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Scholtes Finishes Tied for First Place in Battle at the Rock

Scholtes Finishes Tied for First Place in Battle at the Rock
 
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Trailing by seven strokes after the completion of the second round, Grand Canyon outscored the Cal Poly women's golf team by eight shots in Tuesday's final round to capture top honors in the Battle at the Rock held at Oak Quarry Golf Club.
 
The Antelopes carded a final-round four-person 288 total and the Mustangs checked in with a 296. Grand Canyon finished with a 17-over-par 881 aggregate, followed by Cal Poly at 882 and Santa Clara at 883.
 
"We had a good start to our spring season competing in Riverside," said Mustang head coach Sofie Aagaard, whose team ended the fall campaign with a first-place finish in the UC Irvine Invitational. 
 
"A lot of work has been done over the offseason and it is exciting to see early results," Aagaard added. "Our good was great this week, but also our not so good was just that. We have areas to improve on for sure and are looking forward to our next event at home."
 
Cal Poly will compete in the Bruin-Wave Invitational co-hosted by UCLA and Pepperdine on Feb. 25-26 at the San Luis Obispo Country Club.
 
Mustang freshman Elizabeth Scholtes shared medalist honors with USC individual Alyaa Abdulghany with four-under-par 212 totals over 54 holes. Scholtes carded rounds of 68, 72 and 72 while Abdulghany finished with rounds of 70, 74 and 68.
 
Abdulghany took home the first-place trophy by winning a playoff against Scholtes on the second hole. "Alyaa made a birdie and Elizabeth's putt lipped out," said Aagaard.
 
"Elizabeth finishing in a tie for first was amazing," Aagaard added. "She played very consistent through the event and was able to make a lot of birdies in her second round."
 
Scholtes and Courtney Vogel of Grand Canyon both made 14 birdies in the two-day tournament, sharing first place. Scholtes also was fourth in par-3 scoring at even par, fifth in par-4 scoring at one under par and fourth in par-5 scoring at three under par.
 
Vogel and Carly Dehlin Hirsch of Utah Valley shared third place with one-over-par 217 totals.
 
Mustang sophomore Caroline Cantlay shared fifth place with four other golfers, recording a two-over-par 218 total with rounds of 72, 74 and 72. Cantlay led the field in par-3 scoring at two under par and carded 10 birdies and 35 pars over three rounds.
 
Vanessa Wang finished in a tie for 21st place with rounds of 75, 73 and 75 for a 223 total while Mallory Muehlbauer placed 59th with a 234 total following rounds of 76, 76 and 82.
 
Cal Poly's final scorer, Sienna Scibird, finished 70th with rounds of 79, 83 and 77 for a 239 aggregate. Competing as an individual, Tiffany Cha was 77th with a 242 total as she carded an 83, 80 and 79.