Feb. 16, 2013
PALO ALTO, Calif. - In a spring opener being held at the site of the upcoming NCAA West Regional Championship, the California women's golf team holds steady at the top of the leaderboard in day one of the Peg Barnard Invitational.
Competing at the par 71, 6,051-yard Stanford Golf Course, the Bears shots a first round 285 (+1) to take a four-stroke lead over No. 18 Stanford at 289 (+5). The Bears also have a 10-stoke lead over No. 2 Washington and 11-stroke lead over No. 10 UC Davis.
Sophomore Morgan Thompson led the Bears Saturday with a career-best 69 (-2) and is just one stroke out of the individual lead. Thompson began the day with bogeys on two of her first four holes before rebounding with a strong back nine that was highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 12th hole. Thompson also shot birdies on the 14th and 16th to pace the Bears.
"It was a great opener," California head coach Nancy McDaniel said. "Anything around par is always good down here. We had a couple of breakthroughs with Morgan finishing under par. It definitely doesn't surprise anybody, but at the same time it's a really good way to start the season for her. It's the best she's played at Stanford by a mile. She's off to a good start."
Senior Jacqueline Williams shot an even 71, a season best, in what was a steady performance throughout the day that has her tied for eighth on the individual leaderboard. Williams hit par on her first six holes before standing one over at the turn. She closed out the day with two birdies and a bogey on the final three holes.
Freshman Hannah Suh is the third Bear to finish in the top 10 with her one-over par 72 (+1). Suh shot birdies on the eighth, 10th and 12th holes and had a stretch of seven holes that she shot even. Junior Nicola Rossler finished with a 73 (+2) with her birdie on the 12th offset by bogeys on the 16th, 17th and third holes.
Carly Childs turned in a 4-over 75 and is tied for 28th overall. Competing individually on the day were senior Joi Pentin and freshman Roberta Roller. Pentin shot a 75 (+4) and Roeller shot an 86 (+15) after encountering difficulties on the 12th and 13th holes with a combined 16 strokes on the two mid-day holes.
"They played like they've been working hard over the offseason," McDaniel said. "That was fun to watch today. The last time we played here was the Stanford Intercollegiate in October. We didn't start well or end well that time. Nothing got going and everyone went into the winter with the feeling that that won't happen. Next time we'll right the ship. They spent time doing that. The last place we played is the place we're playing now. You never like to come down and not have you're A-game. Today started off on a good note and we hope to keep that going."
California returns to the course Sunday at 8:30 a.m. in the final day of the Peg Barnard Invitational.
CALIFORNIA INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
DAY ONE TEAM RESULTS (GolfStat Ranking/GolfWeek Ranking)