Cal Opens Season at Dick McGuire Invitational

Sept. 22, 2005

BERKELEY, Calif. - Cal Opens Season in New Mexico
The California women's golf team opens the fall season at the 27th-annual Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational Monday-Wednesday, Sept. 26-28 in Albuquerque, N.M. The New Mexico-hosted tournament is staged at the par 73, 6,069-yard UNM Championship Course. Eighteen holes will be played each day beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday's final round features a shot-gun start.

The Field
The 18-team field features BYU, Baylor, California, Colorado State, Hawaii, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Ohio State, Pepperdine, San Diego State, South Carolina, Southern California, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulsa, UNLV and UTEP.

Last Year's McGuire
Georgia claimed both the team and individual titles in 2004. Led by a record-breaking performance from Kelly Froelich, the second-ranked Bulldogs were the only team in the 17-team field to finish under par at 2-under 874, seven shots better than host New Mexico. Froelich set a McGuire tournament mark by firing a 10-under 209 over 54 holes. Cal didn't compete at the tournament last season.

Cal's Season-Opening Lineup
Sofie Andersson, Sr., 74.0 stroke average (04-05)
Sophia Sheridan, Sr., 74.7 stroke average (04-05)
Enu Chung, So., 75.8 stroke average (04-05)
Jen Sanders, So., 79.0 stroke average (04-05)
Shannon Yocum, Fr.

New Bears
Shannon Yocum and Allson Goodman joined the Cal women's golf team as freshmen in 2005-06. Yocum, a product of Palos Verdes, Calif., paced Palos Verdes Peninsula High School to the 2003 state title. Goodman, who hails from San Diego, helped Torrey Pines High School to the 2002 and 2005 state championships.

2005 Cal Summer Highlights
Cal golfers spent the summer working on their games at various competitions. Here are some of the highlights:

Sofie Andersson
- European Team Championship - fourth place
- Course record 66 in Swedish Team Championships
- European Tour event in Sweden
- European individual in Portugal finished in fifth place (75-72-73-70)

Sophia Sheridan
- Played in Women's Western
- Women's Transnational - qualified in 3rd place and lost in semifinals
- U.S. Women's Amateur - qualified in the top 10 before losing in the first round of matchplay
- North and South - lost in second round of matchplay

Mika Takayama and Jen Sanders
- Traveled with NCAA All-Star team to Asia

2004-05 Cal Review
Cal placed fifth at the 2005 NCAA Championships, marking its second consecutive top-five finish at nationals. Then-senior Claire Dury tied for sixth at the NCAA Championships with a 72-hole score of three-over 297, earning her honorable mention All-America honors. Behind then-junior Sophia Sheridan's individual title, Cal placed third at the NCAA West Regional to garner its fifth consecutive NCAA Championships invitation. The Bears took fifth as host of the Pac-10 Championships, propelling them to their fourth consecutive upper-half conference showing.

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