Cal Poly Claims Second Place in Fresno State Classic

Cal Poly Claims Second Place in Fresno State Classic


FRESNO, Calif. — The Cal Poly women's golf team more than made up for a two-stroke deficit against UC Irvine, but couldn't hold off a strong performance by Nevada and settled for a second-place finish in the Fresno State Classic on Tuesday at the San Joaquin Country Club.

Coach Sofie Aagaard's Mustangs entered the third and final round in second place, two shots behind the Anteaters, and carded a final-round seven-over-par 295, seven shots better than UC Irvine.

Nevada, however, overcame a five-shot deficit and surged from a fourth-place tie to the top of the leaderboard with a blistering 290 for an 891 total over 54 holes, edging the Mustangs, UC Riverside and Fresno State by two strokes. UC Irvine slipped to fifth place at 898.

Cal Poly's 893 total is No. 2 all-time in the Mustang record book for 54 holes and six shy of the school record of 887 set by the Mustangs in the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Classic in October 2016.

Sparking the Mustangs to their second-place finish were Jamie Binns and Mallory Muehlbauer, both of whom carded one-under-par 71s in the final round. Binns equalled her personal best while Muehlbauer (pictured above) lowered her personal best by two strokes.

"This was a good tournament for the team with three rounds of solid play, all scoring in the 290s," said Aagaard. "I was excited to see two rounds under par in the final round. Muehlbauer had her career low round to finish the tournament and it was another great showing from Binns."

Binns finished fifth in the individual standings with rounds of 75, 72 and 71 for a two-over-par 218 total on the 6,119-yard, par-72 course, breaking her 54-hole personal best by two shots. Her 218 total is No. 2 all-time at Cal Poly and five shy of the school record of 213 set by Taylor Yoshitake at the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate in October 2013.

Muehlbauer finished in a tie for 17th place with an 81, 73 and 71 for a 225 aggregate.

Also scoring for Cal Poly were Jamie Harada with rounds of 73, 76 and 78 for a 227 total and 21st place, Desiree Gillaspy with a 75, 78 and 75 for a 228 total and 22nd place, and Sophie Bergland with a 76, 78 and 78 for a 232 total and 37th place.

Competing as an individual, Tiffany Cha claimed 43rd place with a 234 total following rounds of 72, 82 and 80.

Individual medalist was Martina Edberg of Cal State Fullerton with a four-under-par 212 total and a one-shot victory over Jakeishya Le of UC Riverside. Mimi Ho of Fresno State was third at even-par 216.

Binns finished second in par-3 scoring at minus-two and was eighth in par-4 scoring at plus-four. Gillaspy led the field in par-5 scoring at minus-five. Binns' nine birdies over 54 holes placed her in a tie for sixth place and Binns and Gillaspy both made a team-leading 34 pars

The Mustangs, who have won two tournaments this year and have finished second in three others, return to action April 10-11 at the Bobcat Desert Invitational hosted by Montana State at the Country Club of Estrella in Phoenix, Ariz.

"We have a few weeks off for finals and spring break," said Aagaard, "then it's back to compete in April in Arizona and make some finishing touches before conference at the end of April."

The Big West Conference Women's Golf Championship will be held April 23-25 at the Oak Quarry Country Club in Riverside. Cal Poly won the Battle at The Rock held at Oak Quarry CC in February.