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Cal Poly Leads By Seven Strokes After First Round of Big West Finals

Cal Poly Leads By Seven Strokes After First Round of Big West Finals

FIRST-ROUND RESULTS (pdf)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Bidding for its first Big West Conference women's golf title in the 17-year history of the program, Cal Poly has a seven-stroke advantage over defending champion UC Riverside entering Monday's second round of play.

Desiree Gillaspy and Jamie Binns (pictured at right) both carded 71s on the 6,141-yard, par-72 Oak Quarry Golf Club course Sunday afternoon for a second-place tie and Mallory Muehlbauer also is in the top 10 with a 72 for sixth place.

Coach Sofie Aagaard's Mustangs compiled a four-person one-over-par 289 total, seven shots ahead of second-place UC Riverside, which is playing on its home course. One more shot back is UC Davis, which claimed six consecutive Big West titles from 2010-15.

Individual leader after 18 holes is Jakeishya Le of UC Riverside, the 2016 Big West Co-Freshman of the Year, with a two-under-par 70. Gillaspy and Binns share second place with Martina Edberg of Cal State Fullerton and Paige Lee of UC Davis while Muehlbauer is tied with three other golfers for sixth place.

Cal Poly's other scoring golfers are Jamie Harada with a 75 for a 16th-place tie and Sophie Bergland with a 79 for a tie for 27th place.

There are eight teams and 40 golfers competing in the three-day, 54-hole event.

The Mustangs won a golf tournament on this course back in February — Battle at The Rock — one of three titles Cal Poly claimed during the regular season.

Binns was minus-2 on the par-3 holes, best in the field, while Gillaspy was three under par on the par-4 holes, also No. 1. Nuehlbauer was minus-1 on the par-5 holes for fifth place. Gillaspy's five birdies are tied for No. 2 while Binns' 13 pars are third best.

Gillaspy's 71 included five birdies and four bogeys along with nine pars while Binns carded three birdies, two bogeys and 13 pars.

Round two of the three-day event tees off Monday at 7:30 a.m.

The four NCAA regionals will be held May 8-10 at the University of New Mexico Championship Course in Albuquerque, N.M., Ironwood Golf and Country Club in Greenville, N.C., The Rawls Course in Lubbock, Texas, and Scarlet Course at Ohio State Golf Course in Columbus, Ohio.

The 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship is scheduled for May 19-24 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.