Sept. 2, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. - California sophomore Pia Halbig has been selected to represent Germany at the 2008 World Amateur Team Championship Oct. 8-10 at Grange Golf Club in Adelaide, Australia. More than 50 women's teams will be competing for the Espirito Santo Trophy.
"I am extremely happy to represent my country," Halbig said. "It's always been my dream to compete at the World Amateur Team Championship. It happens every two years, and only three people get to compete from each country. It is a great honor."
Halbig learned she made the team from Germany's national team coach, Marcus Neumann, after the final round of the European Ladies Championship, which took place Aug. 27-30 in Austria. Halbig tied for 32nd (+15 - 76-75-78-78) and is now back in Berkeley for the fall semester.
Caroline Masson and Thea Hoffmeister complete Germany's squad for the World Amateur Team Championship. Laura Katzy is the alternate.
Last week, Halbig's Cal teammate, Roseanne Niven, was named to Scotland's World Amateur Team.
Cal has a prior history of sending players to the World Amateur Team Championship, which takes place every two years in different countries. At the 2004 event in Puerto Rico, Cal's Claire Dury competed for New Zealand, Sofie Andersson played for Sweden and Sarah Huarte - the 2004 NCAA champion - represented the United States.
Cal opens the 2008 season at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic Sept. 8-9 in Fort Collins, Colo. The Bears won the 2007 Ram Fall Classic by 19 shots over Washington State.
"I feel we'll do very well this season, better than last year," said Halbig, a second-team All-Pac-10 selection as a freshman at Cal. "Everyone played well over the summer, and the mood on the team is excellent."