Cal Ends Season With Strong Round at NCAA West Regional

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Sat., May 11 - 297-312-296=905 (+53)



STANFORD - After seeing its strong first round undone by Friday’s round that took the Bears out of contention at the NCAA West Regional, California women’s golf head coach Nancy McDaniel told her team to continue to fight for each hole on the course in Saturday’s final round – a message that the team, and especially seniors Joi Pentin and Jacqueline Williams, took to heart at the Stanford Golf Course.

The Bears dropped form seventh to 17th from the first to second rounds, but the seniors along with the lone junior in Nicola Rössler led Cal to its best round of the tournament Saturday as Cal concludes postseason play 18th at the West Regional with a score of 297-312-296=905 (+53).

“Our back was against the wall and they really responded,” McDaniel said. “The seniors came out and played so well just to be a couple over par and finish the way they did. That makes me really proud of this team. Their whole thing was we won’t fold at all and we’ll fight to the finish, and they did. They shot a round that if you shoot three of those rounds the entire tournament then you’re in. We learned a lot from that experience.”

Pentin shot one of the best individual rounds of the day with her one-over 72, a score topped by only 19 of the 126 golfers competing at the regional. Competing for the final time, Pentin birdied 15 and 18 to start the day before going even over the back nine with birdies on 7 and 9. Competing in her first NCAA Regional, Pentin matched her career-best round at 72 and with her 78-77-72=227 (+14), she was just three strokes shy of her career-best 54-hole tournament – a mark she set at the Ptarmigan Classic in Fort Collins, Colo., at the start of the 2010-11 season.

“It’s my last collegiate round so I think when coach asked me what was different today than the past two days, I said that there’s literally no tomorrow,” Pentin said. “I just gave it my all. Especially on the back nine. Today I was even on the back and two under on my last three. Everything was automatic. Every ball went to every pin. I hit 16 greens, which I think is the most I’ve ever hit. To birdie 9 and 18, which I consider the two hardest holes on the course, is a great finish. I’m proud of my whole team, but both Jackie and I for bringing in great rounds for our last career rounds.”

Williams finished three-over (74) Saturday with a birdie on 13 coupled with a back nine that was flawless other than a bogey on the fifth hole. Like Pentin, Williams saved her best round for last, finishing five strokes better than she did in the first or second rounds this week.

“To see the seniors play the way they did today was really fun,” McDaniel said. “They carried a load for our team in leadership. Sometimes that weighs you down, but to watch them free it up today and play for themselves, the team and their families that came out was really meaningful. What they’ve done for our program is immeasurable. It’s not about the strokes out on the course, but today it was. That makes me really happy that they could finish and feel really good about themselves as players and as teammates.”

Rössler shot one-under on the back nine to finish the day with a 73 (+2) and earn her first top 40 finish at an NCAA Championship event with her score of 73-77-73=223 (+10). Freshman Hannah Suh (70-79-77=226, +13) came in 60th individually after carding +6 Saturday, and sophomore Morgan Thompson weather a four-hole stretch of double-bogeys to remain focused and shoot plus-two over her final seven holes.

Just as seeing the seniors go out with top performances, it was just as rewarding for the team to see the Golden Bear community travel to Stanford and cheer the team on. Members of the California water polo and swimming and diving teams made the trek across the Bay as did a large contingent of Bear fans and families.

“It gave us such a lift,” McDaniel said. “The players were so excited because golf doesn’t get a lot of spectators. We’ve been warming up to this the entire season. It’s good to have so many people come out, and to have fellow athletes see what our sport is about was very meaningful for the team.”

The 2013 NCAA West Regional was the 14th consecutive year that the Bears earned a bid to the post season.

California Individual Results
T39. Nicola Rössler – 73-77-73=223 (+10)
T60. Hannah Suh – 70-79-77=226 (+13)
T65. Joi Pentin – 78-77-72=227 (+14)
T91. Jacqueline Williams – 80-79-74=233 (+20)
113. Morgan Thompson – 76-80-85=241 (+28)

Team Results
1. USC – 290-289-280=859 (+7)
2. Purdue – 291-286-283=860 (+8)
3. Vanderbilt – 289 -289-291=869 (+17)
4. South Carolina – 296-285-293=874 (+22)
5. Stanford – 301-284-290=875 (+23)
T6. Arizona – 300-298-291=889 (+37)
T6. Oregon – 292-297-300=889 (+37)
T6. San Jose State - 301-304-284=889 (+37)
9. Baylor – 295-291-304=890 (+38)
10. Georgia – 296-299-296=891 (+39)
11. Pepperdine – 303-299-290=892 (+40)
T12. Texas A&M – 300-302-295=897 (+45)
T12. LSU – 301-300-296=897 (+45)
T12. Kent State – 302-294-301=897 (+45)
T15. Ohio State – 301-299-299=899 (+47)
T15. UNLV – 310-296-293=899 (+37)
17. Denver - 299-312-289=900 (+48)
18. California – 297-312-296=905 (+53)
19. Florida State – 310-305-295=909 (+57)
20. Harvard – 309-305-299=913 (+61)
21. Miami (Fla.) – 307-312-305=927 (+75)


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