Cal Places Fifth at Pac-10 Championships

April 25, 2007

Seattle -

Individual Results | Team Results

The California Golden Bear women's golf team fired a third round score of 303 to finish in fifth place in the final day of competition in the Pac-10 Conference Championship at the Par 72, 6196-yard Broadmoor Golf Club on Wednesday. Cal posted a three-day total score of 926 (312-311-303).

Cal's 303 was the second best score on Wednesday (Arizona State carded a 300). Individually, Allison Goodman and Sofia Janer finished in the top 10.

UCLA's Tiffany Joh won the Pac-10 individual title on a sudden death play-off with Arizona State's Anna Nordqvist. Both made par on the tenth, but Nordqvist missed her birdie putt on the 18th, where Joh made her birdie putt to capture the win.

The Sun Devils claimed the conference championship with a three-day total 897. UCLA finished second (915), followed by USC (921) and Arizona (923).

'I'm really pleased with today's effort,' said head coach Nancy McDaniel. 'The pressure was on and they just came out and played hard.'

Goodman wrapped up a successful tournament with a one-over 73 on the afternoon to finish in fifth place with an eight-over 224. This was Goodman's second top five finish at an event this season. The sophomore began the day with birdies on the first and third holes (bogey on two) to move to one-under. She remained one-under until she ran into trouble on the 12th, carding a double bogey to move to one-over. She rebounded, however, with a birdie putt to stay even, before bogeying 15 and 16 to put her at two-over. She nailed a birdie putt on 18 to finish her afternoon at one-over.

'Allison just did a great job for us today,' said McDaniel. 'She was really focused from the beginning and she stepped up big time in this tournament.'

Janer continued her steady play throughout the tournament and shot a final round four-over 76 to finish in a tie for seventh with a ten-over 226. It was her best finish in just four tournaments played this spring (Janer was sidelined in the fall due to injury).

'I thought Sofia was the biggest key for us this entire championship,' said McDaniel. 'She was consistent the entire time and we really depended on her. For her to step up for us like that on this course (being a freshman) was really inspiring.'

Janer moved to one-under on the afternoon after making birdie on two, before bogeying three and making par on four and five to remain even. She registered a birdie on the par-five six but bogeyed nine to go to one-over on the front nine. Janer had one birdie and three pars on the back nine to complete her round.

Freshman Roseanne Niven enjoyed her best outing of the tournament by carding a four-over 76 on the afternoon to finish tied for 36th. She recorded a birdie on the par-three seventh and had a birdie on the par-five 15th.

'Roseanne played better for us today,' said McDaniel. 'We really needed a solid effort from her today, and she came through.'

Sophomore Shannon Yocum also contributed with a final round six-over 78 to finish 19th in the tournament. Freshman Christina Frick carded an 85 to finish 47th.

Cal will find out if it receives an NCAA Regional bid when the pairings are announced on Monday afternoon. 64 teams advance as the field is broken down into three regional sites - 21 teams at each site.

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