No. 24 Cal Travels to Fifth Consecutive NCAA Championships

May 13, 2005

BERKELEY, Calif. -

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CAL COMPETES AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Coming off five straight top five finishes, No. 24 California travels to the NCAA Championships Tues.-Fri., May 17-20 at Sunriver Resort's Meadows Course (par 71, 6,312 yards) in Sunriver, Ore. Twenty-four teams will play 18 holes each day beginning at 9 a.m. from holes 1 and 10. Oregon State and the Sunriver Resort serve as co-hosts.

THE FIELD: Cal qualified for its fifth consecutive NCAA Championships by finishing third at the NCAA West Regional May 5-7 in Las Cruces, N.M. The top eight teams from each of the three regionals advanced to NCAAs. The complete field includes (Golfweek/Sagarin rankings): No. 1 Duke, No. 2 UCLA (defending champion), No. 3 Auburn, No. 4 Pepperdine, No. 5 Arizona State, No. 7 Oklahoma State, No. 8 Ohio State, No. 9 Tennessee, No. 10 Washington, No. 11 Florida, No. 12 Tulane, No. 14 Southern California, No. 15 Furman, No. 17 Missouri, No. 20 Arkansas, No. 22 Tulsa, No. 23 Stanford, No. 28 Virginia, No. 29 UC Irvine, No. 32 Purdue, No. 35 Texas A&M, No. 37 Michigan State and No. 38 Brigham Young. Individuals: 1. Kristen Svicarovich, Vanderbilt, 2. Jenna Pearson, South Carolina, 3. Lisa Ferrero, Texas, 4. Brooke Shelton, LSU, 5. Kay Hoey, Long Beach State, 6. Johnna Nealy, Oregon.

CAL'S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY: Cal finished fourth at the 2004 NCAA Championships in Opelika, Ala., for its highest showing in four trips at the event. The Golden Bears also posted their best 72-hole score (1172) last year. Sarah Huarte became the first Cal women's golfer to win a NCAA individual title last year with a tournament record score of 10-under 278. Cal placed 19th in its first appearance at the NCAA Championships in 2001, 15th in 2002 and tied for 14th in 2003.

BEARS' NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS LINEUP: Cal's lineup (in order) is listed below.Player	YR	04-05 RNDS	STROKES	AVG	LOW	TOP FINISH	Nat'l RankSophia Sheridan*	Jr.	27	2020	74.8	69	1	49Sofie Andersson*	Jr.	27	1996	73.9	67	1	25Enu Chung*	Fr.	12	915	76.3	72	13	--Mika Takayama	So.	18	1400	77.8	71	T17	--Claire Dury* 	Sr.	 21	1600	76.2	69	T15	135* have ties to different national teams - Sheridan (Mexico), Andersson (Sweden) and Chung and Dury (New Zealand)

NCAA REGIONAL RECAP: Cal advanced to the NCAA Championships by finishing third at the NCAA West Regional at the New Mexico State University Golf Course. Junior Sophia Sheridan led the way for the Bears for the third straight competition by claiming the regional individual title by five shots over Tennesee's Violeta Retamoza. Cal carded a 288 in the final round - its lowest score of the season - to conclude the tournament at 25-over 891 and only two shots out of first. Sheridan won her first collegiate tournament and became the first Cal women's golfer to win an NCAA regional crown by equaling her career-best 54-hole score (212, -4).

ANDERSSON, SHERIDAN EARN PAC-10 HONORS: Andersson, who owns five top 10 finishes this year, was tabbed to the second team All-Pac-10 team after earning honorable mention last season. Sheridan received honorable mention distinction following last year's second team selection. At the May 1 annual team banquet, Andersson was named Cal's Most Valuable Player and was the co-recipient of the Founders' Award with Sheridan. Freshman Jen Sanders was picked as the Most Improved Player, sophomore Mika Takayama earned the team's scoring award (best short game) and redshirt freshman Eunice Yum received the Leta Nelson Award.

ANDERSSON PURSUES CAL SEASON SCORING RECORD: Sofie Andersson boasts a career-best 73.9 stroke average, which isn't far from Sarah Huarte's school record of 73.8 set in 2003-04. Her previous best stroke average was 74.9 in 2002-03 at Mississippi State. Sophia Sheridan and Clarie Dury also boast career-best stroke averages of 74.8 and 76.2, respectively. Their previous bests were 75.0 (2003-04) and 76.3 {2002-03).

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