No. 22 Cal Earns No. 6 Seed in NCAA West Regional
April 28, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. - The 22nd-ranked California women's golf team has been selected as the No. 6 seed at the 2008 NCAA West Regional Monday by the NCAA selection committee. The Golden Bears, who tied for fourth with Arizona at last week's Pac-10 Championships, compete against 20 other teams May 8-10 at the Lincoln Hills Golf Club in Lincoln, Calif. This marks the Bears' ninth consecutive and overall appearance in an NCAA regional.
Cal is joined at the Sacramento State-hosted West Regional by (in order of seeds, Golfweek rankings listed): No. 1 USC (Pac-10 champion), No. 5 Arizona State, No. 9 Arkansas, No. 13 Arizona, No. 7 Oklahoma State, No. 17 Michigan State, No. 25 Stanford, No. 30 BYU, No. 34 Tulsa, No. 33 North Carolina, No. 41 Ohio State, No. 40 San Jose State, No. 39 Oklahoma, No. 42 Oregon, No. 45 UNLV, No. 52 UC Davis, No. 62 UC Irvine, No. 81 Fresno State, No. 94 Oral Roberts and No. 141 Portland State. Kentucky's Mallory Blackwelder, San Francisco's Danielle Cvitanov and Kansas' Emily Powers will compete as individuals.
Eight of 10 Pac-10 teams earned NCAA regional bids, with Oregon State and Washington State being the only conference members not picked. Six Pac-10 squads remain on the West Coast, while No. 2 UCLA (first seed) and Washington will represent the Pac-10 at the Central Regional.
Texas serves as host of the Central Regional, while Georgia acts as host of the Eastern one. No. 2-ranked UCLA is the top seed in the Central, and No. 3 Duke, the ACC champion, holds the top spot in the East. All told, 63 teams, along with nine individual competitors, were picked for the three regionals. Eight teams and two individuals from non-advancing teams at each of the three regionals qualify for the NCAA Championships to be played May 20-23 at the University of New Mexico Championship Golf Course in Albuquerque, N.M. New Mexico serves as the championship host.
Cal looks to earn its seventh berth to the NCAA Championships. From 2004-06, Cal placed in the top five at NCAAs each year, with a program-best finish of fourth in 2004. This year's team has won two tournaments and has finished in the top five in eight of 10 competitions. In 2003, the Bears claimed the NCAA Central Regional team crown for its only regional team win. In 2007, Cal placed 19th at the NCAA West Regional to snap a streak of six straight trips to the NCAA Championships.