No. 8 Cal Competes at PING/ASU Invitational
March 31, 2003
BEARS HAVE FINAL PAC-10 TUNEUP:
Looking to build on its school record four tournament titles, No. 8 Cal travels to the PING/ASU Invitational Friday-Sunday, April 4-6. The Bears' final tune-up for the Pac-10 championships occurs at the par 72, 6,183-yard Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. Eighteen holes will be played each day with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. MST on Friday and Saturday and at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday.
A LOOK AT THE FIELD:
A strong showing at the ASU Invite may indicate the Bears' potential at the Pac-10 championships as Washington State is the only league school not travelling to the desert this week. The 16-team field includes (rankings are from Golfstat on March 25) Arizona State, No. 4 Arizona, No. 8 Cal, No. 13 New Mexico, No. 25 New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, San Jose State, Stanford, No. 6 Texas, TCU, No. 17 Tulsa, No. 12 UCLA, No. 3 USC and No. 9 Washington.
BEARS' LINEUP FOR ASU INVITATIONAL: (same lineup won the Stanford Intercoll.)Player YR 02-03 RNDS STROKES AVG LOW TOP FINISH1. Vikki Laing Sr. 22 1639 74.5 70 T2nd2. Claire Dury Jr. 17 1286 75.6 69 T6th3. Sarah Huarte Jr. 19 1431 75.3 72 1st4. Sophia Sheridan Fr. 17 1288 75.8 72 2nd5. Ria Quiazon Sr. 19 1441 75.8 70 T2nd
2002 PING/ASU INVITATIONAL IN REVIEW:
Tulsa captured the 2002 PING/ASU Invitational championship with a three-day total of seven-over par 871, while tournament host Arizona State finished second (877). Cal grabbed fifth with an 890 behind senior Vikki Laing's fourth-place showing (214, school record). Arizona's Lorena Ochoa won individual medalist honors last season with a nine-under 207.
LAST TIME OUT:
No. 8 Cal placed fifth with a 54-hole score of 918 at the highly competitive Pioneer Electronic Bruin Classic March 24-26 at the Robinson Ranch Golf Course in Santa Clarita, Calif. The Bears fired a final round of 307 to finish only one stroke behind third place Texas Tech and No. 13 New Mexico. No. 1 Pepperdine claimed the top spot with an 898, followed by No. 7 USC (900). Vikki Laing posted Cal's best result, tying for ninth at 226. She carded a 74 in the final round to tally her fifth Top 10 performance this season. Also in the Top 20 for the Bears was junior Sarah Huarte, who tied for 18th at 229, including a final round of 75.
BEARS BOAST FOUR PLAYERS WITH NATIONAL TEAM TIES:
Four Cal golfers have experience playing for different national teams - seniors Vikki Laing (Scotland) and Ria Quiazon (Philippines), junior Claire Dury (New Zealand) and freshman Sophia Sheridan (Mexico). Laing represented Great Britain and Ireland at the Curtis Cup last August, while Quiazon medalled at the Asian Games last October (third team, fifth individual).
CAL SPORTS BALANCE AND TALENT:
This year's Cal team is clearly its most talented and balanced ever. Cal has utilized eight different golfers in the starting five, seven who boast averages under 77, including five who are within about a stroke of each other (74.5-75.8). The Bears have also fielded eight different combinations in their nine competitions. Golfweek currently ranks Vikki Laing 38th, Sarah Huarte 47th, Sophia Sheridan 64th, Ria Quiazon 73rd and Mika Takayama 74th. The team's 298.9 stroke average is on pace to break last year's school record of 299.2.
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