April 26, 2004
BERKELEY, Calif. - The third-ranked California women's golf team was selected as the No. 3 seed at the 2004 NCAA West Regional Monday by the NCAA selection committee. The Golden Bears, who finished their regular season as runner-ups at the Pac-10 Championships, compete against 20 other teams May 6-8 in Stanford, Calif., at the Stanford Golf Course. This marks the Bears' fifth consecutive appearance in an NCAA regional.
Cal begins the tournament Thursday, May 6 at 8:30 a.m. off the first tee. The Bears will tee off the second round May 7 at 11:40 a.m. off the 10th tee. Cal's tee time for the final round will be determined based on its play in the first two rounds.
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.
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.
Nine of 10 Pac-10 teams earned NCAA regional bids, with Oregon State being the only conference member not picked. Seven Pac-10 squads remain on the West Coast, while No. 9 USC (fourth seed) and No. 10 Arizona (third seed) represent the conference at the Central Regional.
Stetson and the Central Florida Sports Commission host the East Regional, while Illinois State serves as host of the Central one. Duke is the top seed in the East, and Vanderbilt holds the No. 1 slot in the Central. All told, 63 teams, along with nine individual competitors, were picked for the three regionals. 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. Auburn University serves as the championship host.
Cal looks to earn its fourth consecutive spot at the NCAA Championships. In the Bears' first three appearances at NCAAs in program history, they placed 19th (2001), 15th (2002) and tied for 14th (2003).