Weather Doesn't Deter Cal From Fourth Place Finish

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Mother Nature showed no mercy to the Cal women's golf team during its endeavors in Tucson, Ariz., limiting golfers to only two rounds in the two-day Wildcat Invitational instead of the initially scheduled 54 holes.

"The very first round was for sure the worst weather we've had all year," coach Nancy McDaniel said. "Rainy, cold, probably 45 degrees with wind blowing sideways."

But that did not deter Cal from pushing forward to a fourth place finish out of 16 teams.

"You have to be so mentally tough during rounds like that because you wake up at 5:30 in the morning and then you start playing as soon as it's light out and you don't stop playing until its dark out," McDaniel said. "So you're out there for 10 hours, and it's brutal, its so brutal."

Cal posted a 294 in the second round, the second-best score for that round and an eight stroke improvement on its first round performance. The day two turnaround boosted Cal three spots up from its first round standing of No. 7.

"We knew we didn't play as well as we would have liked in the first round, but they were excited about moving up the ladder and picking off some of those teams," said McDaniel.

Despite its strong final stretch, Cal finished one stroke behind Stanford, deja vu from last week's Peg Barnard Invitational hosted by the Cardinal.

"We've lost to Stanford two times in a row and we're fired up," McDaniel said. "Whenever we get our next opportunity, we'll be ready."

The Bears had four of their five players in the top 25: sophomore Emily Childs, junior Pia Halbig, sophomore Joanne Lee and sophomore Daniela Holmqvist.

Childs posted a six-over par with 74s on both days to tie for 14th place individually.

"It's absolutely no surprise to me that she's beginning to put together two good rounds," McDaniel said.

Lee and Halbig both golfed seven-overs to tie for the 17th individual spot. Holmqvist was close behind with a 150 to finish in a tie for 22nd.

"Having three players step up and finish in the top 20 in a field like that is what we need and I know that all five of those players are capable of that," McDaniel said.

"It was just a matter of being ready to go on any particular day."


Contact Byron Atashian at [email protected]

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