No. 26 Cal Hosts Pac-10 Championships
April 12, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. -
CAL HOSTS PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: After finishing in the top two in the conference the last two years, No. 26 California serves as host of the 2005 Pac-10 Championships Monday-Wednesday, April 18-20 at Ruby Hill Golf Club in Pleasanton. Eighteen holes will be played each day with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. PT from tees No. 1 and No. 10 Monday-Wednesday. A practice round is slated for Sunday, April 17, with tee times beginning at 11 a.m. PT. Twosomes and threesomes shall be used throughout the competition. Per conference regulations, pairings based on seeds in the first round will be 9-10, 7-8, 4, 5, 6 and 1, 2, 3. Following the first round of competition, the twosome and threesome pairings for the second and third rounds shall be determined by team scores. The top four scores from each five-person team will count toward the team score each day.
The seedings for the first round are: 1. UCLA (hole 1-8:45-9:21), 2. ASU (hole 1-8:45-9:21), 3. Washington (hole 1-8:45-9:21), 4. Arizona (hole 1-8-8:36), 5. Stanford (hole 1-8-8:36), 6. USC (hole 1-8-8:36), 7. Cal (hole 10-8:45-9:21), 8. Washington St. (hole 10-8:45-9:21), 9. Oregon (hole 10-8-8:36), 10. Oregon St. (hole 10-8-8:36).
THE FIELD: All 10 Pac-10 Conference members field a women's golf program, and three are ranked in the Top 10 nationally and eight are ranked in the Top 30. The complete field includes: No. 16 Arizona, No. 5 Arizona State, No. 26 California, No. 30 Oregon, No. 75 Oregon State, No. 21 Stanford, No. 2 UCLA, No. 19 USC, No. 9 Washington and No. 24 Washington State. Seven Pac-10 golfers are ranked in the Top 30 nationally - No. 1 Louise Stahle, ASU, No. 9 Charlotte Mayorkas, UCLA, No. 12 Susie Mathews, UCLA, No. 14 Amie Cochran, UCLA, No. 18 Sofie Andersson, California, No. 24 Paige Mackenzie and No. 25 Cassandra Kirkland, Arizona. (The rankings are Golfweek's as of April 7.)
PAC-10 HISTORY: UCLA won last year's Pac-10 Championships at Saticoy Country Club in Somis, Calif. The Bruins carded a 38-over 902, followed by California (920) and Arizona (923). UCLA's Charlotte Mayorkas was the individual champion at two-over 218, while her teammate, Hannah Jun, was second at 220. Cal won the 2003 Pac-10 title.
BEARS' PAC-10 LINEUP: Cal's lineup (in order) for the Pac-10s is listed below.
Player YR 04-05 RNDS STROKES AVG LOW TOP FINISH Nat'l RankSofie Andersson Jr. 21 1551 73.9 67 1 18Sophia Sheridan Jr. 21 1589 75.7 70 8 103Claire Dury Sr. 15 1139 75.9 69 T15 109Enu Chung Fr. 6 466 77.7 75 T20 --Mika Takayama So. 12 928 77.3 71 T17 --
ASU RECAP: Cal finished in fifth place with a score of 894 at the PING/ASU Invitational at Karsten Golf Course. Arizona State and UCLA each concluded the 17-team tournament with a 54-hole score of six-over 870, but the Sun Devils claimed the title by virtue of the fifth score tie breaker (73 vs. 80). ASU freshman Louise Stahle grabbed first in the individual race at seven-under 209. Junior Sophia Sheridan led Cal for the first time this year by placing eighth at 219.
ANDERSSON LEADS BEARS: Sofie Andersson has led Cal in five of seven tournaments this season. The product of Angelholm, Sweden, claimed her first collegiate title at the Spartan Invitational March 9 by tying Cal's 54-hole record of seven-under (206) and setting a school record for 36 holes (seven-under 135). She leads Cal with a 73.9 stroke average, which is approaching the school record of 73.8, set last season by Sarah Huarte, the 2004 NCAA champion. Andersson is ranked No. 18 nationally but has stood as high as No. 16 this year. She led Cal by taking ninth (227) at 2004 Pac-10s.
FUN FACTS ABOUT THIS YEAR'S BEARS: Jen Sanders mother, Lisa, played golf at San Jose State and her father, Cliff played golf at USC...four of Cal's eight golfers have ties to different national teams (Sophia Sheridan - Mexico, Sofie Andersson - Sweden and Claire Dury and Enu Chung - New Zealand)...Chung is the No. 1 amateur in New Zealand...Mika Takayama played amateur golf in Japan for a year and a half after her 2002-03 freshman season at Cal.