McDaniel: Huarte is 'ready to roll'

Feb. 5, 2004

BERKELEY, Calif. - Cal women's golf coach Nancy McDaniel, who was named the 2003 LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Coach of the Year last season, will lead her team into the 2004 spring season Feb. 9-11, at the Northrop Grumman Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif. She recently spoke about her No. 4-ranked team.

Q) How good of a spring do you expect from preseason All-American Sarah Huarte, who has a 73.4 stroke average?

'Sarah just won the South Atlantic Ladies Amateur in Florida two weeks ago, which is pretty big. Sarah has a lot of enthusiasm for the game, and she's got a spring in her walk and she's really ready to roll. This spring is her time, and she's feeling it. She's had her best season to date. That really carried through the offseason, and she's played well.'

Q) You are going to continue to start freshman Danielle Nash (75.7 stroke average) in the spring. Is she intimidated at all by starting on such a strong team in her first year?

'No. She handled her first start with an even par 72 at Stanford. She competed as an individual, not as part of the team, and she showed a lot of composure. That's what Danielle is all about. Of course, it's a learning experience for her, but she has the best seniors to lead her through this. It's all very positive.

'On the course, she brings distance, a real athleticism, and her presence is seen by everyone, the way she handles herself on the course. Off the course, she is a delightful person. She is very coachable and very much a team player.'

Q) Did the team perform up to expectations in the fall season, which included results such as winning the Topy Cup in Japan, placing second in the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational and taking fourth with a school record in the Stanford Invitational?

'Yes, I think so, with the new players in Sofie Andersson [75.8 stroke average] and Danielle Nash, they did a great job of integrating into the team, and as a whole we performed well.'

Q) Anna Temple, who is second on the team with a 74.3 stroke average, had a good fall.

'Anna Temple really had a good run in the first three tournaments. She was even leading the team or close to it. She was one of the leading low scorers to begin the season. She really got us off to a great start.'

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