Bears Swing Into Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational Today

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The Cal women's golf team tees off today as the highest ranked squad participating at the two-day Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational being held in San Jose, Calif.

"We wanted to treat this break as the 10 days we have in between regionals and nationals," senior Roseanne Niven said. "We want to make sure we're pushing ourselves forward until the end of May."

Cal enters the Juli Inkster Invite with high expectations in the 16-team field that includes Colorado, UC Davis, and UC Irvine, among others. The field is not nearly as competitive as last week's Arizona Wildcat Invitational in Tucson, Ariz., where the Bears finished fourth.

Cal had the second highest day two score of all the teams in the Wildcat Invitational to push them up from their day one standing of seventh place. Cal looks to build momentum in the Juli Inkster going off of its strong finish in Arizona.

"We really started to concentrate on our putting and getting into it with our strokes," Coach Nancy McDaniel said. "If we can capitalize on the six to 10 footers we'll be in good shape."

The team drove down to San Jose for a practice round on Saturday and went over the golf course together to think about their plan in preparation for the tournament.

"The strategy is really just patience and taking it one shot at a time," McDaniel said.

Despite only being two days, the Juli Inkster is a 54-hole tournament with a par score of 72. Two of the three 18-hole rounds will be played today, with the final one reserved for tomorrow.

Putting together two solid rounds today will be a key for success in building a lead and finishing strong for the Bears.

"We're working towards the high 280s, low 290s three rounds in a row," McDaniel said. "What we're looking for this time is consistency."

The Juli Inkster, hosted by San Jose State, will be held on the 6,960 yard Almaden golf course opened in 1955.

"(Almaden golf course) is definitely a place where you can score if the weather cooperates", McDaniel said.

Cal's projected lineup is sophomore Joanne Lee, sophomore Emily Childs, sophomore Daniela Holmqvist, junior Pia Halbig and Niven.

"If we can get a few under-par rounds, that would be good," McDaniel said. "Everyone on our team is capable of that."

The proximity of the Juli Inkster to Cal is helpful for the Bear golfers because they are only away for two nights, while most away tournaments keep them from home for four days.

The completion of the Juli Inkster Invitational will mark the halfway point of Cal's spring season, with four tournaments completed and four more to go. Cal has a mini-break of a month until its next tournament, the PING/ASU Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.


Contact Byron Atashian at [email protected]

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