Cal Poly Adds Two High School Recruits to Women’s Golf Program

Cal Poly Adds Two High School Recruits to Women’s Golf Program

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Vanessa Wang, who led La Serna to a fifth-place state finish in 2016, and Maya Pugatch, who guided St. Francis of Mountain View to four West Catholic Athletic League titles, have signed the National Letter of Intent to continue their golf and academic careers at Cal Poly.

Third-year Mustang head coach Sofie Aagaard and Cal Poly director of athletics Don Oberhelman announced the signings, which occurred during the Early Signing Period last month.

"For fall of 2018 we have signed two strong student-athletes," said Aagaard. "I am excited to welcome them to the Mustang family and can't wait to see them here next fall.

"Both players are enjoying strong junior golf careers and high school golf careers that will benefit them greatly when becoming student-athletes at Cal Poly next fall," Aagaard added. "Being able to balance their golf competition along with their level of academics is admirable and makes them both a great fit for Cal Poly and our program.

"High school league championships, local, regional, as well as national competitive experience, and strong academics from both these recruits make them great additions to this team."

Wang (pictured at left) led La Serna to four San Gabriel Valley League championships and back-to-back CIF-Southern Section Southern Division team titles in 2015 and 2016. The Lancers qualified for the CIF State Championships a year ago and placed fifth.

A team captain this fall, Wang serves on the Senior Class Council, twice has served as vice president of the Key Club, has been a Tutorial Academic Mentor for two years and is a member of the National Honors Society.

Wang has averaged 76.23 strokes per round on the Southern California PGA's Toyota Tour Cup this year, earning nine top-10 finishes in 2017. She is ranked 36th overall in California and 11th in the state and 61st in the nation among Class of 2018 golfers.

In 2015, Wang was the U.S. Girls Qualifier first alternate at South Hills Country Club and U.S. Women's Amateur Qualifier second alternate at the Hacienda Golf Club.

Pugatch (pictured at right) was named West Catholic Athletic League Player of the Year following the 2015 season. As the No. 1 golfer on the team, she led St. Francis to 2015, 2016 and 2017 CIF-Central Coast Section team titles and 2014, 2015 and 2016 Northern California championships.

Pugatch has been named to the All-West Catholic Athletic League team multiple times and was named 2014 Junior Golf Association of Northern California Player of the Year. She earned St. Francis High School student-athlete honors, made the 2014 and 2015 High Honor Roll and landed on the 2016 Honor Roll as well.

Pugatch won the 2017 Junior Golf Association of Northern California Sean Remen Memorial at the Los Altos Golf and Country Club with a score of 72 as well as the 2017 Junior Tour of Northern California Spring Series 4 at Franklin Canyon Golf Club with scores of 76 and 73.

She qualified for the 2014 and 2017 IMG Academy Junior World Championship and was selected to the 2015 Girls Junior Americas Cup.

Listing music (playing the ukulele and singing) and fashion design as hobbies, Pugatch was a member of both the Bollywood dance team and Medical Club at St. Francis.

Cal Poly captured its first Big West Conference women's golf championship last spring, qualifying for the NCAA Regional in Albuquerque, N.M. During Aagaard's first season as head coach at Cal Poly, the Mustangs finished second in the 2016 Big West finals.