March 15, 2004
BERKELEY, Calif. -
CAL TRAVELS TO LONGHORN INVITE: After an 18-day break from competition, No. 4 California travels to the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational Sunday-Tuesday, March 21-23 at The Hills Country Club (par 72, 6,247 yards) in Austin, Texas. The 54-hole tournament features 18 holes each day, with play beginning on Sunday and Monday at 8 a.m. CT from hole Nos. 1 and 10 and a shotgun start on Tuesday at the same time.
A LOOK AT THE FIELD: At No. 4 according to Golfweek, California is the highest ranked team at the tournament. The rest of the 18-team field includes No. 7 Arizona, No. 9 Vanderbilt, No. 11 USC, No. 13 Tulsa, No. 16 Oklahoma, No. 19 Texas, No. 20 North Carolina, No. 22 UNLV, No. 31 Arizona State, No. 33 TCU, No. 34 Kansas State, No. 37 Texas A&M, No. 38 Northwestern, Kansas, Oregon State, Purdue and Southern Methodist.
BEARS' LONGHORN LINEUP: Cal's lineup for the Longhorn Invitational is listed below.
Player YR 03-04 RNDS STROKES AVG LOW TOP FINISH Nat'l Rank Sarah Huarte + Sr. 18 1328 73.8 68 T2nd 13 Sophia Sheridan + So. 18 1343 74.6 69 2nd 33 Sofie Andersson + So. 14 1054 75.3 69 T7th - Claire Dury + Sr. 18 1359 75.5 71 T8th 61 Anna Temple Sr. 18 1360 75.6 70 T4th 62 +national team members for different countriesSPARTAN INVITATIONAL RECAP: Cal placed third at the Spartan Invitational March 2-3 at Corral de Tierra Country Club in Salinas, Calif., but would probably have finished second if one of its golfers didn't have to withdraw. The Golden Bears posted a plus-18 882 after a final-round score of 300 in which all four scores counted. Cal sophomore Sofie Andersson began the final day in second place at three-under 141 but she was forced to withdraw due to back pain. No. 2 UCLA won the 17-team tournament at minus-six 858, while No. 24 UNLV finished second at 879. The Bruins' Charlotte Mayorkas claimed the individual crown at minus-five 211, while Cal senior Sarah Huarte took third at 213 (71-72-70).
HUARTE EARNS PERSONAL-BEST RANKING: Despite not competing last week, Sarah Huarte climbed to a personal-best No. 13 ranking March 15, according to Golfweek. The Shingle Springs, Calif., product and U.S. Curtis Cup team member has posted four top eight showings in 2003-04 and five top 15 results in the Bears' six events. Her 73.8 stroke average is on pace to break Laing's school record of 74.3, set last year. She owns a share of Cal's 18 (68), 36 (140) and 54-hole (212) records.
BEARS EYE TEAM SCORING AVERAGE RECORD: Even though Cal isn't winning tournaments with the same regularity that it did last season, it's clear by the Bears' stroke average and national ranking that they are an elite team. Cal's team average of 297.3 is well ahead of the school record of 299.2, recorded in 2001-02. The team's regular starting five all average under 76 shots per round. Any one of the starters are capable of pacing the team. Sarah Huarte led the squad at The Topy Cup (T2nd), Stanford Intercollegiate (5th) and Spartan Invitational (3rd). Sophomore Sophia Sheridan held team honors at the Wildcat Invitatational (2nd), while Sofie Andersson led the Bears at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational (T7th), and senior Claire Dury did so at the Grumman Regional Challenge (T11th). As a team, Cal has finished lower than fourth only once this season and opened 2003-04 with a win at The Topy Cup in Japan.