California at NCAA Regionals at Stanford Thurs.-Sat.
May 4, 2010
The California Golden Bear women's golf team makes their 11th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Regionals when they open play this Thursday, May 6 at the NCAA West Regional being held at the Stanford Golf Course.The 54-hole event continues on Friday and Saturday, with the top eight finishers earning a spot in the NCAA Championships, to be held May 18-21 at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, NC.
The Bears have made six appearances at the NCAA Championships, their last coming in the 2006 season.
Stanford Golf Course, which also served as the host site for the NCAA West Regionals in 1998, 2001 and '04, will play to a par of 71 and a distance of 6,103 yards for this event.
Teams will tee-off from holes No. 1 and 10 at 8:00 a.m. each day. On Thursday, Cal has the early tee times with the first Bear teeing off on hole #1 at times from 8:00 to 8:44 a.m. On Friday, May 7, Cal will start on the 10th tee with tee times from 12:20 to 1:04 p.m. Sunday's tee times will be determined by placings after the first 36 holes.
Joining Cal in the NCAA West Regional field are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado State, Idaho, Iowa State, Louisiana State, Maryland, Ohio State, Oral Roberts, Penn, Portland State, San Francisco, San Jose State, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas State, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UNLV, Virginia.Nine of the teams are ranked in the top-25 by Golfweek, including No. 1 UCLA, No. 3 Arizona, No. 6 Alabama, No. 11 Virginia, No. 12 California, No. 17 Stanford, No. 19 Louisiana State, No. 23 Ohio State and No. 24 Texas A&M.
Lee, a second team All-Pac-10 honoree, comes into the week ranked No. 22 among individuals by Golfweek. Lee has had good success at the Stanford Golf Course this season. She shot a 68 in the final round of fall's Stanford Intercollegiate. She also tied for medalist honors at the Peg Barnard Invitational, held on that course in the spring. Lee comes into the NCAA's after a top-10 finish at the Pac-10 Championships, a tournament she led after 18 holes with a first round score of 67.
Niven is the most experienced of Cal's player. This is Niven's fourth NCAA Regional appearance. Niven is coming off back-to-back strong performances, averaging 75.2 strokes per round in her last two tournaments. Niven had her first top-25 showing of the season at the Pac-10's, finishing at +10 in 21st place.
Halbig, a first team All-Pac-10 and third team Golfweek All-American in 2009, finished in the top-25 among individuals at the 2009 NCAA West Regional, ending the tournament at +2. Halbig began this season with back-to-back top-10 finishes, including placing third at the very competitive Golfweek Challenge in Primm Valley, Nevada. Halbig, ranked No, 64 in the latest Golfweek individual rankings, has a 74.8 stroke average for the season.
Holmqvist is finishing her first half-season with the Bears. After transferring from Tulane to Cal in January, Holmqvist has three top-25 finishes, including a top-10 finish at the Juli Inkster Invitational. Holmqvist, who has not played in Cal's last two tournaments, was the 2009 individual medalist at the Conference USA Championships and helped lead her Tulane Green Wave to a berth in last season's NCAA National Championships. Holmqvist is the only current Cal Bear with experience playing at the NCAA Championships.
Childs has been the top finisher for the Bears three times this season, including pacing Cal at the weather-challenged Wildcat Invitational in Tucson in February and taking third place at the Edean Ihlandfeldt tournament in Washington in the fall. Childs has a 76.7 stroke average in 28 rounds this season. She shot a 68 in the second round of the Turtle Bay tournament in Hawaii that closed out the fall season. Childs has played in every tournament this season for the Bears.
Live scoring will be available through Golfstat.com. In addition to the live scoring, the West Regional can also be followed through Twitter (http://twitter.com/WestRegionals). Complete recaps will be posted daily on CalBears.com.