Bears Move Up On Final Day
NAPA, CALIFORNIA – On the final day of the Silverado Showdown, the Cal women's golf team recorded their best round of the tournament and moved up two spots. The Bears posted the fifth-best team score of the day with a 4-over 292.
The Bears finished in 13th in a crowded field that featured 12 ranked teams, including two the Bears defeated in No. 29 TCU and No. 32 BYU. Cal performed better in each round of the tournament as they improved from 308 to 304 to 292 in their three rounds at the Silverado Resort and Spa Golf Course.
Katherine Zhu stole the show on the final day as she shot 3-under 69 to rocket up the leaderboard. She climbed 34 spots on the final day and finished tied for 39th. Zhu recorded par or better on 17 of the 18 holes including three birdies as she played mistake-free golf. The San Jose native had the biggest jump up the leaderboard of any player on the final day of competition and finished with the fifth-lowest score of the day.
After posting an even par in yesterday's second round, Tzu-Yi Chang followed it up with a 1-over 73 in Wednesday's final round. The junior recorded five birdies on the day and moved up another five spots on the leaderboard. She was 59th after the first round, but moved up to 33rd after yesterday's action and finished the tournament in a tie for 28th. Chang finished 7-over 223 for the three-day event.
Elena Arias finished the tournament tied with Zhu in 38th place as she finished with a 4-over 76 on the final day. After nine holes Arias was +5, but she recorded three birdies on the second half of the course to drop her score and finish with a 76. Arias also recorded a 76 in the first round and tallied a 74 in the second round to finish 10-over for the week.
Cristina Ochoa was another Bear who moved up on the final day as she climbed nine places to finish in a tie for 57th. Ochoa had a triple bogey on her first hole as she started on 14, but responded to the adversity nicely, recording par or better on 16 of the next 17 holes, including two birdies as she finished with her best round of the tournament at 2-over 74.
Mika Jin rounded out the Cal lineup as she tied for 70th place. She recorded a 5-over 77 in the final round.
The Bears are now finished with their regular season schedule and will head to Eugene, Oregon for the Pac-12 Championships. The teams will compete at Eugene Country Club in the three-day event on April 18-20.