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Bears Stand In Fourth Place At Gunrock Invitational

Mar 1, 2021
Katherine Zhu is at 5-under par after the first two rounds of the Gunrock Invitational.

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SACRAMENTO – Defending champion Katherine Zhu is once again near the top of the leader board and the Cal women's golf team had its best day of the early season Monday during the first two rounds of the Gunrock Invitational at Del Paso Country Club.

Zhu, whose victory last year was the program's first in four years, shot a 4-under par 68 in the first round and stands at 5-under after the first 36 holes of the tournament, four strokes off the lead.

Sophomore Jasmine Lew is at 1-under and tied for 13th place individually, and the Golden Bears are in fourth place in the team standings at 4-under par with the final round slated for Tuesday.

Monday marked Cal's best two rounds as a team this season. Freshman Mika Jin stands at even-par after the first 36 holes.

"We went out and kept it right around par," Cal head coach Nancy McDaniel said. "I felt like we had quite a few good looks at birdies; it's just a matter of getting them to go in. Hopefully, we'll make a few more putts tomorrow."

Zhu had three birdies and an eagle during the first round and another three birdies through the first 11 holes of the second to go to 6-under for the tournament. A triple-bogey on No. 12 set her back, but she immediately responded with another birdie on 13.

"Katherine was very resilient today," McDaniel said. "I was really proud of how she came back from that. She was starting to strike the ball better and she could see there were opportunities out there. She saw some opportunities and took advantage of them."

Stanford has a commanding lead at 20-under par but the Bears are just one shot behind third-place UC Davis and three strokes back of San Jose State.