Frick, Janer Join California for 2006-07 Season
June 14, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif. - California has signed Sweden's Christina Frick and Columbia's Sofia Janer to National Letters of Intent to play golf for the Golden Bears beginning with the 2006-07 season, Cal head coach Nancy McDaniel announced Wednesday.
Frick, who hails from Jonkoping, Sweden, has represented her country's national team several times since 2003, including at the 2004 and 2005 Scottish Open and the 2005 Portuguese Open. She won the 2003 Nordic individual title, helping Sweden claim the team trophy. Additionally, Frick took first at the 2003 Bankboken Cup, which is the national championship for 16-year-old girls, and played on the Swedish Telia and Skandia tours.
'Christina came to our attention through (Cal golf alum) Sofie Andersson,' McDaniel said. 'She is well coached from her ties to the Swedish Golf Federation. I had the chance to watch her play at the British Girls Tournament last summer. I anticipate she will make huge strides at Cal. I'm impressed by her ability to keep the ball in play and her strong short game as a junior player. That combination can make for a great collegiate player.'
Janer, a product of Bogota, Columbia, garnered five Columbian junior national championships (1998, 2000, 2002-04) and earned the No. 1 junior and women's rankings in 2005 in her country. She is the two-time South American individual runner-up (2002-03) and has won 10 different open championships in Columbia and six tournaments outside her homeland. Janer has represented Columbia in seven junior world championships, finishing twice in the top 10 and six times in the top 20.
'There's a strong contingency of Columbian players in the United States,' McDaniel said. 'Sofia is the top Columbian junior player. I saw her play at the Junior World Tournament last summer in San Diego. When I met Sofia, I found her to be incredibly enthusiastic about Cal and team oriented. She loved Cal when she came to visit and had done a lot of research on our program. Sofia demonstrates good distance on the course. She'll do well for us.'
Cal and Duke are the only schools which have placed in the top five at the last three NCAA Women's Golf Championships. The Golden Bears finished fifth in 2006.