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Bears Take Fifth At Meadow Club

Mar 8, 2022
Sophomore Cristina Ochoa shot even-par to finish in a tie for 12th place.

FAIRFAX – The Cal women's golf team had three players finish in the top-20 individually, leading the Golden Bears to a fifth-place finish at the 13-team Juli Inkster at Meadow Club Invitational on Tuesday.

Senior Elena Arias and sophomore Cristina Ochoa tied for 12th place at even-par for the tournament, while sophomore Mika Jin placed in a tie for 19th at 3-over par.

The Bears finished at 13-over par as a team.

"We are getting better on the things we are working on, and those are things that are under our control," Cal head coach Nancy McDaniel said. "When you look at it that way, there is some nice success in that. We really weren't looking at our finish this week as much as our process, and I thought we really got after the process."

Ochoa finished the tournament strongly with back-to-back rounds of 2-under par. Ochoa has now shot under par in three of her past six rounds, dating back to last week's Gunrock Invitational.

"Cristina is really locked in. That's really the only way to describe it," McDaniel said.

Arias tied for the second-best performance of her career and her best since carding a 1-under par and finishing in third place at the Gunrock Invitational as a freshman in 2019. She shot exactly even-par in all three rounds of the tournament.

"Elena has been up and down with her game and with some of the challenges she's had at Cal," McDaniel said. "She can walk out of Meadow Club and really feel like she's laying the foundation for the rest of a good season. It's a great feeling for her."

Jin has now competed in five tournaments this season and has finished in the top-20 in three of them. She leads the Bears with a 72.5 scoring average.

Cal will play in a tournament for a third straight week when it travels to Palos Verdes for the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge next Monday-Wednesday. The 16-team field features 10 squads ranked in the current Golfstat top-25.