Former Cal Stars Laing, Andersson, Quiazon Excel over Summer
Aug. 30, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. - The summer of 2007 has been prosperous for three former California women's golf stars - Vikki Laing, Sofie Andersson and Ria Quiazon. All three athletes helped the Golden Bears rise on the national scene, and now, they're making a name for themselves in the professional golfing world.
Laing won the Duramed Futures Tour's Gettysburg Championship Aug. 24-26 at the Links at Gettysburg in Gettysburg, Pa. The win was the Musselburgh, Scotland, native's first as a professional golfer. Laing won the 54-hole tournament with a score of nine-under 207 (70-68-69). She finished three shots ahead of Mexico's Violeta Retamoza.
'This has been a dream of mine to win, and this whole week has been kind of neat,' said Laing, 26, also a non-exempt member of the LPGA Tour. 'I jumped out of my skin a few times when they shot a cannon, but it's been a great experience that I'll never forget.'
Earlier this summer, Andersson claimed the Futures Tour's Aurora Health Care Championship June 1-3 at the Geneva National Golf Club in Lake Geneva, Wis. The product of Angelholm, Sweden, won the tournament with a 54-hole score of four-under 212. Andersson won the event by one shot over Brandi Jackson and Esther Choe.
'Being four shots behind going into the last day and then to win by one, that's pretty cool,' said the 24-year-old Andersson after winning her first professional title.
Laing is eighth on the 2007 Futures' money list, while Andersson is 15th. Players in the top five after the final event earn fully exempt LPGA status for 2008. The final event on the 2007 schedule is the ILOVENY Championship Sept. 7-9 in Albany, N.Y.
Quiazon, who is from Union City, Calif., was named the head women's golf coach at the University of San Francisco yesterday.
'I believe that the players will respond to my coaching,' said the 26-year-old Quiazon. 'My beliefs are that golf should be fun, but proper communication and preparation is what wins championships.'
Prior to becoming the Dons' coach, Quiazon competed on the Futures, Canadian Women's, West Coast Ladies Golf, Orient Masters China Golf and Ladies Asian Golf tours.
The current Cal women's golf team opens the 2007-08 season at the Ram Fall Classic Sept. 10-11.