No. 11 Tied for 15th After First Round of NCAA Championships

May 23, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio - No. 11 California is in a three-way tie for 15th place with a score of 305 Tuesday after the opening round of the NCAA Championships. The Golden Bears, who have finished in the top five at nationals for two straight years, are competing in their sixth consecutive NCAA Championships. The event is being held at the par-72, 6,203-yard Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University. The NCAA Championships opened competitive play at the newly redesigned course.

'We didn't recover well from bogeys today,' said Cal head coach Nancy McDaniel. 'Four of our players got on strings of bogeys, and that normally doesn't happen. We never got it going steadily today. We plan on seeing better play tomorrow. It helps for our freshmen to get the first round of NCAA play out of the way. Shannon (Yocum) finished strong and Allie (Goodman) feels better going into tomorrow.'

No. 5 USC leads the 24-team competition at three-over 291, while No. 3 Arizona State is second at 292. Rounding out the top five are No. 16 Florida (293), No. 20 Arizona 296 and No. 13 Wake Forest (297) and No. 1 Duke (297). Cal is tied with No. 23 Washington and No. 31 Florida State and is only four shots out of the top 10 with three rounds to play.

Seniors Sofie Andersson and Sophia Sheridan are tied for 33rd to lead all Cal golfers after carding rounds of 75. Andersson led the Bears with four birdies and started the day at one-under through the first six holes on the back nine. Sheridan scattered four bogeys and birdied the par 5, sixth hole.

Freshman Shannon Yocum, who was playing in the Bears' No. 5 spot, stepped up with her team's third-best score of the day. Yocum is tied for 70th at 77 and gained some confidence over the final eight holes of the front nine, with one birdie and seven pars. She finished at even par on the front nine. Freshman Allison Goodman posted a 78 (tied for 86th) to record Cal's final counting score. Goodman began the day at one-over on the back nine. Junior Mika Takayama is tied for 107th (80).

Pepperdine's Eileen Vargas leads the individual competition at four-under 68 after a bogey-free round. Florida's Tiffany Chudy, who sank the only hole-in-one today, is second at 69.

Cal begins the second round Wednesday at 8 a.m. ET from the first tee. The Bears are paired with Pepperdine and Washington.

NCAA ChampionshipsScarlet Course, Par 72, 6,203 yardsFirst of Four Rounds

Team Scores (24): 1. Southern California 291, 2. Arizona State 292, 3. Florida 293, 4. Arizona 296, 5t. Wake Forest 297, 5t. Duke 297, 7. Louisiana State 298, 8. Arkansas 299, 9t. Purdue 301, 9t. UCLA 301, 9t. Auburn 301, 9t. Pepperdine 301, 13. Texas A&M 302, 14. Tennessee 303, 15t. California 305, 15t. Washington 305, 15t. Florida State 305, 18. Georgia 306, 19t. Stanford 307, 19t. Alabama 307, 21t. Oklahoma State 311, 21t. Nebraska 311, 23. Kent State 312, 24. UNLV 313.

Top 5 Individual Scores (126): 1. Eileen Vargas, Pepperdine 68, 2. Tiffany Chudy, Florida 69, 3. Jennifer Osborn, Arizona State 70, 4t. Tiffany Joh, UCLA 71, 4t. Catalina Marin, USC 71, 4t. Sommer Scholl, Arizona 71.

Cal Scores: 33t. Sofie Andersson 75, 33t. Sophia Sheridan 75, 70t. Shannon Yocum 77, 86t. Allison Goodman 78, 107t. Mika Takayama 80.

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