BERKELEY - The accolades keep rolling in for California women's tennis, as on Monday three Golden Bears earned ITA Northwest Regional honors for their play for the 2016 NCAA Championship's top seed. The ITA named Klara Fabikova the Northwest Regional Senior Player of the Year, tabbed Denise Starr as the region's Player to Watch and named Olivia Hauger as the region's Rookie of the Year.
All three have been integral to the success of second-ranked Cal, which has compiled a 19-1 record ahead of its NCAA opener on Friday against Texas Rio Grande Valley.
"I'm proud to see our team recognized in our region," Cal head coach Amanda Augustus said. "The Northwest is typically one of the strongest regions in the country. All three players had outstanding seasons and deserve to be recognized for their efforts. Klara has shown remarkably consistency for four years especially this season. I'm happy to see Denise recognized for her singles play, since she's had an outstanding year in singles as well as in doubles. Olivia has had a great freshman campaign. I'm looking forward to seeing what all three of them will contribute as we move into the NCAA tournament."
A good pitcher knows the importance of location. Making accurate throws is kinda the job description. But Cal starter Ryan Mason took hitting his spots to a new level before the Bears' 4-1 win over Stanford on Friday night, throwing a baseball through a moving cardboard tube.
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CHARLOTTE - Former Cal men's golfer James Hahn won for the second time on the PGA TOUR when he made a four-foot par putt on the first playoff hole to capture the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club. Hahn, who is the only former Golden Bear with a PGA TOUR victory, won his second career PGA TOUR event with his first also in a playoff at the 2015 Northern Trust Open.
"I love playoffs," Hahn said. "There's nothing else like it to be able to have the last shot to win the golf tournament ... These are the things that you dream of as a kid."
Hahn (70-71-68-70 - 279, -9) finished 72 holes of regulation in a tie with Robert Castro (71-66-71-71 - 279, -9) before the two returned to the 18th hole where moments earlier Castro had made a six-footer for par to force the playoff.
But on the first playoff hole, Hahn hit his approach to four feet to set up his game-winning putt while Castro's tee shot found the left side of the fairway and his third landed in a spectators' shoe to lead to his bogey.
Hahn's playoff victory Sunday came after he missed a six-foot par putt on the 72nd hole that would have given him a victory on the same 18th green he calmly put in the winning putt.
Hahn started the day in a tie for third at seven-under but moved to the top of the leaderboard by picking up three shots over a four-hole stretch on the front nine including a 51-foot eagle putt on the par-three seventh. Hahn made his first birdie of the day on the par-five fifth but gave the shot back with a bogey on the par-three sixth before his 51-footer. He would add a birdie on the par-four eighth to get to 10-under par, bogeyed the par-four 12th to give the shot back but rallied with a birdie on the par-five 15th.
"Anytime you're given a second opportunity you really have to do that, and I did well to do that today," Hahn said.