No. 17 California Wins the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational

Oct. 7, 2009


The No. 17 California Golden Bears women's golf team won the team title at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, held at the Sahalee Golf Course in Sammamish, Wash. The Bears took the tournament lead shortly after teeing off on Monday and never looked back. They held a ten stroke lead at the start of the third round. After posting a 298 in the final 18 holes, Cal extended their margin of victory, winning the tournament by 15 strokes over second-place Stanford.

Senior Roseanne Niven showed her senior leadership in the final round, posting an even-par 72 to lead the squad. Niven birdied holes 11, 13 and 14 on the back-nine to card her best round of the season. It was the second day in a row that Niven had birdied 13 and 14.

'Rosie is our baounce-back girl,' said head coach Nancy McDaniel. 'To see her composure trying to come back after not playing her greatest round on Tuesday. Today, she was dialed in with her irons and she had a great round.'

Emily Childs, a sophomore playing in her first season at Cal after transferring from Colorado, was the top overall finisher for the Bears, placing third on the individual leader board. Childs opened the tournament with a one-over and then scored a pair of 74's in the final two rounds to finish at +5. She finished two strokes off the medalist, Katrina Delen Briones of San Jose State who posted a three-over.

Cal had two other players finish in the top-10. Sophomore transfer Joanne Lee tied for fourth place at seven-over, followed by junior Pia Halbig at +8.

'Our ball striking was consistent throughout the tournament,' said McDaniel. 'Sahalee might be the best course we play. It is extremely challenging with its tree-lined fairways and super fast greens. To see us play this consistently was fantastic.'

This is the first team victory for the Bears since last season when they posted back-to-back wins at the Ptarmigan Ram Classic and Badger Invitational to open the season. This is also their first victory at the Edean Ihlanfeldt. Last year, they tied for fourth a field of 13 teams. This is the 21st tournament win for a Cal team since 1997.

The Bears will be close to home next week, playing in the Bay Area at the Stanford Invitational. The three-day tournament tees off Friday, Oct. 16 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 18 at the Stanford Golf Course on Stanford's campus. This is the Bears lone Bay Area tournament during the fall.

Cal Scores

1   	California	  	+33 	F 	296 	303 	298 	8973   	Emily Childs	   	+5 	F 	73 	74 	74 	221T4   	Joanne Lee	   	+7 	F 	75 	74 	74 	223T6   	Pia Halbig	   	+8 	F 	73 	73 	78 	224T24   	Roseanne Niven	   	+18 	F 	80 	82 	72 	234T28   	Diane Kwon	   	+20 	F 	75 	82 	79 	236

Team Scores

113 	California	+33 	F 	  +10 	296 	303 	298 	897224 	Stanford	+48 	F 	  +15 	308 	301 	303 	91238 	Pepperdine	+53 	F 	  +16 	311 	302 	304 	9174  	San Francisco, U. of	+57 	F 	  +19 	301 	313 	307 	921548 	San Jose State Univ	+70 	F 	  +26 	309 	311 	314 	9346  	Washington	+75 	F 	  +27 	310 	314 	315 	9397  	Oregon State U.	+87 	F 	  +22 	324 	317 	310 	951832 	Oregon, U. of	+91 	F 	  +26 	326 	315 	314 	955929 	Idaho, University of	+101 	F 	  +35 	321 	321 	323 	96510  	Washington State U.	+102 	F 	  +30 	333 	315 	318 	966T11  	Brigham Young Univ.	+104 	F 	  +30 	320 	330 	318 	968T11  	Long Beach State	+104 	F 	  +29 	322 	329 	317 	96813  	New Mexico State	+151 	F 	  +44 	333 	350 	332 	1015
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