Cal Alums Make Waves on Pro Tours

Dec. 6, 2006

BERKELEY, Calif. - Cal women's golf, which has finished in the top five at the NCAA Championships each of the last three years, is also making a name for itself in the professional golf ranks.

'Having players on pro tours speaks volumes about our program and the quality of players we recruit,' said Nancy McDaniel, who is in her 12th season as head coach at Cal. 'We're starting to graduate student-athletes who want to play professionally. They all represented Cal at a high level in college and continue to do so as professionals.'

Former Golden Bears Sarah Huarte, Sophia Sheridan and Vikki Laing competed at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 29-Dec. 3, at the Champions and Legends Course in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Huarte and Sheridan made the cut to Sunday's final round and were two of 41 golfers to earn non-exempt (conditional) status for next year's LPGA tour. Huarte finished the 90-hole tournament in a tie for 23rd at two-over 362 (73-76-75-68-70), while Sheridan tied for 50th at eight-over 368 (73-71-74-76-74). Laing was one shot away from making the cut for Sunday's final round.

Huarte finished 13th on the money list on the 2006 Duramed Futures Tour. Sheridan, Laing and Ria Quiazon also competed on the Futures Tour this year.

Anna Temple qualified for her second season of the Ladies European Tour over Thanksgiving at the La Cala Resort in Malaga, Spain. She placed sixth with a score of one-under par for 72 holes. The season begins in February 2007 in Australia.

'Hopefully, the tour will be easier for me the second time around,' said Temple. 'Coach McDaniel was great to talk to this year because she played in Europe and knew what it was like to be one of a few players from the United States on the European Tour.'

Meanwhile, Sofie Anderson qualified for the 2007 Futures Tour last month in Lakeland, Fla. In October, Andersson helped Sweden to a silver medal at the World Amateur Team Championships in South Africa. Sweden, which won a gold medal at the 2004 event with Andersson on the team, lost to South Africa based on tie-breaker rules this year.

Cal senior Mika Takayama also qualified for the 2007 Futures Tour and will begin playing in June 2007.