No. 5 Cal Vies for Pac-10 Title on Familiar Course
April 21, 2003
CAL LOOKS FOR FIRST PAC-10 TITLE:
Coming off its nation's-best fifth tournament crown, No. 5 California travels to Corvallis, Ore., April 24-26 in search of its first Pac-10 championship. The 54-hole conference meet will be staged at the par 72, 6,160-yard Trysting Tree Golf Course, where the Golden Bears have grabbed the last three Oregon State Invitationals. Teams play 18 holes each day with rounds beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 8 a.m. on Saturday.
A LOOK AT THE FIELD:
All 10 Pac-10 schools compete at the Pac-10 Championships with No. 4 USC, No. 5 Cal and No. 6 Arizona considered the favorites. In 2002, Cal tied for third place for its best conference finish in program history. After winning the PING/ASU Invitational, which included nine Pac-10 schools, the Bears have reason to be optimistic heading into Pac-10s. The Wildcats claimed the 2002 Pac-10 trophy with a 54-hole score of 891, while UCLA was second (899) and Cal and Arizona State tied for third (908). Senior Vikki Laing has led the Bears at the Pac-10 Championships for the last two seasons, finishing fourth (216) in 2001 and eighth (225) in 2002.
BEARS' LINEUP FOR PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS:(same lineup won the Stanford Intercollegiate and the PING/ASU Invitational)Player YR 02-03 RNDS STROKES AVG LOW TOP FINISH1. Vikki Laing Sr. 25 1859 74.4 70 T2nd2. Sarah Huarte Jr. 22 1644 74.7 70 1st3. Sophia Sheridan Fr. 20 1508 75.4 71 2nd4. Ria Quiazon Sr. 22 1666 75.7 70 T2nd5. Claire Dury Jr. 20 1514 75.7 69 T6thind. Anna Temple Jr. 19 1460 76.8 71 12th
BEARS CAPTURE FIFTH TOURNAMENT CROWN:
Cal's victory at the PING/ASU Invitational was its fifth of the season, matching No. 2 Pepperdine for the most wins in the nation. With three golfers in the Top 10, the Bears finished the ASU tournament with a 54-hole score of 876, one shot ahead of No. 4 Texas and two better than No. 16 UCLA. Huarte led Cal with a runner-up finish with a school record 213, four shots back of the Bruins' Charlotte Mayorkas. Huarte also set a new Cal mark for 36 holes (140).
FIVE BEARS IN TOP 80:
There are many indications that this year's Cal team is the deepest and best in the program's eight-year history. Currently, five players rank in the Top 80 - Huarte (No. 29), Laing (31), Sophia Sheridan (59), freshman Mika Takayama (75) and senior Ria Quiazon (76). Juniors Claire Dury and Anna Temple are 109th and 134th, respectively. Cal has fielded eight different starting fives in its 10 tournaments this year, and the Bears' average dropped score of 78.36 is the best in the country.
BEARS BOAST FOUR PLAYERS WITH NATIONAL TEAM TIES:
Four Cal golfers have ties to different national teams - Laing (Scotland), Quiazon (Philippines), Dury (New Zealand) and Sheridan (Mexico). Recently, Laing represented Great Britain & Ireland at the Curtis Cup, while Quiazon medalled at the Asian Games (3rd team, 5th individual).
DID YOU KNOW?:
Sarah Huarte comes from an athletic family. The list includes: her uncle, John Huarte, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1964 while a standout football player at Notre Dame; Sarah's younger sister, Laura, is currently a pole vaulter at Notre Dame; and Sarah's father, Jim, played football at Saint Mary's (CA).