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Cal Poly Finishes 11th in Bruin-Wave Invitational at SLOCC

Cal Poly Finishes 11th in Bruin-Wave Invitational at SLOCC


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Cal Poly freshman Elizabeth Scholtes was the lone Mustang to finish in the Top 30 at the Bruin-Wave Invitational co-hosted by UCLA and Pepperdine at the San Luis Obispo Country Club.

In a tie for 14th place after the suspended second round was completed Tuesday morning, Scholtes followed her back-to-back 75s with an 80 and finished in a tie for 29th place with a 14-over-par 230 total.

Competing against 10 teams ranked in the Top 5, including five in the Top 20, Cal Poly finished 11th in the 15-team field with a 932 aggregate, carding a 307 Monday morning, 306 in the second round and 319 in Tuesday's final round.

Stanford overtook Oregon for the team title. The Cardinal trailed the Ducks by four strokes entering the final round and posted a four-person 296 total Tuesday for a three-stroke victory. Oregon carded a 303.

Arizona State posted an 899 total for third place, followed by UCLA (903) and Northwestern (905).

"This young team, playing two freshmen, two sophomores and a senior  in the lineup, had a solid tournament," said Mustang head coach Sofie Aagaard. "How we finished on the scoreboard, you can call it being 'best of the rest' as we beat all teams that were ranked outside of the top 55 nationally, Cal Poly being ranked 118th.

"In this field of 15 teams, we were ranked 14th going into the event," Aagaard added. "We got off to a good start during the first day of play, and we were in seventh place going into the final round. San Luis Obispo CC was as usual in impeccable shape with fast rolling greens, and we handled the long course and tough pin positions well during the first day. We came out flat today in the final round. Our bounce back and recovery play was not great today as we were both physically and mentally tired after the first day of 36 holes."

Starting in fourth place for the final round, Olivia Mehaffey of Arizona State claimed top individual honors with a final-round 73 for a four-over-par 220 total, one stroke ahead of Petra Salko of Oregon.

Five golfers shared third place while second-round leader Kathleen Scavo of Oregon posted an 81 and finished in a tie for eighth place.

In addition to Scholtes, Cal Poly's other scoring golfers included Caroline Cantlay with a final-round 78 for a 233 total and 45th place, Sienna Scibird with a 79 for a 236 total and 53rd place, Mallory Muehlbauer with an 82 for a 239 total and 62nd place, and Vanessa Wang with an 87 for a 240 total and 64th place.

Muehlbauer carded seven birdies over 54 holes, tied for eighth-best among 78 golfers in the field.

"It takes great competitive experience to continue to perform at a high level on such a challenging course, and we are just not there yet with this team," Aagaard said. "We are still building with young talent, getting better for each tournament we play. We are happy to see that we do compete well with some of the top teams in the nation, and we look forward to next time when presented to us, to take better advantage of the opportunity of competing at this level."

Wednesday's scheduled dual meet between Cal Poly and San Diego State has been canceled due to the forecast for rain.

The Mustangs return to action March 4-5 at The Gunrock Invitational, to be held at the Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento.