No. 9 Cal Opens Spring at Wildcat Invitational
Feb. 22, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. - Coming off a strong fall season, the ninth-ranked California women's golf team opens the spring at the Wildcat Invitational Monday-Wednesday, Feb. 25-27, at Arizona National Golf Course in Tucson, Ariz. The event consists of 54 holes at the par-71, 6,238-yard golf course.
Eighteen holes will be played each day with tee times scheduled from 8 a.m.-9:40 a.m. MT.
Eleven of the 16 teams in the field are ranked in the top 35 of the Feb. 17 Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index ratings, including the top four teams in the nation. The field includes (ranking): Arizona State (3), Auburn (7), Brigham Young, California (9), Duke (2), New Mexico (25), Oklahoma State (15), Pepperdine (18), Stanford, Texas (31), UCLA (1), UNLV, USC (4), Vanderbilt (19), Washington and host Arizona (8).
Cal's lineup consists of, in order (fall average):
Freshman Pia Halbig (74.3)Junior Shannon Yocum (75.7)Junior Allison Goodman (74.8)Sophomore Roseanne Niven (74.3)Freshman Belinda Diamond (Did not compete)
Diamond, a product of Budgewoi, New South Wales, Australia, will be playing in her first collegiate tournament for the Bears. Sophomore Sofia Janer, who was a fixture in Cal's fall lineup, continues to battle elbow problems.
At last year's Wildcat Invitational, Cal placed 13th, with Allison Goodman leading the way for the Bears by tying for 11th.
In the latest Golfweek rankings, Niven is ranked 47th and Halbig is 48th.
Cal is coming off a strong fall, posting top-five finishes in all four tournaments, highlighted by a first-place finish at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic to start the season. The Bears won the event by 19 shots over Washington State, tying the school record for 54 holes (+4, 868). Junior Shannon Yocum won her first collegiate tournament at the Ram Fall Classic with a career-best score for 54 holes (-2, 214).
The Bears, who are under the direction of 13th-year head coach Nancy McDaniel, look to continue their rich tradition of success this spring. Cal has competed in eight NCAA regionals and six NCAA Championships and joined Duke as the only schools to register top-five team results at nationals from 2004-06.