Cal men's basketball coach Mike Montgomery has been given a "clean bill of health" by his doctors less than a week after undergoing successful surgery, the athletic department reported Monday.

Montgomery, who is declining at this point to provide the reason for his surgery, hopes to be back in his office later this week and perhaps on the court for practice by Thursday.

Montgomery, 64, is in his fourth season as coach of the Bears, one of the favorites to win the Pac-12 Conference. Cal opens its season Nov. 11 against UC Irvine at Haas Pavilion.

  • Grace Na of the Pepperdine women's golf team and a former Alameda High standout tied an NCAA record with a 9-under 63 at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown in Boulder City, Nev., giving her a four-stroke lead after the first round.

    While the NCAA does not keep official records, the only players previously known to have shot 9-under in a round are Pepperdine's Katherine Hull, Duke's Liz Janangelo and Arkansas' Emily Tubert.

    Na's score helped the Waves into third place after the first round.

    Na, a sophomore, had nine birdies and zero bogeys during her round. She had three consecutive birdies on two occasions and was already at 9-under after 14 holes before recording a par on each of her final four holes. She had a chance to break the record but three-putted the par-5 ninth hole, her last of the day.

    "It's a confidence booster to be up there with some great names," said Na of the NCAA record. "My focus was just on the process and my routine. But now, when you think about it, having my name with an NCAA record is very special."


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  • Bishop O'Dowd boys basketball star Richard Longrus committed to Washington State last Tuesday. Longrus, a 6-foot-7 senior forward, chose Washington State over Stanford, Saint Mary's and UC Santa Barbara.

    "I liked the visit a lot," said Longrus, who took a trip to the Pullman, Wash., campus the weekend of Oct. 15-16. "I liked it a lot more than I thought I would coming in."

  • Stanford and Cal will be well-represented in both the singles and doubles finals on Tuesday morning at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Northwest Regional Championships in Seattle.

    Top-seeded Ryan Thacher of Stanford will battle the Bears' Ben McLachlan in the singles final, while the doubles team of Walker Kehrer and Robert Stineman faces Cal's McLachlan and Carlos Cueto.

    In women's play, Tuesday's singles final at the ITA Northwest Regional Championships at Stanford will be an all-Cardinal affair, as Mallory Burdette opposes Nicole Gibbs at noon.

    Water polo

    Stanford's Maggie Steffens (Monte Vista High), Stanford graduate Brenda Villa and Cal graduate Elsie Windes each scored twice and Stanford's Jessica Steffens (Monte Vista) added one goal as Team USA routed Puerto Rico 24-4 in women's group play at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. In men's action, Stanford graduates Layne Baubien and Peter Varellas (Campolindo High) each scored once to help the United States defeat Brazil 8-5 in group play.

    Staff writer Jimmy Durkin and wire services contributed to this report.