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Summer 2019

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I can't promise a LPGA Tour career in the future, but all of my players improve their short game when they come to Cal. That's something I pride myself on. We track the up-and-down percent- age of all our players and present an award at the end of the season rec- ognizing the player with the best percentage. In our team locker room, there's a plaque on the walls with the previous winners. It's a big deal. To make practicing short- game and putting drills fun, we've adopted a series of games and to make it a little more interesting we often play for pushups, squats and planks. It's not uncommon to see our players in a plank posi- tion after short-game drills. 42 SUMMER 2019 | NCGA.ORG I N S T R U C T I O N Nancy McDaniel is heading into her 25th season as head coach of the California women's golf team. She has led the Golden Bears to 10 NCAA Championship appearances, 20 consecutive NCAA regional appearances and the 2003 Pac-10 Championship and the 2012 Pac-12 Championship. During her distinguished career, she has been named National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) Coach of the Year, the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Coach of the Year and Golfweek Magazine's Coach of the Year. McDaniel starred at the University of Washington and played professionally for five years before becoming the founding coach of Cal's women's golf team. Her husband, Jay, (pictured above, center) is the Director of Golf at Claremont Country Club and has served as the team's longtime volunteer assistant coach. "I volunteered him for the last 25 years," Nancy says. Cal women's golf coach Nancy McDaniel shows us the drills and games her team uses to succeed BY NANCY MCDANIEL with Adam Schupak PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBERT KAUFMAN TEAMWORK

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