No. 26 Women's Golf Travels to NCAA Championship
May 17, 2001
BEARS COMPETE AT THEIR FIRST NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
No. 26 California travels to the NCAA Championship in Howey-in-the Hills, Fla., Tues.-Fri., May 22-25, to compete at nationals for the first time in school history. The Golden Bears advanced to the NCAA Championship as the eighth and final seed out of the NCAA Central Regional. Eighteen holes will be played each day beginning at 7:30 a.m., at the Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort's par-72, 6106-yard El Campeon Course. Stetson University is the host of this year's tournament.
2000 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP IN REVIEW
Arizona is the defending NCAA champion and has won three of the last four national titles. The Wildcats' Jenna Daniels claimed top individual honors at NCAAs last season.
The NCAA Championship field consists of 21 teams with each of the three regionals earning eight spots. The complete field consists of: Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, California, Duke, Georgia, Kent State, LSU, Michigan State, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, Purdue, San Jose State, South Carolina, South Florida, USC, Stanford, Texas, Tulsa, UCLA and Washington.
CAL FINISHES EIGHTH AT NCAA CENTRAL REGIONAL
Cal finished eighth at the NCAA Central Regional with a score of 940, earning the final bid out of the region to the NCAA Championship. The Bears shot a 319 in Saturday's third and final round, which was high like the other 20 teams due to extremely windy conditions at the par 72, 6040-yard Kampen Golf Course. Cal, which was 10th after two rounds, finished four strokes ahead of ninth-place Oklahoma. Tulsa won the competition with a 54-hole score of 904.After standing in a tie for third after two rounds, Cal sophomore Vikki Laing fired an 81 in the final round to finish the tournament in a tie for eighth (226), which is the best a Cal women's golfer has ever placed at regionals.
BEARS NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP LINEUP
Player YR 00-01 RNDS STROKES AVG LOW TOP FINISH1. Vikki Laing So. 26 1978 76.1 72 T1st2. Ria Quiazon So. 29 2246 77.4 73 T3rd3. Sarah Huarte Fr. 29 2223 76.7 69 6th4. Cheryl Lala Sr. 23 1806 78.5 71 6th5. Anne Walker Jr. 29 2281 78.7 70 T2nd
LAING, HUARTE RECEIVE PAC-10 HONORABLE MENTION HONORS
Vikki Laing and Sarah Huarte both earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 recognition this season. Laing leads the Bears with a 76.1 stroke average and is on pace to break junior Anne Walker's school record 76.2 average set last season. Laing is No. 56 nationally according to Golfweek and No. 57 in the Mastercard/College Golf Foundation poll. Huarte is ranked No. 97 by Golfweek and No. 120 in the CGF poll.
CAL BREAKS SCHOOL RECORDS FOR 18, 36 AND 54 HOLES IN 2001
The Pac-10 Conference is arguably the best in the nation, as Cal finished only sixth at the league meet but in the process set school records for 18 (288), 36 (590) and 54 holes (891).