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Scholtes, Cantlay In Top 20 After Two Rounds of Play at The Gunrock

Scholtes, Cantlay In Top 20 After Two Rounds of Play at The Gunrock
 
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Elizabeth Scholtes and Caroline Cantlay find themselves in the top 20 heading into the final round of The Gunrock Invitational on Tuesday at the Del Paso Country Club.
 
Scholtes (pictured at right) is tied for 14th place following rounds of 76 and 71 Monday on a soggy course that measures 6,224 yards and is par 72. Scholtes has a three-over-par 147 total while Cantlay checked in with a 73 and a 75 for a four-over-par 148 aggregate and is tied for 19th place.
 
As a team, Cal Poly is eighth among 11 teams competing in the two-day, 54-hole event, carding a four-person 306 total in the morning round and lowering that to 298 in the afternoon for a 28-over-par 604 aggregate.
 
"We got off to a slow start this morning, making pars and bogeys rather than pars and birdies," said Mustang head coach Sofie Aagaard. "The course is playing long from all the rain over the past few weeks and it was hard to get good birdie opportunities when having long yardages on approach shots. 
 
"By the time we got the second round started, we were hitting more greens, positioned ourselves closer to the pins and saw more birdies dropping," Aagaard added. "We hope to finish with a strong round (Tuesday) to leave the first part of this spring season behind us on a good note, before heading home for upcoming finals week." 
 
Sacramento State leads the team standings with a seven-under-par 569 total, 17 strokes ahead of second-place Coastal Carolina. UC Davis is one more stroke back in third place.
 
Individual leader after 36 holes is Corinne Viden of Sacramento State with a pair of 69s, thanks to 11 birdies, for a 138 total and a two-stroke lead over Hornet teammate Sofie Babic (70-70–140). Three other golfers share third place with 142 totals.
 
In addition to Scholtes and Cantlay, Cal Poly's other scoring golfers are Vanessa Wang with a 78 and 76 for a 154 total and 38th place, Sienna Scibird with a 79 and 76 for a 155 total and 44th place, and Mallory Muehlbauer with a pair of 82s for a 164 aggregate and 63rd place.
 
Competing as individuals, Tiffany Cha is tied for 38th place with a pair of 77s for a 154 total while Maya Pugatch is tied for 63rd place with rounds of 85 and 79 for a 164 aggregate.
 
Scholtes is second in par-3 scoring at one under par and carded six birdies on the day, tied for ninth place.
 
After Tuesday's final round, the Mustangs will take a break of more than a month, returning to action April 8-9 at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic on the Southern Dunes Golf Course in Maricopa, Arizona. The team also will get ready for the Big West Conference Championship, scheduled for mid-April, by playing some practice rounds at the Moorpark Golf Club.
 
"Preparation for the second part of the season will continue over spring break with a training trip to the conference championship course," said Aagaard.
 
Photo above of Elizabeth Scholtes courtesy of Owen Main | www.fansmanship.com