No. 24 Cal Improves to 4th After NCAA 2nd Round

May 18, 2005

SUNRIVER, Ore. - No. 24 California jumped from seventh to fourth Wednesday after the second round of the NCAA Championships at the Meadows Course at the Sunriver Resort. The Golden Bears fired a 15-over 299 in the second round and stand at 26-over 594.

Cal teed off at 9 a.m. under rainy and cold conditions. The sun appeared at 11:15 a.m. before the weather shifted to clouds and wind. The Bears were on track to shoot a 294 heading into holes 16-18. However, the team hit four bogeys, one double bogey and a birdie in that stretch.

Nonetheless, Cal is still in national-title contention after posting a program-best finish of fourth at last year's NCAA Championships. No. 4 Pepperdine and No. 3 Auburn are tied for the lead at 18-over 586. The Wave carded a 295 Wednesday, while the Tigers fired a 296. No. 2 UCLA, the defending national champion, is third at 590. No. 1 Duke is behind Cal in fifth (595) in the 24-team tournament. USC, the first-day leader, is in seventh at 599.

Cal junior Sophia Sheridan also continues to pursue the individual title, as she is in a tie for fifth place and is only one shot off the pace. Sarah Huarte became the first Cal women's golfer to claim an NCAA individual crown last year. UCLA's Charlotte Mayorkas, USC's Dewi Schreefel, Auburn's Diana Ramage and Pepperdine's Eileen Vargas are tied for first at 144 at this year's event.

Vargas and Ohio State's Dane Je were the only golfers to shoot under par Wednesday, firing scores of one-under 70. Sheridan, the 2005 NCAA West Regional champion, was at one-under through 16 holes before bogeying holes 16 and 18. She played the front nine with no bogeys and a birdie on the par 4, ninth hole and added a birdie on the par 3, 13th.

Cal senior Claire Dury is having her best showing in her fourth appearance at the NCAA Championships. The New Zealand national team member is tied for 14th at 147 following today's round of 73. Dury led the Bears with four birdies.

Freshman Enu Chung shot a 76 and is tied for 31st at 150, while junior Sofie Andersson provided Cal's final counting score (78) today. Andersson is tied for 53rd (152). Sophomore Mika Takayama carded an 81 today but gained some momentum for the third round by carding a score of one-over on the back nine.

Cal tees off round three at 1:30 p.m. Thursday from the first hole and is in threesomes with Duke and Ohio State.

NCAA ChampionshipsMeadows Course at Sunriver Resort, Par 71, 6312 yardsSecond of Four Rounds

Team Scores (24): 1t. Pepperdine 291-295--586, 1t. Auburn 290-296--586, 3. UCLA 288-302--590, 4. California 295-299--594, 5. Duke 292-303--595, 6. Ohio State 301-296--597, 7. Southern California 287-312--599, 8t. Arkansas 296-307- 603, 8t. Tennessee 300-303--603, 10t. Arizona State 303-301--604, 10t. Oklahoma State 298-306--604, 12t. Florida 301-304- 605, 12t. Michigan State 304-301- 605, 14. Washington 292-314--606, 15. Missouri 307-300--607, 16. Furman 307-301--608, 17t. Texas A&M 305-306--611, 17. 17t. Purdue 309-302- 611, 17t. Stanford 300-311- 611, 20. Virginia 304-307- 611, 21. UC Irvine 311-304 - 615, 22. Tulane 305-312- 617, 23. Tulsa 307-313- 620, 24. BYU 305-317- 622.

Top Five Individual Scores (126): 1t. Charlotte Mayorkas (UCLA) 71-73--144, 1t. Diana Ramage (Auburn) 73-71--144, 1t. Dewi Schreefel (USC) 70-74--144, 1t. Eileen Vargas (Pepperdine) 74-70--144, 5t. Sophia Sheridan (Cal) 73-72--145, 5t. Maria Martinez (Auburn) 72-73--145, 5t. Dana Je (Ohio State) 75-70--145, 5t. Leah Wigger (Virginia) 73-72--145.

Other Cal Scores: 14t. Claire Dury 74-73--147, 31t. Enu Chung 74-76--150, 53t. Sofie Andersson 74-78--152, 109t. Mika Takayama 78-81--159.

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