RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. – The second day of match play at the SDSU Farms Invitational was not as kind to the Golden Bears Tuesday as California dropped games against Tennessee and UNLV in the championship bracket at the par-72 Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
California met Tennessee in Tuesday morning's second round but fell 4-1 to the second-seeded Lady Vols. In the third round Tuesday afternoon, California and UNLV battled to the end before the Runnin' Rebels claimed a 3-2 victory on the last hole of the day.
In the second round against Tennessee, freshman Marthe Wold led the Bears with the top match of the day, defeating Hannah Pietila 5&4. Pietila took the advantage on the first hole, but once Wold evened the score on the par-4 7th hole, the Golden Bear freshman took the momentum completely from the Lady Vol sophomore. Wold took her first lead with a birdie on the par-5 9th to go 1-up, and she improved it to 5-up after just six holes to claim the victory after the 14th hole.
Tennessee claimed the other four matchups with the closest Golden Bear point coming in Hannah Suh's matchup with Emmie Pietila. Suh held a 1-up advantage through most of the matchup before Pietila claimed the win on the final hole, the par-5 18th.
The Bears met UNLV in the third round after the Rebels fell to host San Diego State by a score of 3-2 in the second round. Cal earned wins from Hannah Suh and Pauline Loulier, the second wins of the tournament for both student-athletes after Suh and Loulier also won their opening round matchups against Kansas.
Suh took control of her matchup against Avery French on the 7th, winning four consecutive holes and five out of six to coast to a 4&3 win. Loulier led from the first hole against Anna Newell and never ceded the advantage, hitting a total of five birdies in 15 holes in her 4&3 victory. Competing in just her second tournament of the season, Loulier's five birdies in the third round were the most of any player in the tournament, and she has a total of 10 through three rounds of play, mostly courtesy to her tournament-best 3.91 scoring average on par-4's this week.
Final round action concludes Wednesday in Rancho Santa Fe.
COURSE: Farms Golf Club (par-72; 6,199 yards) – Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
FORMAT: Three-day match play tournament with 36 holes the first day and 18 holes on Tuesday. Matches consist of a best three-of-five series. A single 16-team bracket will be utilized for the opening round before the tournament splits into eight-team championship and consolation brackets for the remaining two days
CAL VS TENNESSEE MATCH PLAY (ROUND 2)
ROUND 2 CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET MATCHUPS
Emmie Pietila (Tennessee) def. Hannah Suh (Cal) – 1-up
Lucia Polo (Tennessee) def. Carly Childs (Cal) – 4&2
Anna Newell (Tennessee) def. Pauline Loulier (Cal) – 3&1
Marthe Wold (Cal) def. Hannah Pietila (Tennessee) – 5&4
A.J. Newell (Tennessee) def. Lucia Gutierrez (Cal) – 4-up
Colorado def. Oklahoma State, 3-2
Arizona State def. Pepperdine, 3-2
Tennessee def. Cal, 4-1
San Diego State def UNLV, 3-2
CAL VS UNLV MATCH PLAY (ROUND 3)
ROUND 3 CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET MATCHUPS
Hannah Suh (Cal) def. Avery French (UNLV), 4&3
Mayko Chwen Wang (UNLV) def. Carly Childs (Cal), 5&3
Pauline Loulier (Cal) def. Mackenzie Ralm (UNLV), 4&3
Harley Dubsky (UNLV) def. Marthe Wold (Cal), 2&1
Dana Finkelstein (UNLV) def. Lucia Gutierrez (Cal), 5&3
Tennessee def. San Diego State, 4-1
Oklahoma State def. Pepperdine, 3-2
UNLV def. Cal, 3-2