Skip to navigation Skip to content Skip to footer

Cal Poly Finishes Fifth in 2015 Big West Conference Championship

Cal Poly Finishes Fifth in 2015 Big West Conference Championship

EL MACERO, Calif. – Madison Hirsch and Desiree Gillaspy finished in the top 20 as the Cal Poly women's golf team settled for a fifth-place finish in the 2015 Big West Conference Championship on Tuesday at the El Macero Country Club.

Hirsch, a junior, started the final round in 14th place and finished there with a 75. Coupled with Sunday's 75 and Monday's 77, Hirsch finished with an 11-over-par 227 total on the 6,101-yard, par-72 course.

Gillaspy (pictured at right) posted her best round of the three-day, 54-hole tournament Tuesday, carding a 74 for a 231 total and 20th place, climbing 10 spots on the leaderboard.

Coach Scott Cartwright's Mustangs compiled a four-person 306 total in the final round for a 54-hole 50-over-par 914 aggregate.

UC Davis captured its sixth consecutive Big West team championship, adding a final-round 289 for a three-day six-under-par 858 total. The Aggies finished 29 strokes ahead of runner-up Hawaii and 48 strokes in front of Long Beach State and UC Riverside, which finished tied for third with 906 totals.

The Aggies' six straight conference titles is second to San Jose State's record 10 consecutive Big West crowns from 1987-96.

The Aggies placed four players in the top five on the leaderboard, led by Andrea Wong as she distanced herself from the rest of the pack in the final round with a 69 for a three-round score of 208, eight under par. 

Wong finished five strokes ahead of Hawai'i's Raquel Ek, who carded 213 to place second.  Blue and gold highlighted the rest of the top five as Aggie teammates Paige Lee (216), Betty Chen (217) and Blair Lewis (218) finished third through fifth.

In addition to Hirsch and Gillaspy, Cal Poly's other scoring golfers, all freshmen, were Jamie Harada, tied for 22nd place with a final-round 77 for a 232 total; Jamie Binns, also tied for 22nd place with an 80 for a 232 total; and Sophie Bergland, who posted an 83 for a 235 total and 28th place.

Harada finished fifth in par-5 scoring with a two-under-par total. She posted eight birdies over 54 holes, also fifth in the field, while Hirsch's 36 pars were ninth.

UC Davis advances to the NCAA Division I women's regionals for the sixth straight year at one of four sites this year 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; Entrada at Snow Canyon in St. George, Utah. 

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