No. 23 Cal Tied for 5th after 1st Day of Pac-10 Championships

April 21, 2008

PALOS VERDES ESTATES, Calif. - No. 23 California is tied for fifth Monday after the opening round of the Pac-10 Championships at the Palos Verdes Golf Club. The Golden Bears and No. 12 Arizona each carded a 201 (+17) on the par-71, 6060-yard course.

Top-ranked UCLA holds a one-shot lead at even-par 284, and No. 3 USC is third at 285. No. 4 Arizona State is third at 296. Six of the 10 Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 25 according to the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.

Cal, which is looking to post its seventh straight top-five finish in the Pac-10, was led by junior Allison Goodman in the opening round. Goodman fired a score of two-over 73 to stand tied for ninth behind birdies on two par-four holes and one par five. She covered the back nine holes at even par.

Bears freshman Pia Halbig is tied for 13th at 74 (+3) and also covered the final nine holes at even par. Halbig enters tomorrow's second round with some momentum, having birdied the par-four 17th and 18th holes. Overall, she led Cal with four birdies on the day.

Junior Shannon Yocum from Cal is tied for 18th at 75 (+4). Yocum was at one-under par through the first 12 holes, including two birdies and only one bogey.

Sophomore Roseanne Niven carded a 79 (+8) for the Bears' final counting score, positioning her in a tie for 38th place. Niven tallied a birdie on the par-three 15th hole. All five of Cal's golfers recorded at least one birdie today.

UCLA's Tiffany John and Sydnee Michaels are tied for first at two-under 69. USC's Paola Moreno is third at 70.

Cal, which is paired with Arizona, will begin the second round Tuesday at 8 a.m. from the first tee.

Pac-10 ChampionshipsPalos Verdes Golf Club1st of three roundsPar 71, 6060 yards

Team Results (10): 1. UCLA 284, 2. USC 285, 3. Arizona State 296, 4. Oregon 298, 5t. California 301, 5t. Arizona 301, 7. Stanford 302, 8. Washington 310, 9. Washington State 313, 10. Oregon State 317.

Top Three Individuals: 1t. Tiffany Joh, UCLA 69, 1t. Sydnee Michaels, UCLA 69, 3. Paola Moreno, USC 70.

Cal Scores: 9t. Allison Goodman 73, 13t. Pia Halbig 74, 18t. Shannon Yocum 75, 38t. Roseanne Niven 79, 50. Andrea Waters 91.