California Opens Season at Colorado State Ram Fall Classic
BEARS OPEN SEASON: The California womenÕs golf team opens the 1997-98 season this week at the Colorado State Ram Fall Classic Sept. 8-9 in Fort Collins, Colo. The 54-hole tournament will be played at Southridge Golf Course and features 36 holes on Monday, Sept. 8 and 18 holes on Tuesday, Sept. 19.
TOURNAMENT FIELD: The complete 17-team tournament field includes: Arkansas, Arkansas-Little Rock, British Columbia, Cal, Campbell, Colorado, Colorado State, Eastern Washington, Mesa State, Nevada, Northern Colorado, Pepperdine, San Francisco, Texas Christian, Texas El Paso, Wichita State, and Wyoming.
LAST YEAR AT CSU: At the 1996 Ram Classic, the Bears turned in one of the best finishes in the brief history of the program, finishing in sixth place. The Bears score of 946 ranks as the teamÕs second-lowest 54-hole score ever, bettered only by the 943 score posted at the 1997 Pac-10 Championships. The Bears were led by a pair of freshmen, as Elisa Echeverria finished tied for 12th (233), 17 strokes behind winner Susan Horton of TCU, and Lisa Yamane tied for 18th place (236).
A WAY WITH ACES: Two Golden Bears have combined to make three holes-in-one in the past few weeks. Sophomore Nicole Bolter made the first ace of her career Aug. 31 on #12 at Lake Merced Country Club, while junior Poppy Evans accomplished the feat once in June and once in August at the Peninsula Country Club. Last September, junior Tara Fox made her first hole-in-one on the Hobble Creek Canyon Golf Club in Provo, Utah while competing in the BYU Invitational.
A LOOK AT THE BEARS: The Bears have their largest roster ever this season, with four juniors, three sophomores and three freshmen. Sophomore Lisa Yamane (San Francisco/Mercy HS) posted the Bears best scoring average last season (80.5) and competed in the U.S. Women's Amateur this summer in Massachusetts. Junior Eden Anderson (San Diego/San Diego HS) had Cal's second best scoring average in 1996-97 (81.1) and spent July traveling with a Pac-10 All-Star team throughout Asia. Last month, sophomore Elisa Echeverria competed at the World Student Golf Championship Pacific Rim Tournament in Japan. Freshman Cheryl Lala (Rohnert Park/Ursuline HS) was the 1997 Northern California High School champion, while freshman Heather Bruno (Glen Ellen/Sonoma Valley HS) finished third at that event. The Bears welcome their first out-of-state golfer this season, with freshman Katie Bakken joining the team from Champlain HS in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.
HEAD COACH NANCY McDANIEL: Nancy McDaniel 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-America and two Pac-10 All-Star team selections. A 1988 graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in public relations, McDaniel is a former professional player on the European, Ladies Asian and Players West Golf Tours.