Posted: Sep 04, 2019
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Five returnees and two newcomers make up the 2019-20 Cal Poly women's golf team, which opens its season Monday and Tuesday at the Hobble Creek Fall Classic in Springville, Utah.
Sienna Scibird, Caroline Cantlay, Vanessa Wang, Madison Daniel and Elizabeth Scholtes will compete in the 54-hole event, with 36 holes to be played Monday and the final 18 holes Tuesday.
Wang and Scholtes are sophomores while Cantlay and Scibird are juniors. All played at least five of the eight tournaments on last year's schedule. Daniel is a junior transfer from the University of Oregon and a graduate of Bakersfield Christian High School.
The 2019-20 Mustang roster also includes senior Tiffany Cha and freshman Jensen Jalufka from Austin, Texas.
Scholtes (pictured at right) captured top honors in 2019 Sacramento County Women's Amateur and also placed fifth in the 53rd California Women's Amateur this summer while Cantlay claimed first place in the 2019 Southern California Golf Association Women's Match Play Championship.
Cantlay (pictured at left) led the Mustang squad a year ago with a 74.4 scoring average over 21 rounds, followed closely by Scholtes at 74.5 over 24 rounds. Wang was third at 75.4 and Scibird averaged 78.2 strokes per round.
Cal Poly, which won the UC Irvine Invitational and placed second in the Battle at the Rock, returns all but one starter off last year's squad as Mallory Muehlbauer used up her eligibility.
The Mustangs captured the program's first Big West Conference championship in 2017, qualifying for the NCAA regionals for the first time, and hope to return to that form this season.
"This fall season, we have a packed schedule with five tournaments," said fifth-year Mustang head coach Sofie Aagaard. "We are starting with competition in the first week the team comes back.
"We will compete in five events from early September to the end of October. The further into the fall we go, the stronger the competition in the field," Aagaard added.
A total of 17 teams will compete for the Hobble Creek Fall Classic title. In addition to Cal Poly, the field includes host Utah Valley, Boise State, Cal State Fullerton, Cal Baptist, Hawaii, Incarnate Word, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, Portland State, Sam Houston State, Santa Clara, Southern Utah, UT Rio Grande Valley, Weber State and Wyoming, along with 16 individuals.
Live scoring will be available at GolfStat.com. A link is posted on the women's golf schedule page at www.GoPoly.com.
The Hobble Creek Golf Course will be 6,135 yards and par 71. Tulsa won the tournament last year but is not entered this time.
After the event at Hobble Creek, Cal Poly competes in the Battle at Old Works (Anaconda, Mont.), Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate (Palm Desert, Calif.), Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational (Seattle) and the Rainbow Wahine Invitational (Kapolei, Hawai'i).
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Former Cal Poly golfer Alex Phillips lost in the quarterfinals of the 2019 World Long Drive Championship on Tuesday.
Seeded 10th, Phillips scored a drive of 333 yards, 15 shy of top-seeded Phillis Meti. Phillips' 333-yard drive came on her eighth and final try.
Phillips placed fourth in the women's division of the 2015 World Long Drive Championship.
A graduate of Bishop Manogue Catholic High School in Reno, Phillips played golf at Cal Poly from 2010-14, averaging 81.50 strokes over 66 career rounds with a career best of an even-par 73 during the Firestone Grill Invitational in October 2013.
Phillips notched seven career top-20 finishes, four in the top 10. Her best finish was eighth place in the Firestone Grill Invitational in 2013.