March 11, 2002
BERKELEY - Coming off back-to-back team titles for the first time in the program's seven-year history, the 16th-ranked California women's golf team competes Monday-Tuesday, March 11-12 at the Pioneer Electronics Bruin Classic.
The 54-hole tournament hosted by UCLA takes place at Menifee Lakes Country Club in Menifee, Calif. The course plays at 6,019 yards with a par of 72. Thirty-six holes are played Monday beginning with an 8 a.m. shotgun start, and the final 18 are staged Tuesday with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.
The field for the 16-team tournament consists of UCLA, BYU, Cal, Cal State Northridge, Colorado, Long Beach State, UNLV, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pepperdine, Portland State, San Diego State, San Francisco, UC Irvine and Washington State.
Pepperdine is the defending Pioneer Classic champion (292-286-295-873, +9, and the Wave's Katherine Hull is the defending individual medalist (70-73-70-213, -3). Behind Sarah Huarte's sixth-place finish (218), Cal placed fourth as a team at 896.
The Bears jumped from No. 17 nationally to No. 16 in this week's Golfweek national rankings after winning the Spartan Invitational by one stroke last week. The week before, Cal won its own Bay Area Classic. Overall, the Bears have won three tournaments this season (Oregon State in the fall). Cal has three golfers ranked in the top 60 nationally - senior Anne Walker (No. 34) and sophomores Claire Dury (No. 58) and Sarah Huarte (No. 59).
Cal's lineup for this year's Pioneer Classic was not available at the time of this release.