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Bergland Cards 69, Cal Poly Extends Lead to 10 Strokes in Big West Finals

Bergland Cards 69, Cal Poly Extends Lead to 10 Strokes in Big West Finals

SECOND-ROUND RESULTS (pdf)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A round of 69 by Sophie Bergland helped the Cal Poly women's golf team extend its lead in the Big West Conference Women's Golf Championship to 10 strokes Monday at Oak Quarry Golf Club.

Bergland, who carded a pair of 70s in the Bobcat Desert Invitational two weeks ago for a personal best, lowered that number by one Monday with four birdies and one bogey on the 6,141-yard, par-72 course.

A junior from Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., Bergland jumped 17 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 10th place with three other golfers entering Tuesday's final round of play in the 54-hole event.

Her round helped coach Sofie Aagaard's Mustangs add three strokes to their first-round lead. Cal Poly carded a four-person 298 total Monday for a 36-hole 11-over-par 587 total, 10 shots ahead of UC Davis.

Defending Big West champion UC Riverside, playing on its home course, is another two shots back in third place with a 599 aggregate. There are eight teams and 40 golfers competing in the three-day, 54-hole event.

Bidding for its first Big West Conference women's golf title in the 17-year history of the program, Cal Poly's top golfer on the leaderboard after 36 holes is Jamie Binns, following her first-round 71 with a 74 Monday for a one-over-par 145 total and a third-place tie with Ysabel Tran of CSUN.

Mallory Muehlbauer (pictured above) added a 75 to her first-round 72 and sits in a fifth-place logjam with four other golfers.

Behind Bergland (pictured at left) in 10th place are Desiree Gillaspy with a second-round 81 for a 152 total and 17th-place tie and Jamie Harada, who carded an 80 Monday and is in a tie for 26th place.

Gillaspy and Binns were tied for second place Sunday after posting 71s. 

The Mustangs have already 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.

Cal State Fullerton's Martina Edberg blasted a tournament-low, four-under-par 68 to pace the field with a two-day total of five-under-par 139.  UC Riverside's Jakeishya Le, who led after the first round, owns the second spot after firing a one-over-par 73 for a total of 143.

Binns is second in par-3 scoring at one under par and is eighth in par-4 scoring at plus one. Gillaspy and Muehlbauer share the eighth spot in par-5 scoring with three other golfers at even par.

Muehlbauer has carded seven birdies over 36 holes, No. 3 in the field, and Binns tops all golfers in total pars with 29.

Final round of the three-day tournament tees off Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. A link for live scoring can be found on the women's golf schedule page at www.gopoly.com.

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.

Photos courtesy of John Fajardo | Big West Conference