Jeong’s 4-Under Round Leads Bears at Pac-12 Preview Day One

KONA, HAWAII – California’s Alice Jeong carded a 4-under 69 in the first round Monday to lead the Golden Bears to seventh in the team standings after 36 holes at the Pac-12 Preview.

The tournament, held at the par-73 Nanea Golf Club in Kona, Hawaii, features all 11 Pac-12 teams as well as the University of Hawaii in a premier fall season finale. California sits seventh with a 302-297=599 (+15) after Monday’s two opening rounds. Washington holds an eight-stroke lead over the rest of the competition with a 282-293=575 (-9), followed by UCLA (583, -1) and Stanford (594, +10) in the team standings.

Jeong is Cal’s leading individual through 36 holes at 12th on the individual leaderboard. She followed her 69 with a 78 in the second round to finish the day with a 1-over 147. It is the second time this fall that Jeong has carded a round of 4-under or better. Earlier this season at the Schooner Fall Classic, she matched the program record with a 6-under round when she shot a 64 in the final round at the par-70 course in Norman, Okla.

Junior Hannah Suh shot under-par in the first round and sits tied for 15th with a 72-76=148 (+2) after two rounds. Sophomore Lucia Gutierrez, competing in her second tournament of the year, is 22nd individually with a 79-71=150 (+4) to become the third Bear to shoot a round under par Monday.

“We had three under par rounds which is good,” California head coach Nancy McDaniel said. “On the other end, It’s tough to get a 9-over any day you play, and we had a few of those as well. That’s tough. We’re still working on our consistency. We saw some really good bounce backs from the first round to the second round, which is encouraging. We’ll go out tomorrow and do our best to put it together.”

Junior Carly Childs sits 41st individually with an 82-74=156 (+10), and senior Jo Ee Kok sits 50th with an 82-76=158 (+12).

“We don’t want to give as many strokes away as we did in the first round today,” McDaniel said of Cal’s goals for Tuesday. “Being able to end on a really good note with four or five solid scores tomorrow will be important for us going into this winter break.”

Competition concludes Tuesday with teams teeing off at 9:30 a.m. PT.

COURSE: Nanea Golf Club (par-73; 6,392 yards) – Kona, Hawaii

FORMAT: Two-day, 54-hole tournament with 36 holes the first day and 18 holes on Tuesday. The top-four individuals from each five-member team with the lowest scores for each 18-hole round constitute the scoring members for that given round.

CAL LINEUP
T12. Alice Jeong – 69-78=147 (+1)
T15. Hannah Suh – 72-76=148 (+2)
T22. Lucia Gutierrez – 79-71=150 (+4)
T41. Carly Childs – 82-74=156 (+10)
T50. Jo Ee Kok – 82-77=159 (+13)

COMPETING TEAMS
1. Washington – 282-293=575 (-9)
2. UCLA – 288-295=583 (-1)
3. Stanford – 291-303=594 (+10)
4. Arizona – 293-302=595 (+11)
5. Washington State – 289-307=596 (+12)
6. USC – 294-303=597 (+13)
7. California – 302-298=600 (+16)
8. Arizona State – 304-300=604 (+20)
9. Oregon – 296-311=607 (+23)
10. Colorado – 307-307=614 (+30)
11. Oregon State – 300-318-618 (+34)
12. Hawaii – 313-315=628 (+44)
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