SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Taylor Yoshitake and Morgan Thomas from Cal Poly both moved up seven spots on the individual leaderboard at the Big West Conference Women's Golf Championship on Monday, helping to boost the Mustangs from sixth place at the start of the second round into a fifth-place tie at San Luis Obispo Country Club.
Yoshitake (at right) jumped from a 22nd-place tie to a 15th-place tie entering the final day, after shooting a 2-over-par 75 to bring her total to 154 (8-over for the entire championship so far). The senior had birdies on the par-five 10th (476 yards) and par-four 18th (369).
Thomas, another senior, also carded a 75 to go from a 26th-place tie to tied for 19th, at 156. She birdied four holes: the par-5 first (492 yards), the par-4 fourth (354), the par-5 seventh (432) and the par-four 16th (377).
Thomas wasn't the only Mustang with a highlight on the seventh, where senior teammate Alex Phillips recorded the first eagle the course had seen since Sunday's start. (UC Davis sophomore Betty Chen also eagled Monday, on No. 5.)
Jamie Corr, a freshman, is now in a 17th-place tie for Cal Poly (at 155), whose four-person aggregate of 625 (313 on Day 1; 312 on Day 2) is even with Cal State Fullerton (308-317).
No. 35-ranked UC Davis, looking for its fifth consecutive conference title, remains in first place with a 7-over 591 total (294-297).
Cal State Northridge senior Clariss Guce shot a 4-under 69 in the second round, moving to 3-under 143 spanning the first two days. Guce's masterpiece included four birdies, and she made even-par on all of the other 14.
Guce, who holds a three-stroke lead over a trio from UC Davis (Chen and Bev Vatananugulkit) and Cal State Fullerton (Martina Edberg), helped lift the Matadors from fourth to second, with a 603 (307-296).
UC Irvine is third among the eight teams, at 611 (305-306), followed by Long Beach State (617; 304-313).
The last round will tee off at 7:30 Tuesday morning. Admission is free. Tee times can be found HERE.