No. 16 Cal Travels to NCAA Championship May 21-24
May 13, 2002
CAL COMPETES AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP:
In the midst of its best season in the program's seven-year history, No. 16 California travels to the NCAA Championship, Tues.-Fri., May 21-24, at Washington National Golf Course in Auburn, Wash. The University of Washington serves as host of the 24-team tournament. The course plays at par 72 and 6,273 yards for the 72-hole event. Tee times begin each day at 8 a.m., from the first and 10th tees. Tuesday, Cal, one of seven Pac-10 teams at nationals, tees off from the 10th tee starting at 12:20 p.m., and Wedneday from the first tee at 8 a.m. The third and fourth round tee times are determined by play during the first two days.
MCDANIEL RETURNS TO UW GUNNING FOR NATIONAL TITLE:
The Bears are looking to write the perfect storybook ending to their season as coach Nancy (Kessler) McDaniel looks to lead her team to a national title with her alma mater, Washington, serving as host of the event. She was named to the Huskies All-Decade team (1986-96) for women's golf and received her bachelor's degree in speech communications from the university in 1988.
THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD:
The complete field consists of (Golfweek/Sagarin May 12 ranking): Arizona (7), Arizona State (9), Auburn (1), Cal (17), Duke (2), Florida (11), Georgia (10), Michigan (23), Michigan State (14), Ohio State (4), Oklahoma (19), Oklahoma State (6), Peperdine (13), Purdue, South Carolina (22), South Florida (40), USC (15), Stanford (24), Texas (5), Tulsa (3), UCLA (17), Vanderbilt (12), Wake Forest (20) and Washington (18).
BEARS NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP LINEUP
Player YR 01-02 RNDS STROKES AVG LOW TOP FINISH1. Vikki Laing Jr. 30 rounds 2243 74.8 70 4th2. Sarah Huarte So. 30 rounds 2238 74.6 69 T2nd3. Ria Quiazon Jr. 30 rounds 2277 75.9 68 T2nd4. Claire Dury So. 19 rounds 1453 76.5 71 T2nd5. Anne Walker Sr. 30 rounds 2277 75.9 69 1st
BEARS HISTORY AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP:
Cal finished 19th in its first ever appearance at the NCAA Championship in 2001. The Bears shot a 72-hole total 1234 with Vikki Laing leading the way with a 303 (tied for 44th). Georgia (1176) won NCAAs by three strokes over Duke (1179).
CAL TAKES THIRD AT NCAA WEST REGIONAL:
Cal posted its best regional finish in three tries in 2002, placing third at the NCAA West Regional with an 889, only six strokes behind Pepperdine and UCLA. Ria Quiazon paced the Bears for the first time this season, tying for 10th by matching her career best for 54 holes (221). Vikki Laing and Claire Dury tied for 12th (222).
RECORDS FALL IN 2001-02:
The Bears' team stroke average is 299.4, which is on pace to shatter last year's school record of 306.2. The team also has set team and individual records this season for 18, 36 and 54 holes in a tournament. (see page 2 for details).
NOTING THE BEARS:
Vikki Laing and Sarah Huarte were named to the first team All-Pac-10 team, and Anne Walker earned second team honors. This is the first time in Cal history that an athlete was picked for first or second team kudos. Huarte has posted 10-straight top 25 finishes, has a team-best No. 47 national ranking and is on pace to break Laing's season stroke average record (76.0, in 2000-01). Huarte leads Cal with a 74.6 stroke average this year and Laing, who is ranked No. 55 nationally, is at 74.8. Cal's current No. 16 team ranking equals the best in school history.
2001-02 SEASON IN REVEW:
Since finishing 22nd in the season opener at the NCAA Fall Preview, Cal has posted 10-straight upper-half finishes, including winning the Oregon State Invite in the fall and the Bay Area Classic and 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 four-straight top five performances, including program-best third-place finishes at Pac-10s and regionals.