Cal's Sophia Sheridan Wins Western Amateur

June 25, 2004

BERKELEY, Calif. - California's Sophia Sheridan won the 104th Women's Western Amateur June 19 with a 5 & 4 victory over Texas A&M's Christa Spedding at Maple Bluff Country Club in Madison, Wis.

Sheridan, who will be a junior at Cal this fall, built a 5-up lead after the morning 18 holes and then kept a comfortable lead throughout the afternoon round, winning the match with a par five on the 14th hole.

Sheridan, who hails from Guadalajara, Mexico, played her best golf in the morning, shooting even par over the first 18 holes, despite finding a broken driver in her bag during her morning warm-up. She was fortunate that the pro shop carried a similar club.

The breakthrough victory was a relief for Sheridan who finished second in two college tournaments - Wildcat Invitational and Longhorn Invitational - this past season and lost in the semifinals of the Trans National last summer.

Sheridan joins a long list of Amateur champions which includes Grace Park, Cristie Kerr, Beth Daniel, Nancy Lopez and JoAnne Gunderson Carner.

In other news, former Cal women's golfer Ria Quiazon has qualified to play in the U.S. Women's Open July 1-4 at the Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley, Mass. Quiazon played for the Golden Bears from 1999-03 and earned second team All-Pac-10 honors in 2002-03.

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