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By Anton Malko, Cal Athletic Communications
The threat of sport cuts at California in 2010-11, a time of economic crisis for the nation, the state and the University, was a wakeup call to many members of the Golden Bears community. For those who supported men's golf, however, it had a very familiar ring.
Financial sustainability is a mantra the program has maintained since its reinstatement in 1982 as an NCAA varsity sport in Intercollegiate Athletics, coming three years after its cost-cutting relegation to club status. When the team returned to the department in '82, with no scholarships and an agreement to cover all its costs, it built itself slowly and steadily into a nationally prominent program. It didn't award its first scholarship until 1990.
Tremendous achievements, both on and off the course, have now brought the program to the next crucial juncture in its history, a $12 million endowment campaign that can make one of the department's great success stories both academically and athletically financially sustainable in perpetuity.
"We're all proud of how far the program has come," said Ken Lloyd, president of the Cal Golf Committee, "but the work is not done."
Three Golden Bears - Marr Ladrech, Jeff Bain and Brett Cumberalnd - were named by Collegiate Baseball as Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americans. The stature of Cal's young yet talented squad just keeps on growing.
Head Coach Kevin Grimes announced today that the nation's leading prep scorer, forward Spencer Held, was added to the Bears' 2015 recruiting class. Held is an alum of the US Soccer Development Academy and Agoura High School.
California men's tennis continued to collect postseason honors on Wednesday, when five Golden Bears earned spots on the Pac-12 All-Academic Teams and Cal claimed multiple rankings in the final ITA individual polls of the season
Women's Tennis also gathered more accolades on Wednesday for their athletic and academic prowess during the 2014-15 season, as California earned nine rankings in the ITA's final individual polls and three spots on the Pac-12 All-Academic teams. Maegan Manasse claimed two top-10 ITA rankings, as the sophomore is ranked sixth in the singles poll and with sophomore Denise Starr is ranked ninth in the doubles poll.
FIFA Women's World Cup
Hype for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, which begins this Saturday when Canada takes on China at 3 pm. PT, continues to grow as Golden Bear Alex Morgan graces the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Morgan is also featured in a new advertisement "#BandTogether" for Nationwide Insurance.
Morgan and the USWNT's first match of Group D is against Australia on Monday, June 8 at 4:30 pm PT.