Cal Opens Spring Season at Wave Invitational
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  06/21/1999

February 11, 1999

THIS WEEK: Tues.-Wed. Feb. 16-17 at Pepperdine Wave Invitational Malibu, CA

BEARS TRAVEL TO WAVE INVITATIONAL: The California women's golf team opens the 1999 spring season at the Pepperdine Wave Invitational Feb. 16-17, in Malibu, Calif. After a series of record-breaking performances during the fall season, the California women's golf team has a tough act to follow this spring.

BEARS LINE-UP: The Bears starting five this weekend features Anne Walker, Amber Reilly, Heather Bruno, Lisa Yamane and Eden Anderson. Nicole Bolter will compete as an individual. Reilly, a freshman from Sacramento, is making her first start for the Bears this season after competing as an individual in two fall tournaments.

ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT: The two-day, 36-hole tournament will be contested at the Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club in Coto de Caza, Calif. The event is part of the Rolex Collegiate Tour. The 6,105-yard, par 73 course has hosted numerous U.S. Golf Association, Southern California Golf Association, American Junior Golf Association and intercollegiate events.

NATIONALLY-RANKED TEAMS AMONG THE FIELD: The complete 17-team field includes: Arkansas, Arkansas-Little Rock, No. 49 BYU, No. 32 California, Cal State Northridge, Denver, Hawaii, Long Beach State, No. 41 Northern Arizona, No. 15 Pepperdine, Portland, Sacramento State, No. 37 San Diego State, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Weber State and Wyoming.

BEARS CLIMB THE POLLS: In the latest Golf Week/Sagarin rankings Cal has climbed to a program's best No. 32 national ranking.

FALL SEASON RECAP: Cal experienced a breakthrough 1998 fall season in the program's fourth year of existence. As a team, Cal won the BYU Invitational, its first title at a major tournament (more than three teams.) The Bears are on pace to shatter last season's program-best round average of 319.8, firing an average of 304.3 so far.

WALKER ROLLS ON: Redshirt freshman Anne Walker, a native of Lanarkshire, Scotland, has pushed Cal golf to a new level as she recorded four Bear records and is on target to record the best season average in Bear history. In the women's Golfstat Cup race awarded to the golfer with the lowest yearly average, Walker is No. 22. (See the chart to the left for all of Walker's records.)

HEAD COACH: Nancy McDaniel is in her fourth season as head coach of the Bears. One of the most successful golfers ever to compete at the University of Washington (1984-88), McDaniel served as team captain as a senior and earned one All-America and two Pac-10 All-Star team selections.