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Cal Poly Enters Final Round of NCAA Albuquerque Regional in 16th Place

Cal Poly Enters Final Round of NCAA Albuquerque Regional in 16th Place


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – One day after its first appearance ever in an NCAA regional, the Cal Poly women's golf team dropped one spot into 16th place in the 18-team NCAA Albuquerque Regional on Tuesday.

Coach Sofie Aagaard's Mustangs posted a 24-over-par four-person 312 total on the 6,637-yard, par-72 UNM South Championship Course on the University of New Mexico campus.

Cal Poly takes a 44-over-par 620 aggregate into Wednesday's final round.

"Today was a tough day in consistent strong winds from start to finish," said Aagaard. "We left too many shots out there at the end and never really found the momentum, never got the round going."

Sacramento State jumped over the Mustangs into 15th place by carding an 11-under-par 277 total.

Stanford also did some climbing Tuesday, posting a five-under-par 283 to jump over Pepperdine into first place. The Waves recorded a 290 and their 577 total is four shots behind the Cardinal. USC is another three shots back in third place.

Cal Poly's top individual after 36 holes of play is Jamie Binns (pictured above), who followed Monday's 77 with a 74 Tuesday and is tied for 48th place with her 151 total.

Mallory Muehlbauer added an 80 to her first-round 74 and is tied for 66th place with her 154 total while Desiree Gillaspy posted a 79 for a 156 total and a tie for 77th place.

Rounding out Cal Poly's scoring were Jamie Harada, who bettered her first-round 80 by one stroke and is in 89th place with her 159 aggregate, and Sophie Bergland with rounds of 81 and 82 for a 163 total and 91st place.

"The experience gained this week, in this strong of a field and on a tournament course as good as this one, even with one more day to play, will be valuable for this team moving forward," said Aagaard. "We can get better at executing shots under pressure, managing the mental game and frustrations better as well as committing to the shot at hand.

"Jamie Binns had a strong showing today, scoring plus-2, and finishing her round with making a 30-foot putt for birdie in front of the crowd on the last hole," Aagaard added. "Desiree Gillaspy had a tough front nine, but battled back for an even-par back nine. Positive takeaways from the day to continue on with tomorrow."

Cal Poly will tee off from the 10th hole Tuesday from 9:09 to 9:45 a.m. PDT.

Taking first-place honors into the final round is Albane Valenzuela of Stanford, who jumped from second into the top spot with a second-round 69. With her 71 Monday, Valenzuela has a 140 total, one shot ahead of a pair of golfers tied for second place.

Julianne Alvarez of Washington (72-69) and Martina Edberg of Cal State Fullerton (73-68) share second place with 141 totals. Three other golfers share fourth place with 142 totals.

Cal Poly qualified for the postseason after capturing its first Big West Conference championship in the 17-year history of the program, the Mustangs' fourth tournament victory of the 2016-17 season. Cal Poly also finished second in three other tournaments.

The Albuquerque Regional is one of four being held across the country, each with 18 teams and six individuals. 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.

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.