Oct. 6, 2003
SEATTLE - No. 4 California jumped out to an eight-stroke lead Monday after the first round of play at the 22nd-annual Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational at Sahalee Country Club. The Golden Bears carded an opening-round score of three-under 285, while three-time defending tournament champion and defending NCAA champion USC is in second place with a five-over score of 293 at the 15-team tournament.
Rounding out the top five are No. 5 UCLA in third at 297, No. 3 Arizona in fourth at 299 and BYU fifth at 300.
Cal was led by sophomore Sofie Andersson, who shot a three-under 69 to hold a one-stroke lead after 18 holes of play. Andersson's round included six birdies. She played the front nine in 34 and carded a 35 over the final nine holes to post her best round since transferring to Cal from Mississippi State.
Cal teammate Anna Temple is tied with USC's Irene Cho for second place at two-under 70. The 13th-ranked Trojans' Rachel Bell, UCLA's Susie Matthews and Long Beach State's Hayley Wilkinson are tied for fourth at one-under 71. Arizona's Erica Blasberg, the tournament's top-ranked player at third overall in the latest Golfweek standings, is tied for 25th after opening play with a four-over 76.
Cal's opening-round score of 285 was three strokes better than the previous 18-hole score in the tournament's history and one stroke off of the Bears' school record. San Jose State shot 288 during the opening round of the 1995 event.
The second round of play begins at 10:15 a.m. at Sahalee on Tuesday. The final round of competition will take place Wednesday starting at 8:30 a.m.
Team Scores (15 teams): 1. Cal 285, 2. USC 293, 4. UCLA 297, 4. Arizona 299, 5. BYU 300, 6. Stanford 304, 7. San Francisco 305, 8. Arizona State 305, 9. Oregon 308, 10. UNLV 310, 11. Washington State 316, 12. Nevada 320, 13t. Washington 321, 13t. Oregon State 321, 15. Long Beach State 324.
Top 5 Scores: 1. Sofie Andersson (Cal) 69, 2t. Anna Temple (Cal) 70, 2t. Irene Cho (USC) 70, 4t. Rachel Bell (USC) 71, 4t. Susie Matthews (UCLA) 71, 4t. Hayley Wilkinson (Long Beach State) 71.