California Opens 2009-10 Season at Golfweek Challenge

Sept. 9, 2009

BERKELEY -

The California Golden Bears women's golf team will open the 2009-10 season at the Golfweek Conference Challenge, Sept. 13-15 at the Primm Valley Resort in the Nevada desert.

Cal will be anchored by Golfweek preseason third team All-American Pia Halbig. Halbig, who is beginning her junior season, posted a team-best 73.0 stroke average last season, setting a new Cal standard for season-average.

Roseanne Niven, the only senior on this season's Cal squad, will also be one of the veteran's in the lineup for Cal this weekend. Niven is coming off of a summer season that included playing against the top professional talent in the world in the 2009 RICOH Women's British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Anne's Golf Club.

One more familiar face, sophomore Diane Kwon, will be featured in the five-player lineup at Primm. Kwon had a strong finish to the 2009 spring season, including shooting an even-par 72 in the final round of the NCAA West Regional. Kwon played in all but one of the Bears' spring tournaments, solidifying their number three position. Kwon was the individual medalist at the Long Beach Women's City Championship this summer.

Two newcomers will make their Cal debuts this week. Joanne Lee, who has been a member of the Cal team since transferring last summer, will cast aside her red shirt and finally compete for the Bears. Lee transferred from USC where she was an honorable mention for All-Pac-10 honors, posting a 74.3 stroke average and ending her season ranked among the top-50 individuals.

Emily Childs is another transfer player who looks to make an immediate impact on the squad. Childs, who grew up in Alameda, attended the University of Colorado last year before deciding to come back to the Bay Area to attend Cal. She was the Big-12 Conference Player of the Month twice last season and earned All-Big 12 First Team honors, posting a 73.38 scoring average.

The Golfweek Conference Challenge is being put on by Golfweek Magazine featuring 18 schools from 18 different conferences. The Bears will be representing the Pac-10 in the competition. The tournament will be held at the Primm Valley Resort, 40 minutes south of Las Vegas on the California/Nevada state line. The course actually lies within the state of California, though the resort is located in Nevada.

The field of competition includes: East Tennessee State (Atlantic Sun), Oklahoma State (Big 12), Portland State (Big Sky), Coastal Carolina (Big South), Ohio State (Big Ten), UC Irvine (Big West), Georgia State (Colonial), Southern Methodist (Conference USA), Harvard (Ivy), Ball State (Mid-American), Drake (Missouri Valley), UNLV (Mountain West), Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley), California (Pac-10), Chatanooga (Southern), Oral Roberts (The Summit League), Fresno State (WAS) and Pepperdine (WCC).

Live tournament scoring will be available through http://www.golfstat.com.

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