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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly tees it up against eight other women's golf teams in the annual Lady Mustang Invitational, which opens a two-day run Saturday at the Cypress Ridge Golf Course in Arroyo Grande.
Coach Sofie Aagaard's Mustangs earned a first and a second in their four fall tournaments so far, sharing the team title with Sam Houston State in the Hobble Creek Fall Classic at Springville, Utah, and finishing five strokes behind Santa Clara in the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate at the Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif.
Santa Clara will join Cal Poly and seven other squads in the two-day, 36-hole tournament which, following a practice round Friday, tees off at 8 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday on the 6,011-yard, par-72 course.
Also competing for top honors are Southern Utah, Boise State, CSU Bakersfield, CSUN, Northern Colorado, Cal Baptist and Holy Names.
Ten individuals — four from Cal Poly, three from Santa Clara and one from Southern Utah — complete the 53-golfer field.
As a team, Cal Poly is averaging 75.73 strokes per round, led by junior Sophie Bergland (pictured above) with a 75.0 average and three top-20 finishes, including fifth place in the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate.
Junior Desiree Gillaspy owns a 75.3 scoring average with a pair of top-20 finishes while Jamie Binns, also a junior, is averaging 76.1 strokes per round, also with two top-20 finishes.
Rounding out Cal Poly's top five are senior Sadie Strain with a 76.7 average and sophomore Mallory Muehlbauer with a 77.8 average.
UC Riverside, which climbed from third place to the team title a year ago, will not return to defend its Lady Mustang Invitational championship. Cal Poly was second and Santa Clara third in the 2015 event.
Last year's top two finishers, champion Hannah Facchini and Paris Griffith, both from UC Riverside, also do not return. Santa Clara's Annie Freman, who shared second place with Griffith, is the top returning placewinner from a year ago. Freman won the event as a freshman in 2013.
The Lady Mustang Invitational wraps up the fall season for Cal Poly.