Former California star Anne Walker continues to personify the Golden Bear spirit in her sixth season on the coaching staff and first as associate head coach for her alma mater's women's golf team. During Walker's 10 years of devotion to Cal as a player and coach, she has helped shape the Bears into a consistent national championship contender.
Prior to Walker's first year of competition in 1998-99, the Bears' team scoring average was 319.8. During her freshman season, the team made the program's biggest scoring improvement to 310.7 and won its first major tournament - the BYU Invitational - behind Walker's first-place finish. This year's team is on a school-record pace of 296.4.
Cal improved each year during Walker's playing career, highlighted by three regional and two NCAA Championships invitations, and has continued to do so with her on the coaching staff.
In Walker's inaugural year as an assistant coach, Cal won a nation's-best seven tournament titles, earned an all-time best national ranking of No. 2 by Golfstat late in the year and tied for 14th at the NCAA Championships.
In 2003-04, the Bears posted a school-best finish of fourth at NCAAs and set a Cal season stroke-average record of 298.1. Cal placed fifth at nationals the following two seasons, joining Duke as the only schools with three straight top-five NCAA Championships finishes from 2004-06.
Walker became Cal women's golf's first All-Pac-10 honoree after her freshman and sophomore seasons and received second-team recognition as a senior. She also was a three-time first-team Pac-10 All-Academic choice and an Academic All-District VIII pick as a senior.
Her career culminated by being awarded the Pac-10 Medal of Honor as the Bears' top graduating female student-athlete.
Leadership was one of Walker's strong points as a player and has become even more prevalent as a coach. She is Cal's only three-time captain and was the team's only member of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee.
Walker has distinguished herself as one of only three Cal athletes to win two tournaments, grabbing top honors at the 1998 BYU Invitational and the 2002 Bay Area Classic.
In January of 1998, Walker came to Berkeley from Lanarkshire, Scotland, and has represented her country's national team on numerous occasions.
The three-time National Golf Coaches Association Academic All-American earned her bachelor's degree with honors from Cal in geography in May of 2002.