April 19, 1999
BERKELEY, Calif. - Cal hopes the third time is the charm as it tees off at the Stanford Golf Course for the third time this year this weekend. The Stanford Golf Course plays host to the Pac-10 Championships, Friday-Sunday, April 23-25. All 10 conference schools are gearing up to play the par-72, 6,154-yard course. Each of the three rounds begin at 8:30 a.m., off the first and 10th tees. Arizona looks to capture its third-straight title, and the Wildcats Jenna Daniels seeks to repeat last year's individual victory.
THIS WEEK: Fri.-Sun. April 23-25 at Pac-10 Championships Stanford, CA
The Bears lineup features the five athletes which led Cal to new heights during the fall season. Head coach Nancy McDaniel's lineup (in order) is: Lisa Yamane, Nicole Bolter, Anne Walker, Eden Anderson and Cheryl Lala. Heather Bruno or Amber Reilly will compete as an individual.
EIGHT PAC-10 TEAMS RANKED IN MASTERCARD/CGF TOP 25
The Pac-10 has dominated women's golf during the 1990s. The conference clearly has maintained its national standing this year as it has eight teams in the Mastercard/College Golf Foundation Top 25 and nine in the Top 35. The rankings are as follows: No. 2 Arizona, No. 5 USC, No. 6 Arizona State, No. 10 Stanford, No. 11 Washington, No. 18 UCLA, No. 20 Oregon, No. 25 Oregon State, No. 35 California and Washington State.
CAL'S THREE-YEAR PAC-10 HISTORY
After finishing in 10th place (993) at the 1996 Pac-10 Championships during Cal's inaugural season, the Bears followed that effort up with two ninth-place finishes in 1997 (943) and 1998 (951). Junior Elisa Echeverria owns Cal's highest individual Pac-10 finish, tying for 25th (232) in 1997. Last year, Lisa Yamane was Cal's top finisher, tying for 27th (234).
CALIFORNIA COLLEGIATE IN REVIEW
After firing a respectable opening round of 314, the Bears dropped two places to finish eighth as a team at the California Collegiate (April 1-3) after shooting a second-round score of 324. The Bears posted a two-round final score of 638, seven shots behind 21st-ranked San Jose State, which finished seventh.
YAMANE LEADING THE WAY FOR CAL
After playing in the middle of Cal's lineup during the fall, Lisa Yamane competes in the Bears top spot for the second-consecutive week at the Pac-10 tournament. The Daly City, native has led Cal in three-of-five spring tournaments, including tying for 12th (156) place at the California Collegiate. She also led Cal at the ASU Invite, tying for 23rd (231) and at the Pepperdine Invitational, tying for 10th (156).
WALKER BACK ON TRACK
Freshman Anne Walker somewhat regained her fall form at the California Collegiate, tying for 20th (157). After her stunning fall season, Walker still ranks 60th on the Mastercard/College Golf Foundation Top 100 golfers chart.
Nancy McDaniel is in her fourth season as head coach of the Bears. McDaniel has seen her team's 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 Washington (1984-88), McDaniel served as team captain as a senior and earned one All-America and two Pac-10 All-Star team selections.