No. 25 Cal Travels to NCAA West Regional
May. 2, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. -
CAL COMPETES AT NCAA REGIONAL: After finishing in the top five in each of its last four competitions, No. 25 California competes at the NCAA West Regional Thurs.-Sat., May 5-7 at New Mexico State University Golf Course in Las Cruces, N.M. The 21 teams will play 18 holes each day beginning at 7:30 a.m on Thursday. 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. Led by Sarah Huarte's individual NCAA title, Cal finished fourth at 2004 NCAAs for its best national finish in school history.
THE FIELD: Cal - the No. 7 seed - is joined at the 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. 50 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.
CAL'S NCAA REGIONAL HISTORY: Cal is making its sixth consecutive and overall appearance in an NCAA regional this week. The Bears' postseason history began with a 22nd-place showing at the NCAA West Regional in Tempe, Ariz. Cal qualified for its first of four NCAA Championships in 2001 by placing eighth at the NCAA Central Regional in West Lafayette, Ind. Cal's other NCAA regional results include: third in 2002 (West), first in 2003 (Central) and fourth in 2004 (West). Anna Temple led Cal at regionals last season, tying for third at two-under 214. Junior Sophia Sheridan is the Bears' returning performer from last year's regional, tying for eighth at 218.
BEARS' NCAA REGIONAL LINEUP: Cal's lineup (in order) is listed below.
Player YR RNDS STROKES AVG LOW TOP FINISH Nat'l RankSophia Sheridan Jr. 24 1808 75.3 70 8 80Sofie Andersson Jr. 24 1776 74.0 67 1 26Claire Dury Sr. 18 1366 75.9 69 T15 117Enu Chung Fr. 9 689 76.6 72 13 --Mika Takayama So. 15 1167 77.8 71 T17 --
PAC-10 RECAP: Cal placed fifth with a score of 30-over 894 at the Pac-10 Championships April 18-20 at Ruby Hill Golf Club in Pleasanton. The Bears fired a six-over 294 in the final round, propelling them to their fourth straight top five showing at the conference tournament. Sheridan tied for 11th at three-over 219 to lead all Cal golfers. Freshman Enu Chung placed 13th (PR: 223) for her best finish of the season. Junior Sofie Andersson took 16th (225), and senior Claire Dury tied for 18th (227).
ANDERSSON, SHERIDAN EARN PAC-10 HONORS: Andersson was tabbed to the second team All-Pac-10 team after earning honorable mention honors last season. Sheridan received honorable mention distinction following last year's second team selection. At the May 1 annual team banquet, Andersson was named Cal's Most Valuable Player and was the co-recipient of the Founders' Award with Sheridan. Freshman Jen Sanders was picked as the Most Improved Player, sophomore Mika Takayama earned the team's scoring award (best short game) and redshirt freshman Eunice Yum received the Leta Nelson Award.
FUN FACTS ABOUT THIS YEAR'S BEARS: Four of Cal's eight golfers have ties to different national teams (Sheridan - Mexico, Andersson - Sweden and Dury and Chung - New Zealand)...Chung is the No. 1 amateur in New Zealand...Takayama played amateur golf in Japan for a year and a half after her 2002-03 freshman season at Cal... Sanders mother, Lisa, played golf at San Jose State and her father, Cliff played golf at USC.