TEMPE, Ariz. – The Pac-10 Championship didn’t have the storybook ending the California women’s golf team seemed headed for after the first round, but the Golden Bears still managed to put their mark on school history.
After leading after round one with a school record of 288, Cal shot a 302 Tuesday and a 301 Wednesday to finish this year’s conference tournament in sixth-place with a 54-hole total of 891. The Bears shattered the previous Cal record of 896 and finished only one stroke behind Washington (890) for fifth place at Karsten Golf Course. This year’s conference meet also saw the Bears set the school record for 36 holes (590).
Arizona claimed its fourth conference crown in the last five years by firing a tournament low 287 in the final round to finish with a nine-over-par 873. Stanford took second with an 876, host Arizona State placed third (883) and USC grabbed fourth at 886.
Arizona’s Lorena Ochoa won a playoff with her teammate Natalie Gulbis to claim medalist honors after both athletes fired 54-hole scores of three-under-par 213. Washington’s Kelli Kamimura was two strokes back in third at 215.
Cal’s Vikki Laing turned in the Bears highest ever finish at the league meet, finishing fourth (previous high was a tie for 11th) with a 54-hole school record of 216. Freshman Sarah Huarte, the first day leader with a 69, finished in a three-way tie for 10th with a 221 after shooting a 75 and 77 over the final two rounds.
Sophomore Ria Quiazon was steady as always, carding a 74 in the third round to tie for 23rd with a Cal career best of 226.
The Bears next await their fate for NCAA regionals, which take place at different sites May 10-12.