May 3, 2004
BERKELEY, Calif. -
CAL COMPETES AT NCAA WEST REGIONAL: Coming off a second-place showing at the Pac-10 Championships, third-ranked California competes at the NCAA West Regional Thursday-Saturday, May 6-8 at the Stanford Golf Course. Eighteen holes will be played each day at the par 72, 6159-yard course. The third-seeded Golden Bears, who are in the same group as No. 1 UCLA and No. 2 Ohio, tee off on Thursday from the first tee beginning at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Cal begins play at 12:40 p.m. from the 10th tee. The Bears' tee time for Saturday's final round will be based on their place through two rounds. Eight teams and two individuals from non-advancing teams at each of the three regionals qualify for the NCAA Championships to be played May 18-21 at the Grand National Lake Golf Course, in Opelika, Ala.
FEELS LIKE HOME: Recently, Cal has been successful at the Stanford Golf Course. In October, the Bears finished fourth at the 2003 Stanford Intercollegiate and set school records for 36 (577) and 54 (869) holes. In 2002, Cal won the Stanford Intercollegiate by two strokes.
A LOOK AT THE FIELD: Third-seeded Cal is joined at the Stanford-hosted West Regional by (in order of seeds, Golfweek rankings listed): No. 2 UCLA, No. 4 Ohio State, No. 7 Georgia, No. 15 Texas, No. 12 Washington, No. 23 Stanford, No. 26 Pepperdine, No. 30 Arizona State, No. 36 Oregon, No. 34 San Francisco, No. 48 New Mexico State, No. 42 San Diego State, Brigham Young, No. 47 Texas Tech, Denver, Washington State, Portland State, Cal State Northridge and Oral Roberts. UC Irvine's Angela Won, Hawaii's Sara Odelius and Northern Arizona's Lauren Gray will compete as individuals.
BEARS' NCAA REGIONAL LINEUP: Four of the five golfers in Cal's lineup have competed in every round for the Bears this season. Sophomore Sofie Andersson has teed it up in 23 of her team's 27 rounds. The exact order of the lineup wasn't available yet.
Player YR 03-04 RNDS STROKES AVG LOW TOP FINISH Nat'l Rank Sarah Huarte+ Sr. 27 2016 74.7 68 T2nd 17 Sophia Sheridan+ So. 27 2023 74.9 69 2nd 19 Sofie Andersson+ So. 23 1743 75.8 69 T7th 62 Claire Dury+ Sr. 27 2064 76.4 71 T8th 75 Anna Temple Sr. 27 2068 76.6 70 T4th 78 +national team members for different countriesCAL'S POSTSEASON HISTORY: Cal is making its fifth consecutive NCAA Regional appearance and is looking to qualify for its fourth straight NCAA Championships. The Bears have improved at regionals each year, culminating in a first-place showing in the NCAA Central last year. Vikki Laing, who now competes on the LPGA Tour, and Claire Dury earned all-region honors last season by placing second and third, respectively, for Cal at the regional meet. Cal went on to tie for 14th at NCAAs, its best finish ever. In 2000, the Bears placed 22nd at the NCAA West Regional in Tempe, Ariz., and didn't advance to the NCAA Championships. In 2001, Cal took eighth at the Central Regional in West Lafayette, Ind., and earned the last spot at the NCAA Championships. The team went on to finish 19th at NCAAs. In 2002, the Bears took third at the West Regional at Stanford and 15th at NCAAs. Prior to 2000, Cal had no postseason experience. The Bears first year as a varsity sport was 1995-96.
NCAA Regionals NCAA Championships 2000 22nd - West Did not advance 2001 8th - Central 19th 2002 3rd - West 15th 2003 1st - Central T14thBEARS TAKE 2ND AT PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: After grabbing second at the Pac-10 Championships April 19-21 at Saticoy Country Club, Cal remains in pursuit of its first tournament title this spring. The Bears, who won their first conference title in 2003, posted a 54-hole score of 920 (+56) this year, while No. 2 UCLA claimed the crown with a 902. Sofie Andersson led Cal, placing ninth at 227 (+16). Cal opened the 2003-04 season with a victory at The Topy Cup in Japan in September. Last season, the Bears won an NCAA-best seven tournaments.
THREE CAL GOLFERS NAMED ALL-PAC-10: With senior Sarah Huarte's selection to the first team All-Pac-10 squad, she became the first Cal women's golfer to ever be a three-time first team all-conference pick. Sophomore Sophia Sheridan garnered second team honors, while Sofie Andersson received honorable mention accolades. Huarte was selected Cal's team MVP, and Sheridan earned the Most Improved Player award. After averaging 76.2 as a freshman, the Guadalajara, Mexico product is averaging 74.9 this season.
HUARTE DOES IT ALL: Sarah Huarte will graduate from Cal in December with an American studies degree and as one of the best golfers in school history. The Shingle Springs, Calif., product holds or shares every major Cal record, including for 18 (68), 36 (140), 54 (212) and 72 holes (296). She is one of four Bears to ever win a tournament, claiming the 2003 Bay Area Classic. This June, Huarte will represent the United States at the Curtis Cup in England.
BEARS IN THE RANKINGS: Cal has been ranked in the Top 10 nationally all season, according to both Golfweek and Golfstat. Golfweek, which has had the Bears tabbed in its Top 5 throughout the spring, has them at an all-time high of No. 3. Golfstat currently has Cal ranked No. 7. All five Cal starters are listed in the Top 80 by Golfweek. For the first time in school history, the Bears have two golfersin the Top 20 - Sarah Huarte at No. 17 and Sophia Sheridan at No. 19. Sheridan is the youngest Cal golfer to break into the Top 20.
STATS LEADERS: Cal also is among the nation's best in par 4 scoring (5th, 4.29) and putts on GIR (6th, 1.916). Sarah Huarte is 10th for total short game (.599).
BEARS PURSUE TEAM STROKE RECORD: Cal enters the NCAA West Regional with a 299.9 team stroke average, marking the third straight year the Bears have boasted an average under 300. The 2001-02 squad set the school record of 299.2.
FUN FACTS ABOUT THIS YEAR'S BEARS: Freshman Danielle Nash, who is part Samoan, is learning to hula dance on campus...Sarah Huarte, a 2004 U.S. Curtis Cup member, comes from a long line of athletes - her father, Jim, played football at Saint Mary's, her mother, Judy, is a runner, her sister, Laura, is on the track team at Notre Dame and her uncle, John, won the 1964 Heisman Trophy as a quarterback at Notre Dame...Anna Temple, a Berkeley product, played on the Collegiate Asian Tour last summer, is a fourth generation Golden Bear and was born on the 4th of July...Sophia Sheridan, who turned 20 on April 30, has been a competitve golfer for only five years and grew up playing golf with LPGA golfer Lorena Ochoa...four of Cal's seven golfers have ties to different national teams (Huarte - U.S., Sheridan - Mexico, Sofie Andersson - Sweden and Claire Dury - New Zealand).