April 28, 1999
BERKELEY - Redshirt freshman Anne Walker was named honorable mention All-Pac-10 by a vote of the conference coaches as announced by the Pac-10 Conference office Tuesday.
"This is a great honor for Anne and a symbol of how far the Cal women's golf program has come," said Cal head coach Nancy McDaniel. "The Pac-10 is clearly the No. 1 conference for women's golf, so for Anne to be recognized as one of the top golfers is a huge accomplishment."
Walker set the Cal record for lowest strokes per round average in a season at 76.8, including a 74.0 stroke average during the fall season, which ranked 22nd nationally. Her teammate Eden Anderson recorded the previous Golden Bear best average of 79.86 during the 1997-98 season.
During the fall, Walker set Bear records for 36 (146) and 54 holes (217) to win the BYU Invitational, becoming the first Cal golfer to win a major tournament (more than three teams). The Lanarkshire, Scotland, native also originally established the Bear record of 70 strokes for 18 holes at the Ram Fall Classic and the Northwest Invitational before Lisa Yamane later matched her mark during the third round of the Hawaii Invitational.
The Bears placed seventh (916) at this year's Pac-10 Championship, their best finish in school history, and narrowly missed earning their first NCAA regional selection. They were only one shot behind sixth-place Washington. Cal also set a school team record this season with a round average of 310.7, 9.1 strokes better than a year ago. The future of Cal women's golf looks bright as McDaniel returns four-of-five regular starters next season - Walker, Yamane, Nicole Bolter and Cheryl Lala. Anderson, a member of the inaugural 1995-96 Cal golf team, is the only starter not returning as she has used up her college eligibility.