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Cal Poly Climbs to Eighth Place in UW Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational

Cal Poly Climbs to Eighth Place in UW Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational
 
SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- A round of 73 by sophomore Elizabeth Scholtes sparked the Cal Poly women's golf team to a jump of two positions into eighth place in the final round of the UW Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational on Wednesday.
 
The 11-team tournament, shortened to 36 holes due to rain, hail, thunder, wind and 50-degree temperatures Tuesday, was played on the 5,980-yard, par-72 Sahalee Golf Club course near Seattle.
 
"This was a tough tournament for this team," said fifth-year Mustang head coach Sofie Aagaard. "This was a competitive field in which we were ranked ninth out of 11 going into the event. Eight teams were ranked in the top 100.
 
"Sahalee CC is possibly the most challenging course we will play all year," Aagaard added. "It is a treat to compete at a course of this standard and in such great shape. They have hosted both PGA and LPGA tour events." 
 
Carding one birdie, 15 pars and a pair of bogeys, Scholtes (pictured at right) jumped from a tie for 22nd place into a tie for seventh place with Naomi Soifua of Brigham Young, both with six-over-par 150 totals. 
 
For Scholtes, it was her first top-10 finish of the year and third of her Mustang career.

"We bounced back in the final round and Elizabeth led the team with a great one over par today," said Aagaard.
 
Vanessa Wang carded a 79 and remained in a tie for 22nd place with her 156 total while Caroline Cantlay moved from 41st to 39th place with a final-round 79 and a 160 total.
 
Claiming medalist honors was Nishtha Madan of Sacramento State, whose 70 was the best round of the day and propelled her from a tie for third place to the top of the leaderboard.
 
Madan finished four strokes ahead of Kate Smith (77-71--148) of Nebraska and Allysha Mae Mateo (75-73--148) of Brigham Young. First-round leader Rei Nakatani of UC Davis carded a final-round 81 and fell into a tie for 13th place.
 
BYU captured the team title, adding a 301 to Tuesday's 306 for a 607 aggregate and a one-stroke victory over UC Davis (608). Rutgers (609) and Sacramento State (611) were third and fourth, respectively, as the top four teams were separated by just four strokes.
 
Cal Poly posted a four-person 317 total Tuesday and 311 on Wednesday for a 52-over-par 628 total.
 
Cal Poly's other two scoring golfers were Jensen Jalufka, tied for 43rd place with a 162 total after a final-round 80, and Madi Daniel, who finished 54th with another 84 for a 168 aggregate.
 
"Finishing in eighth as a team wasn't what we were hoping for," said Aagaard. "Even though it is better than our ranking, we feel like we left shots out there and would like to be higher on the leaderboard.
 
"Our misses were heavily penalized as the course is very narrow. Our weaknesses were on display this week and we all took notes on what to work on to come back stronger on a course like this."  
 
Scholtes finished second in par-3 scoring at one under par while Cantlay was fifth in par-5 scoring at two under par. Scholtes' 27 pars were the most of all 60 golfers in the field.
 
Cal Poly plays its final tournament of the fall season Oct. 28-30 in the Rainbow Wahine Invitational at the Kapolei Golf Club on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.