RIVERSIDE, Calif. – As the season has gone along and the winning has continued, the pressure has mounted for California Baptist University. It was only amplified Tuesday, as the team came into the second round of its own tournament with a lead.
CBU shrugged off the pressure and lived up to the expectations, posting the best second-round score to build on the seven-stroke lead it grabbed in the first round to win its own invitational Tuesday at the Victoria Club. The Lancers shot a 318 Tuesday to finish with a two-round team score of 621, which was 37-over par.
“I think there’s always more pressure at home because you want to defend your turf and everyone expects you to win,” head coach John Hackney said. “We’re the highest-ranked team and we play the course more than anyone else, so everyone says, ‘CBU should win,’ and sometimes that can be a lot of pressure. They handled it well today, though."
Academy of Art took second with a 634 -- 319 second-round -- performance, while West Texas A&M (642), Midwestern State (645) and Point Loma rounded out the top-five teams (649).
CBU’s Tina Yang held on for medalist honors with a five-over-par 78 in the second round. She finished with a 148 and remained the only player to shoot under par in the tournament after her first-round 70. Despite not dominating like the day before, Yang battled for the Lancers, who are ranked seventh in their division by Golfstat.
“Tina really did not have her A-game today, but she fought hard and had some great par-saving putts,” Hackney said.
“I am really excited about that,” Hackney said. “They’re our big three guns and everybody knows that. It’s nice they all have a medalist next to their names so far this year.”
Yang received the strongest challenge from Monsalve, who finished with a 151 after a second-round 75.
“Marvi came back great,” Hackney said. “She had the lowest score of the day but was a little disappointed because she wanted to go under par. That’s a great disappointment, it shows she's a competitor.”
The Lancers’ top-four scorers placed on the top-20 leader board, as Silva (13th) finished with a 161 after a second-round 82 and Natalie Park (17th) was a shot behind with a 162 after she carded an 82 Tuesday. Nicollette Gino was the fourth scorer for CBU Tuesday after she shot an 83 to finish with a 168 for 33rd on the leaderboard.
Competing as individuals, Kirsten Keyser and Katherine Pimpanit threatened the Lancers’ scorers and showcased the team’s depth. Keyser and Pimpanit were four and five shots off Gino, as Keyser carded a 172 after an 84 on Tuesday, while Pimpanit had a 173 after an 86 on the final day for a 38th and 41st finish, respectively.
CBU will next competed in the Wildcat Classic, hosted by Chico State, March 10 and 11 as it looks to keep living up to the expectations it has created for itself.