No. 12 Cal Victorious at Spartan Invitational

March 4, 2008

SAN JOSE, Calif. - No. 12 California rallied from two shots back to start the day to win the Spartan Invitational by five shots Tuesday at the Almaden Country Club. Cal shot a 301 (+13) to finish at 899, while host San Jose State placed second at 904.

'We're excited to win the tournament,' said Cal head coach Nancy McDaniel, whose team began the fall by winning the Ram Fall Classic. 'We played very consistent golf. Allie, Pia and Shannon came up big for us with top 10 finishes. We won by five shots, but it got close at the end, so it was good competition. To pull out a win is always satifying.'

UC Irvine took third at 906, followed by Washington (911) and San Francisco (912) to round out the top five at the 15-team tournament. Last year, the Bears tied for second with Colorado, with San Jose State grabbing top honors.

Junior Allison Goodman and freshman Pia Halbig tied for second at 220 (+4) to lead all Cal golfers. Goodman carded a 72 in the final round, while Halbig shot a 76.

Cal junior Shannon Yocum also recorded a top 10 showing, tying for seventh at 225 (+9) following a score of 76 today.

Bears sophomore Roseanne Niven placed 36th at 234, and fired a 77 in the final round for her best score of the tournament. Freshman Andrea Waters tied for 63rd (249) at her first collegiate event.

UC Irvine's Salanee Henderson won the individual title for the second straight year with a 54-hole score of two-over 218.

Cal returns to action at the Duck Invitational March 24-25 in Eugene, Ore.

Agate will be posted shortly.

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