Oct. 20, 1997
Bears Travel to Stanford Invitational
Fri-Sun, Oct. 24-26 at Stanford Invitational, Stanford, CA Stanford Golf Course, Par 73, 6190 yards
BEARS AT STANFORD:
The California women's golf team travels to its fifth and final event of the fall season this weekend, competing in the Stanford Invitational, Friday-Sunday, Oct. 24-26. The 54-hole tournament will be played at the Stanford Golf Course, and features a 17-team field. The teams will play 18 holes each day, with tee times at 8:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.
The 17-team tournament field includes 10 teams ranked in the MasterCard Collegiate Golf Poll and eight Pac-10 schools. The entire field includes: #2 Arizona State, #3 Arizona, #5 Louisiana State, #10 Stanford, #12 Oregon, #13 New Mexico, #16 Ohio State, #17 Oklahoma State, #19 Texas A&M, #24 Indiana, California, New Mexico State, Oregon State, Southern Methodist, Texas Tech, Washington and Washington State.
LAST YEAR AT THIS EVENT:
San Jose State was the 1996 team champion (881) at the 15-team Stanford Invitational, and the Spartans Janice Moodie was the individual titlist (209). The Bears finished 14th (969), and freshmen Elisa Echeverria and Lisa Yamane tied for 44th place (241) individually.
The Bears finished in 11th place (937) at the 15-team Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in Redmond, Wash. Oct. 13-15. The University of Tulsa claimed the team title, shooting a tournament record 881, and Tulsa's Chrstina Kuld claimed the individual title with a tourney record-tying 211 total. The Bears top finisher was sophomore Lisa Yamane, who carded a personal-best 54-hole score of 232 to tie for 28th place. In the second round of the tourney, Yamane shot a 74, her low round as a collegian. As a team, the Bears showed great improvement on the Sahalee Country Club course over last season, but it did not show up in the final standings. This season, Cal shot a 54-hole score of 937 to finish 11th, but it was an improvement of 33 strokes over last season's 970 score which was good for sixth place a year ago in a 12-team field. Yamane and junior Eden Anderson each dropped seven strokes from last season's score at the event, while sophomore Nicole Bolter lowered her score by five strokes.
The California women's golf team posted its first team and individual title in the program's three-year history by capturing the Blue Rock Springs Invitational in Vallejo Sept. 28-29. The Bears posted a 639 team score over the 36-hole tournament at Blue Rock Springs Golf Course, defeating Sacramento State (668) and Santa Clara (692). Sophomore Lisa Yamane claimed her first tournament victory as a collegian, shooting a two-day total of 157. Yamane captured the individual title with a birdie on the first playoff hole, defeating Sacramento State's Megan Hamilton, the first day leader. The Bears dominated the tournament, taking five of the top six places, with sophomore Nicole Bolter taking third place (160), and junior Eden Anderson and freshmen Katie Bakken and Cheryl Lala all carded a 162 to tie for fourth place.
The Bears are averaging 318.2 strokes per round, which is better than the school record average of 324.7 set last season...individually, four Cal players boast a scoring average of 80.4 or lower, which all better the school record of 80.5 set by freshman Lisa Yamane last season...junior Eden Anderson leads the Bears in scoring average this season at 79.4 strokes per round, with Yamane right behind at 79.7...sophomore Nicole Bolter is averaging 80.2 and freshman Cheryl Lala has posted a 80.4 scoring average in her first collegiate season...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.
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.