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Cal Poly Rallies for Share of Title in Hobble Creek Fall Classic

Cal Poly Rallies for Share of Title in Hobble Creek Fall Classic


SPRINGVILLE, Utah — Another round in the 290s propelled the Cal Poly women's golf team into a share of first place with Sam Houston State in the Hobble Creek Fall Classic, which concluded a two-day, 54-hole run Tuesday at the Hobble Creek Golf Course.

Coach Sofie Aagaard's Mustangs bounced back from a 305 in Monday's morning round with a 295 in the afternoon and a final-round 298 Tuesday morning to finish with a 46-over-par 898 total, matching Sam Houston State's three-round total.

Tuesday's triumph is the first for Cal Poly since Oct. 28-29, 2013, when the Mustangs claimed their own Firestone Grill Invitational at Cypress Ridge. It's the 18th tournament victory since the program was inaugurated in the fall of 2000.

"What a great way to start this season with a win in Utah," said Aagaard. "This team got off to a slow start but battled back and had two rounds in the 290s to get to the top."

The 898 aggregate is just three shots shy of the school record set by the 2010-11 Mustangs at the 2011 Big West Conference Championship.

Cal Poly began the final round in third place, four shots behind Eastern Washington and two in back of Sam Houston State. Eastern Washington carded a 305 and fell into fourth place while Sam Houston State checked in with a 300 to finish tied with the Mustangs.

Southern Utah posted a sizzling 293 to jump from fifth place to third.

A trio of Mustangs finished in the top 20, led by junior Jamie Binns with a final-round 76 for a 10-over-par 223 total and a ninth-place tie on the 6,032-yard, par-71 layout.

"A top-10 individual finish for Binns is something to be proud of this early in the season," said Aagaard.

Sophie Bergland had the best round of the day for the Mustangs, carding a 72 for a 224 total and 13th place, while Desiree Gillaspy checked in with a 76 for a 226 total and a tie for 15th place.

Other Mustang scores included an 82 by Mallory Muehlbauer for a 233 total and a 39th-place tie and a 74 by Jamie Harada for a 237 aggregate and a tie for 47th place.

Capturing top individual honors was Anna Kennedy of Brigham Young with a final-round 67 for a two-over-par 215 total. She started the day tied for sixth place, five shots off the pace.

Kamonwan (Poy) Prasurtwong of Southern Utah finished second at 218 while Deanna Salvatori of Grand Canyon was third at 219. Second-round leader Hannah Kim of Eastern Washington posted an 80 for a 223 total and a tie for ninth place.

Binns finished fourth in par-4 scoring at plus-six while Gillaspy was third in par-5 scoring at minus-four. Bergland was third in par-3 scoring at plus=one.

Harada posted an eagle in the final round while Binns collected eight birdies in the tournament, No. 5 in the field of 80 golfers. Bergland's 39 pars was one off the pace set by Janelle Reali of Montana State.

Cal Poly returns to action next Monday and Tuesday at the Inkster Spartan Invitational hosted by San Jose State at the Almaden Country Club.