No. 12 Cal Finishes 11th at Wildcat Invitational

Feb. 27, 2008

TUCSON, Ariz. - No. 12 California took 15 shots off of its second round score to finish 11th Wednesday at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational at Arizona National Golf Course. The Golden Bears fired a team score of 306 in the final round to finish the three-day event at 924.

'We handled ourselves and the wind much better today,' Cal head coach Nancy McDaniel said. 'We're disappointed with our overall performance in Arizona, but we were competing against a national championship-caliber field. Hopefully, this will be just one bump along the way in a strong season. We will learn from this experience and will be better prepared to deal with windy conditions when we face them again.'

No. 15 Oklahoma State won the 16-team tournament at 884 (+32), and No. 2 Duke and No. 4 USC tied for second at 886. Host Arizona, ranked No. 8, took fourth at 899, and No. 3 Arizona State finished fifth at 901.

Duke's Amanda Blumenhurst led after each round and claimed the individual crown by three shots, carding an even-par 213. USC's Belen Mozo and Oklahoma State's Jaclyn Sweeney were co-runner-ups at 216.

Freshman Pia Halbig led all Cal golfers by tying for 20th at 225 after finishing with a 75 in the final round. Halbig covered the back nine at one over to lead the Bears for the first time in her career. Junior Allison Goodman tied for 24th at 227 after shooting a 74 for Cal's low round on Wednesday. Goodman had two birdies each on the front and back nines.

'Pia played solid through three rounds,' McDaniel said. 'It's important to have a leader at every tournament, and this time it was Pia.'

Rounding out the Bears results were junior Shannon Yocum in a tie for 40th (231), sophomore Roseanne Niven in a tie for 65th (241), and freshman Belinda Diamond in 87th (256) in her first collegiate competition. Yocum shot a 78 in the final round, and Niven had a 79 for her best round of the invitational.

Cal returns to action at the Spartan Invitational March 3-4 in San Jose, Calif.

Arizona Wildcat InvitationalArizona National Golf CourseFinal - after 3 roundsPar 71, 6166 yards

Team Results (16): 1. Oklahoma State 884 (288-298-298), 2t. USC 886 (296-300-290), 2t. Duke 886 (288-302-296), 4. Arizona 899 (288-308-303), 5. Arizona State 901 (287-316-298), 6. UCLA 904 (288-321-295), 7. New Mexico 907 (298-307-302), 8. Pepperdine 914 (293-316-305), 9t. Auburn 917 (292-314-311), 9t. Stanford 917 (303-314-300), 11. California 924 (297-321-306), 12. BYU 925 (309-309-307), 13. Texas 926 (304-318-304), 14. Vanderbilt 939 (305-328-306), 15. Washington 943 (307-314-322), 16. UNLV 951 (325-314-312).

Top Three Individuals: 1. Amanda Blumenhurst (Duke) 213 (68-72-73), 2t. Belen Mozo (USC) 216 (74-74-68), 2t. Jaclyn Sweeney (Oklahoma State) 216 (71-72-73).

Cal Scores: 20t. Pia Halbig 225 (73-77-75), 24t. Allison Goodman 227 (74-79-74), 40t. Shannon Yocum 231 (70-83-78), 65t. Roseanne Niven 241 (80-82-79), 87. Belinda Diamond 256 (80-89-87).

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