No. 11 Cal Tied for Lead After 1st Round of NCAA East Regional
May 11, 2006
BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C. - Eleventh-ranked California is tied for first with 30th-ranked Louisiana State with a score of even-par 288 Thursday after the opening round of the NCAA East Regional at the Bryan Park Champions Course. The Golden Bears, who are the No. 5 seed in the tournament, are making their seventh straight postseason appearance.
Ninth-seeded LSU was one of the first teams to finish its round Thursday. Cal trailed the Tigers by three shots with senior Sophia Sheridan and freshman Allison Goodman each having three holes remaining. Goodman, who was slotted in the No. 2 spot in the Bears' lineup, proceeded to birdie the par 4, eighth hole and finished at one-under 71 on the day. Sheridan, who held the No. 1 spot in Cal's lineup, birdied the par 3, seventh hole and the eighth hole, finishing at even-par and lifting her team into a first-place tie.
The top eight teams at each of the three regionals advance to the NCAA Championships May 23-26 in Columbus, Ohio. The Bears have advanced to the last five NCAA Championships and have finished in the top five each of the last two years.
No. 9-ranked Tennessee is third at the NCAA East Regional at 292, No. 4 Auburn is fourth at 293 and No. 35 Alabama is fifth at 295. No. 13, Wake Forest (the host), No. 14 Vanderbilt, No. 26 South Carolina and No. 40 North Carolina are locked in sixth at 296. The biggest surprise is that No. 3 Arizona State, the No. 1 seed in the region, is 15th out of 21 teams at 307.
Goodman and senior Sofie Andersson are tied for sixth to lead all Cal golfers. Goodman sank a team-high five birdies to record her fourth sub-par round of her rookie campaign, while Andersson recorded four birdies - two on the back nine and then two on the front nine.
Sheridan is tied for 15th after getting off to a superb start. She opened play at one-under on the back nine with bogey-free golf, but tallied three bogeys on the first five holes of the front nine, before recovering with two critical birdies down the stretch.
Junior Mika Takayama also was solid for the Bears on the first day of competition, tying for 31st with a score of 74. Takayama capped the round with her fourth birdie on the par 4, ninth hole.
Alabama's Jenny Suh leads the individual race at three-under 69, and four golfers are one shot off the pace.
Cal tees off the second of three rounds Friday at 9 a.m. ET. LSU, Virginia and South Carolina are the first teams to tee off at 8 a.m. ET.
NCAA East RegionalBryan Park Golf Course, Par 72, 6,386 yardsFirst of Three Rounds
Team Scores (21): 1t. California 288, 1t. Louisiana State 288, 3. Tennessee 292, 4. Auburn 293, 5. Alabama 295, 6t. South Carolina 296, 6t. Vanderbilt 296, 6t. Wake Forest 296, 6t. North Carolina 296, 6t. Florida State 297, 11. Furman 298, 12t. North Carolina State 303, 12t. Virginia 303, 14. Maryland 305, 15. Arizona State 307, 16t. Augusta State 308, 16t. Campbell 308, 16t. Yale 308, 19. College of Charleston 309, 20t. East Carolina 313, 20t. Mississippi State 313.
Top 5 Individual Scores (107): 1. Jenny Suh, Alabama 69, 2t. Melissa Eaton, LSU 70, 2t. Mandy Goins, Wake Forest 70, 2t. Marci Turner, Tennessee 70, 2t. Lauren Smith, Augusta State 70, 6t. Sofie Andersson, Cal 71, 6t. Allison Goodman, Cal 71, plus seven others at 71.