No. 11 Cal Climbs to 10th After Second Round of NCAA Championships

May 24, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio - No. 11 California jumped from a tie for 15th to 10th place Wednesday after the second round of the NCAA Championships at the newly-redesigned Scarlet Course. The Golden Bears carded a score of 13-over-301 today and own a two-day total of 606. They are one shot ahead of second-ranked UCLA (607).

No. 3 Arizona State, who began the day one shot back in second place, is in first place at 10-over 586 after shooting a 294 Wednesday. No. 1 Duke continues to hold the second spot at 589, while No. 5 USC - the first-day leader - fell back to third at 591. No. 9 Tennessee jumped 10 spots to fourth (593) on the strength of today's low round (two-over 290). No. 7 Purdue and No. 8 Pepperdine are tied for fifth (596) in the 24-team tournament.

Senior Sofie Andersson is tied for 22nd at 149 to lead all Cal players. Andersson, a two-time All-American, logged a 74 in the second round after beginning the day at one-under par on the front nine. After notching her third birdie of the day on the par 5, 14th hole, Andersson was still at one-under. She is tied for second in par 5 scoring at the event at 4.50 (-4) and tied for third with seven total birdies.

Cal senior Sophia Sheridan is tied for 39th at 151 after also beginning today with a strong effort on the front nine (even par) Sheridan finished with a 76. Junior Mika Takayama is tied for 73rd at 154, posting a 74 for a six-shot improvement over her opening round. Takayama paced the Bears on the back nine Wednesday with bogey-free golf and two birdies. Freshman Shannon Yocum also is tied for 73rd with two rounds of 77. Freshman Allison Goodman is tied for 97th (158).

Peppedine's Eileen Vargas, who entered the tournament ranked 13th, extended her one-shot first-round lead to four after firing a one-under 71 today. Vargas sits at five-under 139. Arizona State's Jennifer Osborn is in second at one-under 143. and joins Vargas as the only two players below par.

Weather was favorable for the second consecutive day with cool morning temperatures with an afternoon high in the 70s. Skies were clear throughout the day with bright sunshine and light winds.

Cal tees off Thursday at 12:30 ET from the 10th tee in the third of four rounds. The Bears, who have finished in the top five nationally two years in a row, are making their sixth consecutive NCAA Championships appearance.

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

Team Scores (24): 1. Arizona State 586 (292-294), 2. Duke 589 (297-292), 3. USC 591 (291-300), 4. Tennessee 593 (303-290), 5t. Purdue 596 (301-295), 5t. Pepperdine 596 (301-295), 7. Auburn 599 (301-298), 8. Florida 600 (293-307), 9. Louisiana State 605 (298-307), 10. California 606 (305-301), 11. UCLA 607 (301-306), 12t. Texas A&M 608 (302-306), 12t. Stanford 608 307-301), 14t. Wake Forest 609 (297-312), 14t. Washington 609 (305-304), 16t. Oklahoma State 610 (311-299), 16t. Florida State 610 (305-305), 18. Georgia 611 (305-306), 19. Arkansas 612 (299-313), 20 UNLV 614 (313-301), 21. Arizona 615 (296-319), 22. Nebraska 616 (311-305), 23. Kent State 619 (312-307), 24. Alabama 624 (307-317).

Top 5 Individual Scores (126): 1. Eileen Vargas, Pepperdine 139 (68-71), 2. Jennifer Osborn, Arizona State 143 (70-73), 3t. Tiffany Chudy, Florida 144 (69-75), 3t. Violeta Retamoza, Tennessee 144 (75-69), 5t. five golfers tied at 145.

Cal Scores: 22t. Sofie Andersson 149 (75-74), 39t. Sophia Sheridan 151 (75-76), 73t. Shannon Yocum 154 (77-77), 73t. Mika Takayama 154 (80-74), 97t. Allison Goodman 158 (78-80).

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