April 15, 2011
The No. 7 California Golden Bear women's golf team will close out the regular season at the Pac-10 Championships, being played at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz, Sunday through Tuesday, April 17-19.
Cal heads into the tournament ranked No. 7 in the latest Golfweek team standings. The Bears have three players in the top-50 with junior Joanne Lee continuing to lead the group at No. 21. Senior Pia Halbig is ranked No. 35 and junior Daniela Holmqvist is No. 47. Junior Emily Childs is just outside the top-50 at No. 55.
The Bears are very familiar with Karsten Golf Course. The par-72, 6,230 course on the Arizona State campus in Tempe is the annual host to the PING/ASU Invitational, the last tournament the Bears competed in. Cal finished sixth in the tournament, finishing behind four Pac-10 teams, including tournament-champion UCLA, and ahead of four other Pac-10 schools, including edging out host-school Arizona State by one stroke.
The Bears will be playing in very hot conditions, especially in the first round when the daytime high is projected to be 97 degrees. The highs dip down to 90 for Monday and 87 for the final round.
The Pac-10 Championships are the last chance for Cal to improve their stroke averages as they work towards earning their 12th consecutive NCAA Regional invitation. The field for the regionals will be determined April 25th with the three locations this year being Daytona Beach, Notre Dame (Indiana), and Seattle.
Cal will be going off the first tee on Sunday with tee times beginning at 8:40 a.m. Live Scoring will be available through Golfstat.