Halbig Wins Mason Rudolph
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  09/26/2010

Sept. 26, 2010

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Complete Results

Senior Pia Halbig earned individual medalist honors at the Mason Rudolph Women's Championship at the par-72 6,281 yard Vanderbilt Legends Club course in Franklin, Tenn. It was the first tournament victory of her collegiate career. The Cal team finished fifth.

After logging a first round 68 and a second round 67, Halbig came into the day tied for first place. Halbig had a lone birdie on the front nine, but finished strong with four birdies on the back, including going three-under in her final five holes to finish the day with a 67 (-4), matching her first round mark. Michelle Shin of Wake Forest, who was tied for the lead to start the day, shot a 70 in the final round to finish three strokes behind Halbig.

"Pia was just stellar through all three rounds," said head coach Nancy McDaniel. "Shooting a four-under, five-under, and then another four-under shows where her level of play is. This win really had purpose. She didn't win because someone else wasn't playing well. Those two [Halbig and Shin] went toe-to-toe until the end. Pia just played purposefully, making birdies down the stretch."

Halbig's 13-under final mark tied the tournament record and set a new Cal record for a 54-hole tournament. The previous Cal record was eight-under, which had been achieved twice before, once by Sophia Sheridan (Arizona Wildcat Invitational, Feb. 20-21, 2006) and the other by Shannon Yocum (Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic, Sept. 8-9, 2008). Halbig's second round five-under 67 tied the Cal record for low individual round. It was the first time Halbig has won medalist honors. Her previous best finish was second place in her first collegiate tournament, the Ptarmigan Ram Classic in 2007. She finished in third place last week at this season's Ptarmigan Ram Classic.

"It's amazing! Unbelievable! I am speechless," said Halbig about her first collegiate win. "I really credit my putting. I made a bunch of really good putts in really big situations. It was all working for me. My speed, my line. Everything."

Halbig said the bogey she made on the 13th hole today was what inspired her stretch run.

"It was the first bogey I had made in 33 holes, so I was upset, but I just wanted to get it back. And then I got the putt on 14, and then hit it close on 15 and 16 and finished them off. Of course, I didn't know where I was [on the leaderboard]. I didn't know until I sunk the putt on 18 when my teammates started jumping up and down and pointing at me. That is how I found out I had won.

Junior Joanne Lee, playing her first tournament of the season, carded three consecutive 72's to finish the tournament at even par, tying for 26th place. Her teammate, freshman Nicola Rössler, was one of the players she tied with in 26th. Rössler shot a three-over in her final round.

The Bears, who were in second after the first round and third after the second round, finished the tournament in fifth place at -10. LSU won the team title at -21.

"Nicola Rössler's performance in her first tournament as a freshman, in a talented field like this is notable," said McDaniel. "For a freshman to step into the lineup and perform as she did was important. With both her and Daniela giving us rounds under par, that is what made the difference for us."

The Bears will be back in action Oct. 4-6 when they travel to Sammamish, Wash. for the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational.

California Player Scores

5     California     279     284     291     854
1       Pia Halbig           68     67     68     203
T26     Joanne Lee           72     72     72     216
T26     Nicola Roessler      69     72     75     216
43      Daniela Holmqvist    70     73     76     219
T80     Joi Pentin           75     77     81     233

Team Scores

    -21     F       -5     278     282     283     843
2 Purdue
    -19     F       -4     279     282     284     845
T3 Southern California
    -13     F       -10     286     287     278     851
    -13     F       -9     284     288     279     851
5 California
    -10     F       +3     279     284     291     854
6 Alabama, U. of
    -5     F      E     285     286     288     859
T7 Georgia
    -2     F       +4     284     286     292     862
T7 Vanderbilt
    -2     F      E     289     285     288     862
9 Wake Forest
    +3     F       +9     286     284     297     867
T10 Florida, U of
    +8     F       +3     286     295     291     872
T10 Duke
    +8     F       +4     283     297     292     872
12  Auburn
    +12     F       +6     294     288     294     876
13  Texas
    +14     F       +3     294     293     291     878
14  North Carolina
    +21     F       +5     289     303     293     885
15  Stanford
    +25     F       +9     298     294     297     889
16  Oklahoma State
    +30     F       +13     293     300     301     894
17  Charleston, Coll. of
    +56     F       +22     307     303     310     920