Women's Golf at Pac-10 Championships
Bears head to Santa Margarita course.
April 20, 1998
BEARS AT PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: The University of California womens golf team travels to southern California for the 12th annual Pacific-10 Conference Championships April 20-22 at the Tijeras Creek Golf Club in Rancho Santa Margarita. The 54-hole tournament features 18 holes of play each day, with tees times at 9:00 a.m. Monday and Tuesday, and 8:00 a.m. Wednesday. Each team will consist of five players, with the four lowest scores in each round counting toward the team total.
TOURNAMENT FIELD: Seven of the Pac-10 teams are ranked in the MasterCard Collegiate Golf Top 25 rankings, as of April 8: defending NCAA Champion Arizona State is currently ranked #2 nationally, behind top-ranked Tulsa. Reigning Pac-10 Champion Arizona is next at #3, then #6 Stanford, #9 Oregon, #16 USC, #17 Oregon State and #20 UCLA.
LAST YEAR: Arizona won its second Pac-10 title last season at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club in Tacoma, Wash, defeating eventual NCAA Champion Arizona State by 15 strokes. Cal finished in ninth place in 1997, moving up one spot from its 10th place finish in 1996, the Bears first season of collegiate competition. Sophomore Elisa Echeverria is Cals top returning finisher from last seasons Pac-10 Championships (tie 25th, 232).
PAC-10 HISTORY: Over the past 11 years of Pac-10 womens golf (beginning 1986-87), Arizona State has won the conference title six times, Arizona has won twice, UCLA has won two titles and USC captured one crown. In addition, Pac-10 teams have gone on to capture seven of the last eight NCAA crowns, including five national titles won by Arizona State. Individually, a Pac-10 golfer has won the NCAA title five times in the 1990s, including three times by an Arizona Wildcat and twice by an Arizona State Sun Devil.
TEAM PROGRESS: Cal has recorded four Top 5 team finishes this season - first place at the Blue Rock Springs Invitational, third place at the Cal State Northridge Classic, and fifth place finishes at the Northwest Invitational and the Bay Area Classic. The Bears are averaging 320.3 strokes per round this season, easily bettering last years 324.7 average and the 333.5 average recorded in 1996, the teams first season of competition.
BEAR BITS: In the springs four tournaments, sophomores Nicole Bolter (79.9) and Lisa Yamane (81.1) are the team leaders in stroke average.Bolter tied for third place at the Bay Area Classic (150), including a first round 73, her low collegiate round, and also finished third at the Blue Rock Springs Invite (160)Yamane has a pair of Top 20 finishes this season, including the first tourney title of her career at the Blue Rock Springs Invitational in September (157)that tournament also produced Cals first team title in their short three-year history, with the Bears carding a 639 to defeat Sacramento State and Santa ClaraCal finished fifth in the 19-team Bay Area Classic March 2-3, with freshman Heather Bruno finishing second overall with a 36-hole school record score of 148Bruno, who competed as a individual in the tournament, finished four shots behind medalist Jenny Glasgow of Pepperdine, and carded a final round 71, turning in the lowest round in Cal womens historyfreshman Cheryl Lala has recorded a 81.3 scoring average this season and as a rookie, has three Top 15 finishes including a tie for fourth place at the Blue Rock Springs Invite (71)sophomore Elisa Echeverria averaged 81.7 strokes over the full season, with her best finish a tie for 20th place at the Northridge Classic (168).
HEAD COACH NANCY McDANIEL: Nancy McDaniel, a member of the LPGA teaching division and a former All-American golfer at the University of Washington, is in her third season as head coach of the Golden Bears. One of the most successful golfers ever to compete at the University of Washington, McDaniel served as team captain as a senior and earned one All-American and two Pac-10 All-Star team selections before graduating with a public relations degree in 1988. McDaniel is a former professional player on the European, Ladies Asian and Players West Golf Tours.