On an unforgiving cold and windy Monday afternoon, the Cal women’s golf team began competition at the Meadow Club in Fairfax, California. After two days of play and three rounds, the Bears finished 4th overall in a field of 12, with all five of the team’s players finishing in the top 30. SDSU finished atop the leaderboard at the end of the two-day event, with Cal 12 strokes behind the leader.
Although the Bears did not pull off a victory this week, there were many individual highlights throughout the tournament. Sophomore Amina Wolf had the breakout performance she had been looking for all spring season and finished tied for 15th, the second-best finish in her career and her highest since tying for eighth at the Stanford Invitational Tournament in mid-October.
Junior Marthe Wold, who finished tied for 23rd at +8 (224), struggled in her first round, bogeying seven holes, but as the tournament progressed she settled in shooting par on holes 40 of 54 holes, the most in the tournament. Sophomore Marianne Li has continued to struggle this spring season, finishing tied for 30th but shot -2 (70) in the third round, which is tied for the lowest score in an around by any Cal player in this season.The round was a bright spot in what has otherwise been a slump in the spring season.
Once again, freshman Maria Herraez had one of the best performances of the tournament for the Bears, shooting +6 (221) and leading the Bears with a 14th-place finish.
“She really got a hold of herself over the break. Fall was really not what she wanted and I think she took that personally and really got after it and came back and started playing like she knew how to play, like the player we recruited,” said Cal head coach Nancy McDaniel.
Herraez has been the top finisher for the Bears in ever spring season tournament and birdied nine holes at the Meadow Club this week.
Although the individual team performances were much stronger than in any of the spring season tournaments so far, overall, the Bears were inconsistent from round-to-round and on the putting greens.
“We’re still rusty and most of that came through on the putting green. We just didn’t do a really great job of looking over our putts and giving them the respect they deserve.” McDaniel said. “I feel like we got some solid performances in at least one or two rounds from everyone now it’s just putting it all together and having people contribute over all three rounds.”
With only two more tournaments to go before the Bears compete in the Pac-12 Championship, time is running out for the team to start playing up to its potential.
“The team needs to start playing with a sense of urgency,” McDaniel said. “We’ve had three tournaments where we’ve played really mediocre and now it’s really time to get going and sort of turn the back burners on.”
The Bears will need to take the next few weeks that they have off to rest and gear up for their remaining tournaments, as they try to make a run into the postseason.
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