No. 17 Cal Travels to NCAA West Regional
May 6, 2002
CAL TRAVELS TO NCAA WEST REGIONAL:
No. 17 California doesn't have far to travel, as it vies for its second-straight bid to the NCAA Championship. The Golden Bears compete in the 21-team NCAA West Regional, Thursday-Saturday, May 9-11, at the Stanford Golf Course. Tee times for each round begin at 7:30 a.m. from the first and 10th tee. The Bears begin the 54-hole tournament on Thursday at 7:40 a.m. from the 10th tee and Friday at 11:50 a.m. from the first tee. Cal's tee time for Saturday will be decided after the second round. Eight teams and two individuals from non-advancing teams at each of the three regionals qualify for the NCAA Championship to be played May 21-24 at the Washington National Golf Club, in Auburn, Wash.
Cal is joined in the West by No. 8 Arizona, No. 10 Arizona State, No. 14 USC, No. 15 Pepperdine, No. 16 Washington, No. 19 UCLA, No. 24 New Mexico, No. 25 Stanford, No. 29 New Mexico State, No. 39 San Jose State, No. 41 Idaho, No. 44 San Francisco, No. 59 BYU, No. 61 Colorado State, No. 64 UC Irvine, No. 69 Denver, No. 70 Campbell, No. 78 Washington State, No. 93 Oral Roberts and No. 96 Northern Arizona. Colorado's Erin Kerr, Portland's Sarah Walter and Oregon's Kathy Cho will compete as individuals.
BEARS NCAA WEST REGIONAL LINEUP
Player YR 01-02 RNDS STROKES AVG LOW TOP FINISH1. Sarah Huarte So. 27 rounds 2013 74.6 69 T2nd2. Vikki Laing Jr. 27 rounds 2021 74.9 70 4th3. Ria Quiazon Jr. 27 rounds 2056 76.1 68 T2nd4. Anne Walker Sr. 27 rounds 2037 75.4 69 1st5. Claire Dury So. 16 rounds 1231 76.9 71 T2nd
BEARS HISTORY AT PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS:
This year marks Cal's third bid the NCAA regionals in school history, all in the last three years. In 2001, the Bears earned the final bid and the first in Cal history to the NCAA Championship with an eight-place finish in the NCAA Central Regional. Vikki Laing paced Cal by finishing tied for eighth (226). In 2000, the Bears placed 22nd in their first regional appearance.
2002 SEASON IN REVEW:
Since finishing 22nd in the season opener at the NCAA Fall Preview, Cal has posted nine-straight upper-half finishes this year, including winning the Oregon State Invitational in the fall and the Bay Area Classic, followed by the Spartan Invite in the spring. This is the first time in Cal history that it has won three tournaments in the same season. The Bears also have recorded three-straight top five performances, including a program-best tie for third at the Pac-10 Championship.
CAL SHOOTS 15 ROUNDS UNDER 300 IN 2001-02:
Fifteen of the 27 rounds Cal has played as a team this year have produced rounds under 300. The Bears team stroke average is 299.7, which is on pace to shatter last year's school record of 306.2.
NOTING THE BEARS:
Vikki Laing and Sarah Huarte were named to the first team All-Pac-10 team, and senior Anne Walker earned second team honors. This is the first time in Cal history that an athlete has been named to anything above honorable mention. Huarte has posted nine-straight top 25 finishes and has a team-best No. 51 national ranking.