FAIRFAX, CA --- Team consistency finally converted to a team championship for the California women's golf.
After a pair of early spring Top 3 finishes, the No. 14 Golden Bears claimed their first victory of the season by winning the Bay Area Intercollegiate Tuesday afternoon. Cal ended the two-day event with a score of +7 (583) that included a 15-stroke turnaround (+11 to -4).
The win is the first for the program since its title at the BYU Entrada Classic on March 17, 2015.
"It feels great to get this win," head coach Nancy McDaniel said of the triumph. "Whenever you're able to come out on top of a field, it's a really good feeling."
It's easy to take a lot of our everyday items for granted, even a pair of socks.
Rachael Acker from the California women's swimming & diving team and Nicole Beck from the Golden Bears' women's lacrosse team are trying to spread the word that a simple pair of socks can really help the homeless and less fortunate in society. They have started a charity drive called the Golden Bear Sock Drive.
At many Cal events like Bear Days and other athletic sporting events throughout the spring semester, fans will find bins around the particular venue that day for people to donate their socks to the less fortunate. Those who don't have socks to spare but still want to help can donate with a monetary donation through their GoFundMe account.
"It has been so great seeing how much support we can get from people all over the country," Beck said. "The power of the Internet and social media has allowed us to extend involvement to anyone on social media all over the country. It's amazing to see how many people genuinely care about this issue and share passions similar to Rachael and I. It's such a rewarding feeling to know that you are positively impacting other people's lives."
No. 24/24 California enters the next phase of the 2015-16 season when the Golden Bears begin play at the Pac-12 Tournament this week at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Having earned the No. 3 seed, Cal will meet the winner of Wednesday's Oregon State-Arizona State matchup on Thursday at 8:45 p.m. PT. The contest will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and KGO 810 AM.
At 22-9 overall and 12-6 in the Pac-12, the Bears have won eight of their last nine games and 10 of their past 13. As a result, they are nationally ranked for the second consecutive week and own the No. 15 position in the NCAA's RPI.
In mid-December, between practices and games, Cal's most recognizable freshman wrote a 20-page paper for a graduate-level course.
The assignment was complex: Weave class readings into a narrative on how institutionalized sports impact America's education system. Jaylen Brown pulled from his own experience as a blue-chip basketball recruit. He argued that society pushes athletically inclined children toward sports, often at the expense of their intellectual development.
"The stuff I learned in that class I'll probably take with me for the rest of my life," Brown said.
When Cal fans look at Brown, they see a 6-foot-7 forward whose acrobatic dunks regularly appear on "SportsCenter." They see the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, projected to be a top-five pick in June's NBA draft.
What they don't see is the deep-thinking introvert who, ahead of the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas this week, is still warming to the spotlight.