Former Cal Stars Sheridan, Huarte Qualify for U.S. Women's Open

June 6, 2006

BERKELEY, Calif. - Former California All-Americans Sophia Sheridan and Sarah Huarte qualified for the 2006 U.S. Women's Open at a sectional qualifying event June 5 at the Knollwood Country Club in West Bloomfield, Mich.

Both golfers recorded scores of 152 to tie for 15th place and advanced after a playoff. Seventeen players overall qualified out of the Michigan sectional for the U.S. Women's Open. Cal assistant coach Anne Walker served as Huarte's caddy at the qualifier.

The 61st U.S. Women's Open is slated for June 29-July 2 at the Newport Country Club in Newport, R.I. One hundred fifty-six players will begin play at the 72-hole tournament.

Huarte tied for 23rd in her first showing at the U.S. Women's Open last year, while Sheridan will be making her first appearance later this month.

While at Cal from 2001-04, Huarte became the first men's or women's golfer to win a national crown by claiming the 2004 NCAA individual title by one stroke with a 72-hole national championships record score of 10-under 278. For her efforts, Huarte became the inaugural first-team All-American in Cal women's golf history and won the Honda Award for Golf, which is given to the nation's top collegiate female golfer. Huarte, who hails from Shingle Springs, Calif., also earned honorable mention All-America status in 2003 and holds the distinction of being the Bears' only three-time first-team All-Pac-10 recipient.

Sheridan helped Cal to top five NCAA Championships finishes from 2004-06, earning honorable mention All-America recognition as a sophomore in 2004 and as a senior in 2006. She claimed the 2005 NCAA West Regional title and won the 2006 Mexican Amateur. This past season, the product of Guadalajara, Mexico, posted a career-best average of 74.3 and led the Bears at four tournaments.

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