No. 12 Cal Travels to Pac-10 Championships
April 19, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif -
CAL COMPETES AT PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: Coming off a season-best second-place showing at the Peg Barnard Collegiate, No. 12 California competes at the 20th-annual Pac-10 Championships Monday-Wednesday, April 24-26, at the Oro Valley Country Club in Oro Valley, Ariz. The 10 conference teams will play 18 holes each day beginning at 8:30 a.m. MT Monday and Tuesday and 8 a.m. MT Wednesday at the par-72, 6,495-yard course. A practice round is slated for April 23 at 11 a.m.
PAC-10 SEEDINGS: The seedings and tee times for the first round of the tournament are: 1. UCLA (9:50 a.m.), 2. Arizona State (9:50 a.m.), 3. USC (9:10 a.m.), 4. California (9:10 a.m.), 5. Stanford (8:30 a.m.), 6. Arizona (8:30 a.m.), 7. Washington (9:34 a.m.), 8. Washington State (9:34 a.m.), 9. Oregon (8:54 a.m.), 10. Oregon State (8:54 a.m.).
RANKINGS: As of April 17, the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index lists seven Pac-10 teams among the Top 30: No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 Arizona State, No. 6 USC, No. 12 California, No. 19 Arizona, No. 21 Stanford, and No. 27 Washington. After beginning the fall not ranked in the top 25 as a team, Cal has climbed to as high as No. 11 this spring. Individually, USC's Irene Cho is ranked No. 2, followed by No. 5 Jane Park of UCLA, No. 6 Azahara Munoz of Arizona State, No. 8 Tiffany Joh of UCLA, No. 12 Jennifer Osborn of Arizona State, No. 14 Paige MacKenzie of Washington, No. 16 Amie Cochran of UCLA, No. 20 Sofie Andersson of California, No. 24 Alissa Kuczka of Arizona State, and No. 28 Tiffany Tavee of ASU.
BEARS' LINEUP: Cal's Pac-10 Championships lineup (in order) is listed below:Player YR 05-06 RNDS STROKES AVG LOW TOP FINISH Nat'l RankSofie Andersson Sr. 26 1921 73.9 69 3 20Sophia Sheridan Sr. 26 1941 74.7 67 2 38Allison Goodman Fr. 23 1751 76.1 69 T16 98Mika Takayama Jr. 23 1763 76.7 70 T12 133Shannon Yocum Fr. 23 1807 78.6 72 T24 NR
CAL'S PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: Cal won the 2003 Pac-10 team championship behind Vikki Laing's individual title and has finished in the upper half of the conference each of the past four years. Last season, the Bears took fifth (894) as the host at Ruby Hill Golf Club in Pleasanton. UCLA captured its second consecutive Pac-10 title in 2005 at 10-over 874. Sophia Sheridan tied for 11th (219) to lead the Bears at last year's conference tournament.
PEG BARNARD COLLEGIATE RECAP: Fourteenth-ranked California placed second April 8-9 with a score of 590 at the Peg Barnard Collegiate at Stanford Golf Course. The Bears fired a seven-over 291 in the final round to finish two shots behind No. 6 USC (588). Senior Sofie Andersson placed third (144, +2) to lead Cal, and senior Sophia Sheridan was fourth (145).
MULTIPLE LEADERS: Three golfers have led Cal in at least one tournament this season. Sofie Andersson held top honors in four of the first five tournaments and paced the Bears at the Peg Barnard Collegiate (third place), while senior Sophia Sheridan recorded the Bears' top performance in three straight events this spring - the Wildcat Invitational (second), the Cal Guadalajara Invitational (T15th) and the Bryan National Collegiate (T26th). Junior Mika Takayama paced Cal at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in October, tying for 12th for her best finish of the season.
ANDERSSON PURSUES RECORD BOOKS: Sofie Andersson is in pursuit of Cal's season and career scoring records. In 2005-06, Andersson boasts a 73.88 stroke average, which is closing in on NCAA champion Sarah Huarte's 2003-04 mark of 73.82. Andersson, a two-time honorable mention All-American who competed at Mississippi State as a freshman, owns a 74.4 career scoring average, which is on track to surpass Huarte's school record of 75.1. If Andersson's freshman year isn't factored into the equation, she still beats Huarte with a 74.3 career stroke average. Sophia Sheridan, who earned honorable mention All-America honors in 2003-04, also may break Huarte's career mark. Sheridan's career scoring average is 75.1.