March 31, 1998
THIS WEEK: Fri.-Sun. Apr. 3-5 at Ping/Arizona State Invitational
Karsten Golf Course, Tempe, Arizona
Par 72, 6,090 Yards
PING/ASU INVITATIONAL: The University of California women's golf team travels to Tempe, Arizona for the 54-hole Ping/Arizona State Invitational Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5. The 16-team field features all 10 Pacific-10 Conference teams, including defending NCAA Champion and tourney host Arizona State. Tee times begin at 8:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7:30 a.m. Sunday.
TOURNAMENT FIELD: The 16-team tournament field includes 10 of the teams ranked in the March 25 Mastercard Collegiate Golf Top 25 Rankings. The complete list of teams, and their current rankings: #1 Arizona State, #2 Arizona, California, #24 New Mexico, Northern Arizona, Oklahoma, #9 Oregon, #18 Oregon State, San Jose State, #6 Stanford, #10 Texas A&M, #15 Texas Christian, #21 UCLA, #16 USC, Washington and Washington State.
LAST YEAR: The Arizona Wildcats are the defending PING/ASU Invitational champions, as they scored a 12-stroke victory over host Arizona State in last year's tournament. The Bears finished 15th last season (970), with Eden Anderson turning in the top individual Cal finish tied for 23rd place (229). In the tourney, Anderson carded three sub-80 rounds (75, 75, 79), including rounds of 75 on each of the first two days, her low rounds as a Golden Bear. As a team, the Bears shot a three-round total of 970 in the PING/ASU Invite last season, which was 76 strokes better than their score (1046) on the same course in 1996, Cal's first season of intercollegiate golf competition.
TEAM PROGRESS: Cal has recorded four Top 5 team finishes this season - first place at the Blue Rock Springs Invitational, third place at the Cal State Northridge Classic, and fifth place finishes at the Northwest Invitational and the Bay Area Classic. The Bears are averaging 318.8 strokes per round this season, a definite improvement over last year's 324.7 average and the 333.5 average recorded in 1996, the team's first season of competition.
BEAR BITS: Junior Eden Anderson leads the Bears in stroke average this season (79.5), with sophomore Lisa Yamane right behind at 79.9....Yamane has a pair of Top 20 finishes this season, including the first tourney title of her career at the Blue Rock Springs Invitational in September (157)...that tournament also produced Cal's first team title in their short three-year history, with the Bears carding a 639 to defeat Sacramento State and Santa Clara...Cal finished fifth in the 19-team Bay Area Classic March 2-3, with freshman Heather Bruno finishing second overall with a 36-hole school record score of 148. Bruno, who competed as a individual in the tournament, finished four shots behind medalist Jenny Glasgow of Pepperdine, and carded a final round 71, turning in the lowest round in Cal women's history...right behind Bruno at the Bay Area Classic was sophomore Nicole Bolter, who tied for third place (150), including a first round 73, her low collegiate round...Bolter also turned in a third place finish at the Blue Rock Springs Invite (160)...freshman Cheryl Lala has played in every tournament for the Bears this season and recorded a 80.9 scoring average...as a rookie, Lala has three Top 15 finishes including a tie for fourth place at the Blue Rock Springs Invite (71).
HEAD COACH NANCY McDANIEL: Nancy McDaniel, a member of the LPGA teaching division and a former All-American golfer at the University of Washington, is in her third season as head coach of the Golden Bears. One of the most successful golfers ever to compete at the University of Washington, McDaniel served as team captain as a senior and earned one All-American and two Pac-10 All-Star team selections before graduating with a public relations degree in 1988. McDaniel is a former professional player on the European, Ladies Asian and Players West Golf Tours.
NEXT UP: The Bears continue their busy spring schedule next weekend at the California Collegiate, played on the Stanford Golf Course, Saturday and Sunday, April 11-12. Following that tournament, Cal heads to southern California for the Pac-10 Championships, April 20-22, at the Tijeras Creek Golf Course in Rancho Santa Margarita.