Cal Travels to PING/ASU Invitational
March 27, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. -
CAL COMPETES AT PING/ASU INVITATIONAL: After more than a three-week break from competition, California travels to the PING/ASU Invitational Friday-Sunday, March 30-April 1 at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. Eighteen holes will be played each day beginnng at 8 a.m. MT Friday and Saturday and 7:30 a.m. MT Sunday at the par-72, 6,230-yard course. After the completion of the ASU Invitational, Cal will fly to Utah for BYU's Dixie Classic April 3-4, which will serve as its final tuneup for the Pac-10 Championships.
THE FIELD: The 17-team ASU Invite field consists of: No. 10 Arizona, No. 2 Arizona State, California, Long Beach State, Missouri, No. 15 New Mexico, Oregon State, No. 8 Oklahoma State, No. 5 Pepperdine, No. 9 Stanford, No. 16 Texas A&M, Tulsa, No. 12 UCLA, UNLV, No. 7 USC, No. 6 Vanderbilt and Washington.
BEARS' LINEUP: Cal's lineup (in order) is listed below:
Player YR RNDS STROKES AVG LOW TOP FINISH Nat'l RankAllison Goodman So. 21 1573 75.0 70 T3 83Shannon Yocum So. 21 1630 77.6 71 6 --Roseanne Niven Fr. 9 713 79.2 74 T19 --Christina Frick Fr. 15 1176 78.4 72 T13 --Sofia Janer Fr. 6 492 82.0 80 T67 --
2003 PING/ASU FLASHBACK: With three golfers in the top 10, No. 9 California claimed its fifth tournament title of the 2003 season with a one-stroke victory at the PING/Arizona State Invitational at Karsten Golf Course. The Golden Bears shot a 295 in the final round to finish the 16-team tournament at 876, one stroke ahead of No. 4 Texas. Cal placed fifth at the ASU Invitational in 2004 and 2005 and didn't compete in the event in 2006.
SPARTAN INVITATIONAL RECAP: Cal finished in a tie for second place at the Spartan Invitational March 5-6. The Bears shared runner-up honors with Colorado, as both teams finished the 14-team tournament at 28-over 892. Host San Jose State took top honors at 877. The Bears posted three rounds below 300 for the first time this season, including scores of 297 (+9) over the final two rounds. Sophomore Allison Goodman tied for third at four-over 220 to lead the Bears. Sophomore Shannon Yocum joined Goodman with collegiate-best showings, placing sixth at 221.
BEARS IN THE RANKINGS: A young Cal team has climbed into the top 50 of the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. The Bears are tabbed No. 46 after tying for second at the Spartan Invitational. Cal hasn't had the services of its veteran - senior Mika Takayama - this spring due to a back injury, but the Bears are hopeful that Takayama may return in time for the Pac-10 Championships. Takayama, a 2002-03 honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick, has been in Cal's last two NCAA lineups. Individually, sophomore Allison Goodman is currently rated No. 83.
GOODMAN LEADS CAL IN FIVE STRAIGHT: Allison Goodman has led Cal in the last five tournaments this season, beginnning with the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in October. Goodman's best collegiate showing was a tie for third at the Spartan Invitational. She finished the 54-hole event at four-over 220. The season began with freshman Christina Frick topping the Bears at the Ram Fall Classic (T13th), and senior Danielle Nash pacing the team at the Golf Daytona Beach Fall Preview (T40th).
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