Bears Ready To Compete at NCAA West Regional
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Release:  05/06/2013

May 6, 2013

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Day, Date - Event (Round) - Location (Course) - Tee Time

Thur., May 9 - NCAA West Regional - Stanford, CA (Stanford Golf Course) - 12 pm

Fri., May 10 - NCAA West Regional - Stanford, CA (Stanford Golf Course) - 7:30 am

Sat., May 11 - NCAA West Regional - Stanford, CA (Stanford Golf Course) - TBA

BERKELEY - California returns to familiar territory this weekend when the Bears tee off at the NCAA West Regional that will be held at the Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto this Thursday through Saturday.

With tee times set for noon on Thursday and 7:30 a.m. on Friday, the Bears return to the same par-71, 6,267-yard course where they have twice competed at this season, finishing 16th with an 893 at the Stanford Intercollegiate in October before taking second at the Peg Barnard Invitational with a two-round score of 582 in the spring opener in February

"We're super excited to be at Stanford," head coach Nancy McDaniel said. "We have a great group that is going to represent Cal. We were just excited when the bid came out and we could stay near by, but not only that, but at a course we know so well. We've played there two times. I've had over 20 rounds there in my coaching career, and (assistant coach) Sofie (Aagaard) has played there in her career at Cal. It just couldn't be a better place for us to continue the NCAA quest."

At a tournament where only the top eight teams advance to compete for the NCAA title in Athens, Ga., that experience will hopefully play into Cal's favor this weekend. Cal will go with the lineup of Nicola Rössler, Jacqueline Williams, Hannah Suh, Morgan Thompson and Joi Pentin, the first time McDaniel has gone with the lineup since the Bears competed at the Stanford Intercollegiate from October 19-21.

Leading the way for Cal will be Rössler, a junior averaged 74.5 in her last six rounds, including two rounds at or under par. She placed 24th at the Pac-12 Championships two weeks ago - her second consecutive top 25 finish at the conference championships.

"Nico's game is really coming together at a good time in the season but only because she's worked so hard," McDaniel said. "She's been organized all spring. When you're that way and meticulous about your swing, you get to a certain point in the season that you can let it go. That's when it's a lot of fun and helpful for the team."

Behind Rössler is Williams, a senior competing in her second NCAA Regional, Suh, Thompson and Pentin, a senior from Pleasanton who will make her first appearance in the lineup at an NCAA Regional Championship.

"They have a certain fire about them and a certain experience that they bring to this team," McDaniel said of her two seniors, Joi Pentin and Jacqueline Williams. "An experience that in Joi's case she had to stand by and cheer us on at Stanford the last time we played here for regionals (in 2009), and I remember that. She wants to be there, bar none, and I know she'll put everything she has on the line and make this happen for us. I have 100 percent trust in her and her coachability. I love that Joi and Jacqueline are in positions to write their own finishes. When you have that opportunity to write your own finish, that's pretty awesome."

Those two, along with their other three teammates, will look to qualify Cal for the National Championship rounds for the second time in three years. Cal, a team that has advanced out of the regional and qualified for the National Championship seven times, last made it out of Regionals in 2011 when the Bears finished 5th at the East Regional and went on to finish 12th at the National Championships.

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NCAA West Regional
USC (Pac-12 Champion)
Texas A&M
Pepperdine (West Coast Conference Champion)
Denver (WAC Champion)
South Carolina
Ohio State
UNLV (Mountain West Champion)
Florida State
Miami (Fla.)
San Jose State
Harvard (Ivy League Champion)
Kent State (Mid-American Conference Champion)
Northern Arizona (Big Sky Champion)
North Dakota State (Summit League Champion)
Long Island (Northeast Conference Champion)