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Cal Poly Claims Pair of Team Titles in Firestone Grill Invitational

Cal Poly Claims Pair of Team Titles in Firestone Grill Invitational


NIPOMO, Calif. -- Five Cal Poly men's golfers shot rounds in the 60s Tuesday and the Mustangs posted their second-best four-person 18-hole total in program history in the final round en route to victory in the Firestone Grill Cal Poly Invitational at the Monarch Dunes Golf Club.

The Mustang women's team also claimed victory in the 54-hole event, led by freshman Drew Thomas with rounds of 74, 73 and 74 in her first collegiate event, missing the school record by one stroke with her 221 total.

The Cal Poly men's team was in fifth place after Monday's opening round on the 6,759-yard, par-70 course, but rebounded with a 285 in the second round completed Tuesday morning and a 274 in the afternoon round to claim first place with an 847 total.

Cal State Fullerton finished second, four strokes behind the Mustangs, with UC Riverside posting an 862 total for third place. There were 10 men's teams and six individuals in the annual tournament.

Senior Grant Martens completed his second round with a 68 and freshman Camden Price added a 69 to help Cal Poly climb from fifth place into second place, four strokes behind Cal State Fullerton, entering the final round later in the day.

Martens carded a 67, freshman Cole Nygren added a 68 and junior Justin Haley recorded a 69 with Price adding a 70 as the Mustangs overcame the four-stroke deficit and won by four.

Martens finished with a three-under-par 207 total and third place while Nygren and Haley both ended up with four-over-par 214 totals and tied for seventh place. Price also finished in the top 20 with a 217 total, good for 14th place.

UCLA entered five golfers as individuals and Jonathan Garrick claimed medalist honors with three rounds of 67 and a nine-under-par 201 total, beating Bruin teammate Jake Knapp by four strokes. Preston Valder followed rounds of 65 and 69 with a 78 and finished fifth at 212, two strokes behind fourth-place finisher Dakota Duerr of Cal State Fullerton.

Duerr carded a 66 in the second round while Knapp and La Verne's Michael Bonicato posted 66s in the final round. Ahmed Altamami of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps made a hole-in-one on the 140-yard 14th hole in the second round, using a pitching wedge.

Cal Poly's "B" team finished fifth as Brandon Shaw and Jordan Wright both placed tied for 14th with seven-over-par 217 totals.

Martens led the field in par-3 scoring at minus-two and was three-over-par on the par-4 holes, tied for sixth place. Nygren and Martens were second in par-5 scoring with minus-four totals. Shaw and two other golfers led the field with a pair of eagles while Martens tied Garrick for second place with 14 birdies. Knapp's 16 birdies led the field.

On the women's side, Cal Poly led from start to finish, claiming the team title by 10 strokes over Sacramento State, 901-911. The Cal Poly "B" team was third among the seven schools in the tournament, finishing with strong rounds of 305 and 306 for a 934 total.

Thomas, a graduate of Oxnard High School, birdied 10 holes over three rounds and finished tied for third place with her eight-over-par 221 total, one stroke shy of the school record set by Stephanie Yocum in 2009 and matched by Taylor Yoshitake in 2011.

Junior Asia Adell finished alone in fifth place, rebounding from Monday's 78 with back-to-back 72s for a 222 total. Kirsten Locke (pictured above) placed 10th with her 229 total and Yoshitake was 12th at 230.

Top individual honors went to Lisa Persson of Sacramento State with rounds of 71, 72 and 75 for a five-over-par 218 total, one stroke better than Clariss Guce of Cal State Northridge. Thomas shared third place with Tiffany Nichols of Sacramento State.

Cal Poly's "B" team was led by Morgan Thomas, who placed seventh with rounds of 77, 78 and 71 for a 226 total. Madison Hirsch was eighth with a 227 total, posting rounds of 79, 74 and 74.

Mustang Alex Phillips carded the lone eagle for the women while Drew Thomas led the field with her 10 birdies. Persson and Malea Miller of CSU Bakersfield both carded 37 pars.

The Cal Poly men's team returns to action Oct. 22-23 at the Bill Cullum Invitational hosted by Cal State Northridge at Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley while the Mustang women play their second tournament of the fall season Oct. 13-14 in the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Classic at the Classic Club in Palm Desert.