After a three-week break from competition, No. 20 California was tied for sixth after Friday’s opening round of the PING/ASU Invitational but was only two strokes out of first place. The Golden Bears carded a 294, their 12th round under 300 this season, to share sixth place with No. 3 Tulsa.
No. 4 Texas, No. 23 New Mexico and No. 31 Stanford are deadlocked in first with a 292, followed by No. 11 Arizona State and No. 14 USC at 293. Ten of the tournament’s 15 teams are ranked in the top 25 in the nation according to the Golf Week/Sagarin Rankings.
Junior Vikki Laing led the Bears with a personal season-low round of 70 to grab a four-way tie for second. Arizona’s Lorena Ochoa, the nation’s top-ranked golfer, is two shots ahead with an opening round of 70.
Also in the top 10 for the Bears is sophomore Sarah Huarte, who is tied for seventh after carding a 72. Cal also would love to have sophomore Claire Dury’s round of 72 count towards the team score, but she is competing as an individual. If Dury was in the starting five, Cal would have a four stroke lead over the field with a team score of even-par 288.