Cal Opens Season in Japan at The Topy Cup

Sept. 5, 2003

BERKELEY, Calif. -

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CAL TRAVELS OVERSEAS TO THE TOPY CUP: California, which won a nation's-best seven tournaments last season, opens the 2003-04 campaign in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, at the 21st-annual The Topy Cup, Tues.-Thurs., Sept. 9-11. The tournament is staged 150-miles northeast of Tokyo in an agricultural city. Eighteen holes will be played each day at the Tanagura Country Club. Play begins at 8 a.m. local time (10 hours ahead of California) on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the final round teeing off at 7 a.m. on Thursday. After a farewell party on Thursday afternoon, the American teams will board the Bullet Train (Shinkansen) to Tokyo for a day or two of sightseeing.

A LOOK AT THE FIELD: The women's field consists of Cal, South Carolina and four teams from Japan, and the men's lineup features Arkansas, Duke, Oregon, Washington and eight Japanese teams. In 2002, Oklahoma State won the women's title, and Clemson claimed the men's crown. The Japanese teams will provide some tough competition for the U.S. squads, as they have won The Topy Cup on numerous occassions.

Player YR 02-03 RNDS STROKES AVG LOW TOP FINISH1. Sarah Huarte Sr. 32 2414 75.4 70 1st2. Sophia Sheridan So. 30 2285 76.2 71 2nd3. Claire Dury Sr. 30 2289 76.3 69 4th4. Anna Temple Sr. 22 1698 77.2 71 12th5. Sofie Andersson* So. 28 2096 74.9 70 4th* stats at Mississippi State

2002-03 SEASON IN REVEW: Cal posted a banner 2002-03 season, winning a nation's- best seven tournaments. The Bears began the season by claiming their third straight Oregon State Invitational and followed that up with wins at the Stanford Intercollegiate and the Kent Youel Invitational by an impressive 18 strokes over UCLA. The momentum carried over to the spring, as the Bears recorded titles at the Bay Area Classic, the PING/ASU Invitational, the Pac-10 Championships (first ever) and the NCAA Central Regional. After the NCAA Regional, the team climbed to a program-best No. 2 national ranking and concluded the season ranked No. 8 due to a school-best tie for 14th at the NCAA Championships.

LAING, HUARTE EARN ALL-AMERICA HONORS: The Bears garnered their first All-America citations in school history in 2002-03. Vikki Laing was tabbed to the second team, and Sarah Huarte earned honorable mention. Laing has finished her eligibility, while Huarte returns for her senior season in 2003-04. Laing and Huarte also claimed first team All-Pac-10 recognition for the second consecutive year. Overall, the Bears led the Pac-10 with six all-conference honorees, with Ria Quiazon being named to the second team and Sophia Sheridan and Mikka Takayama chosen as honorable mention picks.

INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR RETURNS THIS SEASON: As with recent teams, the 2003-04 Bears continue to boast an international flavor. Three golfers have experience playing for different national teams - senior Claire Dury (New Zealand), sophomores Sophia Sheridan (Mexico) and Sofie Andersson (Sweden).

NEW BEARS: Cal has added three newcomers to this year's roster. In addition to Andersson, who is competing in Japan, the Bears also feature freshmen Danielle Nash (Roseville, CA) and Eunice Yum (Torrance, CA).

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