No. 22 Cal Competes at NCAA West Regional
May 5, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. -
CAL TRAVELS TO NCAA REGIONAL: Competing in the postseason for the ninth straight year, No. 22 California competes at the NCAA West Regional Thursday-Saturday, May 8-10, at the Lincoln Hills Golf Club (Orchard Course) in Lincoln, Calif. A practice round is scheduled for Wednesday at 8 a.m., and 18 holes will be played Thursday and Friday beginning at 8:10 a.m. from the first and 12th tees. Saturday's final round also starts at 8:10 a.m., with teams and players being reseeded based on scores through 36 holes.
SHOOTING FOR NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: 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. Cal looks to earn its seventh trip to the NCAA Championships in the last eight years.
THE FIELD: No. 6-seeded `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.
THIS WEEK'S CAL LINEUP (in order): Cal fields a lineup of two freshmen, one sophomore and two juniors for the NCAA West Regional. 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 52nd nationally)Shannon Yocum, Junior, 75.4 (ranked 92nd nationally)Allison Goodman, Junior, 75.1 (ranked 70th nationally)Roseanne Niven, Sophomore, 76.4Andrea Waters, Freshman, 84.7
2007 NCAA WEST REGIONAL IN REVIEW: Last year, Cal placed 19th at the NCAA West Regional in St. George, Utah, with a score of 957, with Allison Goodman leading the Bears in a tie for 28th (230). Cal's best result in nine trips to an NCAA regional came in 2003, when the Bears took first. In 2005, Cal's Sophia Sheridan won the NCAA West Regional individual title.
LAST TIME OUT: Cal tied for fourth at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships, marking the Bears' seventh straight top-five conference showing. Cal, which was sixth after two rounds, shot a 302 (+18) in the final round to tie No. 12 Arizona with a three-day score of 908 (+56). Pia Halbig tied for 10th at 223 (+10) to lead Cal. Halbig became the first Cal freshman to earn second-team All-Pac-10. Juniors Allison Goodman and Shannon Yocum received honorable mention.
BALANCED BEARS LED BY HALBIG: Pia Halbig is having an outstanding rookie season for the Bears. Halbig led Cal for the fourth time this season, all in the spring, at the Pac-10 Championships (T10th). She also was the Bears' top performer at the ASU Invitational (T18th), Wildcat Invitational (T20th), and tied Allison Goodman for second at the Spartan Invitational for the Bears' best showing. Halbig, who has finished in the top 30 in all 10 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, and Sofia Janer topped Cal once.
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 eighth of 10 tournaments. 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.