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Scholtes Finishes Tied for 17th in First Collegiate Tournament

Scholtes Finishes Tied for 17th in First Collegiate Tournament


HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — In her first collegiate tournament, Cal Poly freshman Elizabeth Scholtes earned a top-20 finish.

With a 74 Friday, 72 Saturday and a final-round 75 Sunday, the Alameda High School graduate carded a five-over-par 221 total and a 17th-place tie with four other golfers at the Highlands Ranch Golf Course outside Denver.

Tiffany Cha added a 73 in the final round and finished in a tie for 44th place at 228.

As a team, coach Sofie Aagaard's Mustangs finished 15th, dropping one spot despite recording their best round of the three-day event on the on the 6,513-yard, par-72 course with a four-person 300.

The Mustangs' 915 total kept them four strokes ahead of Nebraska.

Cal Poly lost all five seniors from last year's squad and fielded two freshmen and a sophomore among its five golfers this weekend.

"We have a very young team with four new players competing in the line up of five," said Aagaard, who guided the Mustangs to the 2017 Big West Conference championship.

"There were glimpses of great stuff, especially from our freshmen early on in the tournament," Aagaard added, "but also some areas of the game that need some work, highlighted by this course's challenging greens and green areas.

"Being on the right side of the pin and missing greens in specific areas is important for good scoring at Highlands Ranch. We got some great lessons and repetition on course management and execution and we will use the feedback and performance stats from this week to build on our short game and putting," Aagaard said.

Colorado State won the 54-hole tournament with a four-under-par 860 total, followed by Ole Miss at 871 and UC Davis at 875.

Individual winner was Ellen Secor of Colorado State by one stroke over Ram teammate Katrina Prendergast and Ole Miss's Conner Beth Ball. Secor posted a final-round 71 for a three-under-par 213 total while Prendergast shot a 70 and Ball 66 as both finished with 214 totals.

Samantha Hutchison of UC Davis was fourth at 215.

Cal Poly's Vanessa Wang posted a 75 Sunday for a 229 total and 50th place while Sienna Scibird carded a 78 for a 238 total and 80th place. Mallory Muehlbauer rebounded from rounds of 83 and 88 with a 77 Sunday, finishing 90th with a 248 aggregate.

Cal Poly was fourth in the field in par-3 scoring for the tournament at five over par, but last in par-4 and par-5 scoring.

Scholtes (pictured above) shared first place with four other golfers in par-3 scoring at two under par and Wang was sixth at one under par. She had seven birdies over 54 holes, tied for No. 6 among the 90 golfers in the tournament.

Cal Poly competes in the Pat Lesser Harbottle Invitational on Oct. 14-16 at the Tacoma Country Club in Tacoma, Wash.