April 28, 2012
PULLMAN, Wash. - The No. 9 California Golden Bears, with the help of three under-par rounds including a 68 by senior Daniela Holmqvist, moved into first place after the second round of the Pac-12 Championships in Pullman, Wash.
The Pac-12 Championship Tournament, being played at the par-72 6,200 yard Palouse Ridge Golf Course in Pullman, Wash., had a Saturday second round that was played under much more mild conditions than Thursday's shortened practice round and Friday's opening round. Though the temperature was still slightly chilly (in the 50's), the gusty winds and rains were absent in the second round.
The Bears took advantage of the improved conditions, dropping 23 strokes off their opening round score to finish on Saturday with a five-under, 283.
"We began the day playing very steady," said head coach Nancy McDaniel. "Coming around ten, we saw that Colorado started making a lot of birdies and making a charge. We kept the players super-positive and told them to stay patient. That patience really payed off."
Senior Daniela Holmqvist led the surge for the Bears, shooting a four-under 68. Holmqvist, who made the turn at even-par, birdied her final three holes to finish at four-under. She is currently tied for the overall lead with Arizona State's Giulia Molinaro at +1 after starting the round in a tie for 16th place.
Junior Jackie Williams also had an under-par round, shooting a one-under 71. Williams bogeyed her first hole and then went bogey-free on the final 17. She had a pair of birdies on 16 and 17 to card her 71.
"I was very impressed with Jackie's solid play today," McDaniel said. "It was great to see her come back like that after shooting a much higher number on Friday."
Senior Joanne Lee also came in with a one-under 71. Lee was at -3 after ten holes, but bogeyed 13 and 16 to finish at -1. She is currently tied for seventh overall at +4.
Senior Emily Childs shot a one-over 73, getting a birdie on 18 to close out her round.
"Emily did a great job of playing steady after getting off to a rocky start," McDaniel said. "She worked really hard to not get frustrated and not give up. She had a fantastic eight-footer for birdie on 18 after a hot wedge shot. The conversion was what initially put us one stroke ahead of Colorado and into the lead."
Going into Sunday's final round, the Bears have a three-stroke lead over Colorado, five stroke lead over No. 1-ranked UCLA, and six strokes on USC.
"All year long, we have been saying that this is a team that can compete," McDaniel said. "Today, we looked each other in the eye and went out there and did it. We haven't been in a position in awhile to possibly win a conference championship. We are excited about the opportunity. Everyone is contributing right now. And with the leadership of our three seniors, I think we are ready for tomorrow."
The Bears won the Pac-10 title at the 2003 championships. Former Golden Bear Vikki Laing was the individual medalist that same year. It was the only time the Bears have won the team title or have had a player earn the individual medalist honors.
The Bears will be in the final group to tee off on Sunday with tee times starting at 9:20 a.m. Live Scoring will be available through Golfstat.com.
1 California 306 283 589 T1 Daniela Holmqvist 77 68 145 T7 Joanne Lee 77 71 148 T13 Emily Childs 76 73 149 T34 Nicola Roessler 76 77 153 50 Jaqueline Williams 89 71 160
1 California +13 F -5 306 283 589 2 Colorado +16 F -4 308 284 592 3 UCLA +18 F +2 304 290 594 4 Southern Cal +19 F +1 306 289 595 5 Arizona State +21 F +10 299 298 597 6 Arizona +27 F E 315 288 603 7 Oregon +31 F +12 307 300 607 8 Stanford +32 F E 320 288 608 T9 Washington State +33 F +9 312 297 609 T9 Washington +33 F +6 315 294 609 11 Oregon State +41 F +12 317 300 617