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Cal Poly Set to Compete in NCAA Regional for First Time

Cal Poly Set to Compete in NCAA Regional for First Time


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Less than two weeks after capturing its first-ever Big West Conference championship, the Cal Poly women's golf team heads into more unchartered waters as Coach Sofie Aagaard's Mustangs will compete in the NCAA's Albuquerque Regional.

Cal Poly's first postseason competition in the 17-year history of the program will be held at the UNM Championship Course, hosted by the University of New Mexico. Three men's national championships and two for women have been held on the same course.

Par is 72 for the 7,562-yard course, situated 5,300 feet above sea level.

Cal Poly will send the same five golfers -- four juniors and a sophomore -- who combined to claim the 2017 Big West title last week at the Oak Quarry Golf Club.

Jamie Binns finished fourth with a personal-best 218 total while Mallory Muehlbauer placed seventh at 222. Desiree Gillaspy claimed 10th place with a 224 total, Sophie Bergland finished 21st at 228 and Jamie Harada was 34th with a 235 total.

Muehlbauer, a transfer from BYU, is the sophomore in the group.

In addition to the Big West title with an 887 total, second-lowest in program history, Cal Poly won three other tournaments during the regular season. The Mustangs placed first at the season-opening Hobble Creek Fall Classic in Springville, Utah, Battle at the Rock in Riverside, Calif., on the same course used for the Big West finals, and the Bobcat Desert Invitational in Goodyear, Ariz.

The Mustangs also finished second three times.

Gillaspy is the team leader in scoring with a 75.0 average over 28 rounds with four top-10 finishes and eight rounds of par or better. Bergland is second with a 75.2 average, three top-10 finishes and six rounds of par or better.

Binns, Cal Poly's top finisher at the Big West finals with a personal-best two-over-par 218 total, carries a 75.6 scoring average into the regionals with five top-10 finishes and six rounds of par or better.

Muehlbauer owns a 76.9 scoring average in her first season as a Mustang while Harada is averaging 77.5 strokes per round this season.

Bergland, who recorded a 69 in the Big West finals, earned Cal Poly's lone individual title this season, winning the Bobcat Desert Invitational on April 10-11 at the Golf Club of Estrella in Goodyear, Ariz.

Gillaspy earned finishes of second, third and fourth while finishing 10th in the Big West finals. Bergland notched first-, fourth- and fifth-place finishes this year while Binns has a fifth and seventh to her credit in addition to last week's fourth at the Big West finals.

Bergland was named to the All-Big West Conference first team while Binns and Gillaspy landed on the second team. Aagaard, who has guided Cal Poly to a second-place Big West finish in 2016 and first place last week in her only two seasons as head coach of the Mustangs, was honored as Coach of the Year.

A practice round will be held Sunday, followed by the first round of play Monday, the second round Tuesday and the final round Wednesday. Tee times from the first and 10th tees will be from 7:30 to 9:45 a.m. each day.

Other regionals are being held at 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. Each regional has 18 teams and six individuals competing.

The 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship is scheduled for May 19-24 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. Each of the four regionals will send the top six teams as well as the top three individuals not on teams advancing to the nationals hosted by Northern Illinois University.