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Cal Poly Eighth After First Round of Big West Championship

Cal Poly Eighth After First Round of Big West Championship
 
MOORPARK, Calif. — Senior Mallory Muehlbauer carded a 76 to highlight Cal Poly's performance in the first round of the 2019 Big west Conference Women's Golf Championship on Monday at the Moorpark Country Club.
 
Muehlbauer (pictured at right) is tied for 13th place seven other golfers, seven shots behind first-round leader Brianna Steger of CSUN. Steger recorded four birdies and one bogey in her career-best round of 69 on the 6,279-yard, par-72 course.
 
Steger is three shots ahead of Haley Tygret and Cara Barker, both of Long Beach State, Texie Petchel of Cal State Fullerton and Megan Ratcliffe of Hawai'i, all with par 72s. Petchel recorded an ace on the 165-yard sixth hole.
 
Muehlbauer posted two birdies, four bogeys and a double-bogey in her opening round.
 
Cal State Fullerton and defending conference champion Long Beach Steve share first place after 18 holes of play with four-person seven-over-par 295 totals, one stroke ahead of third-place CSUN.
 
Cal Poly, eighth with a 313 total, is just eight shots out of fourth place with 36 holes remaining in the three-day event.
 
"One day down and two more to go. That is how we choose to look at today's performance," said fourth-year Mustang head coach Sofie Aagaard. "It was not good. It was an odd day for a few reasons. We dropped shots in areas we normally don't. We saw poor performance from the fairway with our approach shots, missing the greens on the wrong side and putting ourselves in tough spots to chip and convert to par.
 
"Great tee shots today," Aagaard added. "We will build on that and come back tomorrow with lessons learned from today and adjustments made to our course strategy."  
 
In addition to Muehlbauer, other Cal Poly competitors include freshman Vanessa Wang and sophomore Caroline Cantlay, both with a 78 and tied for 24th place.
 
Sophomore Sienna Scibird and freshman Elizabeth Scholtes finished with 81s and are tied for 35th place.
 
Muehlbauer and Wang are third and fifth, respectively, in par-three scoring at one under par and even par.
 
Cal Poly tees off Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.