Cal Tied for Sixth After Opening Round of Dick McGuire Invite

Sept. 26, 2005

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - California is tied for sixth with a five-over score of 297 after the first day of the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational. The Golden Bears, who have finished in the top five at the NCAA Championships the last two years, are competing in their first competition of the 2005-06 season.

Ohio State holds a six-shot lead over USC and UNLV after carding a five-under par 287 on the UNM Championship Course. USC and UNLV are tied for second at 293, and Texas A&M is fourth at 294, followed by Pepperdine (296).

Cal and host New Mexico are one-shot ahead of San Diego State heading into the second of three rounds on Tuesday.

Ohio State's Jennifer Cassidy and Pepperdine's Eileen Vargas are tied for first with rounds of four-under 69. Four athletes are one shot back.

Cal senior Sofie Andersson and sophomore Enu Chung are tied for 19th at 73. Anderson was at two-over through six holes but birdies on the ninth (par 5) and 17th (par 3) holes brought her to even par. Chung birdied the first (par 5), 15th (par 4) and 18th (par 5) holes.

Bears senior Sophia Sheridan is tied for 33rd at 75. Cal's other counting score - a 76 - came from freshman Shannon Yocom, who is playing in her first collegiate tournament. Yocum is tied for 42nd. Sophomore Jen Sanders is tied for 64th at 78.

The second round tees off tomorrow beginning at 8 a.m. MT.

Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire InvitationalUNM Championship CoursePar 73, 6069 yards, First of three rounds

Team Scores (18): 1. Ohio State 287, 2t. USC 293, 2t. UNLV 293, 4. Texas A&M 294, 5. Pepperdine 296, 6t. California 297, 6t. New Mexico 297, 8. San Diego State 298, 9t. New Mexico State 300, 9t. South Carolina 300, 11. Baylor 301, 12t. Brigham Young 302, 12t. Colorado State 302, 14. TCU 304, 15. Tulsa 305, 16. Texas El Paso 309, 17. Texas Tech 314, 18. Hawaii 328.

Top Five Individual Scores (98): 1t. Jennifer Cassidy (Ohio State) 69, 1t. Eileen Vargas (Pepperdine) 69, 3t. Mikaela Backstedt (New Mexico) 70, 3t. Py Bengtsson (New Mexico) 70, 3t. Josefin Svenningsson (Baylor) 70, 3t. Grace Woo (UNLV) 70.

Cal Scores: 19t. Sofie Andersson 73, 19t. Enu Chung 73, 33. Sophia Sheridan 75, 42t. Shannon Yocum 76, 64t. Jen Sanders 78.

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