No. 12 Bears Host Cal Guadalajara Invitational
March 3, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif. - Twelfth-ranked California hosts the Cal Guadalajara Invitational Monday-Wednesday, March 6-8 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The 11-team tournament is staged at the par-72, 6200-yard Guadalajara Country Club. Eighteen holes will be played each day beginning at 8 a.m. CT. Sunday's practice round tees off at 1 p.m. CT. Complete results will be posted each day on CalBears.com.
This marks the second time in school history that the Cal women's golf team has competed outside of the United State. In September 2003, the Bears traveled to Japan for the Topy Cup.
Five of the top 10 teams in the country, including the top three, will battle at the national-caliber Mexico tournament. The 11-team field consists of (in alphabetical order): No. 17 Arizona, No. 3 Arizona State, No. 12 California, No. 1 Duke, No. 8 Georgia, No. 19 Ohio State, No. 16 Stanford, No. 56 Texas, No. 25 Washington, No. 2 UCLA and No. 6 USC. There will also be five individual competitors (three from Cal, one from UCLA, one from USC). Cal climbed to No. 12 nationally - its highest ranking of the season - after posting consecutive third-place results last month.
After Monday's round, all of the teams will visit a Guadalajara hospice, which cares for children with cancer, and will distribute souvenirs from their schools.
Bears' Lineup for Cal Guadalajara Invitational1. Senior Sophia Sheridan (74.9 stroke average)2. Freshman Allison Goodman (76.5)3. Senior Sofie Andersson (73.4)4. Junior Mika Takayama (76.5)5. Freshman Shannon Yocum (79.0)
Cal senior Sophia Sheridan, who hails from Guadalajara, is the inspiration for the tournament. Sheridan opened 2006 by winning the Mexican Amateur in January. She then tied for fourth (220, +7) at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge Feb. 13-15 in Palos Verdes and placed second the following week by one shot at the Wildcat Invitational with a school record for 54 holes (205, -8). Sheridan has climbed to No. 45 in this week's Golfweek/Sagarin individual rankings.
Three other teams in the tournament feature players with ties to Mexico. Texas' Devan Andersen also is from Guadalajara, USC's Tanya Dergal is a product of Durango and Arizona State's Liisa Kelo is from Mexico City..
Cal senior Sofie Andersson, who has paced her team in four of six tournaments this season, is ranked No. 20 nationally. Her 73.4 stroke average is on track to break Sarah Huarte's 2003-04 program record of 73.8.
In its last competition, Cal (then-ranked No. 15) tied for third with No. 2 UCLA at the Wildcat Invitational with a school-record 54-hole score of 859 (+7). Cal also tied the school 18-hole mark (282) and set a new 36-hole standard (570). The Bears carded a five-over 289 in the final round to finish 19 shots behind No. 8 Arizona State (840) and 13 shots behind No. 1 Duke (846). Cal freshman Allison Goodman posted her best collegiate performance, tying for 17th at one-over 214.