California Women's Golf Earns NCAA West Region Bid

April 30, 2007

Berkeley - The California Golden Bear women's golf team earned a No. 14-seed in the West Regional of the 2007 NCAA Women's Golf Championships announced on Monday. Cal returns to the state of Utah where it will compete at the Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club in St. George, May 10-12 (BYU is the host). The Bears participated in the Dixie Classic on the same course earlier in the season, Apr. 3-4, placing 11th in a 16-team field.

This is the eighth straight Regional appearance for Cal under the guidance of head coach Nancy McDaniel. Since 2001-02, Cal has finished no lower than third in Regional competition.

'We're really happy to make it to postseason competition,' said McDaniel. 'It was something we set out to accomplish before the start of the season. It is a course that we are familiar with, so we have some extra confidence heading into this tournament. We are fired up as a team and our goal is to compete and make it through to nationals.'

The Bears had a strong showing in last week's Pac-10 Championships (Apr. 23-25) and placed fifth at the Broadmoor Golf Club in Seattle, Wash. Individually sophomore Allison Goodman and freshman Sofia Janer finished in the top-10 (fifth and tied for seventh respectively). Both Goodman and Janer were selected as Pac-10 honorable mentions.

As a team, the Bears have had two top-five finishes in their last four events, and have netted a scoring average of 307.8 in 10 tournaments this year. Goodman paces the team with a 75.1 scoring average in all 10 events played.

The NCAA has three regional tournaments which will be conducted May 10-12 to determine the championship field. Regional tournaments are considered preliminary rounds of NCAA championships competition, and all national championships policies will apply. A total of 324 participants have been selected for the regional competition. Of these players, 126 will advance to the championships finals. Eight teams and two individuals will advance from each regional. The championships finals will be held May 22-25 at the LPGA International Legends Course, Daytona Beach, Florida, hosted by the University of Central Florida and the Central Florida Sports Commission.

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