No. 26 Cal Travels to PING/ASU Invite
March 29, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. -
CAL TRAVELS TO ASU INVITE: Coming off a victory at the Oregon Duck Invitational, No. 26 California travels to the PING/ASU Invitational Friday-Sunday, April 1-3 at the par 72, 6,230-yard Karsten Golf Course on the campus of Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz. Eighteen holes will be played each day with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. MST from tees No. 1 and No. 10. The top four scores from each five-person team will count toward the team score.
TOURNAMENT HISTORY: The PING/ASU Invitational has been held each year since 1965-66, and ASU has won the tournament in 22 of the 39 years it has been held, most recently in 1999. Cal (876, +12) claimed the 2003 PING/ASU Invitational by one shot over Texas behind former All-American Sarah Huarte's second-place finish (3-under 213) in the individual competition. Former Cal All-American Vikki Laing and Sophia Sheridan tied for ninth (220). In 2004, Cal placed fifth at 22-over 886, and Sheridan led the way tying for sixth (217). UCLA won the event at three-under 861.
A LOOK AT THE FIELD: This year's field features four teams ranked in the Top 10, according to Golfweek. The complete field includes: No. 7 Arizona State, No. 19 Arizona, No. 26 California, No. 12 New Mexico, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, No. 33 Oregon, Oregon State, No. 5 Pepperdine, San Jose State, No. 20 Stanford, No. 22 Texas, No. 28 TCU, No. 23 Tulsa, No. 2 UCLA, No. 18 USC and No. 8 Washington.
BEARS' ASU LINEUP: Cal's lineup (in order) for the ASU Invite is listed below.
Player YR 04-05 RNDS STROKES AVG LOW TOP FINISH Nat'l RankSofie Andersson Jr. 18 1327 73.7 71 1 16Sophia Sheridan Jr. 18 1370 76.1 70 T11 --Mika Takayama So. 9 703 78.1 71 T17 --Enu Chung Fr. 3 233 77.7 75 T20 --Jen Sanders Fr. 18 1423 79.1 75 T26 --Claire Dury (individ.) Sr. 12 915 76.3 69 T15 --
DUCK INVITE RECAP: Cal rallied from six shots back after two rounds of play to win the Oregon Duck Invitational by one shot over host Oregon. The Bears fired a 302 for the low round of the day to finish the 17-team tournament at 44-over 908. This marked Cal's first team victory this season, the 16th in school history and the fifth in the state of Oregon. The Bears last won a team title at the 2003 Topy Cup in Japan. Junior Sofie Andersson tied for third to lead Cal at four-over 220, and junior Sophia Sheridan tied for 11th at 229.
ANDERSSON LEADS BEARS: Sofie Andersson has led Cal in five of six tournaments this season, including the last four events. The product of Angelholm, Sweden, claimed her first collegiate title at the Spartan Invitational by tying Cal's 54-hole record of seven-under (206) and setting a school record for 36 holes (seven-under 135). She leads Cal with a 73.7 stroke average, which is on pace to break the school record of 73.8, set last season by Sarah Huarte, the 2004 NCAA champion. Andersson boasts a career-best No. 16 ranking.
FUN FACTS ABOUT THIS YEAR'S BEARS: Jen Sanders mother, Lisa, played golf at San Jose State and her father, Cliff played golf at USC...four of Cal's eight golfers have ties to different national teams (Sheridan - Mexico, Sofie Andersson - Sweden and Claire Dury and Enu Chung - New Zealand)...Chung is the No. 1 amateur in New Zealand...Mika Takayama played amateur golf in Japan for a year and a half after her 2002-03 freshman season.