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Cal heads to Washington for Pac-12 championships


Bears finish 5th in the Top-5 of the last 8 competitions

PHOENIX – The No. 26 California women’s golf team opens the postseason Sunday through Tuesday at the Pac-12 Championships in Pullman, Washington.

The Golden Bears will compete on Palouse Ridge Golf Club’s par-72, 6,324-yard course, finishing in fifth place at the Silverado Showdown. Cal has five top-five finishes this season, good for the most since 2016-17.

TOURNAMENT INFO

  • Dates: April 21-23
  • 54 holes (18-18-18, Sunday-Tuesday)
  • First tee: 9am PT
  • Cal’s tee times: 9am – 9:40am PT
  • Location: Pullman, Washington | Palouse Ridge Golf Club
  • Course information: Par 72 | 6,324 meters
  • Host: Washington
  • Live score: Golfstat
  • Day 1 Links

THE FIELD (11)
No. 27 California
No. 1 Stanford, No. 4 UCLA, No. 9 USC, No. 12 Arizona State, No. 14 Arizona, No. 16 Oregon, No. 35 Washington, No. 45 Oregon State, Colorado, Utah, Washington State

THE BEARS
Cal will play the same lineup for the third consecutive tournament, featuring its five lowest scorers of the year. Sophomore Adora Liu possesses the lowest scoring average on the team at 72.5 strokes per round, closely followed by freshmen Constance Fouillet (72.6).

A mainstay in the lineup in recent years, senior Cristina Ochoa (73) has been one of the team’s most consistent golfers this season, shooting par or better in 10 of her last 14 rounds. Fellow senior and transfer to Oklahoma State Rina Tatematsu (73.1) and sophomores Olivia Lee (74.5) round out the Bears’ cohort.

FANTASTIC Freshmen
Currently on pace to set the Bears’ freshman scoring record, Fouillet is coming into the top 10 in a row. She has led the Bears this season by posting a team-best score five times, and also posted team-highs in par or better rounds (16), lowest 18-hole score (-6) and top-20 finishes (5).

WHAT A YEAR
Not counting their Big Match win over Stanford, the Bears have finished in the top five in five of their last eight tournaments. They started the year with a bang, recording four program records in their second competition of the year at the Molly Invitational. Led by Fouillet – whose opening round 6-under par tied the Bears’ record – Cal set new team records with 18 holes (-17), 36 holes (-19) and 54 holes (-28).

The Molly kicked off the program’s first-ever streak of three straight wins, as the Bears teamed with the Cal men’s golf team to defeat Stanford 4-3 in the Big Match and overcome a 13-stroke deficit over the final 18 holes to win the final. Ron Moore Intercollegiate, capping off their best two-week stretch ever.

NANCY MCDANIEL ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
On Thursday, Nancy McDaniel announced that this will be her last season with the team. Since the program’s first year in 1995-96, she served as the team’s founding head coach for 29 seasons, totaling 29 seasons at the helm.

A two-time Pac-10 and West Regional Coach of the Year, McDaniel led the Bears to two Pac 10 championships, as high as a No. 2 national ranking, three consecutive top-five appearances at the NCAA Championships and 20 consecutive NCAA Regionals.

PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2024 Pac-12 Women’s Golf Championships will be dedicated to McDaniel and will be a continuation of the PlayforHer campaign that raised more than $280,000 for breast cancer research at the Stanford Intercollegiate last October.

This year’s championships will also feature daily 30-minute highlight recaps airing on the Pac-12 Network the morning after each round.

NCAA SELECTION SHOW
The NCAA will announce the field for this year’s NCAA Women’s Golf Championships during its annual selection show on the Golf Channel at 11 a.m. PT on Wednesday, April 24. NCAA Regionals will be played May 6-8, followed by the NCAA Championships hosted by Texas at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California from May 17-22.


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