Second-Day Stumble Leaves Cal in 13th Place

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Freshman Jacqueline Williams eased seamlessly into the starting line-up for the Cal women's golf team, even turning in the squad's lowest score on day three of the PING/ASU Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.

Williams' performance was one of the brighter spots for the No. 11 Bears, who finished 13th out of the 17-team field.

Williams, playing in what was just her second tournament of the season, filled in for sophomore Daniela Holmqvist who was out because of a sore back.

She improved her score each day of the tournament, turning in a 78 on day one, a 77 on day two, and a greatly improved 72 on day three for a final score of 227 to tie for the 57th individual spot.

"(It was) great that she could step right in," coach Nancy McDaniel said.

As a team, Cal had identical scores of 296 (eight-over par) in the first and third rounds, but faltered in the second with a 15-over.

Cal's stumble on the second day ultimately proved to be too much for it to regain its footing in a field so competitive that 11 of the teams were in the most recent top 25 rankings.

UCLA edged out tournament host Arizona State in the final round to earn the title of PING/ASU Invitational champions by a single stroke. UCLA's Stephanie Kono, who won the individual medalist honors, led the day-three push for the title with an outstanding six-under par round.

Cal's top golfer, sophomore Joanne Lee, tied for the 22nd individual spot with a final score of 217, just one over par.

Senior Roseanne Niven's score of 225 (nine over par) put her in a tie for 51st place individually, and junior Pia Halbig followed close behind with a 10 -over par (226) to tie for 55th.

The PING/ASU Invitational was Cal's last tournament before the Pac-10 Championship in Eugene, Ore., next week from April 19-21.

"We've got to make sure we have everybody clicking when we go to the Pac-10s," McDaniel said.

Considering the PING/ASU Invitational was a measuring stick-seven of the nine other Pac-10 teams were there-McDaniel couldn't have said it better.


Contact Byron Atashian at [email protected]

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