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Bears Move Up On Second Day In Vegas

Bears Move Up On Second Day In Vegas

Fouillet, Liu Combine To Shoot 6-Under

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Led by freshman Constance Fouillet and sophomore Adora Liu, the California women’s golf team jumped to eighth place at the Las Vegas Regional on Tuesday, ending the second round with a 13-over-par 589 team score.

Fouillet (76-68 – 144) carded a 4-under 68, tying for the day’s fifth-best individual score. After missing the opening round due to illness, Liu’s impact was felt immediately as she shot a 2-under 70, good for her best NCAA Regional round yet.

No team made a bigger improvement between rounds one and two than Cal, which needed 13 fewer strokes to finish day two with an even-par 288. The Bears opened the day strong by shooting a collective 4-under on holes 1 through 6. 

“That’s what we planned on – to get out to a better start,” Cal head coach Nancy McDaniel said. “Today, our focus as coaches was to do everything we can to support the team on getting a good start, and they did. There was a sense of urgency. They’re very good at responding.”

Only two golfers finished with more round-two birdies than Fouillet. After starting the day with a personal goal to improve her opening-round score on par 5s by four strokes, she would do exactly that, capping things off on a high note by sinking her sixth birdie from about 15 feet out on the par 5 hole 18.

It was the third time this season that Fouillet shot 4-under or better in a single round, moving her up 27 spots on the individual leaderboard to 17th place.

“My management of the par 5s made the whole difference. I was very happy with that,” Fouillet said. “Tomorrow, we’ve got to grind it out, but that’s something we’ve done before. We just have to keep doing what we’ve been doing all season and just be us.”

Battling through the illness that sidelined her on day one, Liu (-2) was consistently sharp throughout the day. She closed out the front nine with birdies on three of the last five holes before shooting par the rest of the way.

“Adora and Constance have been leading us all year. They take on their role seriously and they welcome it,” said McDaniel. “They know that they can lead this team and it’s fun to watch them. Adora maybe had 70 percent to give, but she gave 100 percent of that. That makes us really proud as Bears.”

Senior Rina Tatematsu (73-74 – 147) and sophomore Olivia Lee (80-76 – 156) rounded out the team’s contributing scorers….


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