California Places Second at Golfweek Conference Challenge

Sept. 15, 2009

PRIMM, NEVADA -

The California Golden Bears women's golf team placed second at the season-opening Golfweek Conference Challenge, finishing one stroke behind tournament-champion Pepperdine. Cal had moved into first place after Pia Halbig birdied 15. Pepperdine's golfers posted just one bogey on the final three holes to Cal's three to move ahead with the one-stroke margin of victory. The Bears finished ahead of 16 other schools in the tournament that featured 18 teams from 18 different conferences. Cal, representing the Pac-10, finished with a one-stroke advantage over the third place finisher, the Southern Conference's Chattanooga.

The Bears steadily improved with each round of play at the 6,135 yard par-72 Desert Course at the Primm Valley Resort. They finished the first day in fifth place with a round of 300, the second round in second place after scoring 292, and then shaved another two strokes in the third round for a 290.

Halbig was again the top golfer for the Bears. She finished the third round with a one-under 71. She finished the tournament tied for third place after shooting even par over the 52 holes. Diane Kwon also finished in the top-ten, tying for sixth place with a +3 219, posting identical one-over 73's in each of her rounds. Kwon got off to a very hot start in the third round, firing an eagle on the par-4 second hole, the only eagle of the tournament for a Cal player. Newcomers Joanne Lee and Emily Childs also shot one-over 73's in the final round. Lee finished at +7 and Childs +12.

The Bears have a short break in their schedule before returning to action on Monday, October 5, when they head to Sammamish, Wash. for the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational.

California Golden Bears Scores

2   	California	  	+18 	F 	300 	292 	290 	882T3   	Pia Halbig	   	E 	F 	76 	69 	71 	216T6   	Diane Kwon	   	+3 	F 	73 	73 	73 	219T18   	Joanne Lee	   	+7 	F 	74 	76 	73 	223T31   	Emily Childs	   	+12 	F 	81 	74 	73 	228T46   	Roseanne Niven	   	+17 	F 	77 	80 	76 	233

Team Scores

1  	Pepperdine	+17 	F 	  E 	298 	295 	288 	8812  	California	+18 	F 	  +2 	300 	292 	290 	8823  	Chattanooga	+19 	F 	  +5 	296 	294 	293 	8834  	Ohio State	+20 	F 	  -2 	298 	300 	286 	8845  	Oklahoma State	+22 	F 	  +5 	295 	298 	293 	8866  	UC Irvine	+26 	F 	  -2 	307 	297 	286 	890T7  	Harvard University	+40 	F 	  +3 	310 	303 	291 	904T7  	UNLV	+40 	F 	  +12 	304 	300 	300 	904T9  	East Tennessee St.	+51 	F 	  +18 	302 	307 	306 	915T9  	Oral Roberts Univ.	+51 	F 	  +6 	310 	311 	294 	91511  	Georgia State Univ.	+52 	F 	  +3 	318 	307 	291 	91612  	Ball State	+63 	F 	  +13 	307 	319 	301 	92713  	Coastal Carolina	+64 	F 	  +22 	311 	307 	310 	92814  	Drake	+70 	F 	  +23 	311 	312 	311 	93415  	Jacksonville St.	+76 	F 	  +26 	317 	309 	314 	940T16  	Fresno State	+82 	F 	  +16 	324 	318 	304 	946T16  	Southern Methodist	+82 	F 	  +21 	321 	316 	309 	94618  	Portland State Univ.	+88 	F 	  +19 	328 	317 	307 	952
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