No. 11 Cal Places Third at NCAA East Regional
May 13, 2006
BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C. - No. 11 California advanced to its sixth consecutive NCAA Championships with a third-place showing Saturday at the NCAA East Regional at the Bryan Park Champions Course. The fifth-seeded Golden Bears finished the tournament at 10-over 874 after carding a score of two-over 291 today.
Tennessee, which entered the tournament ranked No. 9 nationally and as the No. 3 seed, claimed first with a three-day total of even-par 864. Thirtieth-ranked Louisiana State (the No. 9 seed) finished second at 870. The top eight teams from each of the three regionals advanced to the NCAA Championships May 23-26 in Columbus, Ohio. The other teams moving on from the East are No. 10-seeded Florida State (878), No. 1-seeded Arizona State (878), No. 2-seeded Auburn (879), No. 4-seeded and host Wake Forest (883) and No. 11-seeded Alabama, which won a one-hole playoff over No. 11-seeded Virginia.
The Volunteers' Marci Turner won the individual competition at seven-under 209 after firing a three-under 69 in the final round. Arizona State's Alissa Kuczka was the runner-up at 211.
Freshman Allison Goodman paced Cal for the first time this season by tying for sixth place at one-under 215, surpassing her previous 54-hole best score in terms of par (+1, 214) and tournament finish (tie for 16th at Peg Barnard Collegiate). Goodman posted an even-par 72 Saturday, marking her fourth consecutive round since the Pac-10 Championships with a score of even par or better. The product of San Diego, Calif., was at one-under through 12 holes today with 11 pars and one birdie.
Senior Sofie Andersson tied for 10th at 216 for her fifth top-10 result of the season. Andersson capped the tournament with a 73 after opening the day with birdies on holes one, two and three. She ended the tournament with a team-high 14 birdies, which was the second most among the 107 golfers. Fellow senior Sophia Sheridan tied for 15th (218) after leading the Bears with a final-round score of one-under 71 - her best round at the event. Sheridan eagled the par 5, 15th hole to bring her to one-under, and she ended the afternoon by paring the final three par 4 holes.
Junior Mika Takayama logged a 75 for Cal's final counting score of the third round. Takayama tied for 61st at 227. Freshman Shannon Yocum tied for 88th at 233 with scores of 76 over the final two days.
The Bears placed fifth at the 2005 NCAA Championships, marking their second straight top-five finish in their fifth NCAA trip in program history.
NCAA East RegionalBryan Park Champions Course, Par 72, 6,386FINAL of three rounds
Team Scores (21 total): 1. Tennessee 864 (292-286-286), 2. Louisiana State 870 (288-288-294), 3. California 874 (288-295-291), 4t. Florida State 878 (297-289-292), 4t. Arizona State 878 (307-284-287), 6. Auburn 879 (293-301-285), 7. Wake Forest 883 (296-293-294), 8t. Alabama 887(295-293-299)*, 8t. Virginia 887 (303-293-291), 10. North Carolina 889 (296-296-297), 11t. Augusta State 891 (308-293-290), 11t. Vanderbilt 891 (296-300-295), 13. South Carolina 897 (296-297-304), 14. Maryland 898 (305-294-299), 15. College of Charleston 899 (309-292-298), 16. North Carolina State 906 (303-301-302), 17. Furman 910 (298-308-304), 18. Campbell 911 (308-302-301), 19. East Carolina 916 (313-295-308), 20. Yale 919 (308-296-315), 21. Mississippi State 925 (313-304-308).
Top 5 Individuals (107 total): 1. Marci Turner, Tennessee 209 (70-70-69), 2. Alissa Kuczka, Arizona State 211 (75-68-68), 3t. Mandy Goins, Wake Forest 213 (70-70-73), 3t. Caroline Westrup, Florida State 213 (71-72-70), 5. Caroline Martens, Louisiana State 214 (73-68-73).
* Won a one-hole playoff with Virginia for the final NCAA Championships spot (E to +1).