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Cal Poly Climbs One Spot to Fourth Place in Hobble Creek Fall Classic

Cal Poly Climbs One Spot to Fourth Place in Hobble Creek Fall Classic
 
SPRINGVILLE, Utah — Trailing Northern Arizona by nine strokes entering the final round, the Cal Poly women's golf team trimmed seven strokes off the deficit, but couldn't quite complete the task of overcoming the other three teams ahead.
 
Coach Sofie Aagaard's Mustangs posted a final-round four-person 294 while Northern Arizona tallied a 301 aggregate on the 6,135-yard, par-71 Hobble Creek Golf Course on Tuesday.
 
Cal Poly climbed one spot into fourth place with its 882 total, finishing just four strokes behind fellow Big West Conference member Cal State Fullerton (878). New Mexico State (879) was second and Northern Arizona (880) fell from first to third. There were 17 teams in the two-day, 54-hole tournament.
 
The 882 aggregate is No. 5 on Cal Poly's all-time list for 54-hole totals.
 
"A bit of a slow start for this team," said Aagaard, entering her fifth season as head coach of the Mustangs. "Much more and better is to come. We struggled with some execution on iron shots and with course management as this course demands shots to be placed in specific spots for you to create opportunities.
 
"We did a great job cleaning up some holes and scores," Aagaard added, "finishing with birdies and staying in it." 
 
Three Mustangs finished in the top 20.
 
Caroline Cantlay joined three other golfers in a tie for sixth place, carding a final-round one-over-par 72 for a four-over-par 217 total. 
 
Teammate Elizabeth Scholtes (pictured above) finished in 18th place, following her 73 and 75 with another 73 for a 221 total, while Vanessa Wang recorded a 76 for a 222 total and a 20th-place tie with six other golfers.
 
Cristiana Ciasca of Wyoming and Jocelyn Chee of Cal Baptist shared medalist honors with even-par 213 totals. Ciasca posted a final-round 68 to jump from seventh place to the top of the leaderboard while Chee, the leader after 36 holes, finished with a 73.
 
Aleksandra Chekalina of Northern Arizona was one shot behind in third place.
 
Also scoring for Cal Poly were junior Madi Daniel, a transfer from Oregon, with rounds of 79, 73 and 73 for a 225 total and 34th place, climbing nine spots over the final 18 holes, and Sienna Scibird with a 76, 78 and 76 for a 230 total and 58th place.
 
Cantlay and Scibird finished tied for fifth in par-3 scoring at even par while Daniel was second in par-5 scoring at five under par. Daniel had nine birdies over 54 holes, tied for No. 4 in the field of 88 golfers, and Cantlay's 40 pars were No. 3.
 
Cal Poly returns to action next Monday and Tuesday in the Battle at Old Works, co-hosted by Montana and Montana State at the Old Works Golf Club in Anaconda, Mont.