No. 6 Cal Travels to Wildcat Invitational
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  02/20/2004

Feb. 20, 2004

BERKELEY, Calif. -

Complete Release in PDF Format
Download Free Acrobat Reader

BEARS LOOK TO REGROUP AT WILDCAT INVITATIONAL: No. 6 California hopes to be at full strength for the first time since October when it travels to the Wildcat Inviational Monday-Wednesday, Feb. 23-25. The Cal coaching staff is optimistic that Sofie Andersson, a member of the Swedish national team, will return to the lineup for the first time since the Stanford Intercollegiate in October after battling a back injury. The University of Arizona serves as host of the 54-hole tournament at Arizona National Golf Club at Sabrino Springs in Tucson, Ariz. Tee times begin at 7 a.m. PT on Monday and Tuesday, and Wednesday's play starts with a shotgun start at the same time.

A LOOK AT THE FIELD: The 14-team field consists of: No. 3 Arizona, No. 37 Arizona State, No. 6 California, New Mexico State, North Texas, Northern Arizona, No. 10 Ohio State, No. 19 Pepperdine, No. 35 San Diego State, No. 25 Stanford, No. 22 Tennessee, No. 2 UCLA, No. 26 UNLV and No. 11 Vanderbilt.

BEARS' WILDCAT INVITE LINEUP: The top four spots in Cal's lineup are set. The fifth golfer will either be sophomore Sofie Andersson or freshman Danielle Nash. Five of the Bears' athletes are in the Top 60 nationally.

Player	        YR	03-04 RNDS	STROKES	AVG	LOW	TOP FINISH	Nat'l Rank
Claire Dury+	Sr.	12	        903	75.3	71	T8th	50
Sophia Sheridan+So.	12	        902	75.2	70	6th	46
Sarah Huarte	Sr.	12	        896	74.7	70	T2nd	24
Anna Temple	Sr.	12	        906	75.5	70	T4th	57
Sofie Andersson+So.	9	        682	75.8	69	T7th	37
Danielle Nash	Fr.	6	        483	80.5	72	T51st	--
+national team members for different countries
2004 NORTHRUP GRUMMAN CHALLENGE RECAP: Cal struggled at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, finishing ninth out of 15 teams Feb. 9-11. The Bears posted a score of 925, which was only six shots behind fourth-place Arizona. UCLA claimed top honors with an 876. The Bruins' Charlotte Mayorkas won the individual competition by 10 shots with a 207. Senior Claire Dury led the way for Cal, tying for 11th at 224, including an opening round of 72. Sophomore Sophia Sheridan was next best for the Bears in a tie for 22nd (229).

HUARTE NAMED PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN: After earning honorable mention All-America honors from the NGCA last season, Sarah Huarte has been tabbed a second team preseason All-American by Golfweek. Huarte, ranked No. 24 nationally, has the team's 2003-04 best stroke average at 74.7, not far from Vikki Laing's 2002-03 Cal record of 74.3. In January, Huarte won the South Atlantic Ladies Amateur in Florida, and earlier this month, she was picked to the 2004 U.S. Curtis Cup team. She comes from an athletic family, including her uncle, John, who won the 1964 Heisman Trophy at Notre Dame.

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. 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 were ranked No. 4 by Golfstat and No. 5 by Golfweek.