Rössler Leads Cal In Pac-12's Day One
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Release:  04/22/2013

April 22, 2013

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Day, Date - Event (Round) - Location (Course)

Mon, April 22 - Pac-12 Championships (First Round) - Valencia, CA (Valencia Country Club)

Tues., April 23 - Pac-12 Championships (Second Round) - Valencia, CA (Valencia Country Club)

Wed., April 24 - Pac-12 Championships (Second Round) - Valencia, CA (Valencia Country Club)

VALENCIA, Calif. - Junior Nicola Rössler shot an even 72 Monday as California ended the first day of competition at the Pac-12 Championships in seventh overall at 302 (+14) at the Valencia Country Club.

California's top returning golfer from last season's Pac-12 Championship lineup, Rössler shot four birdies to finish the first day of competition tied for fifth on the individual leaderboard. It was the junior's fourth time this season carding par or under through 18 holes and comes after shooting 71 in her final round last weekend at the ASU/PING Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.

"She's executed the shots the way she's wanted to," California head coach Nancy McDaniel said about Rössler. "I know she's pleased about her last round at ASU and then this round and getting back to her normal state of play. It's a good time for that to happen. A great time of the season to see that from her."

Two other Bears - Morgan Thompson and Hannah Suh - are also in the top 30 individually after the first round. Thompson's 74 (+2) puts her 18th on the individual leaderboard in what was one of the most consistent rounds on the course for Cal with birdies on the 1st and 18th sandwiching four bogeys in what is the sophomore's first appearance at the Pac-12 Championships.

Suh, the freshman from San Jose, shot a four-over 76 to stand tied for 30th individually. A double bogey 4th derailed an early top 15 campaign, but she responded with a birdie on her final hole of the day to show tremendous poise in her first conference tournament.

Senior Jacqueline Williams (+8, 80) and freshman Carly Childs (+9, 81) are 49th and 52nd, respectively. Williams hit one birdie on the day in what was her final hole (9) while Childs' strong start hit a snag with double bogeys on two of her final four holes to move the freshman from three-over to nine-over at the end of the day.

"Hannah as a freshman was good at plus-four on the day," McDaniel said. "Our three top scorers are in the top 30 and Nico in the top five was good. It was a really solid start for Nico, Morgan and Hannah. I know the other two want to get on board. It's a course you need to play a couple of times before you get the hang of it. Hopefully we'll work our way up the scoreboard."

As a team, the Bears shot a better round than they did at the start of the 2012 Pac-12 Championships and sit jumbled in the middle of the table after the first day. Top-ranked USC leads the pack with an eight-under 280, but second place through ninth place are separated by only 13 strokes in what is shaping up to be a competitive run for the medal stand.

"After the practice round we knew scores would probably be in the 290's and it wouldn't be like ASU last week where teams would go in really, really low," McDaniel said. "We worked hard on a plan yesterday in the practice round. The greens are really, really big and undulated, so we had good plans on our approaches."

The Bears return to the course Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. and will tee off from the 10th hole. California will be paired with Oregon Tuesday.

"We need to try to hone our plan a little bit more for tomorrow," McDaniel said. "I think we're on the right track. We just have to be patient. It's just a course that we have to play a few times."

T5. Nicola Rossler - 72 (E)
T18. Morgan Thompson - 74 (+2)
T30. Hannah Suh - 76 (+4)
T49. Jacqueline Williams - 80 (+8)
T52. Carly Childs - 81 (+9)

1. USC - 280 (-8)
2. UCLA - 290 (+2)
3. Washington - 293 (+5)
4. Arizona State - 295 (+7)
5. Stanford - 298 (+10)
6. Arizona - 301 (+13)
7. California - 302 (+14)
T8. Oregon - 303 (+15)
T8. Oregon State - 303 (+15)
T10. Washington State - 311 (+23)
T10. Colorado - 311 (+23)