Cal Finishes Sixth at Pac-10s After Disappointing Final Round

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The Cal women's golf Pac-10 Championships was a roller coaster of unexpected twists and turns, with No. 1 nationally ranked Arizona State not finishing the tournament and Arizona, seeded fourth in the Pac-10, taking it all.

Two of the Sun Devil's golfers could not play the final two rounds because they were sick with a virus so strong they could hardly get out of bed.

The events of the tournament, which was held on the par-72, 6,203 yard Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore., can only be described as "a lot of good drama in the Pac-10" according to coach Nancy McDaniel.

The title is Arizona's seventh in school history and its first since it won five of six conference titles from 1997-2002.

Oregon, ranked 37th nationally and nowhere to be seen on the pre-tournament radar for a strong showing, ended in third place two strokes ahead of USC.

After hanging tough in third place for the first two rounds of the Pac-10 Championships, Cal couldn't sustain its efforts in the final round to finish strong.

"We just didn't get off to a good start (in the third round)," McDaniel said. "We got in a whirlwind, weren't able to dig our heels in at all and that's when you come out with 317s."

Entering the tournament sixth in the Pac-10, Cal squandered its early push to finish exactly where the standings predicted.

Cal's day three score of 317, the third-worst of all teams that day, completely negated its outstanding first round score of 287.

"That's just not going to cut it in the Pac-10s," McDaniel said.

Before the tournament, McDaniel said, "U of Arizona and Stanford are more around us, where we can definitely finish in the top of those 3 and have a strong finish."

While the Wildcats surprisingly went on to win, Cal finished 19 strokes ahead of rival Stanford. The Bears were pretty evenly matched against Arizona at the end of day two, but Arizona's third round was 29 strokes better than Cal's, making all the difference.

Arizona State's Carlota Ciganda won the individual title to become the only back-to-back and two-time individual conference champion in Pac-10 history.

Sophomore Joanne Lee, who turned in the lowest single round score of the tournament with a 67 on day one, finished in a tie for eighth place individually.

"(Joanne's) really fighting hard for her team and the team means the world to her," McDaniel said. "We're really lucky to have her."

Senior Roseanne Niven finished in a tie for 21st place in the individual rankings with a final score of 226 and a 73 in the second round.

Holding the 28th individual spot is junior Pia Halbig, who shot a 230.

Freshman Jacqueline Williams, filling in for injured Daniela Holmqvist, tied for 30th place with a 233. The freshman shot a 72 in the first round, but lacked the consistency to keep up high scores through the rest of the tournament.

Sophomore Emily Childs had a disappointing performance, turning in the worst score of all golfers present who participated in every round to finish in 47th place.

"You gotta play your heart out for 54 holes," McDaniel said. "I don't feel like we did that."


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