Cal Prepares for NCAA West Regional
May 7, 2007
CAL COMPETES AT NCAA WEST REGIONALS: 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 Apr. 30. 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.
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MORE ON THE REGIONALS: Brigham Young University will host the 2007 NCAA West Regional May 10-12 at Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club in beautiful St. George, UT. The West Regional is one of three regional tournaments held to determine the NCAA Championship field. A total of 324 participants have been selected for the regional competition. Of these players, 126 will advance to the championship finals held May 22-25 at the LPGA Legends Course in Dayton Beach, Florida. At the West Regional, 21 teams and three individual qualifiers will be competing for the top eight team spots and two individual spots.
THE COURSE: This is the first time for both the fifth-seeded Cougars and Entrada to host an Women's NCAA regional event. A Johnny Miller Signature golf course, Entrada at Snow Canyon opened in September 1996 and is a par 71 that plays at 6,234 yards. It challenges the golfers with narrow fairways and lava rock. Surrounded by beautiful red rock sandstone cliffs and ancient lava fields, it is located in St. George, Utah. St. George is one of the top five fastest growing communities in the nation and is just and hour and a half from Las Vegas, NV. With a population approaching 100,000 people, St. George has 300 sunny days per year and is located close to Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. For more information on the course, please visit www.golfentrada.com
TOURNAMENT FORMAT: Fifty-four holes of stroke play golf over three days of competition shall decide the team and individual champions. The tournament features 18 holes of play on each date starting at 8:00 a.m. MT. The final group tees off at 2:00 p.m. Participants will play in threesomes during the competition. Teams participating in the NCAA Regionals shall consist of a maximum of five players (with four scores counting each day toward the team total). First and second round team pairings are determined by seeding. Following the second round of competition, team scores shall determine the pairings. Split tees (#1 and #10) will be used during each round. Team and individual ties shall be broken in accordance with NCAA rules.
LOADED WEST REGION:The 2007 West Regional features 17 of the top-50 in this week's Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. That list includes: No. 1 Arizona State, No. 4 Pepperdine, No. 8 Florida, No. 10 Oklahoma State, No. 11 Stanford, No. 16 Brigham Young, No. 19 New Mexico, No. 22 Denver, No. 30 UC Irvine, No. 31 San Jose State, No. 37 Campbell, No. 39 Hawaii. No. 40 San Francisco, No. 41 Washington State, No. 43 UNLV, No. 46 California and No. 48 Idaho. Eight of the teams at the West Regional will be attempting to return to the NCAA Championships. Last year's qualifiers included Arizona State, California, Florida, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, Stanford and UNLV.
CAL NCAA REGIONAL HISTORY (Since 1999-2000): Since finishing 22nd in the NCAA Regionals in 1999-2000, Cal has had four top-five finishes including first-place finish in 2002-03. The Golden Bears finished fourth in 2003-04 and placed third in both 2004-05 and 2005-06.
BEARS' Probable Lineup: Cal's probable lineup (not in any particular order) is listed below:
CAL PLAYERS EARN CONFERENCE HONORS: Sophomore Allison Goodman and freshman Sofia Janer of the California Golden Bear women's golf team were both selected as All-Pac-10 honorable mentions on Apr. 25. Goodman (San Diego) posted a solid 2006-07 campaign and paced Cal in seven of its 10 tournaments this season. In three of her first four tournaments, Goodman placed in the top 25. She finished with an even par 218 at the Stanford Intercollegiate, before excelling in the latter portion of the schedule at the Wildcat Invitational, the Spartan Invitational, and the Dixie Classic.
Goodman posted her best performance of the season at the Wildcat Invitational in Arizona (Feb. 26-27) when she registered a one-under 219 to land an eleventh-place finish. She also recorded a solid outing at the Spartan Classic (Mar. 5-6) when she carded an even par 220 to finish in a third place tie. Goodman shot an even par 226 to place 16th at the Dixie Classic at BYU, Apr. 3-4.
At the Pac-10 Championship, which concluded Apr. 25, Goodman wrapped up a successful tournament with a one-over 73 on Wednesday to finish in fifth place with an eight-over 224. It was her second top five finish at an event this season.
Janer (Bogota, Columbia) rebounded from an injury sustained in the fall to have a solid spring season for the Bears. She competed in just nine rounds prior to the conference championship where she carded a 10-over 226 for a seventh place finish (tie). Janer showed much improvement at the ASU Invite (Mar. 30-Apr. 1) finishing with a five-over 235 for the tournament.
LAST EVENT: PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: 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 Apr. 25. Cal posted a three-day total score of 926 (312-311-303).
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).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.
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).
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.
GOODMAN RANKED: As of the Apr. 29 GolfWeek women's individual rankings, sophomore Allison Goodman was No. 71 in the country