California/ Childs Victorious at Edean Ihlandfeldt
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  10/06/2010

Oct. 6, 2010

TACOMA, Wash. - Complete Results

The No. 11 California Golden Bear women's golf team defended their title at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, earning the team title for the second year in a row with a two-shot victory over USC playing the par-72 6,078 yard Tacoma Country & Golf Club Course in Tacoma, Wash.

The Bears led through all three rounds of the tournament. They were up by one stroke after 18 holes, extending their lead to seven strokes after 36 holes. In the final round, the Bears came in at an impressive eight-under. However, USC, led by one of their players, Lisa McCloskey's, shooting a 64, posted a 13-under. The Bears managed to hold on for the team tournament title, finishing at -17 with a two stroke margin over the Trojans. Washington came in third place 30 strokes behind Cal.

"The team played stellar golf down the stretch," said Cal head coach Nancy McDaniel. "We had six birdies on the final three holes. That is exactly what we needed to do to stay on top of a field like this."

The Bears won the team title at this same event in 2009 with a 15-stroke advantage over second place Stanford. The tournament last season was played at the Sahalee Country Club in nearby Sammamish, Wash. This is the first team title of the season for the Bears.

"The difference this week was that all five players came into all three days in a positive place," McDaniel said."We played a very professional style of golf. After each shot, there was no drama. We were just ready for the next shot. That was our goal for this week. We accomplished it and got the win as a bonus."

The Bears had four players finish in the top 10. Junior Emily Childs, who was tied for the lead after the first round and was in sole possession of first coming into the final round, had another solid round of golf, finishing her final round with a two-under 70. Childs earned the first individual medalist honors of her Bear career by finishing at -10 for the tournament, three strokes ahead of USC's Lizette Salas. This was Childs second top-five finish at this tournament. Last season, Childs placed third, her best showing of the season, with a +5 when the tournament was held at the Sahalee Golf Course.

"Emily worked really hard to work her way back into the lineup and this win was not by accident," McDaniel said. "She played solid. She had some good length, but really it was her consistency. She also brought course management to a new level for herself and the whole team."

Senior Pia Halbig closed out strong, finishing in third place with a 210 (-6). Halbig matched the Cal-record low round mark that she scored in Tennessee, shooting a five-under 67 in the final 18 holes with seven birdies on the day. This was the third straight top-three finish for Halbig. Halbig was the individual medalist last week at the Mason Rudolph Challenge.

Also coming in well under par was junior Daniela Holmqvist. Holmqvist carded a 69 (-3) in her closing round. Holmqvist had four birdies on the back nine to finish in a tie for ninth place at one-over for the tournament.

Junior Joanne Lee struggled in the final round, shooting a four-over, but still managed to finish the tournament at even par, putting her in sixth place. Freshman Nicola Rössler had her lowest round of the tournament, carding a 74 (+2) on the final 18.

The Bears will take a break from competition for a couple of weeks. They return to the tees on Friday, Nov. 5 when they will be competing at the Pac-10/SEC Challenge being hosted by Stanford at the Stanford Golf Course. The 54-hole tournament will run Nov. 5-7.

California Scores

1 	Emily Childs         	68 	68 	70 	206
3 	Pia Halbig  	        74 	69 	67 	210
T6 	Joanne Lee 	        68 	72 	76 	216
T9 	Daniela Holmqvist  	74 	74 	69 	217
T39 	Nicola Roessler  	79 	76 	74 	229

Team Scores

1 California
	-17 	F 	  -8 	284 	283 	280 	847
2 Southern California
	-15 	F 	  -13 	285 	289 	275 	849
3 Washington
	+13 	F 	  -2 	293 	298 	286 	877
T4 Stanford
	+30 	F 	  +1 	299 	306 	289 	894
T4 Pepperdine
	+30 	F 	  +10 	301 	295 	298 	894
6 Oregon
	+31 	F 	  +2 	307 	298 	290 	895
7 UC Davis
	+32 	F 	  +8 	298 	302 	296 	896
8 New Mexico State
	+41 	F 	  +9 	305 	303 	297 	905
9 San Jose State Univ
	+53 	F 	  +12 	313 	304 	300 	917
10 Oregon State U.
	+56 	F 	  +23 	306 	303 	311 	920
11 Washington State U.
	+67 	F 	  +16 	316 	311 	304 	931
12 Idaho, University of
	+68 	F 	  +20 	310 	314 	308 	932
13 Gonzaga University
	+71 	F 	  +25 	307 	315 	313 	935
14 Washington (B)
	+77 	F 	  +19 	318 	316 	307 	941
15 San Francisco, U. of
	+80 	F 	  +31 	308 	317 	319 	944