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Cal Poly Women's Golf Finishes 16th in First NCAA Regional Appearance

Cal Poly Women's Golf Finishes 16th in First NCAA Regional Appearance


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Cal Poly wrapped up play in its first NCAA women's golf regional Wednesday on the 6,637-yard, par-72 UNM South Championship Course, finishing 16th in the 18-team field.

Coach Sofie Aagaard's Mustangs posted a four-person 315 total in the final round for a 71-over-par 935 aggregate, finishing ahead of Houston Baptist and Texas Southern.

Cal Poly was in 15th place after the first round Monday with a 308 total and dropped one spot into 16th place following a 312 Tuesday.

Second-round leader Stanford claimed the team title with a two-over-par 866 total for 54 holes, seven shots ahead of runner-up Duke. Pepperdine, the leader after the first round, claimed third place, another six shots back.

USC, California and Miami rounded out the top six. Those six teams and three individuals advance to the 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship, scheduled for May 19-24 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.

Each of the four regionals — the other three were 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 — will send the top six teams as well as the top three individuals not on qualifying teams to the nationals hosted by Northern Illinois University.

Albane Valenzuela of Stanford fired a final-round 70 to claim medalist honors in the Albuquerque Regional hosted by the University of New Mexico, winning by three strokes over Martina Edberg of Cal State Fullerton and Tatiana Wijaya of Pepperdine. Bianca Pagdanganan of Gonzaga and Ana Belac of Duke shared fourth place with two-under-par 214 totals.

Cal Poly's top finisher was Jamie Binns with rounds of 77, 74 and 79 for a 14-over-par 230 total and 62nd place. Mallory Muehlbauer finished 73rd with rounds of 74, 80 and 80 for a 234 total while Desiree Gillaspy (pictured above) was 79th with a 77, 79 and 79 for a 235 total.

Also competing for Cal Poly were Jamie Harada with rounds of 80, 79 and 77 for a 236 total and 83rd place and Sophie Bergland with an 81, 82 and 81 for a 244 total and 90th place.

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.