BERKELEY – The California women’s golf team competes this week at the NCAA Championship in Tulsa, Okla., in search of the program’s first national title. The 72-hole event runs May 20-23 at the Tulsa Country Club, a par-70, 6194-yard course.
Cal has competed at the NCAA Championship seven times, the last coming in 2011 when the team finished 12th in senior Nicola Rössler ‘s freshman season. The team’s best finish came in the 2004 season that began a string of three consecutive top-five finishes at nationals. The Bears claimed fourth in 2004, fifth in 2005 and fifth again in 2006.
The quintet, who competed together at the NCAA Central Regional to advance to the championship round, combined for some of Cal’s best overall tournaments this season after taking fifth at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational (October 8-9), seventh at the Bruin Wave Invitational (March 3-4), fourth at the BYU Entrada Classic (March 17-18), sixth at the SDSU Farms Invitational (March 24-26) and seventh at the Pac-12 Championships (April 25-27).
A field of 24 teams will compete for the championship after advancing from their respective regional rounds. In addition to the120 individuals on the teams, an added six select individuals will also be competing for the individual title.
COURSE: Tulsa Country Club (par 70; 6,194 yards) – Tulsa, Okla.
FORMAT: Four-day, 72-hole tournament with 18 holes each day. The top-four individuals from each five-member team with the lowest scores for each 18-hole round constitute the scoring members for that given round.
COMPETING TEAMS Alabama Arizona Arizona State California Campbell Duke Florida Iowa State Kansas Michigan State Mississippi State North Carolina State Northwestern Ohio State Oklahoma Stanford USC South Carolina Texas A&M Tulane UCLA Vanderbilt Virginia Washington