March 16, 2011
The No. 4 California Golden Bear women's golf team heads to Northern San Diego County for the inaugural Battle at the Rancho Bernardo Inn March 20-22.
Golfdigest.com rated The Battle at Rancho Bernardo Inn as the fourth-toughest event in the nation during the 2011 spring season. 17 teams will be competing, with host-school #44 San Diego State along with #9 Arizona State, #10 Arizona, #22 Auburn, #4 California, # 46 Denver, #20 Georgia, #49 New Mexico, #34 Oregon, #13 Pepperdine, #7 Purdue, #33 TCU, #26 Texas, #25 UC Davis, #2 UCLA, #50 UNLV, #1 USC, plus individuals for a total of 96 total players.
The tournament will be played at the Championship Golf Course at Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Resort & Spa (Par 72, Yardage 6,336) in San Diego. It will be a 54-hole tournament (18-holes Sunday, 18-holes Monday, 18-holes Tuesday) with < a href="http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/index.cfm?tournament_id=2498">Live Stats available through Golfstat.
The Bears moved up one spot in the Golfweek team rankings, coming into the tournament ranked No. 4 in the nation. Cal's highest-ever regular-season ranking was No. 3 during the 2004 season. They earned a No. 2 ranking at the end of the 2003 season after winning the NCAA Central Regional.
The Bears come into the tournament having won their last two tournaments, the Peg Barnard at Stanford and the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational in San Jose. Cal also won both of those tournaments by 18 strokes over the second-place finisher. This was 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. These were the 23rd and 24th total team victories in program history and their third of the season after winning the Edean Ihlandfeldt Invitational in the fall.
Junior Joanne Lee has moved up to her best-ever Golfweek ranking, entering the week at No. 15. The Bears have four players in the top-60 with senior Pia Halbig ranked No. 32, junior Daniela Holmqvist at No. 50, and junior Emily Childs at No. 57.
Childs was the individual medalist at all three tournaments Cal has won this season. She comes into this week's play with back-to-back victories at the Peg Barnard and Juli Inkster. In both tournaments, she was battling with a teammate for first place. She earned a three-stroke victory over Daniela Holmqvist at the Peg Barnard and edged Joanne Lee by a stroke at the Juli Inkster.