Cal Posts Strong Back Nine
NAPA, CALIFORNIA – After one day of action at the Silverado Showdown, the Cal women's golf team sits in 14th place. The Bears are competing against a loaded field featuring 12 ranked teams and five in the top-15 of the most recent poll.
The Bears started slow, but played much better on the back nine as they carded a 20-over 308 as a team and are in striking position of a number of teams, with nine schools sitting between +12 and +20 after one day of action.
Cal's four scorers on the day shot +17 on the front nine, but impressed by shooting +3 combined over the back nine.
Senior Elena Arias led the way for the Bears as she shot a 4-over 76. The Spanish National had a tough start to the round, but shot par for the final 12 holes of the round and sits in a tie for 44th.
It was a similar story for fellow senior, Katherine Zhu. Zhu was also 4-over after the first six holes, but bounced back with a +1 over the final 12 holes and sits in a tie for 49th.
Mika Jin parred 14 of the 18 holes on the day. The sophomore was 3-over after the first two holes, but was +2 on the final 16 holes as she sits in a tie with Zhu in 49th. Tzu-Yi Chang was -1 over the back nine, but finished the day +6 as she tallied a 78 and is tied for 58th.
Cristina Ochoa is tied with Chang in 58th. She was the top Bear at the turn as she recorded a +2 over the front nine. Ochoa totaled a team-best three birdies in the first round.
The second round of the tournament tees off at 8:50 a.m. on Tuesday morning from the Silverado Resort in Napa.