Former Cal star and Berkeley Native Named Assistant Coach
June 3, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. - Anna Temple, a three-year member of the Ladies European Tour and a former star player at California, has been named an assistant coach for her alma mater's women's golf team, Golden Bears head coach Nancy McDaniel announced Tuesday.
'I am thrilled to bring Anna back to Cal as an assistant coach,' McDaniel said. 'Anna shows an enormous amount of pride for Cal, having grown up here and having lived her whole life as a Bear. Her extensive knowledge of the campus will be an asset to recruiting. She is well traveled and will be able to continue our tradition of recruiting internationally.
'Anna has gained valuable experience playing on the Ladies European Tour. Her global perspective will help her be a successful coach. She has also worked extensively with some of the best teachers in golf, including Pia Nilsson, Lynn Marriott, Rich Marik and Dr. Glen Albaugh, and will be able to share that knowledge with the Cal players. Anna has also been a lead instructor at the Nike summer camps in Monterey for the last five years. Anna's well-rounded background is exactly what Cal needs as we strive to consistently be one of the top programs in the country.'
Temple competed at Wisconsin in 2000-01 before transferring to play for Cal from 2001-04. A product of Berkeley and a fourth generation Golden Bear, Temple's scoring average improved each year during her college career. As a senior captain, she earned all-region honors by tying for third place at the NCAA West Regional with a score of two-under 214. Overall, Temple posted three top-five finishes during her final season at Cal. As a junior, Temple was named Cal's Most Improved Golfer. The history major graduated from Cal in 2004.
'I am very excited to be returning to my alma mater,' Temple said. 'It is really an honor and a privilege to begin the next chapter of my career at Cal. I am looking forward to working with Coach McDaniel and with an amazing group of student-athletes. The program has been consistently successful. It is a great opportunity for me to become a part of such a storied program and a successful athletic department. This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I'm grateful to be rejoining the Golden Bear family.'
Since 2006, Temple has played on the Ladies European Tour. Her best results include tying for 19th at the 2007 Nykredit Masters in Denmark and tying for 28th at the 2007 Northern Ireland Ladies Open. In 2006, Temple tied for sixth at the Qualifying School Stage II.
This year, Temple also began competing on the Ladies African Tour. In February, she placed second at the WPGA Masters in Johannesburg, South Africa, highlighted by a final round of 64 to springboard her to a tie for first at 12-under. However, Temple lost a play-off to Rebecca Hudson. Temple is currently ranked sixth on the tour's Order of Merit.
From 2005-06, Temple competed on the Duramed Futures Tour.
Temple replaces Anne Walker as Cal women's golf's assistant coach on July 1. Walker assumes her duties as UC Davis' head women's golf coach on July 1.