March 29, 1999
BEARS JOURNEY TO PING/ASU INVITE: After a three week break from competition, California resumes spring play at the PING/ASU Invitational, Thusday-Saturday, in Tempe, AZ. Tee times begin off the No. 1 and No. 10 tees at 8 a.m. MST April 1 and 2, and at 7:30 a.m., April 3.
BEARS LINE-UP: The Bears starting five this week in order features: Nicole Bolter, Lisa Yamane, Heather Bruno, Amber Reilly and Eden Anderson. Coach McDaniel's lineup features one senior, two juniors, one sophomore and one freshman. Sophomore Cheryl Lala will compete as an individual.
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT: The three-day, 54-hole tournament features seven of the nation's top eight women's golf teams, including 12 of the Top 20. No. 7 Arizona State is the host school. The teams tee off at the 6090 yards, par 72, Karsten Golf Course, in Tempe, Ariz.
RANKED TEAMS GALORE: The complete 17-team field includes: No. 1 Duke, No. 3 Tulsa, No. 4 Arizona, No. 5 Stanford, No. 6 USC, No. 7 Arizona State, No. 14 TCU, No. 16 Washington, No. 17 UCLA, No. 18 New Mexico State, No. 19 Oregon, California, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon State, San Jose State and Texas A&M. Washington State is the only Pac-10 team not present.
1998 ASU TOURNAMENT REWIND: Stanford won the tournament with a three-round score of 872. Cal finished last among the 16 teams with a score of 962.
COACHES COMMENTS ON ASU TOURNAMENT: "I feel better than any other year heading into the ASU Tournament. This is the toughest tournament we'll compete in all year, and we're prepared to compete harder than we have. Lisa Yamane and Nicole Bolter are playing the best for us right now."
BEAR BITS: Lisa Yamane finished second last week at a San Francisco city tournament. Amber Reilly and Anne Walker are the only two freshmen to be named to Cal's starting line-up this season. Reilly will make her third start at ASU this weekend. Meanwhile, Walker will miss her first collegiate competition as she did not fair well during team qualifying last week.
SPARTAN INVITATIONAL REWIND: The Bears have gotten off to a sluggish start this spring after a record-breaking fall season. California wrapped up the three-round, 11-team San Jose State Spartan Invitational, March 8-10, with a Cal tournament-best round of 322, placing the Bears eighth with a combined score of 986. The Bears finished five shots behind seventh-place Northern Arizona (981). Tulsa posted the only sub-300 team score of the tournament with a 298 in the final round to complete a start-to-finish tournament win (910). Heather Bruno, competing as an individual, was Cal's top golfer in 29th place (246), followed by Lisa Yamane and Amber Reilly in a tie for 30th (247).
HEAD COACH: Nancy McDaniel is in her fourth season as head coach of the Bears. McDaniel has seen her teams' scoring average fall from 333.5 during Cal's inaugural 1995-96 season to 304.3 during the fall of 1998. One of the most successful golfers ever to compete at the University of Washington (1984-88), McDaniel served as team captain as a senior and earned one All-America and two Pac-10 All-Star team selections.