No. 27 Cal Places Fifth at Pac-10 Championships

April 20, 2005

PLEASANTON, Calif. - No. 27 California placed fifth with a 54-hole score of 30-over 894 at the Pac-10 Championships that wrapped up Wednesday afternoon at Ruby Hill Golf Club. The Golden Bears fired a six-over 294 in the final round, propelling them to their fourth straight top five showing at the conference tournament.

'I'm really proud that we can rebound like that,' Cal head coach Nancy McDaniel said. 'They are starting to build confidence as a team that we truly are going into the postseason. Rebounding (from being in eighth after the first day) takes a lot of character, especially on this course, which is pretty important to us.'

No. 2 UCLA grabbed its second straight Pac-10 title with a score of 10-over 874, four strokes better than No. 5 Arizona State (878). The Bruins posted a 295 in the final round, while the Sun Devils climbed from a tie for third to second with the low score of the day at 289. No. 20 USC took third at 880, and No. 17 Arizona was fourth at 886.

'I am really proud of our girls,' said UCLA head coach Carrie Forsyth, the 2005 Pac-10 Coach of the Year. 'Today started off well. Arizona State played very well. They kept it on us, and I'm proud of our girls for staying in there. It wasn't our best round, but it was good enough to win.'

Rounding out the results were No. 8 Washington in sixth at 897, No. 22 Washington State in seventh at 898, No. 30 Oregon in eighth at 922, No. 18 Stanford in ninth at 932 and Oregon State in 10th at 946.

ASU freshman Louise Stahle - the top ranked player in the nation - rallied from four shots back after 36 holes to win the Pac-10 individual title by two shots over UCLA's Susie Matthews. Stahle started the day in fourth at 140, and Washington State's Kim Welch was first at eight-under 136 following yesterday's blistering round of 66. Powered by five birdies and no bogeys, Stahle posted a 67 today and finished the tournament at nine-under 207.

Matthews, who played in the same threesome with Stahle, placed second with a 209, but the title remained in her reach when the two teed off on hole 18. Stahle posted a birdie on the par 5, 18th, while Matthews had a par. Welch, who recorded a 75 in round three, tied Arizona's Cassandra Kirkland for third at 211.

'Oh, I love it,' Stahle said regarding the pressure heading into hole 18. 'I thrive under pressure. It builds my passion for golf. '

After the tournament, Stahle was tabbed the Pac-10 Golfer of the Year and Pac-10 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year at the awards ceremony.

Junior Sophia Sheridan led Cal by tying for 11th at three-over 219. Bears freshman Enu Chung posted her best collegiate finish, placing 13th at 223. Also in the top 20 for the Bears were junior Sofie Andersson in 16th at 225 and senior Claire Dury in a tie for 18th at 227. Sheridan tallied a one-under 71 behind three birdies, and Chung converted a par on all 18 holes for her best collegiate round. Andersson fired a 75, while Dury had a 76. Cal sophomore Mika Takayama placed 45th at 239.

Andersson was named second team All-Pac-10, while Sheridan earned honorable mention after leading the Bears in back-to-back tournaments.

Cal is expected to earn its sixth straight NCAA regional selection. Regionals will be staged May 5-7.

Pac-10 ChampionshipsRuby Hill Golf Club, Par 72, 6304 yards, Final

Team Scores (10): 1. UCLA 289-290-295--874, 2. Arizona State 297-292-289--878, 3. USC 291-295-294--880, 4. Arizona 300-289-297--886, 5. California 305-295-294--894, 6. Washington 298-304-295--897, 7. Washington State 299-293-306--898, 8. Oregon 308-308-306--922, 9. Stanford 304-315-313--932, 10. Oregon State 327-312-307--946.

Top Five Individual Scores (50): 1. Louise Stahle (ASU) 69-71-67--207, 2. Susie Matthews (UCLA) 68-71-70--209, 3t. Cassandra Kirkland (Arizona) 72-67-72--211, 3t. Kim Welch (WSU) 70-66-75--211, 5. Charlotte Mayorkas (UCLA) 73-70-71--214.

Cal Scores: 11t. Sophia Sheridan 75-73-71--219, 13. Enu Chung 76-75-72--223, 16. Sofie Andersson 76-74-75--225, 18t. Claire Dury 78-73-76--227, 45. Mika Takayama 78-82-79--239.

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