Nov. 2, 2010
The No. 7 California Golden Bear women's golf team closes out the fall portion of their season at the Pac-10/SEC Challenge at Stanford Golf Course Friday, Nov. 5 through Sunday, Nov. 7.
The tournament is Cal's fourth and final outing of the fall portion of their schedule. Overall, the girls have had 16 rounds with scores under par and seven top-10 finishes. The team has finished in the top-5 in all three of their fall tournaments including the team victory at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Tournament in Tacoma last month.
The Pac-10/SEC Challenge includes many of the top teams and individuals in NCAA women's golf. The top seven women in the latest GolfWeek rankings will be competing in the tournament including Cal's Pia Halbig who comes into the week ranked sixth. Also playing are LSU's Megan McChrystal (1), Alabama's Camilla Lennarth (2), Alabama's Brooke Pancake(3), USC's Lisa McCloskey (4), Georgia's Marta Silva (5) and USC's Lizette Salas (7).
Seven of the teams playing in the tournament are ranked in the top-10 and 11 are in the top-25 including LSU who is currently atop the Golfweek rankings. Cal moved into the top-10, moving up to 7th in the team rankings.
The SEC schools will be Alabama (2), Arkansas (11), Auburn (22), Florida (21), Georgia (8), Kentucky, LSU (1), Mississippi, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee (19), and Vanderbilt (10). The Pac-10 schools will be Arizona, Cal (7), Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA (4), USC (3), Washington and Washington State.
Cal's lineup will be:
1) Emily Childs 2) Pia Halbig 3) Daniela Holmqvist 4) Nicola Rössler 5) Joanne Lee
Junior Emily Childs is coming off her victory at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational. Childs had back-to-back 68's in the first two rounds of the tournament to finish with a three stroke lead over Lizette Salas of USC. Childs is currently ranked 47th in the Golfweek individual rankings.
Senior Pia Halbig has had an incredible fall season. She was the individual medalist at the Mason Rudolph Championship in Tennessee, a tournament in which several of the SEC teams competed. She has only had one round (out of nine) this season that was above par. She has logged five rounds in the 60's including five-under 67's in each of her last two tournaments. Halbig also just returned after spending a week in Argentina competing at the World Amateur Team Championships, competing for Germany. At the World Am, she carded her sixth sub-70 round of the fall.
Junior Daniela Holmqvist has four below-par rounds this fall and has a pair of sub-70's with a 68 in the second round of the season-opener in Colorado and a final round 69 in Tacoma.
Freshman Nicola Rössler, the team's rookie, opened her Cal career shooting a 69 in the first round of the Mason Rudolph.
Junior Joanne Lee shot a 68 in the opening round of the Edean Ihlanfeldt. Cal's 2009-10 scoring average leader is currently ranked No. 42 in the Golfweek individual rankings.
The event will take place at the Stanford Golf Course on the campus of Stanford University. The event is free for spectators wishing to come out and walk the course. Live results will also be available through Golfstat.com.