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Cal Poly Claims Seventh Place in Pat Lesser-Harbottle Invitational

Cal Poly Claims Seventh Place in Pat Lesser-Harbottle Invitational
 
TACOMA, Wash. — Led by Vanessa Wang's 71 and a round of 73 by Tiffany Cha, the Cal Poly women's golf team posted a team-best 296 total and moved up to seventh place in the final round of the Pat Lesser-Harbottle Invitational women's golf tournament Tuesday.
 
Hosted by Seattle University at the Tacoma Country Club and Golf Course, coach Sofie Aagaard's Mustangs posted a three-day, four-person 48-over-par 912 on the 6,039-yard, par-72 course, finishing just five strokes shy of fourth place.
 
Santa Clara claimed the team title in the 18-school event with a 27-over-par 891 aggregate, four shots ahead of runner-up Houston Baptist. Grand Canyon was third at 33 over par.
 
Wang earned her first collegiate top-10 finish, placing in a tie for ninth place with rounds of 77, 73 and 71 for a five-over-par 221 total, the 14th-best 54-hole total in the program's history.
 
Caroline Cantlay posted a final-round 74 for a 230 total and 30th place while Elizabeth Scholtes carded a 78 for a 232 total and 40th place.
 
Cha (pictured above) checked in with a 233 aggregate and 43rd place while Sienna Scibird completed Cal Poly's scoring with an 81 for a 239 total and 74th place.
 
"We competed on a great course this week," said Aagaard. "It is in impeccable shape from tee to green. We struggled on the fast greens, missing some short putts that set us back early on. We got better each round on the tight and narrow tee shots. 
 
"Finding where to play to and leaving the driver in the bag on some tee shots helped positioning for the approach shot," Aagaard added. "Competing on courses like this one will make us better in the long run through the competitive experience gained each week." 
 
Individual champion was Kaity Cummings of Houston Baptist. She won a three-hole playoff against Washington's Karen Miyamoto after both finished 54 holes with two-under-par 214 totals. Third place went to Quynn Duong of Gonzaga at 217.
 
In the third round alone, Scibird finished third in par-3 scoring at one under par while Cantlay was fourth in par-4 scoring, also at one under par. Wang shared the lead with seven other golfers in par-5 scoring at two under par.
 
Cal Poly returns to action Oct. 29-30 at the UC Irvine Invitational, to be held at the Santa Ana Country Club.