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Young Cal Poly Women’s Golf Team Set to Compete in Big West Finals

Young Cal Poly Women’s Golf Team Set to Compete in Big West Finals

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Four freshmen and a junior will compete for Cal Poly in the 2015 Big West Conference Women's Golf Championship on Sunday through Tuesday at the El Macero Country Club near Davis.

The lone junior, Madison Hirsch, has the Mustangs' best scoring average for the season at 76.8, with the quartet of freshmen occupying the next four spots on the team's scoring list.

Hirsch (pictured at right) has seven top-20 finishes this season, including a sixth-place finish at the Firestone Grill Invitational at Cypress Ridge last October and an eighth in the Battle at the Rock two weeks ago in Riverside.

Sophie Bergland is averaging 77.0 strokes per round with six top-20 finishes and a pair of rounds at par or better while Jamie Binns owns a 77.5 scoring average with three top-20 finishes and a round of 72 at the Red Rocks Invitational in Sedona, Ariz.

Also on the Mustang roster at the conference finals are Desiree Gillaspy with a 78.3 scoring average and four top-20 finishes and Jamie Harada with a 78.4 average and three top-20 finishes this year.

As a team, Cal Poly posted four top-three finishes this season, including seconds at both the Red Rocks Invitational and Battle at the Rock. Third-place finishes were posted by the Mustangs at the Colby Invitational and Firestone Grill Invitational.

The three-day event, being held at El Macero for the first time, runs from Sunday through Tuesday and admission for the event is free.

Eight teams with five golfers on each squad will compete for the team and individual titles on the par-72 course that measures 6,101 yards. Live scoring can be found at www.gopoly.com.

UC Davis, claiming five consecutive Big West team titles, enters this year's championship as the team to beat as the Aggies return all five members from the 2014 team that captured the title with a 16-stroke advantage over second place CSUN.

The Aggies' streak of five straight titles is the second-longest stretch of victories in the Big West after San Jose State, which owns the top spot after winning 10 straight championships from 1987-1996.

UC Davis, which has recorded five top-three performances this year, heads into the tournament with a Golfweek/ Sagarin Ratings of 27th. Paige Lee and Andrea Wong pace the Big West Conference with stroke averages of 72.28 and 72.29. Lee finished last year's championship tied for seventh with a three-round score of 225, while Wong tied for 24th.

Bev Vatananugulkit led the Aggies at the 2014 championship, carding 220 to tie for third place.

The 2014 Big West Conference individual champion, Cal State Fullerton's Martina Edberg, headlines the Titans roster at this year's tournament with a 74.1 stroke average. Edberg already has an individual title under her belt this year, third of her career, after earning co-medalist honors at the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational back in February.

A practice round is slated for Saturday, followed by the first round of play Sunday at 7:30 a.m. Monday's second round of play tees off at 9 a.m., with the final round set for Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. Awards will be presented following the final round approximately at 2:30 p.m.

The winning team advances to the NCAA Division I women's regionals, to be held at four sites from May 7-9. This year's regional sites include Loonie Poole Golf Course in Raleigh, N.C.; Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Ind.; Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas; and Entrada at Snow Canyon in St. George, Utah.

The six-day NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship is scheduled for May 22-27 at Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.