February 27, 1999
CAL CO-HOSTS 3RD-ANNUAL BAY AREA CLASSIC:
California and USF co-host the third-annual Bay Area Classic, March 1-2, at the Blue Rock Springs Golf Course, in Vallejo, Calif. The 36-hole tournament begins Monday from tees 1 and 10 with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. The event continues Tuesday with 18 holes of shotgun play at 8:30 a.m. The tournment is part of the Rolex Collegiate Tour.
The Bears line-up was not available at the time of this release.
ABOUT THE COURSE:
The course (par 71, 5900 yards) is located just 20 minutes from California's scenic wine country.
The 16-team field includes five-ranked teams: #13 Washington, #15 Pepperdine, #31 California, #37 San Diego State and #46 Colordo. The rest of the field consists of British Columbi, Colorado State, Gonzaga, Long Beach State, Nevada, Portland, Sacramento State, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Washington State and Weber State. The tournament also features six individuals ranked among the nation's Top 100 with #6 Kelli Kamimura of Washington the highest ranked player at the event.
Northern Arizona won the first two Bay Area Classics but does not return to defend its title this season. The 1997 inaugural event was held at Hiddenbrooke Country Club before moving to Blue Rock Springs Golf Course last season. The Bears finished in fourth place in 1997 and in fifth place (317-315-632) last season. Heather Bruno led the way for Cal competing as an individual, finishing second with a then-school record 148. Nicole Bolter was Cal's top team scorer, taking third with a score of 150.
WAVE INVITE REWIND:
After a record-breaking fall season, Cal opened the spring season with a high 36-hole score of 631. However, it was good enough for a tie for fourth among the 17-team field. Indiviudally, Lisa Yamane led the way for the Bears for the first time this season, finishing 10th (156).
BEARS CLIMB THE POLLS:
In the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings Cal has climbed to a program's best No. 31 national ranking.
Nancy McDaniel is in her fourth season as head coach of the Bears. 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.