March 29, 2004
BERKELEY, Calif. -
CAL TRAVELS TO ASU INVITE: In its final preparation for the Pac-10 Championships, No. 5 California looks to defend its 2003 PING/ASU Invitational title Friday-Sunday, April 2-4 in Tempe, Ariz. The Bears followed up their win at ASU last season with their first Pac-10 and NCAA regional crowns. This year's 17-team ASU Invite will be staged at the par 72, 6230-yard Karsten Golf Course on the campus of Arizona State. The tournament has occurred each year since the 1965-66 season. Eighteen holes will be played each day with tee times beginning at 7 a.m. PT on Friday and Saturday and at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday.
A LOOK AT THE FIELD: This year's field features five teams ranked in the top 10, according to Golfweek. The complete field includes: No. 2 UCLA, No. 5 Cal, No. 6 New Mexico, No. 9 USC, No. 10 Arizona, No. 12 Washington, No. 16 Tulsa, No. 17 Texas, No. 24 Stanford, No. 28 Pepperdine, No. 31 Oregon, No. 33 TCU, No. 34 Arizona State, No. 48 San Jose State, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona and Oregon State.
BEARS' ASU LINEUP: Cal's lineup (in order) for the ASU Invite is listed below. Player YR 03-04 RNDS STROKES AVG LOW TOP FINISH Nat'l Rank Sophia Sheridan+So. 21 1571 74.8 69 2nd 20$ Sarah Huarte+ Sr. 21 1566 74.6 68 T2nd 15 Claire Dury+ Sr. 21 1596 76.0 71 T8th 57 Sofie Andersson+So. 17 1292 75.3 69 T7th 83 Anna Temple Sr. 21 1601 76.2 70 T4th 62 Danielle Nash* Fr. 9 735 81.7 72 T51st NR +national team members for different countries; *will compete as an individual; $career bestLONGHORN INVITE RECAP: Then-No. 3 Cal almost claimed its first tournament triumph of the spring, but in the end finished third March 23 at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas. The Golden Bears carded a 54-hole score of plus-74 938, three shots behind Vanderbilt and one from Texas. Cal sophomore Sophia Sheridan grabbed second with a 228 (+12), two shots behind Vanderbilt's Chris Brady. Sheridan carded a minus-one 71 (only golfer with a round below par in the tournament) in the final round on the strength of a hole in one on the par 3 14th hole. She has placed second in two of the Bears' last three events and also took sixth at The Topy Cup in the fall.
A LOOK BACK ON '03 ASU INVITE: Cal won the 2003 ASU Invitational by one shot over Texas and two over UCLA. The Bears shot three consecutive rounds below 300 to finish with a score of 876 (+12). Sarah Huarte led Cal in second place at minus-three 213, four shots back from Charlotte Mayorkas (UCLA). Vikki Laing and Sophia Sheridan also posted top 10 showings for the Bears, tying for ninth at 220.
STATS LEADERS: Cal, which has ranked in the top 10 in the polls all season, also is among the nation's best in many statistical categories. Here's a sample: par 3 scoring (8th, 3.23), par 4 (5th, 4.29), par 5 (7th, 5.06) and total short game (10th, .475). Sarah Huarte is tied for ninth for greens in regulation (.704) and is seventh for total short game (7th, .626).
FUN FACTS ABOUT THIS YEAR'S BEARS: Freshman Danielle Nash, who is part Samoan, is learning to hula dance on campus...Sarah Huarte, a 2004 Curtis Cup team member, comes from a long line of athletes - her father, Jim, played football at Saint Mary's, her mother, Judy, is a runner, her sister, Laura, is on the track team at Notre Dame and her uncle, John, won the 1964 Heisman Trophy as a quarterback at Notre Dame...Anna Temple, a Berkeley product, played on the Collegiate Asian Tour last summer...Sophia Sheridan, who turns 20 next month, has been a competitve golfer for only five years...four of Cal's seven golfers have ties to different national teams (Huarte - U.S., Sheridan - Mexico, Sofie Andersson - Sweden and Claire Dury - New Zealand).