Cal's McDaniel Named Pac-10 Women's Golf Coach of the Year
April 27, 2001
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - California head coach Nancy McDaniel was named the Pac-10 Women's Golf Coach of the Year this week. This is the first such honor for McDaniel, who has overseen the Golden Bear program since its inaugural 1995-96 season. Sophomore Vikki Laing and freshman Sarah Huarte also each earned their first honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection.
Under McDaniel, Cal has improved each season, including seeing their team stroke average decrease each year. After the Bears inaugural 333.5 average, the 2000-01 team average is at an all-time Bear low of 306.0.
Earlier this week, the Bears finished sixth at the Pac-10 Championship and set new team school records for 18 (288), 36 (590) and 54 (891) holes. Individually this season, Cal has set school records for 18 (69), 36 (143) and 54 (216) holes, as well.
Cal posted a program-best fourth place finish at the 2000 Pac-10 meet and has seen its conference team score decrease almost every season, including an all-time best 891 this year. In six years, the Bears have taken 102 strokes off their Pac-10 team score.
Year Place Score1996 10th 9931997 10th 9431998 9th 9461999 7th 9162000 4th 9042001 6th 891
Also during McDaniel's tenure, the Bears have won four tournaments:
- 1997 Blue Rock Springs Invitational
- 1998 BYU Invitational
- 1999 Oregon Invitational
- 2000 Oregon State Invitational
For the first time in Cal history, two Cal women's golfers were selected honorable mention All-Pac-10. Laing (76.17) holds a slight lead over Huarte (76.19) for the team-best stroke average. Laing posted Cal's highest ever finish at the conference tournament, taking fourth with a school record score of 216. Huarte tied for 10th with a 221, including a school record round of 69 to open the tournament.
Sunday, Cal is expected to earn its second-consecutive bid to the NCAA regionals, which take place May 10-12 at Purdue, Oregon State and North Carolina. Twenty-one teams are selected to each regional with eight teams from each site advancing to the 24-team NCAA Championship May 22-25 at Stetson's Mission Inn Golf Course in Florida.