No. 11 Cal in Fourth After 1st Round of Pac-10 Championships

April 24, 2006

ORO VALLEY, Ariz. - No. 11 California is in fourth place at 296 Monday after the first round of the Pac-10 Championships at the Oro Valley Country Club. The Golden Bears, who won the 2003 Pac-10 title, look to finish in the upper half of the conference for the fifth consecutive season.

No. 3 Arizona State leads the 10-team field with a score of one-under 287, while No. 2 UCLA is second at 291. No. 6 USC is third at 293. No. 20 Stanford rounds out the top five at 299.

Washington State's Ana Kostina and Arizona State's Azahara Munoz lead the individual competition at two-under 70. Five golfers are tied for third at 71.

Junior Mika Takayama led Cal on the opening day with an even-par 72, which marked her best round since she posted a one-under 70 Feb. 20 at the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson. The Alameda product played the front nine at even par with two birdies and two bogeys and remained at even par following a birdie on the par 5, 15th hole and a bogey on the par 4, 18th.

Seniors Sophia Sheridan and Sofie Andersson are also in the top 20 for the Bears, tying for ninth and 17th, respectively. Sheridan carded a one-over 73 Monday on the strength of three birdies. Andersson also birdied hole 15 and struggled on only the par 4, third hole (double bogey) and par 4, 18th (bogey). Her 15 pars tied for the first-round lead.

Freshman Shannon Yocum fired a 77 for Cal's final counting score of the day. Yocum started the round at three-over through four holes but settled down to shoot two-under par over the next 12 holes. However, she struggled over the final two holes.

Tee times for the second round begin Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. PT. Yocum opens play for Cal at 9:10 a.m.

Pac-10 ChampionshipsPar 72, 6,495 yardsOro Valley Country ClubFirst of Three Rounds

Team Scores (10): 1. Arizona State 287, 2. UCLA 291, 3. USC 293, 4. California 296, 5. Stanford 299, 6. Washington State 300, 7. Arizona 301, 8. Oregon State 307, 9. Washington 308, 10. Oregon 314.

Top 5 Individual Scores (50): 1t. Ana Kostina, WSU 70, 1t. Azahara Munoz, Arizona State 70, 3t. Irene Cho, USC 71, 3t. Veronica Felibert, USC 71, 3t. Tiffany Joh, UCLA 71, 3t. Alissa Kuczka, Arizona State 71, 3t. Paige Mackenzie, Washington 71.

Cal Scores: 8. Mika Takayama 72, 9t. Sophia Sheridan 73, 17t. Sofie Andersson 74, 31t. Shannon Yocum 77, 39t. Allison Goodman 79.

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