No. 7 California Plays This Weekend in the Bay Area

Oct. 13, 2009

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The No. 7 California Golden Bears women's golf team will make their lone Bay Area tournament appearance of the fall this week when they head to the Stanford University campus to participate in the Stanford Intercollegiate, Friday, Oct. 16 through Sunday, Oct. 18.

Cal is coming off a dominant performance at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational last week in the Seattle area. The Bears led the tournament from the first hole through the 54th, finishing first in a field of 13 teams. Cal edged second-place Stanford by 15 strokes to earn the team title. The Bears finished second in their season-opening tournament, the Golfweek Challenge, played in the Nevada desert near Las Vegas.

Cal went from starting the season just outside of the top-25 to a No.17 ranking. They moved up ten spots in the Golfweek rankings after the victory in Washington, entering this week's tournament with a position in the top-10 at No. 7.

Cal's individual golfers also moved up the rankings. Junior Pia Halbig is up to No. 13 in the Golfweek rankings. Sophomore Joanne Lee moved up to No. 40. and Emily Childs jumped up to No. 60.

The Stanford Intercollegiate is the first of two regular season tournaments the Bears will play this season on the Cardinal's home course. They will also compete at the Peg Barnard Classic in the spring. The Stanford University Golf Course, a 6,117-yard, par-71 course designed by William Bell and George C. Thomas, Jr., will also host the 2010 NCAA West Regional, giving the Bears a chance to perhaps play the course three times this season.

Last year, the Bears finished eighth among the 16 teams in the tournament with Pia Halbig pacing the Bears at +2 to finish in a tie for 14th place.

Coach McDaniel has announced a projected lineup of Childs, Lee, Halbig, sophomore Roseanne Niven, and sophomore Diane Kwon.

Cal will be competing in a field of teams that includes Arizona, Arizona State, Denver, Hawaii, Oklahoma State, San Francisco, San Jose State, Stanford, Texas, UCLA, UNLV, USC, Vanderbilt, and Washington.

Live tournament scoring will be available through www.golfstat.com.

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