Cal Earns No. 5 Seed in NCAA East Regional
May 1, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif. - The 11th-ranked California women's golf team was selected as the No. 5 seed at the 2006 NCAA East Regional Monday by the NCAA selection committee. The Golden Bears, who finished fourth at last week's Pac-10 Championships, compete against 20 other teams May 11-13 in Bryan Park, N.C., at the Bryan Park Golf Course. This marks the Bears' seventh consecutive appearance in an NCAA regional.
Cal has the advantage of having already played on the Bryan Park Golf Course at the Bryan National Collegiate March 31-April 2. The Bears finished ninth out of 17 teams but saw their team score improve each round.
'It's great to be heading east,' said Cal head coach Nancy McDaniel. 'We planned to go to the Bryan National for this reason. We haven't been sent east yet (for NCAA regionals), so we thought we would take the opportunity, and we're glad we did. It was good to get a feel for the course. The wind blows, and there's water. You want to manage yourself in a regional way by being conservative. If the wind blows, it's great that we've seen it.
'We believe our best golf will come this month. Our players are gamers. They prepare and use their preparation fully this time of year. The last few years we've had experienced players, and we've performed well at NCAAs. Sofie Andersson (senior), Sophia Sheridan (senior) and Mika Takayama (junior) have all been there.'
Cal is joined at the Wake Forest-hosted East Regional by (in order of seeds, Golfweek rankings listed): No. 3 Arizona State, No. 4 Auburn, No. 9 Tennessee, No. 13 Wake Forest, No. 14 Vanderbilt, No. 18 Virginia, No. 26 South Carolina, No. 30 LSU, No. 33 Florida State, No. 35 Alabama, No. 37 North Carolina State, No. 32 Augusta State, No. 45 Maryland, No. 46 Furman, No. 40 North Carolina, No. 49 Mississippi State, No. 62 Campbell, No. 59 College of Charleston, No. 60 East Carolina and No. 78 Yale. Louisville's Adrienne White, South Florida's Christina Jones and North Carolina-Wilmington's Michelle Jarman will compete as individuals.
Nine of 10 Pac-10 teams earned NCAA regional bids, with Oregon being the only conference member not picked. Six Pac-10 squads remain on the West Coast, while No. 6 USC (second seed) will represent the Pac-10 at the Central Regional and Cal and No. 3 Arizona State (first seed) will compete in the East Regional.
Washington serves as host of the West Regional, while Texas A&M acts as host of the Central one. No. 2-ranked UCLA - the Pac-10 champion - is the top seed in the West, and No. 1-ranked Duke - the ACC champion - holds the top spot in the Central. All told, 63 teams, along with nine individual competitors, were picked for the three regionals. Eight teams and two individuals from non-advancing teams at each of the three regionals qualify for the NCAA Championships to be played May 23-26 at the Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State serves as the championship host.
Cal looks to earn its sixth straight berth at the NCAA Championships. In 2005, Cal placed fifth at the NCAA Championships for its second consecutive top-five national showing (fourth in 2004). The Bears advanced to the 2005 NCAA Championships after grabbing third at the NCAA West Regional at University Golf Course in Las Cruces, N.M. Cal's Sophia Sheridan, now a senior, won the 2005 NCAA West Regional title. In 2003, the Bears claimed the NCAA Central Regional team crown for its only regional team win.
In the Bears' three other NCAA Championships appearances, they placed 19th (2001), 15th (2002) and tied for 14th (2003).