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Wang Leads Cal Poly to Fourth-Place Finish in Wyoming Cowgirl Classic

Wang Leads Cal Poly to Fourth-Place Finish in Wyoming Cowgirl Classic


MARICOPA, Ariz. – Led by a trio of top-25 finishers, the Cal Poly women's golf team finished fourth in the 20-team Wyoming Cowgirl Classic on Tuesday at the Southern Dunes Golf Club.

Vanessa Wang (pictured at right) claimed eighth place among the 108 golfers competing in the two-day, 54-hole event, carding a final-round 73 for a one-over-par 217 total. A freshman from Rowland Heights and a graduate of La Serna High School, Wang posted a 73 and 71 on Monday.

Another freshman, Elizabeth Scholtes, finished in a tie for 17th place with five other golfers, all with seven-over-par 223 totals. Scholtes followed Monday's rounds of 74 and 77 with an even-par 72 Tuesday, moving 24 spots up the ladder.

Senior Mallory Muehlbauer checked in with a 78 for a 224 total and a tie for 23rd place with three other golfers.

Cal Poly posted a four-person final-round 296 aggregate for a 23-over-par 887 total for 54 holes, fifth-best in program history and just four shots behind team champion UTEP (883). Santa Clara was second at 884 and New Mexico State carded an 885 total for third place.

Also competing in the tournament were fellow Big West members UC Riverside, which placed fifth, and Cal State Fullerton, ninth. The Mustangs compete in the Big West Conference Championship next Monday through Wednesday at the Moorpark Golf Club in Moorpark, Calif.

Cal Poly had not competed in a tournament in five weeks, since placing eighth in The Gunrock Invitational at Sacramento on March 4-5.

"This week was a good week to compete, coming off four weeks of practice without competition," said Aagaard. "We saw some competitive rust wear off during the first round and really got some good golf going in the second round as well as to start the final round.

"The wind picked up over the last five holes and we had strong gusts that challenged us on approach shots," Aagaard added.

Also competing for Cal Poly at Southern Dunes were Caroline Cantlay, who finished 32nd with rounds of 76, 74 and 76 for a 226 total; and Sienna Scibird, 69th with her rounds of 78, 79 and 75.

Claiming top individual honors was Suthavee Chanachai of New Mexico State with an eight-under-par 208 total after her final-round 72. Sarah Busey of Santa Clara and Beah Cruz of Northern Colorado shared second place with 212 aggregates.

Wang was sixth in par-4 scoring at even par and her 10 birdies over three rounds was sixth as well. Cantlay carded 40 pars, tied for No. 3 in the field, while Scholtes was one of four golfers to record an eagle, posting a three on the 513-yard third hole Tuesday.

"A highlight of the week is of course Vanessa's under-par round and top-10 finish, but also Elizabeth's eagle in the final round," said Aagaard.

Cal Poly captured the Big West team championship in 2017, Aagaard's second year as head coach of the Mustangs.

"We have a few days at home to tidy up some chipping, continue to work on lag putting, before we leave for our conference championship," said Aagaard. "We are ready to compete for this year's trophy."