twenty-one teams have been alocated to each of the three regionals (North Carolina and Oregon State, the other two), and the top eight teams in each region advance to the NCAA Championship May 23-26, in Florida.

THE FIELD
No. 25 (Golfweek May 2 poll) California is joined in the central regional by No. 8 New Mexico State, No. 9 Texas, No. 10 Tulsa, No. 12 LSU, No. 14 Oklahoma State, No. 19 Purdue, No. 23 Oklahoma, No. 27 Kent State, No. 29 Alabama, No. 32 Baylor, No. 36 Nebraska, No. 37 Texas A&M, No. 38 Central Florida, No. 40 Florida, No. 42 Texas Tech, No. 47 Minnesota, No. 48 San Francisco, No. 70 Idaho, No. 100 Princeton and No. 118 Oral Roberts. Allie Blomquist of Wisconsin and Nina Reis of North Texas will compete as individuals.

2000 NCAA REGIONAL IN REVIEW
Like most first time postseason competitors, Cal's NCAA regional debut in Tempe, Ariz., didn't go as well as it would have hoped in 2000. The Bears finished 22nd out of 24 teams with a 54-hole score of 929. Arizona, the eventual NCAA champion, took top honors with an 876. Vikki Laing was Cal's top individual, finishing tied for 77th with a 231, 21 strokes back of the tournament winner, ASU's Miriam Nagl. The year of experience will have the Bears better prepared for this year's regional.

BEARS LINEUP
Cal's lineup for the NCAA regional features in order: 1. Vikki Laing, 2. Sarah Huarte, 3. Ria Quiazon, 4. Cheryl Lala and 5. Anne Walker.

Player	        YR	00-01 RNDS	STROKES	AVG	LOW	TOP FINISHVikki Laing	So. 	23 	        1752	76.2	72	bf T1stSarah Huarte	Fr.	26 	        1981	76.2	69	bf 6thRia Quiazon	So.	26 	        2010	77.3	73	bf T3rdCheryl Lala	Sr.	20 	        1559	78.0	71	bf 6thAnne Walker	Jr.	26 	        2033	78.2	70	bf T2nd

MCDANIEL NAMED PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR
California head coach Nancy McDaniel was named the 2001 Pac-10 Women's Golf Coach of the Year. This is the first such honor for McDaniel, who has overseen the Golden Bear program since its inaugural 1995-96 season. Under McDaniel, Cal has improved each season, including seeing their team stroke average decrease each year. After the Bears inaugural 333.5 average, the 2000-01 team average is at an all-time Bear low of 306.0.

LAING, HUARTE RECEIVE HONORABLE MENTION HONORS
Vikki Laing and Sarah Huarte both earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 recognition this season. The two are at a virtual tie for first at Cal for stroke average at 76.2. After Laing finished fourth at the Pac-10 Championship and Huarte tied for 10th, the two earned their first national ranking in the Mastercard/College Golf Foundtion May 2 poll at No. 74 and No. 81, respectively. In the Golfweek poll this week, the two are ranked No. 72 and No. 120.

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