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Cal Poly Finishes Fifth at Big West Women’s Golf Championship


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Cal Poly improved its team score in each of the three rounds of the Big West Conference Women's Golf Championship and finished fifth on Tuesday at the San Luis Obispo Golf and Country Club.

UC Davis won the team championship with a 34-over-par, three-round total of 898, while Bev Vatananugulkit, from UC Davis, took home the individual crown.

The Mustangs improved by seven shots (302) over Monday's round and finished with a 931 total. Cal Poly was the lone team in the tournament to improve its score in each round of play. The Mustangs opened play on Sunday with a 320 and shot a 309 on Monday.

Asia Adell carded a three over par 75 on the 6169-yard, par 72 course. Adell opened with a round of 77 on Sunday and added a second-round score of 78 on Monday.

Kirsten Locke shot the Mustangs best round of the day when she tallied a 73 and finished in a tie for 16th with a three-round total of 233. She carded rounds of 83 and 77 to open the tournament.

Caitlin Farley, the lone senior on the Mustang squad, shot a final-round 75 and finished in a tie for 19th. She had a three-round total of 234.

Morgan Thomas and Taylor Yoshitake rounded out the Mustang golfers, shooting final rounds of 79. Thomas finished in a tie for 34th (236) while Yoshitake was 31st (239).

UC Irvine, the first round leader, finished in second with a three-round total of 911 while Cal State Fullerton made a charge of the final two rounds and finished third with a 920.

Long Beach State was fourth (924) followed by Cal Poly, Cal State Northridge (936) and UC Riverside (950).

In individuals play, Vatananugulkit, the second round leader, came from six strokes back during the final round to win the championship. Leading by one stroke on the final hole, she sealed the win with a five wood from the fairway on 18, sticking it 18 inches from the hole and sinking it for a birdie and a two-stroke win. She shot a final-round 73 and a three-round total of 220, four over par.

Teammate Amy Simanton placed second, shooting a tournament 222 and six over par.

Michelle Yang of UC Irvine was four shots back in third at eight over par, 224.