Sheridan Leads No. 11 Cal to Fourth at Pac-10 Championships

April 26, 2006

ORO VALLEY, Ariz. - No. 11 California finished fourth with a score of 896 Wednesday at the Pac-10 Championships at Oro Valley Country Club. The Golden Bears, who began the day in third place by one shot over No. 6 USC, fired a 14-over 302 to fall back one spot.

'We had our ups and downs,' said Cal head coach Nancy McDaniel, whose team has finished in the top half of the Pac-10 for five consecutive seasons. 'We had two players under par. We couldn't get the third and fourth scores down. It was a good tournament for us. We really enjoyed ourselves down here. The weather was great and the course was perfect. We came in fourth (seed in the Pac-10) and came out fourth. We're pretty pleased.'

No. 2 UCLA hung on to win its third consecutive Pac-10 title with a score of 15-over 879. No. 3 Arizona State took second with a total of 880 after posting the low round of the day (294). The Women of Troy placed third at 291, while No. 19 Arizona, the tournament host, grabbed fifth at 907.

Washington's Paige Mackenzie started the day in second one shot off the pace but grabbed the individual title on the strength of a three-under 69 today. Mackenzie, who was the only golfer to record three rounds under par, recorded a three-day score of five-under 211. Arizona State's Alissa Kuczka was the runner-up at 215.

Cal senior Sophia Sheridan tied UCLA's Tiffany Joh for third at 216. Sheridan cut one shot off of her score each day, culminating with a one-under 71. Sheridan paced the Bears with four birdies today - two on par 5s and two on par 4s - and covered the final 10 holes at two-under, with three birdies and only one bogey.

Sheridan has improved during each of her four appearances at the Pac-10 Championships and has led the Bears at the event the last two years. In 2005, the product of Guadalajara, Mexico, tied for 11th (219) at Pac-10s to lead her team to a fifth-place showing. Her third-place result this year is the best at the conference meet by a Cal golfer since 2003 when Vikki Laing claimed top honors.

Cal senior Sofie Andersson shot an uncharacteristic 81 to drop from a tie for seventh to a tie for 15th (226). Freshman Allison Goodman tied for 19th and improved each round. She concluded the tournament with a one-under 71 on the strength of three birdies and bogey-free golf over the final 10 holes.

'I played really well today,' said Goodman. 'I played consistent throughout the round. I was just focusing on making my pars. I had three birdies. I was going for the pins, and if I didn't make the putt, I knew I had my par.'

Bears junior Mika Takayama tied for 28th (229), and freshman Shannon Yocum finished 45th.

Cal anticipates earning its seventh consecutive NCAA regional bid May 1.

Pac-10 ChampionshipsOro Valley Country Club, Par 72, 6,495 yardsFINAL of Three Rounds

Team Scores (10): 1. UCLA 879 (291-287-301), 2. Arizona State 880 (287-299-294), 3. USC 891 (293-302-296), 4. California 896 (296-298-302) , 5. Arizona 907 (301-308-298), 6. Washington 910 (308-300-302), 7. Stanford 912 (299-311-302), 8. Oregon State 920 (307-298-315), 9. Washington State 928 (300-315-313), 10. Oregon 945 (314-319-312).

Top 5 Individual Scores (50): 1. Paige Mackenzie, Washington, 211 (71-71-69), 2. Alissa Kuczka, Arizona State, 215 (71-73-71), 3t. Sophia Sheridan, Cal, 216 (73-72-71), 3t. Tiffany Joh, UCLA, 216 (71-72-73), 5. Irene Cho, USC, 219 (71-76-72).

Other Cal Scores: 15t. Sofie Andersson 226 (74-71-81), 19t. Allison Goodman 227 (79-77-71), 28t. Mika Takayama 229 (72-78-79), 45. Shannon Yocum 243 (77-85-81).

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