No. 19 Cal Competes at PING/ASU Invitational

April 2, 2008

BERKELEY, Calif. - Coming off two top-three finishes, No. 19 California travels to the PING/ASU Invitational Friday-Sunday, April 4-6, at the Karsten Golf Course. Eighteen holes will be played each day beginning at 8 a.m. MT (7 a.m. PT) Friday and Saturday and 7:30 a.m. MT (6:30 a.m. PT) Sunday.

The 17-team tournament takes place at the par-72, 6,230-yard course on the Arizona State campus. Nine teams are ranked in the top 20 by Golfweek, including five top-five programs, and 13 are tabbed in the top 30. The elite field includes No. 11 Arizona, No. 4 Arizona State, No. 19 California, No. 10 Denver, No. 7 Georgia, No. 22 New Mexico, No. 8 Oklahoma State, Oregon State, No. 17 Pepperdine, San Francisco, San Jose State, No. 24 Stanford, No. 26 Texas A&M, No. 1 UCLA, No. 3 USC, No. 30 Vanderbilt and Washington.

Live scoring will be available at Golfstat.com.

Cal's lineup for this weekend features (in order):

Shannon Yocum, Junior, 75.4, ranked 88thPia Halbig, Freshman, 74.4, ranked 44thAllison Goodman, Junior, 75.0, ranked 73rdRoseanne Niven, Sophomore, 76.2Andrea Waters, Freshman, 83.8

Cal struggled at the 2007 PING/ASU Invitational, tying for 15th with a 54-hole score of 928 (+64). Shannon Yocum led the Bears by tying for 48th place at 229 (+13). Host-Arizona State won the tournament at 851(-13).

Yocum has made huge strides for the Bears this season. She boasts a career-best 75.4 average and has led Cal in two tournaments in 2007-08. The Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., native opened the fall with her first collegiate victory (career-best 214, -2) at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic in Fort Collins, Colo., helping the Bears win the team title. She then placed third (219, +3) to lead Cal at the team's last competition, the Duck Invitational in Eugene, Ore.

As a team, Cal finished third out of 14 teams at the Duck Invitational with a 54-hole score of 912 (+48). Oregon claimed the title at 900, and UC Davis was the runner-up at 904.

Cal freshman Pia Halbig also placed in the top 20 at the Duck Invitational, tying for 12th at 227. Halbig, who hails from Mainal, Germany, has epitomized consistency for the Bears this year by placing in the top 30 in all seven tournaments during her rookie campaign. Halbig tied for 20th (225, +12) to top all Cal golfers at the Wildcat Invitational, the inaugural event this spring. She also owns two second-place showings at the Ram Fall Classic and the Spartan Invitational (tied for second).

Junior Allison Goodman has placed in the top-25 in all seven events this season and is second on the team with a 75.0 average. Halbig is first at 74.4.

In addition to the Ram Fall Classic, Cal grabbed top honors at the Spartan Invitational in March. This season marks the first time the Bears have earned more than one team victory since 2002-03 when they finished first in an NCAA-best seven tournaments that season.

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