No. 19 Cal Tied for 8th After Round 1 at PING/ASU Invitational

April 4, 2008

TEMPE, Ariz. - No. 19 California is tied for eighth with a score of 298 Friday after the opening round of the PING/ASU Invitational at Karsten Golf Course. The Golden Bears finished at 10-over par with No. 11 Arizona.

No. 3 USC holds a seven-shot lead at seven-under 281. Host Arizona State, which is ranked fourth in the latest Golfweek poll, is second after finishing at even-par 288 on the par-72, 6,230-yard course. No. 7 Georgia is third at 289, No. 8 Oklahoma State is fourth at 292, and No. 26 Texas A&M is fifth at 293 in the 17-team tournament.

Freshman Pia Halbig is tied for third after firing a collegiate-best round of two-under 70 to lead all Cal golfers. Halbig was at one-under on the front and back nines, posting two birdies and one bogey on each half of the course. The Maintal, Germany, native's four birdies paced the Bears.

Cal's Allison Goodman is tied for 14th after firing a score of 72, posting two birdies and only one bogey through her first 13 holes. Goodman finished the round strong with a birdie on the par 4, eighth hole and pars on holes seven and nine.

After a rough start to the round, Cal junior Shannon Yocum improved as the day progressed and is tied for 52nd (77) heading into the second round. She completed the final 17 holes at two-over par. Sophomore Roseanne Niven shot a 79 to tie for 69th. On the strength of two birdies, Niven carded a score of one-over on the back nine today. Freshman Andrea Waters continued to show progress for the Bears.

Cal's golfers all began the day on the 10th hole.

USC's Dewi Schreefel leads all golfers at four-under 68. Georgia's Krystie Caithness is in second following a round of 69.

Waters will be the first Cal golfer to begin the second round at 8:08 a.m. MT from the first tee. The Bears will be touring the course with student-athletes from Arizona and Denver.

PING/ASU InvitationalKarsten Golf Course, Par 72, 6,230 yardsFIRST of Three Rounds

Team Scores (17): 1. USC 281, 2. Arizona State 288, 3. Georgia 289, 4. Oklahoma State 292, 5. Texas A&M 293, 6. UCLA 294, 7. Denver 296, 8t. California 298, 8t. California 298, 10t. Pepperdine 299, 10t. Vanderbilt 299, 12. New Mexico 302, 13. San Jose State 304, 14. Stanford 307, 15t. San Francisco 310, 15t. Washington 310, 17. Oregon State 312.

Top Three Individual Scores: 1. Dewi Schreefel, USC 68, 2. Krystie Caithness, Georgia 69, 3t. Pia Halbig, Cal 70, 3t. Anna Nordqvist, ASU 70, 3t. Britney Choy, New Mexico 70, 3t. Tiffany Joh, UCLA 70.

Other Cal Scores: 14t. Allison Goodman 72, 52t. Shannon Yocum 77, 69t. Roseanne Niven 79, 90t. Andrea Waters 85.

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