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A 66 by Engelhardt Sparks Cal Poly to Fourth Place at The Farms Invitational

A 66 by Engelhardt Sparks Cal Poly to Fourth Place at The Farms Invitational


RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. — The Cal Poly men's golf team posted the best round of all 11 teams in The Farms Invitational on Tuesday and finished just three strokes behind team champion San Francisco in a tightly bunched top five.

Just six strokes separated the Dons and fifth-place UC Riverside. After carding a four-person six-under-par 282, Cal Poly's second-best total of the season, the Mustangs finished fourth with a 10-over-par 874 aggregate at the 6,903-yard, par-72 The Farms Golf Club.

San Francisco posted a seven-over-par 871 total, followed by Santa Clara and UCLA, each at 872. UC Riverside finished behind Cal Poly with an 877 total.

Leading Coach Scott Cartwright's Mustangs to the top-five finish was senior Nick Engelhardt (pictured above) with the best round of the day, a six-under-par 66 that featured an eagle on the 304-yard, par-4 sixth hole, along with six birdies and a pair of bogeys.

Engelhardt's round is just two strokes off the school record of 64 held by three golfers. He finished in a tie for fourth place with a one-under-par 215 total, three shots behind medalist Matthew McCarty (70-71-71–212) of Santa Clara.

Hidetoshi Yoshihara of UCLA and Brandon Tsujimoto of UC Riverside shared second place with 213 totals. Both carded final-round 70s.

Cal Poly had one other top-10 finisher as senior Jimmy Castles posted a final-round 73 for a two-over-par 218 total and a tie for ninth place with two other golfers. Castles carded four birdies and five bogeys.

Grady Smith, a San Luis Obispo High School alum, finished in 27th place with a 224 total after a final-round 72 while Sage Casaga placed 28th with a 225 aggregate following a final-round 78.

Mitch Martin eagled the 18th hole Tuesday, a 512-yard par-5 hole, and ended the day with a 71, his 16th career round of par or better. The Arroyo Grande High School graduate, who opened with a pair of 78s, also posted four birdies and finished with a 227 total and 33rd place, jumping 17 positions up the leaderboard.

Competing as individuals, Thomas Lehman and Tanner Podres both finished in a tie for 61st place with 239 totals. Lehman carded a final-round 78 and Podres an 80.

Castles finished fourth in par-3 scoring at even par while Engelhardt was fourth in par-4 scoring, also at even par. Casaga claimed second place in par-5 scoring at five under par.

Casaga, a sophomore who carded a pair of eagles in the first round Monday en route to a 68, was second in the field with those two eagles and his 12 birdies was the fifth-best total in the tournament.

Cal Poly is idle for a month, returning to action March 12-13 at the MacKenzie Match Play hosted by San Francisco at the Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz.