Cal Earns No. 7 Seed in NCAA West Regional
April 25, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. - The 25th-ranked California women's golf team was selected as the No. 7 seed at the 2005 NCAA West Regional Monday by the NCAA selection committee. The Golden Bears, who finished fifth at last week's Pac-10 Championships, compete against 20 other teams May 5-7 in Las Cruces, N.M., at the New Mexico State University Golf Course. This marks the Bears' sixth consecutive appearance in an NCAA regional.
Cal is joined at the New Mexico State-hosted West Regional by (in order of seeds, Golfweek rankings listed): No. 2 UCLA (2004 NCAA champion), No. 5 Georgia, No. 7 Oklahoma State, No. 9 Tennessee, No. 16 USC, No. 17 Arizona, No. 23 Washington State, No. 24 Stanford, No. 26 UNLV, No. 34 Oregon, No. 46 San Francisco, No. 29 UC Irvine, No. 42 BYU, No. 350 Colorado State, No. 94 Portland State, No. 44 Northwestern, No. 84 Oral Roberts, No. 65 Illinois State, No. 45 Georgia State and No. 77 Denver. Long Beach State's Kay Hoey, Fresno State's Laura Luethke and Idaho's Renee Skidmore will compete as individuals.
Nine of 10 Pac-10 teams earned NCAA regional bids, with Oregon State being the only conference member not picked. Seven Pac-10 squads remain on the West Coast, while No. 4 Arizona State (second seed) and No. 8 Washington (third seed) represent the conference at the Central and Eastern regionals, respectively.
The University of Florida serves as host of the East Regional, while Texas Tech serves as host of the Central one. Duke - the ACC champion - is the top seed in the East, and Auburn - the SEC champion - holds the top spot in the Central. 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 17-20 at the Sunriver Resort on the Meadows Course in Sunriver, Ore. Oregon State and the Sunriver Resort serve as the championship host.
Cal looks to earn its fifth consecutive spot at the NCAA Championships. Last season, Cal placed fourth for the best finish in program history at nationals after grabbing second at the NCAA West Regional at Stanford Golf Course. Cal's Sarah Huarte claimed the 2004 NCAA individual title.
In the Bears' first three NCAA Championships appearances, they placed 19th (2001), 15th (2002) and tied for 14th (2003).