No. 11 Cal Claims Kent Youel Invitational by 18 Strokes

Oct. 30, 2002

KAPOLEI, Oahu, Hawaii - No. 11 California won its third tournament of the fall by winning the Kent Youel Invitational by 18 strokes Wednesday afternoon at Kapolei Golf Course. The Golden Bears fired a 54-hole school record of 870 to coast to the title over UCLA (888) at the 17-team tournament.

The Bears' previous 54-hole standard of 882 was carded as the team claimed the 2001 Oregon State Invitational last October. The University of Hawaii Tournament wrapped up Cal's fall season, a stretch that included victories at the Oregon State Invitational and the Stanford Pepsi Intercollegiate.

Rounding out the top five at the Kent Youel Invitational were Stanford (893), No. 7 New Mexico (898) and San Francisco (901). USF shot a 288 for the best third-round team score, while Cal shot a 289.

Stanford's Kim Rowton won the individual crown by carding a one-under 71 today to finish at one-under 215. She finished two strokes ahead of Cal senior Ria Quiazon and Texas A&M's Nicole Melton. Quiazon paced the Bears with a third-round score of 71.

All five of Cal's golfers placed in the Top 20 at the tournament, which was formerly known as the Rainbow Wahine Fall Classic. Freshman Sophia Sheridan, who started the day atop the leader board with a one-stroke advantage finished fifth with a 219 after posting a 76 in the final round. Junior Claire Dury tied for sixth at 220, which included a three-under 69 in the opening round. Freshman Mika Takayama posted a 10th-place showing with a 221. Senior Vikki Laing also was solid in 19th at 224, including an even-par 72 today.

Cal returns to action Feb. 10-12, 2003 at the TRW Regional Challenge in Los Angeles.

Women's Golf ResultsFinal After 54 HolesKapolei Golf Course (par 72, 5900 yards)

Team Scores (Top 10 of 17):
1. California 870 (285-296-289), 2. UCLA 888, 3. Stanford 893, 4. New Mexico 898, 5. San Francisco 901, 6. BYU 903, 7. New Mexico State 909, 8. Long Beach State 913, 9. UC Irvine 924, 10. Texas A&M 926.

Top Three Scores:
1. Kim Rowton (Stanford) 215, 2t. Ria Quiazon (Cal) 217 (70-76-71), 2t. Nicole Melton (Texas A&M) 217.

Other Cal Scores:
5. Sophia Sheridan 219 (72-71-76), 6t. Claire Dury 220 (69-78-73), 10. Mika Takayama 221 (77-71-73), 19. Vikki Laing 224 (74-78-72).

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