April 6, 1998
Sat-Sun. Apr. 11-12 at Peg Barnard California Collegiate Stanford Golf Course, Stanford, CA Par 73, 6,190 Yards
CALIFORNIA COLLEGIATE: The University of California women's golf team travels to Stanford this weekend for the 36-hole Peg Barnard California Collegiate Saturday and Sunday, April 11-12. The 13-team field features eight Pacific-10 Conference teams in their final tuneup for the Pac-10 Championships April 20-22. The 36-hole tournament , played on the Stanford Golf Course (par 73), opens with a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start on Saturday, April 11 and concludes with a 8:00 a.m. shotgun start Sunday, April 12.
TOURNAMENT FIELD: The 13-team tournament field includes five teams ranked in the March 25 Mastercard Collegiate Golf Top 25 Rankings. The complete list of teams, and their current rankings: California, Long Beach State, #9 Oregon, #18 Oregon State, San Diego State, San Jose State, Santa Clara, #6 Stanford, #21 UCLA, #16 USC, USF, Washington and Washington State.
LAST YEAR: The San Jose State Spartans are the defending California Collegiate champions, as they scored a solid 15-stroke victory over host Stanford in last season's tourney. The Bears finished eighth of 12 teams last season (631), with Eden Anderson turning in the top individual Cal finish, tying for 10th place (151). As a team, the Bears shot a two-round total of 631 in the California Collegiate last season, which was 39 strokes better than their score (670) at the same tourney in 1996, Cal's first season of intercollegiate golf competition.
TEAM PROGRESS: Cal has recorded four Top 5 team finishes this season - first place at the Blue Rock Springs Invitational, third place at the Cal State Northridge Classic, and fifth place finishes at the Northwest Invitational and the Bay Area Classic. The Bears are averaging 319.1 strokes per round this season, a definite improvement over last year's 324.7 average and the 333.5 average recorded in 1996, the team's first season of competition.
BEAR BITS: Junior Eden Anderson leads the Bears in stroke average this season (79.7), with sophomore Lisa Yamane right behind at 79.9....Yamane has a pair of Top 20 finishes this season, including the first tourney title of her career at the Blue Rock Springs Invitational in September (157)...that tournament also produced Cal's first team title in their short three-year history, with the Bears carding a 639 to defeat Sacramento State and Santa Clara...
Cal finished fifth in the 19-team Bay Area Classic March 2-3, with freshman Heather Bruno finishing second overall with a 36-hole school record score of 148. Bruno, who competed as a individual in the tournament, finished four shots behind medalist Jenny Glasgow of Pepperdine, and carded a final round 71, turning in the lowest round in Cal women's history...right behind Bruno at the Bay Area Classic was sophomore Nicole Bolter, who tied for third place (150), including a first round 73, her low collegiate round...
Bolter also turned in a third place finish at the Blue Rock Springs Invite (160), and has a 80.1 stroke average this season...over the three spring tourneys, Bolter is averaging 78.7 strokes...freshman Cheryl Lala has played in every tournament for the Bears this season and recorded a 81.3 scoring average...as a rookie, Lala has three Top 15 finishes including a tie for fourth place at the Blue Rock Springs Invite (71).
HEAD COACH NANCY McDANIEL: Nancy McDaniel, a member of the LPGA teaching division and a former All-American golfer at the University of Washington, is in her third season as head coach of the Golden Bears. One of the most successful golfers ever to compete at the University of Washington, McDaniel served as team captain as a senior and earned one All-American and two Pac-10 All-Star team selections before graduating with a public relations degree in 1988. McDaniel is a former professional player on the European, Ladies Asian and Players West Golf Tours.
NEXT UP: The Bears travel to southern California for the Pac-10 Championships, April 20-22, at the Tijeras Creek Golf Course in Rancho Santa Margarita.