No. 4 Cal Looks to Defend Pac-10 Title

April 14, 2004

BERKELEY, Calif. -

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CAL COMPETES AT PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: After about a two-week break from competition, No. 4 California looks to defend its 2003 Pac-10 title at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships Monday-Wednesday, April 19-21 in Somis, Calif. The event, which is hosted by UCLA, features 54 holes at the par-72, 6379-yard Saticoy Country Club. Eighteen holes will be played each day beginning at 8:30 a.m.

A LOOK AT THE FIELD: All 10 Pac-10 teams will compete at the Pac-10 Championships with No. 2 UCLA, No. 4 Cal, No. 9 USC and No. 11 Arizona considered the favorites. Washington (No. 13) and Stanford (No. 23) are also ranked in the Top 25, according to Golfweek. The Pac-10 winner earns an automatic berth to the NCAA Regionals, but the majority of conference schools are expected to be selected.

BEARS' PAC-10 LINEUP: The first five golfers listed below are Cal's starters at the Pac-10 Championships. Danielle Nash will compete as an individual.

Player YR 03-04 RNDS STROKES AVG LOW TOP FINISH Nat'l RankSophia Sheridan+So. 24 1788 74.5 69 2nd 19$Sarah Huarte+ Sr. 24 1784 74.3 68 T2nd 16Sofie Andersson+So. 20 1516 75.8 69 T7th 87Claire Dury+ Sr. 24 1828 76.3 71 T8th 74Anna Temple Sr. 24 1830 76.3 70 T4th 76Danielle Nash* Fr. 12 970 80.8 72 T51st NR+national team members for different countries; *will compete as an individual; $career best

A LOOK BACK ON CAL'S FIRST PAC-10 TITLE: No. 5 Cal, which led after each round, claimed its first Pac-10 women's golf title in school history with a 54-hole score of 892 (+28) last year at Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis, Ore. The win snapped a streak of three consecutive conference titles by Arizona, which finished second to the Bears in 2003 at 897. UCLA placed third at 902. Vikki Laing, who now plays on the LPGA tour, became the first Cal women's golfer to win an individual Pac-10 title, carding an even-par 216, holding off USC's Mikaela Parmlid (2003 NCAA champion) by one shot. Cal's Sarah Huarte tied for fifth at 221, earning her second straight first team All-Pac-10 honor with Laing.

BEARS PLACE 5TH AT ASU INVITE: In Cal's last competition, the Bears finished fifth at the PING/ASU Invitational April 2-4 with a score of plus-22 886. UCLA was first at 866. Cal carded rounds of 297, 295 and 294, marking the second time this season and the first time since the fall that the team fired three three straight rounds under 300 at a tournament.

STATS LEADERS: Cal, which has ranked in the Top 10 in the polls all season, also is among the nation's best in many statistical categories. Here's a sample: par 3 scoring (9th, 3.23), par 4 (5th, 4.28), par 5 (6th, 5.05) and total short game (9th, .489). Sarah Huarte is sixth for total short game (.620).

FUN FACTS ABOUT THIS YEAR'S BEARS: Freshman Danielle Nash, who is part Samoan, is learning to hula dance on campus...Sarah Huarte, a 2004 U.S. Curtis Cup member, comes from a long line of athletes - her father, Jim, played football at Saint Mary's, her mother, Judy, is a runner, her sister, Laura, is on the track team at Notre Dame and her uncle, John, won the 1964 Heisman Trophy as a quarterback at Notre Dame...Anna Temple, a Berkeley product, played on the Collegiate Asian Tour last summer and is a fourth generation Golden Bear...Sophia Sheridan, who turns 20 on April 30, has been a competitve golfer for only five years and grew up playing golf with LPGA golfer Lorena Ochoa...four of Cal's seven golfers have ties to different national teams (Huarte - U.S., Sheridan - Mexico, Sofie Andersson - Sweden and Claire Dury - New Zealand).

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