Sept. 22, 1997
Lady Bears Travel to Northwest Invitational
THIS WEEK: Mon.-Tue. Sept. 22-23 at Northwest Invitational, hosted by Oregon State Corvallis Country Club, Corvallis, Ore.
BEARS TRAVEL TO OREGON: The California women's golf team travels to its second event of the 1997-98 season, competing in the Northwest Invitational in Corvallis, Oregon. The 54-hole tournament will be played at the Corvallis Country Club, and features a 14-team field. The teams will play 36 holes on Monday, Sept. 22 beginning at 8:30 a.m., with the final 18 holes getting underway at 8:30 a.m Tuesday. The tournament is part of the Rolex Collegiate Golf Tour.
TOURNAMENT FIELD: The complete 14-team tournament field includes: Boise State, California, Idaho, Idaho State, Kansas, Montana State, #7 Oregon, #26 Oregon State, Pepperdine, San Diego State, USF, #23 Washington, Washington State and Weber State.
LAST YEAR AT THIS EVENT: The 1996 Northwest Invitational was played at the Crosswater Golf Club in Sunriver, Ore., won by co-host Oregon (922). The Bears finished in eighth place (979), led by Lisa Yamane who shot a 25-over-par 241, finishing 20 strokes behind winner Kylie Wilson of Oregon (221). Elise Echeverria and Eden Anderson tied for 33rd place, both shooting 246.
LAST WEEK: The Bears finished in ninth place (957) at the 17-team Colorado State Ram Fall Classic at Southridge Golf Course in Fort Collins, Colo. on Sept. 8-9. The tournament was won by Campbell University (894), with Texas Christian taking second place (905) and Arkansas-Little Rock claiming third place (913). Campbell's Mara Larrauri captured the individual title, shooting a six-over par 219 over 54 holes. The Bears were led by sophomore Nicole Bolter who finished 36th (236), followed by junior Eden Anderson in 37th place (240), sophomore Lisa Yamane in 43rd place (241), freshman Cheryl Lala in 45th place (242) and sophomore Elisa Echeverria in 49th place (246)
A WAY WITH ACES: Two Golden Bears have combined to make three holes-in-one in the past month. 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.