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Bears Resume Spring Season At Causeway Invitational

Bears Resume Spring Season At Causeway Invitational

Cal Currently Owns Highest Ranking Of Season

The entire Cal women’s golf team will be in action next Monday and Tuesday when the Bears compete in the Causeway Invitational at Del Paso Country Club hosted by UC Davis.
This will be the second competition of 2023 for the Golden Bears, who are coming off an impressive fourth-place finish at the Collegiate Invitational several weeks ago in Guadalajara, Mexico. Cal is one of 10 schools set to compete on the par-72, 6,143 yard course, with the tournament beginning with a 36-hole shotgun start on Monday at 8 a.m.
“I don’t think we’ve actually ever done this where we have two teams and an individual and everybody gets to be there together,” Cal head coach Nancy McDaniel said. “To provide this unique experience where all 11 student-athletes get to travel together, it’s a lot of fun and that’s the highlight. Just being together and pushing one another, that’s what I think breeds good golf sometimes, so we’re looking forward to it.”
The Bears enter the competition with their highest ranking of the season, just three spots out of the top-25 in the most recent WGCA Coaches Poll. They are the highest-ranked program in the 10-school field.
“We finished really well at our last tournament, so there’s a lot of hope and belief in us for the rest of the season,” senior Kristine Tran said. “Now we know what we’re capable of.”
Cal’s A-Team lineup consists of four Bears who competed at the Collegiate Invitational. Graduate student Annika Borrelli began that tournament with a 4-under 68 in round one, two strokes ahead of any other golfer and her best round yet as a Bear. She went on to finish in ninth overall, while junior Cristina Ochoa tied for 13th.
Junior Mika Jin had the strongest final two rounds on the team, carding a 74 and a 73 to finish tied for 28th. Senior Tzu-Yi Chang and freshman Olivia Lee round out the team.
“I’m really excited. It’s unusual that the whole team is playing, so I feel like that just adds to the atmosphere,” Lee said. “For me, it’s just about trusting my game and trusting my teammates because we’ve all got the same belief, confidence and effort in our goal and what we want to do.”
Tran and fellow senior Jasmine Lew will be making their season debuts on Cal’s B-Team lineup, as will freshman Anna Molloy who will be competing as an individual.
“We had a lot of new players at the start of the year, so it was a…


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