April 19, 2011
TEMPE, Ariz. -
The No. 7 California Golden Bear women's golf team shot a four-over in the final round to leap over the Stanford Cardinal and finish fourth at the Pac-10 Championship in Tempe, Arizona., being held at the par-72, 6,230 yard Karsten Golf Course.
The Bears had their lowest round of the tournament, coming in with a four-over 292, in the third round. Cal also had the earliest tee times, sending them to the clubhouse to watch and wait for over an hour as the rest of the teams finished. The Bears were watching the Stanford Cardinal in particular. The Cardinal, who led after the first round, were over par by double digits most of the round, dipping below the Bears midway through the round. Stanford climbed back above Cal after the Bears had already completed the round, but fell back below Cal in the standings and remained there after the final cards were tallied. The Bears ended up edging the Cardinal by four strokes, 880-884 after starting the round eight strokes behind Stanford. Cal finished seven strokes behind third-place UCLA and 16 strokes behind USC, the Pac-10 Champions.
We got really solid play today from the Bears," said head coach Nancy McDaniel. "A fourth-place finish in the Pac-10 is the equivalent of a strong national finish. The four teams ahead of us are all ranked in the top-5 in the country. We aren't completely satisfied with a fourth place finish, but I am proud of how we played. We were very consistent and didn't get crazy either way."
The shot of the day came from Cal's number five, freshman Nicola Roessler, who had a hole-in-one on the par-3 16th hole. It was the second time in the tournament that a player holed the 16th with Arizona's Kyndall Ardoin doing the same in the first round.
The individual title came down to a playoff between Sophia Popov of USC and Tiffany Lua of UCLA with Popov winning the playoff and the title with a 6-under and a par on the playoff hole.
For the Bears, senior Pia Halbig finished in a tie for fourth place. Halbig was -2 for the tournament, shooting a one-under 71 in the final round. Halbig had a bogey-free round until the final hole when she bogeyed 18. Halbig had a pair of birdies on the back-nine, going one-under on both the 12th and 15th holes. Junior Joanne Lee also had trouble at 18, but birdied 8 and 14 earlier in the round. Lee was +2 for the round and finished the tournament at one-over, tying for sixth. Junior Daniela Holmqvist went one-over in the third round, shooting a 73.
"We were led by Pia and Joanne today," McDaniel said. "They were really patient out there and we had a few putts drop that got them both top-10 finishes.
"This is really an honor to earn a spot on the All-Pac-10 team," McDaniel said. "The members of the first team are all ranked in the top-10 in the country, so to earn second team honors is quite an accomplishment."
The Bears will now wait on word of a spot in the NCAA Regionals. The Bears are trying to earn their 12th consecutive NCAA Regional invitation. The field for the regionals will be determined April 25th with the three locations this year being Daytona Beach, Notre Dame (Indiana), and Seattle.
T4 Pia Halbig 73 71 71 215 T6 Joanne Lee 71 72 74 217 T17 Emily Childs 73 75 74 222 28 Daniela Holmqvist 76 77 73 226 36 Nicola Roessler 77 78 77 232
1 Southern California E F +3 282 291 291 864 2 Arizona +5 F +1 290 290 289 869 3 UCLA +9 F +1 284 300 289 873 4 California +16 F +4 293 295 292 880 5 Stanford +20 F +16 282 298 304 884 6 Arizona State +27 F +3 304 296 291 891 7 Oregon +28 F +8 290 306 296 892 8 Washington +50 F +20 307 299 308 914 9 Oregon State +64 F +27 309 304 315 928 10 Washington State +78 F +16 323 315 304 942