No. 27 Cal Climbs to Sixth After Second Round Of Pac-10 Championships

April 19, 2005

PLEASANTON, Calif. - No. 27 California climbed two spots to sixth place Tuesday after the second round of the Pac-10 Championships at Ruby Hill Golf Club. The Golden Bears fired a seven-over 295 after posting a 305 in the opening round. Heading into Wednesday's final round Cal is at 600 but are only eight shots behind No. 22 Washington State (592) for fifth place.

'We were more relaxed today,' Cal head coach Nancy McDaniel said. 'It was a small step in the right direction heading into tomorrow. The top six go into threesomes, and it will be better for us. It feels better to be in all the action.'

No. 2 UCLA - the defending Pac-10 champion - holds a seven-shot lead over No. 20 USC (586). The Bruins carded 11 birdies on the back nine to finish the day with a 290 and boast a 36-hole score of three-over 579. No. 5 Arizona State and No. 17 Arizona are tied for third at 589. Rounding out the scores are No. 8 Washington in seventh (602), No. 33 Oregon in eighth (616), No. 18 Stanford (619) in ninth and Oregon State in 10th (639).

'I am really proud of how we played today,' UCLA coach Carrie Forsyth said. 'Again, we had a rough start, but I knew they had so many birdies in them. Charlotte (Mayorkas) making back-to-back doubles and then mentally coming back is really something.'

WSU's Kim Welch fired a score of six-under 66 on Tuesday, and her 36-hole total of eight-under 136 gives her a three-shot lead over the field. Ruby Hill staff indicated that Welch's round is the lowest score ever posted by a woman from any of the tees at the facility. Welch was at seven-under through 16 holes of bogey-free golf before she bogeyed the par 3 17th hole and finished with a par off the final tee.

Welch is in pursuit of the Cougars' first-ever individual or team Pac-10 women's golf title and her 12th individual crown overall. The two-time All-American won the Peg Barnard Collegiate immediately prior to Pac-10s.

'I was just rolling putts in,' Welch said. 'I felt good on the green today. I wasn't putting balls close, but I was making them. My coach said coming in that it was a bombers' course, and I was very excited about that.'

UCLA's Susie Matthews, who led by one shot after the first round, is tied for second with Arizona's Cassandra Kirkland at five-under 139. Kirkland tallied a 67, while Matthews posted a 71.

Junior Sophia Sheridan continues to lead Cal after today's round at one-over 73. Sheridan is in 13th at 148, and Cal junior Sofie Andersson is in 14th at 150. Senior Claire Dury and freshman Enu Chung are tied for 15th at 151.

Sheridan and Dury each scored 73s today for the Bears' best rounds. Sheridan bogeyed the seventh and 15th holes and birdied the fourth hole, while Dury had bogeys on three and 14 and a birdie on hole five. Andersson led the Bears with two birdies.

After teeing off on the back nine for the first two rounds, Cal tees off at 8 a.m. tomorrow on the front nine.

Pac-10 Golf ChampionshipsRuby Hill Golf ClubPar 72, 6304 yards, Second of three rounds

Team Scores (10): 1. UCLA 289-290--579, 2. USC 291-295--586, T3. Arizona State 297-292--589, T3. Arizona 300-289--589, 5. Washington 299-293--592, 6. California 305-295--600, 7. Washington 298-304--602, 8. Oregon 308-308--616, 9. Stanford 304-315--619, 10. Oregon State 327-312--639.

Top Five Individual Scores (50): 1. Kim Welch (WSU) 70-66--136, T2. Cassandra Kirkland (Arizona) 72-67--139, T2. Susie Matthews (UCLA) 68-71--139, 4. Louise Stahle (ASU) 69-71--140, T5. Tanya Dergal (USC) 70-73--143, T5. Mar Garcia (Arizona) 73-70--143, T5. Charlotte Mayorkas (UCLA) 73-70--143, T5. Dewi Schreefel (USC) 71-72--143.

Cal Scores: 13. Sophia Sheridan 75-73--148, 14. Sofie Andersson 76-74--150, T15. Enu Chung 76-75--151, T15. Claire Dury 78-73--151, T44. Mika Takayama 78-82--160.

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