Cal women’s golf falls short of expectations in Stanford Intercollegiate

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Cal women’s golf finished its third and final day of the Stanford Intercollegiate in ninth place. While the Bears rallied on day three, this was not the result that head coach Nancy McDaniel and her student-athletes would have wanted from the tournament at their rival’s home course.

The team finished shooting 22 over par, a season low thus far in the fall. The Bears’ ninth-place finish was also a season low for the squad, as they managed to place eighth and fourth in their previous events.

After the first round of the Stanford Intercollegiate, Cal found itself in ninth place but couldn’t hold this top-10 spot for long. After Saturday’s round, the team slipped to 12th, falling even further behind the competition heading into the final day of competition. The team ultimately rebounded by finishing back in the top 10, settling back into the ninth-place spot, tied with No. 2-ranked UCLA.

Senior Cindy Oh had the best outing for the Bears, finishing in 13th place to continue her hot streak for the fall campaign. She was able to prove once again that her importance to the team is unparalleled, as the rest of the team struggled throughout the three days.

Rival Stanford finished second in the tournament, trailing only USC for the top spot on the podium. Cal also found itself falling to conference rivals Washington and Arizona State over the weekend, while tying with the Bruins.

The Bears ultimately found themselves in the bottom-middle of the pack when compared to conference rivals in this event — not where they want to be, with the Pac-12 Preview event just around the corner.

Freshman Katherine Zhu was able to notch an individual top-25 finish after an excellent final round, shooting two under par — the best round by any of the Bears in this meeting. Zhu finished with a three over par in the event. She has had an outstanding freshman year to date and will seek to solidify her strong fall season next month.

Fellow freshman Elena Arias had the third-best finish of the Bears, with a seven over par after the final day of competition. She shot a +5 on the first day, but was able to turn her performance around and shoot a much better +2 in each of the final two rounds.

In a year expected to be full of growth, the freshmen have been great for Cal so far and continue to prove what they can bring to the team moving forward, as they both finished in the top 40 individually.

Seniors Marianne Li and Amina Wolf didn’t have nearly as strong outings as the other Bears, shooting +11 and +18 over the weekend, respectively.

The Bears will return to action with the Pac-12 Preview, which will begin Nov. 5 at the Nanea Golf Club in Hawaii. Cal has one more chance at conference competition before the winter hiatus separates the team from spring play.

Jack Whaley covers women’s golf. Contact him at [email protected].