No. 11 Cal Moves Up to Sixth at NCAA Championships

May 25, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio - No. 11 California jumped four more spots to sixth place Thursday at the NCAA Championships at the Scarlet Course. The Golden Bears, who finished in the top five at nationals in 2004 and 2005, fired a seven-over 295 today for a 54-hole score of 901.

'The team played super solid golf today, especially teeing off in the afternoon, when there were a lot of winds and the course was drying out,' said Cal head coach Nancy McDaniel. 'They really kept it in play, and they dug their heels in and ended up plus seven. We're in a good spot to put up another good number tomorrow and see what happens and maybe move into the top five. That's our goal.

Top-ranked Duke leads the 24-team field by 13 shots at 876. The Blue Devils fired the tournament's low round today at 287. USC is second at 889, Pepperdine is third at 894 and Purdue and Arizona State are tied for fourth at 896.

The Bears are one shot ahead of their nearest competitors, seventh-place Georgia, Washington and Florida. Senior Sofie Andersson is tied for 12th place at 221 to lead Cal. The two-time All-American had Cal's best round today, with an even-par 72, and led her team with four birdies. Senior All-American teammate Sophia Sheridan is tied for 32nd at 225 following today's round of 74. Junior Mika Takayama also carded a 74 today to tie for 50th at 228. Freshman Allison Goodman is tied for 77th at 233, shooting a 75 for the Bears' final counting score today.

'Sofie played awesome,' said McDaniel. 'An even-par round today was very good. We got a lot of help from Mika Takayama, with her second straight 74. Sophia shooting a 74 was solid. Allie coming down with a 75 was really helpful. We're hoping to close it all out tomorrow.'

Pepperdine's Eileen Vargas continues to lead the individual competition at two-under 214. Four golfers, including Duke's Jennie Lee, are three shots back at 217.

The final round is scheduled for 8 a.m. ET Friday with the leaders scheduled to tee off in the afternoon wave. Cal tees off at 12:30 p.m. ET.

NCAA ChampionshipsScarlet Course, Par 72 - 6203 yardsThird of Four Rounds

Team Scores (24): Duke 876 (297-292-287), 2. USC 889 (291-300-298), 3. Pepperdine 894 (301-295-298), 4t. Purdue 896 (301-295-300), 4t. Arizona State 896 (292-294-310), 6. California 901 (305-301-295), 7t. Georgia 902 (306-305-291), 7t. Washington 902 (305-304-293), 7t. Florida 902 (293-307-302), 10. Stanford 903 (307-301-295), 11. Auburn 904 (301-298-305), 12. Tennessee 908 (303-290-315), 13t. Wake Forest 910 (297-312-301), 13t. UCLA 910 (301-306-303), 16. Florida State 911 (305-305-301), 17. Arizona 912 (296-319-297), 18t. Oklahoma State 918 (311-299-308), 18t. UNLV 918 (313-301-304), 20. Nebraska 922 (311-305-306), 21. Kent State 923 (312-307-304), 22t. Louisiana State 924 (298-307-319), 22t. Texas A&M 924 (302-306-316), 24. Alabama 934 (307-317-310).

Top Five Individual Scores (126): 1. Eileen Vargas, Pepperdine 214 (68-71-75), 2t. Sandra Gal, Florida 217 (74-72-71), 2t. Jennie Lee, Duke 217 (73-72-72), 2t. Dewi Schreefel, USC 217 (73-74-70), 2t. Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana, Stanford 217 (74-71-72).

Cal Scores: 12t. Sofie Andersson 221 (75-74-72), 32t. Sophia Sheridan 225 (75-76-74), 50t. Mika Takayama 228 (80-74-74), 77t. Allison Goodman 233 (78-80-75), 116t. Shannon Yocum 242 (77-77-88).

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