All-Time Best No. 11 Cal Travels to Rainbow Wahine Classic

Oct. 25, 2002

BERKELEY - After receiving a school-best No. 11 national ranking by Golfweek this week, the California women's golf team wraps up the 2002 fall campaign at the Rainbow Wahine Fall Golf Classic, Tues.-Wed., Oct. 29-30. The 54-hole tournament takes place at the Kapolei Golf Course (par 72, 5,900 yards) in Kapolei, Oahu.

Thirty-six holes are played the first day, and the final 18 holes are tabbed for day two. Play begins each day at 7:30 a.m. HST (9:30 a.m. PT), with a shotgun start.

New Mexico returns to the Classic to defend its 2001 title. The No. 7 Lobos are the highest ranked team in the field according to the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings. Last year, New Mexico collected the team championship with an 884 total. Arizona, which isn't in attendance this year, finished second at 905, followed by Cal at 911.

The complete 17-team field consists of: BYU, No. 11 California, host Hawaii, Kansas, Long Beach State, No. 7 New Mexico, No. 25 New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Oregon, San Diego State, San Francisco, Southern Illinois, No. 35 Stanford, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UC Irvine and No. 21 UCLA.

Cal's lineup for next week features, in order (2002-03 avg): seniors Vikki Laing (73.2) and Ria Quiazon (75.0), freshman Mika Takayama (74.9), junior Claire Dury (75.9) and freshman Sophia Sheridan (76.7). Laing, who is ranked No. 32 nationally, has finished in the Top 7 in each of the Bears' three fall tournaments.

After winning the Stanford Pepsi Intercollegiate Oct. 18-20, the Bears jumped from No. 24 to an all-time school best No. 11 ranking. Cal's previous highest ranking of No. 16 was achieved last season. The Bears also claimed third third straight Oregon State Invitational crown, Sept. 16-17, and placed fourth at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, Oct. 8-10, without Quiazon, who was competing at the Asian Games in South Korea.

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