Cal Wins Duck Invitational By One Shot

March 22, 2005

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. - No. 30 California rallied from six shots back after two rounds of play to win the Oregon Duck Invitational by one shot over host Oregon Tuesday afternoon at Shadow Hills Country Club. The Golden Bears fired a 302 for the low round of the day to finish the 17-team tournament at 44-over 908.

This marked Cal's first team victory this season, the 16th in school history and the fifth in the state of Oregon. The Bears' last won a team title at the Topy Cup Sept. 9-11, 2003, in Japan.

No. 35 Oregon, which began the day tied for first with No. 22 Washington State, finished second at 909, followed by No. 18 Stanford (913), the Cougars (917) and Long Beach State (919). No. 4 Washington, the highest ranked team in the tournament, placed seventh (938).

Long Beach State's Kay Hoey shot a 54-hole score of two-over 218 to hold off Washington State's Kim Welch (219) and the Bears' Sofie Andersson, Oregon Kimberly McCready and Fresno State's Laura Luethke, who all posted scores of 220. Andersson, who fired a 74 today, has led Cal in five of six tournaments this season and has finished in the Top 10 in her team's last four competitions. Andersson boasted the top par 3 scoring average at the Duck Invitational at 2.83 and paced the Bears with seven birdies.

Cal junior Sophia Sheridan posted six birdies overall to tie for 11th at 229, and sophomore Mika Takayama tied for 17th (232) after sinking a one-under 71 in the final round. Takayama was the only golfer to shoot below par on Tuesday. Freshman Enu Chung, the No. 1 amateur player in New Zealand, tied for 20th (233) in her Cal debut, while freshman Jen Sanders tied for 32nd (236).

Up next for the Bears is the PING/ASU Invitational April 1-3 at Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. The Bears won the 2003 PING/ASU Invitational.

Duck InvitationalShadow Hills Country ClubPar 72, 6103 yards, Final of three rounds

Team Scores (17): 1. California 310-296-302--908, 2. Oregon 309-291-309--909, 3. Stanford 315-294-304--913, 4. Washington State 306-294-317--917, 5. Long Beach State 309-302-308--919 6 Fresno State 308-299-314--921, 7. Washington 317-308-313--938, 8t. Oregon State 316-307-319--942, 8t. Nevada 310-305-327--942, 10. Portland State 327-306-311--944, 11. Idaho 321-305-319--945, 12. San Francisco 318-313-323--954, 13. Western Washington 325-327-329--981, 14. San Diego State 342-320-326--988, 15. Portland 337-316-341--994, 16. Weber State 331-332-347--1010, 17. Wyoming 347-329-339--1015.

Top Five Individual Scores (87): 1. Kay Hoey (Long Beach State) 75-70-73--218, 2. Kim Welch (Washington State) 73-70-76--219, 3t. Sofie Andersson (California) 74-72-74--220, 3t. Kimberly McCready (Oregon) 75-69-76--220, 3t. Laura Luethke (Fresno State) 70-74-76--220.

Other Cal Scores: 11t. Sophia Sheridan 80-70-79--229, 17t. Mika Takayama 78-83-71--232, 20t. Enu Chung 79-75-79--233, 32t. Jen Sanders 79-79-78--236.

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