March 31, 2009
The shorthanded No. 24 California Golden Bears women's golf team will play in their first major tournament since Feb. 24, competing in Tempe at the PING/ASU Invitational April 3-5.
The PING/ASU Invitational will feature 17 teams, including six Pac-10 schools, playing the par-72 6,230 yard Karsten Golf Course at Arizona State University in Tempe. The three-round, 54-hole tournament is one of the most competitive tournaments on the schedule for the Bears. Last years, Cal finished eighth among the 17 teams in the tournament led by Pia Halbig's 5-over 18th place finish.
Halbig is coming off a tie for first place at last weekend's individual tournament in La Quinta, Calif. Halbig shot a one-over 73 at the Stadium Course at the southern California desert resort to tie for first place with Tiffany Joh of UCLA. Halbig moved up to No. 32 in the latest Golfweek individual rankings. Allison Goodman, who shot a +3 to finish sixth at La Quinta, is flirting with a top-50 ranking, coming in at No. 59 on the latest list.
The Bears played in the individual tournament near Palm Springs last weekend and played a dual against San Jose State the weekend before, but due to the rainout of the Spartan Invitational at the beginning of March, have not played in a traditional tournament since the Wildcat Invitational in Sonora, Mexico that took place February 22-24. It is the last event presently on the schedule for the team before the Pac-10 Championships April 24-26 at Stanford.
The Bears' projected lineup for the PING/ASU Invitational:
Live stats for the tournament will be available at www.golfstat.com .