Childs, Halbig lead Cal to Ihlanfeldt Invite win

Pia Halbig, left, and Emily Childs, right, led California to the title at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational.

Pia Halbig, left, and Emily Childs, right, led California to the title at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational.

Women's Rankings »

RankNameSchoolRating
1Alison LeeUCLA  69.59 
2Annie ParkUSC  69.73 
3Yu LiuDuke  69.81 
4Stephanie MeadowAlabama  70.00 
5Gaby LopezArkansas  70.01 

Women's Team Rankings »

RankNameRatingEvents
1Southern California 70.32 
2UCLA 70.60 
3Duke 70.79 
4Stanford 71.49  10 
5Arkansas 71.52 

The University of California held off a final-round charge from USC to win the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational by two shots Wednesday at Tacoma (Wash.) Country and Golf Club.

Junior Emily Childs and senior Pia Halbig led the Golden Bears to the win, finishing first and third, respectively, while junior Joanne Lee added a T-6 finish and junior Daniela Holmqvist (T-9) also finished in the top 10. For Childs, who finished at 10-under to win by three shots, it was the first collegiate victory of her career. Childs finished second at the Edean Ihlanfeldt last year in her first season with the Bears after transferring from the University of Colorado.

Halbig, who was coming off a win at last week’s Mason Rudolph Championship, has not finished worse than third in an event this year. She is ranked No. 6 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings, while California is ranked No. 11.

Cal closed with a final-round 8-under 280 to total 847 for the tournament, two better than the Trojans, who were 13-under in Wednesday’s final round. Southern Cal placed three players in the top five individually, as Lizette Salas took second, U.S. Women’s Amateur runner-up Lisa McCloskey finished fourth and Sophia Popov took fifth.

U.S. Women’s Amateur champion Danielle Kang finished T-6 and led Pepperdine to a tie for fourth with Stanford at 30 over par.

Led by Anya Alvarez, Washington finished third at 13 over.

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