Cal Women Travel to Palos Verdes for Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge

Feb. 7, 2003

BERKELEY - After receiving a school-best No. 5 national ranking by Golfstat and No. 11 ranking by Golfweek, the California Women's Golf Team begins the spring campaign at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge .

Cal's roster exudes experience with five seniors, three juniors and two freshmen. competition will be fierce this season for spots on the travel squad, and seniors Vikki Laing and Ria Quiazon are unquestionably the team's leaders. Laing, a 2002 first team All-Pac-10 pick, and Quiazon, a 2002 all-region honoree, posted the squad's top two fall stroke averages at 73.6 and 74.1, respectively. The duo combined for five Top 7 finishes, with Laing posting three of them.

Cal is averaging 295.2 strokes per round, which is on pace to level last season's school record of 299.3. Since the team's inception, the Bears have cut 38.3 strokes off their team average. After the fall season, the team ranks No. 2 nationally for score vs. par (6.17), according to Golfstat.

The Bears look to build on last October's victory in the Kent Youel Invitational, where the team fired a 54-hole school record of 870. In addition, all five of Cal's golfers placed in the Top 20.

BEARS BOAST THREE PLAYERS WITH NATIONAL TEAM TIES: Three Cal golfers have experience playing for different national teams - seniors Vikki Laing (Scotland) and Ria Quiazon (Philippines) and freshman Sophia Sheridan (Mexico). Laing represented Great Britain and Ireland at the Curtis Cup last August, while Quiazon medalled at the Asian Games last October (third team, fifth individual).

Live scoring for the tournament can be found at the Golfstat website www.golfstatlive.com

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