Feb. 4, 2004
BERKELEY, Calif. -
CAL OPENS SPRING AT NORTHROP GRUMMAN CHALLENGE: Looking to contend for the national title in May, No. 4 California (Golfstat) opens the spring 2004 season at the Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge Monday-Wednesday, Feb. 9-11 in Palos Verdes, Calif. Ohio State will serve as host at the par 71, 5,912-yard Palos Verdes Golf Club. Play begins at 9 a.m. PT on Monday. The second round tees off at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, while Wednesday's final round starts with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.
A LOOK AT THE FIELD: Twelve of the 15 teams in the field are ranked in the latest Golfweek Top 25 poll. In addition, 14 teams competed at the 2003 NCAA Tournament. Teams competing include No. 3 Arizona, No. 42 Arizona State, No. 5 California, No. 9 Florida, No. 7 Georgia, No. 6 New Mexico, No. 11 Ohio State, No. 8 Oklahoma State, No. 21 Pepperdine, No. 33 Stanford, No. 29 South Carolina, No. 16 Texas, No. 17 Tulsa, No. 2 UCLA and No. 13 USC.
BEARS' GRUMMAN CHALLENGE LINEUP: Cal will travel five golfers, four of whom are ranked in the top 80, according to Golfweek. The Bears hope to have sophomore Sofie Andersson (ranked No. 38) back from a back injury soon. Following is the lineup in order:
Player YR 03-04 RNDS STROKES AVG LOW TOP FINISH Nat'l Rank Sarah Huarte Sr. 9 661 73.4 70 T2nd 17 Sophia Sheridan So. 9 673 74.8 70 6th 53 Claire Dury Sr. 9 679 75.4 71 T8th 80 Anna Temple Sr. 9 669 74.3 70 T4th 34 Danielle Nash Fr. 3 227 75.7 72 T51st 154
2003 NORTHRUP GRUMMAN CHALLENGE IN REVIEW: Pepperdine won the 2003 team title with a 36-hole score of 598, as the third round was rained out. Cal was eighth with a 624. The Waves' Katherine Hull claimed the individual crown with a 144. Ria Quiazon led the Bears in a tie for 22nd at 154. Anna Temple (T35th, 157) and Sarah Huarte (T42nd, 158) are the only current Cal golfers who competed at last year's event.
HUARTE NAMED PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN: After earning honorable mention All-America honors from the NGCA last season, Huarte has been tabbed a second team preseason All-American by Golfweek. Huarte, ranked No. 17 nationally, has the team's 2003-04 best stroke average at 73.4, which is on pace to break Vikki Laing's 2002-03 Cal record of 74.3. Huarte comes from a long line of athletes, including her uncle, John, who won the 1964 Heisman Trophy at Notre Dame.
TEMPLE TERRIFIC IN 2003-04: After filling mainly the No. 6 role at Cal over the last two seasons, senior Anna Temple has clearly stepped up her game this year. The Berkeley, Calif., native is second on the team with a 74.3 stroke average, placing fifth at The Topy Cup and tying for fourth at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational. She also has posted career bests for 18 (70), 36 (142) and 54 (222) holes in the fall of 2003. Temple, who is currently ranked No. 34, was ranked as high as No. 18 by Golfweek this season.
2003 FALL IN REVIEW: The fall began on a high note for Cal with a victory at The Topy Cup in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. The Bears then tied for second at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, their best-ever showing at that competition. Cal placed fourth to other top teams at the Stanford Pepsi Intercollegiate but was encouraged by its school records for 36 (577) and 54 holes (869). Huarte took fifth and set the Cal individual record for 54 holes (212) at Stanford. Cal wrapped up the fall at the first-ever Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship. Entering the spring, the Bears are ranked No. 4 by Golfstat and No. 5 by Golfweek.