No. 20 Cal Travels to Pac-10 Championships
April 16, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. -
CAL COMPETES AT PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: Winners of two tournaments this season, No. 20 California travels to the Pac-10 Championships Monday-Wednesday, April 21-23, at the Palos Verdes Golf Course in Palos Verdes, Calif. Tee times will be off the first and 10th holes each day beginning at 8 a.m. Cal won the 2003 Pac-10 team title behind Vikki Laing's individual crown. Live scoring will be available next week at Golfstat.com.
THE FIELD: All 10 Pac-10 schools field a women's golf team. Five teams are ranked in the top 20, according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Index. Those include No. 1 UCLA, No. 3 USC (the host), No. 4 Arizona State, No. 13 Arizona and No. 20 California. Stanford is No. 24, Oregon is No. 43, Washington is No. 46, Oregon State is No. 57 and Washington State is No. 58. Five of the top-10 individual golfers are from the Pac-10, led by Arizona State's Azahara Munoz at No. 3.
THIS WEEK'S CAL LINEUP (in order): Cal fields a lineup of two freshmen, one sophomore and two juniors for the Pac-10 Championships. Sophomore Sofia Janer is sitting out the spring due to an elbow injury after some strong results in the fall. The Bears have no seniors this year.
Pia Halbig, Freshman, 74.5 (ranked 45th nationally)Allison Goodman, Junior, 74.9 (ranked 71st nationally)Shannon Yocum, Junior, 75.4 (ranked 102nd nationally)Roseanne Niven, Sophomore, 76.3Andrea Waters, Freshman, 84.5
2007 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS IN REVIEW:
Cal placed fifth with a score of 62-over 926 at the 2007 Pac-10 Championships at the Broadmoor Golf Club in Seattle, Wash. It marked the Bears sixth straight top-five conference showing and seventh in the last eight seasons. Top-ranked Arizona State won the team championship, shooting a 33-over 897 for the three-day tournament. No. 11 UCLA was the runner-up at 915. UCLA's Tiffany John won a two-hole playoff to capture last year's conference individual crown. Cal was led by Allison Goodman and Sofia Janer, who placed fifth and tied for seventh, respectively, to earn honorable mention all-conference.
LAST TIME OUT: Then-No. 19 California finished in a tie for fifth at 609 (+41) April 11-12 at the Peg Barnard Invitational at Stanford Golf Course. The Bears held a two-shot lead after Friday's opening round with a team score of 295 (+11) but had an off day Saturday, tallying a 314. UC Davis also carded a 609. Stanford defended its title at 591 (+23). Allison Goodman led all Cal golfers by tying for seventh at 149 (+7) - 73-76.
BALANCED BEARS LED BY HALBIG: Pia Halbig is having an outstanding rookie season for the Bears. Halbig led Cal for the third time this season, all in the spring, at the ASU Invitational (T18th). She also was the Bears' top performer at the Wildcat Invitational (T20th) in Tucson, Ariz., and tied Allison Goodman for second at the Spartan Invitational for the Bears' best showing in San Jose, Calif. Halbig, who has finished in the top 30 in all nine competitions this season, paces Cal with a 74.5 average and is on pace to break Mika Takayama's school freshman record of 75.6 (2002-03). The Maintal, Germany, product began the fall by grabbing second at the Ram Fall Classic and is still in search of her first collegiate title. Overall, five different golfers have led a well-balanced Cal team this season. Goodman, Shannon Yocum and Roseanne Niven have each held top honors twice.
CAL POSTS TWO TOURNEY WINS: This year's Cal team has won two tournament titles (Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic and Spartan Invitational), marking the first time since the 2002-03 season's seven tournament wins that the Bears have won more than one tournament in a season. The 2000-01 team also won multiple tournaments (3). Overall, Cal has claimed 18 team titles since the program's inaugural 1995-96 season. In 2007-08, the Bears have placed in the top five in seven of nine tournaments. Cal is on track to earn its ninth straight NCAA regional selection in May and hopes to advance to the NCAA Championships for the seventh time in eight years. Shannon Yocum is the only Cal player to win an individual title this season, claiming the Ram Fall Classic in September for her first collegiate crown.