No. 11 Cal Travels to Sixth Straight NCAA Championships
May 18, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif. -
CAL COMPETES AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Coming off a third-place NCAA East Regional finish, California competes in its sixth straight NCAA Championships Tuesday-Friday, May 23-26, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State serves as host of this year's event at the par 72, 6,203-yard newly-renovated Ohio State Golf Club Scarlet Course. Practice rounds are slated for May 21 and 22. Tee times begin at 8 a.m. each day. Cal, which is paired with Pepperdine and Washington, begins first-round play May 23 at 12:30 p.m. ET from the 10th tee and opens the second round at 8 a.m. ET from the first tee. Third and fourth-round pairings and tee times are based on the standings after the second round. Live scoring is available on Golfstat.com.
THE FIELD: The 24-team NCAA Championships field features the top-eight teams from each of the three NCAA regionals. Advancing out of the East (in order) were (Golfweek/Sagarin rankings listed): No. 9 Tennessee, No. 29 Louisiana State, No. 11 California, No. 31 Florida State, No. 3 Arizona State, No. 4 Auburn, No. 13 Wake Forest and No. 33 Alabama. No. 5 USC won the Central Regional and is joined by No. 1 Duke, No. 8 Pepperdine, No. 16 Florida, No. 17 Oklahoma State, No. 12 Texas A&M, No. 21 Kent State and No. 42 Nebraska. No. 7 Purdue claimed the NCAA West Regional title and moved on along with No. 2 UCLA, No. 23 Washington, No. 19 Stanford, No. 6 Georgia, No. 14 UNLV, No. 20 Arizona and No. 10 Arkansas. Six individuals from teams which did not advance also earned spots at the NCAA Championships. Duke grabbed the 2005 team national crown.
BEARS' LINEUP: Cal's NCAA Championship lineup (in order) is listed below:Player YR 05-06 RNDS STROKES AVG LOW TOP FINISH RANKINGSophia Sheridan*Sr. 32 2375 74.2 67 2 33Allison Goodman Fr. 29 2193 75.6 69 T6 72Sofie Andersson*Sr. 32 2363 73.8 69 3 23Mika Takayama* Jr. 29 2219 76.5 70 T12 136Shannon Yocum Fr. 29 2283 78.7 72 T24 NR* Have NCAA Championships experience; Cal has had same lineup for last six tournaments
CAL'S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY: Cal, which earned its sixth consecutive and overall NCAA Championships selection in 2006, finished fourth in 2004 in Opelika, Ala., for its highest showing. The Golden Bears also posted a school-record 72-hole score (1172) in 2004. Sarah Huarte became the first Cal women's golfer to win a NCAA individual title in 2004 with a tournament-record score of 10-under 278. Cal placed 19th in its first appearance at the NCAA Championships in 2001, 15th in 2002, tied for 14th in 2003 and finished fifth in 2005, for consecutive top-five results. Then-senior Claire Dury tied for sixth (+2, 290) to lead all Cal golfers last year. Then-junior Sophia Sheridan tied for 16th (296).
NCAA EAST REGIONAL RECAP: Cal placed third at the NCAA East Regional May 11-13 with a 54-hole score of 10-over 874 in its seventh consecutive postseason appearance. The Bears finished 10 shots behind first-place Tennessee and four behind Louisians State. Freshman Allison Goodman tied for sixth - her highest finish this season - to lead Cal. She posted career bests for 36 (-1, 143) and 54 holes (-1, 215). Senior Sofie Andersson tied for 10th (216) to join Goodman on the all-region team.
BEAR BITS: Four members of Cal's starting five have led the team at least once this season. Senior Sofie Andersson has topped the Bears in five tournaments, including four of the first five events of 2005-06. Senior Sophia Sheridan led Cal four times (all in the spring). Junior Mika Takayama paced Cal at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in October, tying for 12th for her best finish of the season. Allison Goodman held Cal's top spot at the NCAA East Regional (T6th). Cal boasts a season stroke average of 298.6, which is the second best in the program's 11-year history (298.1, 2003-04). Andersson and Sheridan were named 2005-06 second-team All-Pac-10. Both athletes are in pursuit of NCAA champion Sarah Huarte's season stroke record of 73.8, set in 2003-04. Andersson's average is 73.8, while Sheridan's is 74.2. Goodman has equaled Takayama's Cal freshman record stroke average (75.6). The Bears hosted the first Cal Guadalajara Invitational March 6-8 in Sheridan's hometown of Guadalajara, Mexico. Sheridan's family hosted all 11 teams for dinner one night during the tournament.