No. 25 Bears Tied for Third After 1st Round of NCAA West Regional

May 5, 2005

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Junior Sophia Sheridan shot a three-under 69 to position No. 25 California in a tie for third place Thursday after the opening round of the 2005 NCAA West Regional at the New Mexico State University Golf Course. The Golden Bears shot an eight-over 296 to kick off their sixth straight postseason appearance.

'Sofie (Andersson) and Sophia kept us afloat,' Cal head coach Nancy McDaniel said. 'It does a lot for team energy knowing someone can go low. The team knows where they left their shots. We feel confident that we can attack those areas and be ready to go tomorrow. Third is a good place to be, but there's a lot of golf ahead. It was breezy today. Wind could be a factor tomorrow afternoon.'

No. 9 Tennessee leads the 21-team tournament with a score of three-over 291, while No. 16 USC is second at 293. No. 5 Georgia is tied with Cal. The other four teams on pace to advance to the NCAA Championships are BYU (298), UNLV (301), Oregon (301) and Washington State (302). Second-ranked UCLA - the top seed and defending NCAA champion - finds itself tied for 10th at 304.

Sheridan holds a share of the individual lead with BYU's Rachel Newren, who caught Sheridan with a birdie on the par 3, 17th hole. Sheridan, who has paced the Bears in the last two competitions, was at plus-one through six holes and sank four birdies over the final 12 holes to match her career-best score for 18 holes. Three players are tied for third at 71.

Andersson is tied for sixth with an even-par 72. She bogeyed the par four, 14th hole and recovered with a birdie on the par 4, 16th. Cal freshman Enu Chung is tied for 32nd (76), and senior Claire Dury and sophomore Mika Takayama are tied for 71st (79).

The Bears begin second-round play at 11:50 a.m. with Takayama teeing off from hole 10.

NCAA West RegionalNMSU Golf Course, Par 72, 6319 yardsFirst of Three Rounds

Team Scores (21): 1. Tennessee 291, 2. USC 293, 3t. California 296, 3t. Georgia 296, 5. BYU 298, 6t. Oregon 301, 6t. UNLV 301, 8. Washington State 302, 9. Arizona 303, 10t. UCLA 304, 10t. Oklahoma State 304, 12. Stanford 306, 13t. UC Irvine 308, 13t. Colorado State 308, 15. Illinois State , 16. Northwestern 311, Denver , Georgia State, 19t. Oral Roberts 318, 19t. San Francisco 318, 21. Portland State 320.

Top Five Individual Scores (108): 1t. Sophia Sheridan (Cal) 69, 1t. Rachel Newren (BYU) 69, 3t. Alice Kim (Northwestern) 71, 3t. Marci Turner (Tennessee) 71, 3t. Whitney Wade (Georgia) 71.

Other Cal Scores: 6t. Sofie Andersson 72, 32t. Enu Chung 76, 71t. Claire Dury 79, 71t. Mika Takayama 79.

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