With an all-Bakersfield roster featuring three returners and three freshmen, the CSU Bakersfield women's golf team is ready to tee off in its first tournament of the 2012-13 season on Monday and Tuesday in the Firestone Grill Cal Poly Invitational.
The season promises to be an exciting one as it is the first for CSUB as a member of the West Coast Conference. The 'Runners will play in three fall tournaments before playing in five tournaments in the spring including the CSUB Invitational March 25-26 at the Bakersfield Country Club and the WCC Championship April 15-17 in Bremerton, Wash.
"Both (assistant) coach Dave Aguilar and I are optimistic about this upcoming season," said second-year head coach Tony Bernardin.
The 'Runners' roster is made up of a young squad with one junior, two sophomores and three freshmen. Malea Miller (Bakersfield, Calif., Bakersfield College) returns as the only junior and is looking to build on her solid season in 2011-12, which was her first with the 'Runners after transferring from Bakersfield College. Lauren Holbrook (Bakersfield, Calif., Liberty HS) and Micah Lopez (Bakersfield, Calif., East Bakersfield HS) are back for their sophomore seasons after impressive freshmen campaigns. CSUB's freshmen class is made up of golfers from Frontier High School, where previously served as head coach before coming to CSUB for his first season last year and where he still teaches. The three newcomers are Jordanne Barr, Lexi Keeter and Michelle Martel.
"With the returning players and new comers to the team gives us tournament experience," Bernardin said. "Jordanne Barr, Malea Miller, Lauren Holbrook and Micah Lopez bring the college tournament experience. Both Lexi Keeter and Michelle Martel
have vast high school playoff tournament experience. The most exciting
facet of the team is that it is made up of quality players from
Bakersfield. Their efforts are financially supported by local people."
The three-round, two-day Firestone Grill Cal Poly Invitational will be played at Monarch Dunes Golf Course in Nipomo, Calif. Action will begin wiht a shotgun start at 8:50 a.m. on both days with two rounds being held on Monday and the final 18 holes slated for Tuesday.
The women's field features eight teams including Cal Poly, Cal State
Northridge, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Santa Clara, Biola
and Sacramento State.
The course measures 6,759 yards for men and 6,007 yards for women. Par is 70 for men and 71 for women.