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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Northern Arizona returns to defend its championship as Cal Poly hosts the 11th annual Lamkin Grip Cal Poly Women's Invitational golf tournament on Monday and Tuesday at Cypress Ridge Golf Course in Arroyo Grande.
The field of 11 teams tees off at 8 a.m. both days following a practice round Sunday afternoon.
Northern Arizona carded rounds of 310 and 302 for a 612 total en route to victory over 15 other teams a year ago on the par-73, 6,215-yard course.
Cal Poly finished sixth in its own tournament last fall.
Individual champion Alexa Kim of Northern Arizona graduated last spring and will not be back to defend her title. Cal Poly's Alicia Weber finished in a three-way tie for second place a year ago and also will not return as she graduated as well.
The teams in this year's field, in addition to Cal Poly and Northern Arizona, include UC Riverside, Cal State Northridge, Weber State, Southern Utah, Grand Canyon, Cal State San Marcos, Cal State East Bay, Santa Clara and Point Loma Nazarene.
Cal Poly's lineup will consist of Asia Adell, Kirsten Locke, Caitlin Farley, Morgan Thomas and Alex Phillips. In addition, Mustangs Laura Howard, Giovanna Ascolani and Sorelle Sedej will compete as individuals.
Adell (pictured at right), a sophomore, is the team's leader after two fall tournaments with a 76.8 average per round, followed by Locke, a junior, with a 78.4 average.
Cal Poly finished second in the three-team Santa Clara Colby Invitational and fourth in the seven-team Firestone Grill Cal Poly Invitational last month.