March 1, 2011
The No. 5 California Golden Bear women's golf team won the team title at the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational in San Jose. The Bears won the tournament by 18 strokes, giving the Bears victories in back-to-back tournaments. Junior Emily Childs was the individual medalist, giving her back-to-back victories.
The Bears, playing at the par-72, 6,121 yard Almaden Golf and Country Club in San Jose, led by a single stroke after the first round. They distanced themselves from the 12-team field in the second round, posting a three-over to extend their lead to 16 strokes. In Tuesday's final round, Cal had the second-lowest team total, a five-over 293, to secure the team title. UC Davis, who went three-over on the day, moved into second place on the strength of their final 18, but finished a distant 18 strokes behind Cal.
"I am very excited about the win," said head coach Nancy McDaniel. "We are seeing some very solid wedge play and our scoring game just continues to improve. We are moving in the right direction. Improving every day, that is our goal."
Junior Emily Childs earned the tournament's individual medalist honors at even-par. Childs had her first over-par round of the tournament, finishing off with a one-over 73. She had three back-nine birdies to earn the one-stroke victory over the second-place finisher, teammate junior Joanne Lee.
"Emily had a stellar performance," McDaniel said. "It was the ultimate 'prove it'."
Lee also had her first over-par round of the tournament in the final round with an identical one-over 73. Lee started strong, with three birdies in her first eight holes, and then hung on to finish at one-over for the round and the tournament.
"Joanne has been our rock this season," McDaniel said. "She is doing the things she needs to do to be right there in every tournament. She has demonstrated amazingly consistent play."
Junior Daniela Holmqvist also finished in the top-10, tying for eighth at eight-over.
The win gives Cal back-to-back team victories in tournaments as they also won last week's Peg Barnard Invitational. This is the first time Cal has won back-to-back tournaments since 2003 when they won the team title at the Pac-10 Championships and then the NCAA Central Regional. It is the 24th total team victory in program history.
"These last two weeks have been full team performances," McDaniel said. "Everyone is equally contributing. If we keep building on this in our final regular season tournaments, I think we are going to be in a really good place."
The Bears also won the team title at the Juli Inkster last season. This is the third time in four years that Cal has won the San Jose State sponsored tournament.
The win gives Childs consecutive individual medalist honors. Childs was also the individual medalist at the Peg Barnard Invitational Feb. 19-20. It is the first time in Cal program history that a player has won back-to-back medalist honors. Childs, who was also the medalist at the Edean Ihlandfeldt Invitational in Washington in October, is also the first Cal player to win three tournaments in her career. Four other players (Sarah Huarte, Anne Walker, Vikki Laing, and Shannon Yocum) had twice won individual medalist honors but Childs became the first to win three tournaments as a Bear.
"This really shows how much she is in a zone," McDaniel said. "She is playing such confident golf."
The Bears will take a brief break, returning to action March 20-22 at the Battle at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego.
1 Emily Childs 72 71 73 216 2 Joanne Lee 72 72 73 217 T8 Daniela Holmqvist 76 74 74 224 T12 Pia Halbig 80 74 73 227 T16 Nicola Roessler 77 76 75 228
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