No. 11 Cal in Third After Day Two of NCAA East Regional
May 12, 2006
BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C. - No. 11 California played solid but dropped from a tie for first to third place Friday after the second round of the NCAA East Regional at the Bryan Park Champions Course. The Golden Bears carded a seven-over 295 and boast a 36-hole score of 583 heading into tomorrow's final round.
'We had the same plan today,' said 11th-year Cal head coach Nancy McDaniel. 'We played solid, but a couple of putts didn't fall, and nobody was under par for us. There wasn't a real difference in our approach. We're in a good spot. I like that we're in the last pairing tomorrow. Our goal is to win regionals. It's great when you can see your closest competition. Emotions run high. A lot of things can happen.'
Cal, the fifth seed, is only seven shots behind first-place Louisiana State (576) and five shots back of Tennessee (578). The Tigers, who are ranked No. 30 nationally and seeded ninth in the regional, matched Thursday's even-par 288 to remain atop the leader board. The Volunteers, who are ranked No. 9 and seeded third, started the day in third but moved up after firing a team score of two-under 286.
The eight teams at each of the three 21-team regionals advance to the NCAA Championships May 23-26 in Columbus, Ohio. At the East Regional, Florida State is fourth at 586, and Alabama is fifth at 588. Wake Forest (589), Arizona State (591) and North Carolina (592) are on pace to grab the final three spots. The top-seeded Sun Devils made the biggest jump, climbing from 15th to seventh after posting a tournament-low four-under 284.
Alabama's Jenny Suh leads the individual competition at five-under 139. Tennessee's Marci Turner and Wake Forest's Mandy Goins are tied for second at 140.
Senior Sofie Andersson and freshman Allison Goodman continue to lead the Bears. Both golfers are tied for seventh at 143 after tallying identical rounds of 71 and 72, respectively, over the last two days. Goodman birdied three par 5s and one par 4 en route to a career-best one-under mark for 36 holes. Andersson birdied all four par 5s (third, sixth, 11th and 15th holes) on the course and added birdies on two par 4s (ninth and 17th holes). The two-time All-American is tied for second at the regional with 10 birdies overall.
'Sofie is always ready to play,' said McDaniel. 'She is consistent. She has a good plan and sticks to it. Allie is super impressive for a freshman. She's done a good job picking the course apart. It doesn't surprise me, and I'm really proud of her.'
Cal senior Sophia Sheridan is tied for 25th at 147, posting a three-over 75 today. Freshman Shannon Yocum logged a four-over 76, a five-shot improvement over her first round, to account for the Bears' final counting score. Yocum is tied for 95th and junior Mika Takayama is tied for 64th (152).
Cal opens play tomorrow at 8:10 a.m. in threesomes with LSU and Tennessee. The Bears, who are competing in their seventh consecutive NCAA regional, look to advance to the NCAA Championships for the sixth straight year.
NCAA East RegionalBryan Park Champions Course, Par 72, 6,386 yardsSecond of Three Rounds
Team Scores (21): 1. Louisiana State 576 (288-288), 2. Tennessee 578 (292-286), 3. California 583 (288-295), 4. Florida State 586 (297-289), 5. Alabama 588 (295-293), 6. Wake Forest 589 (296-293), 7. Arizona State 591 (307-284), 8. North Carolina 592 (296-296), 9. South Carolina 593 (296-297), 10. Auburn 594 (293-301), 11t. Vanderbilt 596 (296-300), 11t. Virginia 596 (303-293), 13. Maryland 599 (305-294), 14t. College of Charleston (309-292), 14t. Augusta State 601 (308-293), 16t. North Carolina State 604 (303-301), 16t. Yale 604 (308-296), 18. Furman 606 (298-308), 19. East Carolina 608 (313-295), 20. Campbell 610 (308-302), 21. Mississippi State 617 (313-304).
Top 5 Individual Scores (107): 1. Jenny Suh, Alabama 139 (69-70), 2t. Marci Turner, Tennessee 140 (70-70), 2t. Mandy Goins, Wake Forest 140 (70-70), 4. Caroline Martens, LSU 141 (73-68), 5t. Rebecca Kuhn, LSU 142 (71-71), 5t. Lauren Smith, August State 142 (70-72).