Cal Named No. 1 Seed In NCAA Central Regional

April 28, 2003

BERKELEY - The fifth-ranked California women's golf team was selected as the No. 1 seed in the 2003 NCAA Central Regional Monday by the NCAA selection committee. The Golden Bears, which finished their regular season by capturing the Pac-10 team and individual titles on April 26, compete against 20 other teams May 8-10 in Lincoln, Neb. at the Firethorn Golf Club. This marks the Bears' fourth consecutive appearance in an NCAA regional.

California is joined in the University of Nebraska-hosted Central Regional by (in order of seeds): No. 3 Texas, No. 9 Florida, No. 11 Tennessee, No. 14 New Mexico, No. 21 Tulsa, No. 19 Purdue, No. 25 Oklahoma, Missouri, Baylor, TCU, Kent State, Michigan State, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kansas State, Nebraska, Yale and Southern. North Texas' Randi Gauthier, Iowa State's Louise Kenney and Northwestern's Elizabeth Burden will compete as individuals.

Wake Forest hosts the East Regional, while Arizona State serves as host of the Western one. Duke is the top seed in the East, and Pepperdine holds the No. 1 slot in the West. All told, 63 teams, along with nine individual competitors, were picked for the three regionals. Eight teams and two individuals from non-advancing teams at each of the three regionals qualify for the NCAA Championships to be played May 20-23 at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex, in West Lafayette, Ind. Purdue University serves as the championship host.

Cal looks to earn its third consecutive spot in the NCAA Championships with a strong showing at regionals. The last two years Cal has finished 19th (2001) and 15th (2002). The Bears' best regional performance was third at the 2002 NCAA West Regional.

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