Cal Opens the Spring Season at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge

Feb. 12, 2007

BERKELEY, Calif. - The California women's golf team opens the spring season at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge Monday-Wednesday, Feb. 12-14, in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. The 54-hole tournament will be staged at the par 71, 5,912-yard Palos Verdes Golf Club and is hosted by Ohio State. Competition begins Monday and Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. and Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. with a shotgun start.

The 15-team field consists of No. 13 Arizona, No. 2 Arizona State, California, No. 21 Florida, No. 20 Florida State, No. 25 Kent State, No. 19 Michigan State, No. 24 Ohio State, No. 8 Oklahoma State, No. 9 Pepperdine, Stanford, Texas A&M, No. 10 UCLA, No. 14 USC and No. 15 Wake Forest. The rankings indicated are Golfweek's final ones in the fall.

Cal's tentative lineup, according to Golfstat, features (listed from No. 5 to No. 1) freshmen Sofia Janer (Bogota, Colombia) and Roseanne Niven (Perth, Scotland), junior Enu Chung (Auckland, New Zealand) and sophomores Allison Goodman (San Diego, Calif.) and Shannon Yocum (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.). Janer will be the first Cal player to tee off the spring season beginning at 10:30 a.m. Monday.

Janer, who battled an elbow injury in the fall, and Niven are competing in their first competition in a Cal uniform. Niven joined the Cal program in January and has developed her skills with the Scottish National team.

Cal struggled during the 2006 fall season but is optimistic that the Golden Bears will show their trademark spring improvement. Cal and Duke are the only two schools to finish in the top five at the NCAA Championships each of the last three seasons. The Bears placed fifth in 2006.

Sophomore Allison Goodman posted the Bears' best scoring average in the fall at 75.5, just ahead of her freshman-year average of 75.7. Goodman led Cal at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational and the Stanford Intercollegiate - the final two fall tournaments.

Freshman Christina Frick took top honors at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic to start the season, and senior Danielle Nash paced the Bears at the Golf Daytona Beach Fall Preview.

At the 2006 Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, Cal placed third out of 14 teams with a 54-hole score of 908 (+56). Arizona State took first at 892, and USC was second at 893. Then-senior Sofie Andersson placed third to lead the Bears at four-over 217, and then-senior Sophia Sheridan tied for fourth at 220.

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