April 21, 2004
SOMIS, Calif. - No. 4 California finished second at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships with a 54-hole score of 920 Wednesday at the Saticoy Country Club. The Golden Bears, who won the 2003 title, carded a plus-17 305 in the final round. No. 2 UCLA, the tournament host, claimed its third Pac-10 title and first since 1991 with a score of plus-38 902.
The Bruins led wire-to-wire and finished the championship with a round of 297. Cal posted the second-lowest team score on Wednesday and its best result since tying for second at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in October. Rounding out the top five teams were No. 11 Arizona (923) in third and No. 9 USC (928) and No. 31 Arizona State (928) in a tie for fourth.
UCLA's Charlotte Mayorkas held off her teammate, Hannah Jun, for the individual crown. Mayorkas posted a plus-two 218, while Jun totaled a 220. The duo began the day tied, but Mayorkas pulled ahead with a 73. The low round of the day was a 72.
Cal sophomore Sofie Andersson placed ninth at 227 in her first Pac-10 Championships after grabbing fourth at the 2003 SEC Championships as a freshman at Mississippi State. After sitting at plus-two over the first 12 holes today, Andersson struggled over the final six holes, finishing with a plus-seven 79. Scores of 74 in the first two rounds kept her in the top 10 throughout the event.
Senior Sarah Huarte turned in Cal's come-back-effort of the day. On the heels of yesterday's 82, the two-time All-Pac-10 honoree led the Bears with a 74 today, including a team-high three birdies - on the par 5 sixth and par 4 12th and 15th holes. Huarte concluded the competition in a tie for 12th at 232.
Bears sophomore Sophia Sheridan tied for 21st at 235, shooting a 79 today. Senior Clarie Dury carded back-to-back scores of 77 to tie for 26th at 236. Senior Anna Temple's 75 was the second-best Cal round of the day, giving her a share of 32nd place. Temple began and ended the final round with birdies.
Cal freshman Danielle Nash, who was competing as an individual, showed improvement throughout the tournament with rounds of 85, 83 and 81. She finished in 46th at 249.
Next week, Cal is expected to receive its fifth consecutive NCAA Regional bid. The regionals will be staged May 6-8 at three locations - Stanford, Illinois State and Stetson.
Pac-10 Championships Saticoy Country Club, par 72, 6405 yards FINALTeam Scores: 1. UCLA 902 (308-297-297), 2. California 920 (312-303-305), 3. Arizona 923 (314-301-308), 4t. USC 928 (312-302-314), 4t. Arizona State 928 (312-310-306), 6. Washington 930 (309-310-311), 7. Stanford 932 (310-310-309), 8. Oregon 947 (320-309-318), 9. Washington State 964 (334-315-315), 10. Oregon State 989 (332-334-323).
Top 5 Individual Scores: 1. Charlotte Mayorkas (UCLA) 218 (74-71-73), 2. Hannah Jun (UCLA) 220 (75-70-75), 3. Erica Blasberg (Arizona) 221 (71-75-75), 4. Alissa Kuczka (Arizona State) 224 (76-73-75), 5t. Lani Elstan (Arizona) 225 (80-71-74), 5t. Tiffany Tavee (Arizona State) 225 (74-76-75).
Cal Scores: 9. Sofie Andersson 227 (74-74-79), 12t. Sarah Huarte 232 (76-82-74), 21t. Sophia Sheridan 235 (80-76-79), 26t. Claire Dury 236 (82-77-77), 32t. Anna Temple 238 (87-76-75), 46. Danielle Nash 249 (85-83-81)*.
* competing as an individual