Bears Travel to Duck Invitational
March 20, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. - This Week
The No. 30 California women's golf team travels to the Duck Invitational Monday-Tuesday, March 21-22 at the Shadow Hills Country Club in Junction City, Ore. Thirty-six holes will be played on Monday at the par-72, 6,103-yard course and 18 holes are slated for Tuesday.
A Look at the Duck Invitational
The 18-team field features No. 30 California, Fresno State, Idaho, Long Beach State, Nevada, No. 35 Oregon, Oregon State, Portland, Portland State, San Diego State, No. 45 San Francisco, No. 18 Stanford, No. 4 Washington, No. 22 Washington State, Weber State, Western Washington and Wyoming.
Cal's lineup for the Duck Invitational wasn't available at press time. Freshman Enu Chung, New Zealand's No. 1 amateur player, was recently declared eligible to play by the NCAA and may see her first action as a Bear in Oregon.
Washington State won the 2004 Duck Invitational with a score of 913, and the Cougars' Kim Welch is the three-time defending champion after winning the 2004 event with a score of 218. Cal didn't compete at the Duck Invitational last year.
Spartan Invitational In Review
Led by junior Sofie Andersson's first collegiate title, Cal tied for fourth with UNLV March 8-9 at the Spartan Invitational at Corral De Tierra Country Club. The Golden Bears fired a 54-hole score of 32-over 884 (294-291-299 ) to finish 16 shots behind first-place UCLA. The fourth-place finish was Cal's best in 2004-05.
Andersson shot a seven-under 206 to take top individual honors by five shots over UNLV's Elena Kurokawa. Andersson established a new school record for 36 holes by recording a seven-under 135 through two rounds and tied Cal's school record for 54 holes. Sarah Huarte carded a seven-under 209 through 54 of 72 holes at the 2004 NCAA Championships. But Andersson's score was the best by a Bear golfer at a 54-hole tournament.
Junior Sophia Sheridan, who earned honorable mention All-America recognition along with Andersson last year, tied for 18th at 223 at the Spartan Invitational. Freshman Jen Sanders tied for 26th at 225 for her best collegiate showing.
Andersson Emerges As Bears' Leader
Andersson was named Golf World's Player of the Week and attained a career-best No. 19 national ranking by Golfweek following her victory at the Spartan Invitational. The product of Angelholm, Sweden, boasts a team-best 73.8 stroke average and has led the Bears in four of five tournaments this season.
Bears Feature International Flavor
This spring, Cal's roster features four international players with national team experience. Last October, Andersson helped Sweden claim the World Amateur Team Championships in Puerto Rico, and senior Clarie Dury propelled New Zealand to a ninth-place finish - it's best ever result at the tournament. Chung, who turned 17 Feb. 6, was named New Zealand's 2004 Women's Golfer of the Year. Sheridan, who hails from Guadalajara, has participated in Mexico's Amateur National Training squad. Earlier this month, Sheridan participated in an LPGA event in Mexico.
Did you know?
Enu Chung's mother, Edith, won a bronze swimming medal at the 1988 Olympics while competing for South Korea.
Cal will host the Pac-10 Championships for the first time in the program's 10-year history April 18-20 at Ruby Hill Golf Club in Pleasanton.