Two New Bears In Lineup For Opener
The California women’s golf team is set to start its 2023-24 season at the Dick McGuire Invitational on Sept. 11-12. The Golden Bears will be competing among a 17-team field at the University of New Mexico Championship Golf Course in Albuquerque, N.M.
Cal’s season-opening lineup will consist of three returners, led by co-captain Cristina Ochoa who begins her senior year coming off a solid junior campaign. In 2022-23, Ochoa led the Bears in scoring average through their first 10 competitions, tied a program record for lowest individual round (-6, Pac-12 Preview) and posted seven rounds of par or better. Former Big West Player of the Year Kaylyn Noh and standout sophomore Adora Liu will also make their season debuts.
Joining them will be both of the team’s newcomers in Oklahoma State transfer Rina Tatematsu and French freshman Constance Fouillet. Tatematsu compiled an impressive resume in three years at OSU, earning WGCA Honorable Mention All-America honors and being named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 2021.
- Dates: Sept. 11-12, 2023
- Format: 54 holes (36-18, Monday-Tuesday)
- Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico | UNM Championship Course
- Course Info: Par 72 | 6,354 Yards
- Host: New Mexico
- Live Scoring: Golfstat
THE FIELD (17)
New Mexico, Arizona State, Boise State, Cal, Denver, Iowa State, Kansas, Kent State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oregon State, Pepperdine, San Diego State, SMU, Texas State, UNLV, Texas (individuals only)
OFF THE TEE
1 – Adora Liu (So., Fremont, Calif.)
In her debut season at Cal, Liu was in the lineup for every one of the Bears’ fall competitions. She had her best performance of the year in her spring debut at the Causeway Invitational in February, tying for second place individually thanks to a 1-under 71 that went down as her best round of the season. Liu went on to perform well as a substitute at the Pac-12 Championships, where she recorded the Bears’ second-best score over the final two rounds with a +1. Her freshman year ended with a 42nd-place finish at the NCAA Palm Beach Gardens Regional. This summer, she finished first in the qualifying round of the NCGA Women’s Amateur before advancing all the way to the semifinals.
2 – Rina Tatematsu (Sr., Bangkok, Thailand)
Tatematsu will make her debut for the Bears after transferring from Oklahoma State this summer. She began a…