Bears Fight Back to Win Spartan Invitational

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The Cal women's golf team came from behind in the third and final round to snatch the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational team title from tournament host San Jose State yesterday in San Jose, Calif.

"It is very exciting to get this win," head coach Nancy McDaniel said. "Winning this is a good indicator of where we are as a team."

After Monday's two rounds, the Bears trailed San Jose State by seven strokes. Cal posted a 297 on day two while the Spartans faltered down the stretch, posting a 308.

UC Irvine golfed a 300 in the final 18 holes to finish two strokes behind Cal and two strokes ahead of San Jose State to come in second place.

The short-game practice Cal focused on leading up to the tournament paid dividends.

"We have worked really hard over these last 10 days and just wouldn't let up," McDaniel said.

Cal also overcame the stellar performance of San Jose State's Christi Corpus, the individual medalist who finished with a one-over par for a total score of 217.

Four Bears finished in the top 20: sophomore Joanne Lee, sophomore Daniela Holmqvist, sophomore Emily Childs, and junior Pia Halbig.

The top Bear was Lee, posting a score of 221, including a par score of 72 in the final round, to finish fourth place individually.

Holmqvist posted a nine over par (225) to land herself in a tie for the seventh individual spot.

Childs golfed a +10 (ten over par) to tie for the 11th place finish individually.

Halbig tied for the 17th spot with a final score of 227.

Senior Roseanne Niven finished in a tie for 38th place individually with an eighteen over par (234).

Cal won the 2008 Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational as well (the tournament was rained out in 2009). This is Cal's 22nd team victory in program history.

The Bears have a month off until their next tournament, the PING/ASU Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. from April 9-11.

"(The win) gives us a good punch in the arm for when we head into April, which is going to be really tough stuff," McDaniel said.


Contact Byron Atashian at [email protected]

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