Cal women edge USC for Pac-12 title

Cal held off a strong Pac-12 Championship field for its first conference crown since 2003.

Cal held off a strong Pac-12 Championship field for its first conference crown since 2003.

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 

PULLMAN, Wash. – Seniors Joanne Lee and Daniela Holmqvist came up big Sunday for the California women's team, making crucial putts on the final hole at Palouse Ridge Golf Club to send the Bears to a one-shot triumph over third-ranked USC at the Pac-12 Championship. Lee's birdie putt broke a tie for the top spot with the Trojans, and then Holmqvist made her par to clinch the victory. It was Cal's second Pac-12 crown and its first since 2003.

Cal, No. 9 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings heading into the event, finished at 17-over 881 and knocked off three top-4 teams to emerge from a tight battle and win the title. No. 14 Arizona finished third at 20-over 884, and top-ranked UCLA (885) was another stroke back. No. 4 Arizona State (887) finished fifth, followed by No. 11 Colorado (888) in sixth.

The Bears, who led Colorado by three shots heading into the final round, shot 4-over 292 Sunday and had to survive charges from Arizona (final-round-best 281) and USC (287).

Lee finished fourth individually with a 3-over 219 total, and Holmqvist tied for fifth at 220. Nicola Roessler (T-23) and Emily Childs (T-25) also had top-25 finishes for Cal.

USC's Doris Chen, who shot a final-round-best 4-under 68 Sunday, won the individual title with a 1-over 217, one shot ahead of UCLA's Tiffany Lua and Arizona State's Giulia Molinaro.

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