Andersson Wins Spartan Invite as Bears Tie for Fourth

March 9, 2005

SALINAS, Calif. - Led by junior Sofie Andersson's first collegiate title, California tied for fourth with UNLV Wednesday at the Spartan Invitational at Corral De Tierra Country Club. The Golden Bears carded a 54-hole score of plus-32 884, including a final-round score of 299, to assemble their best result of the 2004-05 season.

'We're starting to click on more cylinders but not on all cylinders yet,' Cal head coach Nancy McDaniel said. 'It's nice to have Mika Takayama back in the lineup this spring. It helps with our competitiveness. Things are settling down. We're done with the World Championships and LPGA events. From here on out, we're playing Cal golf.'

UCLA claimed the team title with an 868 and fired a 289 final round for the lowest score of the 15 teams Wednesday. Washington was second at 870 and UC Irvine placed third at 878.

Andersson finished the tournament with a Cal 54-hole record of minus-seven 206, five shots ahead of UNLV's Elena Kurokawa. UCLA's Susie Matthew's finished third at 213. Andersson, a 2004 All-American, shot an even-par 71 over the final 18 holes and played bogey-free golf until the 52nd hole of the tournament. Her win was the eighth all-time by a Cal golfer.

Sarah Huarte recorded the previous Cal 54-hole mark of 209 (-7) at the 2004 NCAA Championships, which she went on to win following the fourth and final round.

'Sofie has been patient since tying for sixth at nationals last year,' McDaniel said. 'She's been diligent working on the things she needed to. Her putting and chipping have come a long way. Sofie works with frustration, and it motivates her to become a better player. She will continue to get more out of her game.'

Junior Sophia Sheridan, also a 2004 All-American, was the Bears' next-best performer today, tying for 18th at 10-over 223. Sheridan finished the tournament with a 77 on the heels of a 72 and 74 yesterday. Freshman Jen Sanders began the event playing in Cal's No. 5 spot in the lineup but finished third among all Cal golfers. She posted a 74 in the final round - second best score today for Cal - to tie for 26th at 225 for her best collegiate showing.

'Before the tournament, we talked about needing someone to step up and shoot under par,' McDaniel said. 'Sofie filled that role. Jen was playing in the No. 5 spot going in. We discussed needing to bring that last counting score down. Jen answered the call.'

Also for Cal, Takayama tied for 45th at 231, and senior Claire Dury placed 53rd at 234.

Up next for Cal is the Duck Invitational March 21-22 in Eugene, Ore.

Spartan InvitationalCorral De Tierra Country ClubPar 71, 5826 yardsFinal of three rounds

Team Scores (15): 1 UCLA 298-281-289--868 (+16), 2. Washington 293-287-290--870 (+18), 3. UC Irvine 295-293-290--878 (+26), 4t. UNLV 292-294-298--884 +32, 4t. California 294-291-299--884 (+32), 6t. New Mexico State 301-305-293--899 (+47), 6t. Brigham Young 299-305-295--899 (+47), 8. San Francisco 307-299-300--906 +54, 9. Colorado State 308-302-299--909 (+57), 10. Fresno State 303-305-304--912 (+60), 11. Hawaii 304-307-304--915 (+63), 12. San Jose State 311-299-308--918 (+66), 13. Colorado 319-299-305--923 (+71), 14. Santa Clara 323-328-316--967 (+115), 15. CSU-Monterey Bay 332-335-338--1005 (+153).

Top Five Individual Scores (75): 1. Sofie Andersson (California) 68-67-71--206 (-7), 2. Elena Kurokawa (UNLV) 67-73-71--211 (-2), 3. Susie Mathews (UCLA) 75-70-68--213 (E), 4t. Paige Mackenzie (Washington) 74-68-72--214 (+1), 4t. Charlotte Mayorkas (UCLA) 72-70-72--214 (+1).

Cal Scores: 18t. Sophia Sheridan 72-74-77--223 (+10), 26t. Jen Sanders 76-75-74--225 (+12), 45t. Mika Takayama 78-75-78--231 (+18), 53. Claire Dury 78-79-77--234 (+21).