Sept. 14, 2010
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -
The California Golden Bear women's golf team finished in second place at the season-opening Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic. The Bears had two top-ten individuals with Pia Halbig finishing third among and Daniela Holmqvist placing eighth.
The Bears started the final day of play in eighth place among the 17 teams playing at the par-72 6,302 yard course at the Ptarmigan Country Club in Fort Collins, Colo.
In the final round Pia Halbig led the way, equaling her morning score by carding another 70, bringing her three-round total down to five-under. Williams had her best round of her Cal career, getting an even-par 72. Sophomore Joi Pentin, playing in her first tournament for the Bears, birdied her final hole to come in with a one-over 73 for her final round. Childs also birdied her final hole for the same one-over 73. The team posted an even-par 288 in the final round.
"I was pleased with the second place finish. We wish we could have been first, but it was great to rebound from the rocky start with a strong second 18," said head coach Nancy McDaniel. "We talk all the time about finishing rounds. Yesterday we finished the day, finished it strong."
McDaniel was also impressed with the team's performance without last season's scoring leader, junior Joanne Lee, who will return to the lineup next week in Tennessee.
"I think it shows what a deep team we have," said McDaniel. "We can put up a strong lineup even when short a person."
Cal ended the tournament with a final score of 867 (+3), finishing two strokes behind Colorado (865).
Halbig had three rounds under par, finishing in third place at five-under. Holmqvist, who finished the marathon Monday's 36 holes of play at six-under, held on for a top-10 finish, coming in eighth at one-under. Idaho's Kayla Mortellaro won the medalist honors with a nine-under 207.
Colorado held on for the team championship with a two-stroke advantage over the Bears. Colorado started the third round in second place, trailing Colorado State by three strokes and leading Cal by a stroke. The Buffaloes had a third-round one-under performance to take the team title. Colorado State shot a +13 in the final round to fall to sixth place.
The Bears will next compete at the Mason Rudolph Women's Championship in Franklin, Tenn. Sept. 24-26.