April 26, 2009
The California Golden Bears surged on the final day of play at the Pac-10 Championships, moving up the leaderboard for a fifth place finish. Sophomore Pia Halbig finished in eighth place among individuals.
The Bears posted a third-round team score of 284, dropping 21 strokes off their second round score.
"I thought we played a remarkable round today, bouncing back after yesterday's disappointing performance," said Cal head coach Nancy McDaniel. "We came out with a very competitive edge. We new we left a lot of shots out there yesterday and we didn't let that happen today. I think we have a better feeling of who we are with this line up and are really starting to play well."
The Bears started play on the tenth hole after starting on the first tee the previous two days. Halbig started slow, with bogies on 11 and 12, before logging birdies on the par-14 13 and par-3 14 to pull back to even par for the day. She birdied 17 before making the turn. She dropped to two under with a birdie on the par-5 first hole. She hit her fifth birdie of the day on her third-to-last hole, the par-5 7th. Halbig shot a two-under for the day and finished with a +2 overall, ranking eighth among the individual golfers.
Yocum, playing in her final Pac-10 Championship, lit up her second nine holes. Yocum also birdied her first hole after the turn, posting a four on the par-5 one. Yocum birdied five, six, and seven to end the day at two under. She finished the tournament at +6, ranking her in 12th place.
Goodman played a very steady round, posting zero bogeys. She birdied the par-4 13th for her one-under 70. She finished the tournament at +10.
Halbig, who was a second team All-Pac-10 selection last season, became the first Bear to earn first team honors since Sarah Huarte in 2004. It is the sixth time a Cal player has been named to the women's golf All-Pac-10 First Team.
Goodman and Yocum each earned honorable mentions for the All-Pac-10 team.This was the third honorable mention for Goodman and the second for Yocum.
Arizona State won the team championship with a nine stroke advantage over second-place USC. Carlota Ciganda of Arizona State won the playoff over Jennifer Osborn of Arizona State and Jennifer Song of USC on the first playoff hole.
The Bears await their fate, waiting to see if they will earn an invitation to the NCAA Regionals. Announcements of the post-season field will be released on Monday, April 27.
Team Standings: Arizona State(852), USC(861), UCLA(864), Arizona(884), California(887), Stanford(890), Oregon(901), Washington State(911), Washington(913), Oregon State(920).
5 California +35 F 298 305 284 887 8 Pia Halbig +2 F 73 73 69 215 T12 Shannon Yocum +6 F 74 76 69 219 T20 Allison Goodman +10 F 74 79 70 223 35 Diane Kwon +17 F 77 77 76 230 47 Roseanne Niven +30 F 81 83 79 243