April 27, 2009
The California Golden Bears women's golf team has earned its tenth straight invitation to the NCAA Regionals. The Bears will compete May 7-9 at ASU's Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. at the West Regional, vying for a spot in the National Championships.
In the field of 63 teams announced Monday, April 27 by the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships Selection Committee, the Bears were assigned to the West Regional. This year's competition includes three regional sites of 21 teams with the top eight teams from each regional and the top two individuals not on those teams advancing to the National Championships held at Caves Valley Golf Course in Owing Mills, Maryland, May 19-22.
"We're very excited to make the field of the NCAA Tournament," said Cal head coach Nancy McDaniel. "We're coming off of a solid performance at the Pac-10 Championship and really look to continue our season through the end of May. I have complete confidence that the senior leadership on this team and the entire team have what it takes to play for a National Championship."
This will be the tenth consecutive NCAA Regional appearance for the Bears. The Bears have advanced to the National Championships six times (2001-06). Their last National Championship qualifying team included current seniors Shannon Yocum and Allison Goodman in their first year at Cal.
The Bears' competition at the West Regional include four Pac-10 teams (host Arizona State, USC, Arizona, and Oregon) and two fellow Bay Area schools (San Jose State and the University of San Francisco). The compete field is: Arizona State, Southern California, Louisiana State, Pepperdine, Arkansas, San Jose State, Arizona, California, UC Irvine, San Francisco, UNLV, TCU, Texas A&M, Oregon, Long Beach State, Colorado, Texas, Baylor, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Northern Arizona, and Oral Roberts.