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Cal Poly Takes 12-Stroke Lead Into Final Round of UC Irvine Invitational

Cal Poly Takes 12-Stroke Lead Into Final Round of UC Irvine Invitational
 
SANTA ANA, Calif. — Seeking its first tournament title since the season-opening Rose City Collegiate a year ago and the four victories during its run to the Big West Conference championship in the 2016-17 season, the Cal Poly women's golf team takes a 12-stroke lead into Tuesday's final round of the UC Irvine Invitational.
 
Caroline Cantlay (pictured at right) shot rounds of 68 and 70, Vanessa Wang carded a 71 and 69 and Mallory Muehlbauer posted a 72 and 69 as Coach Sofie Aagaard's Mustangs compiled four-person totals of 282 Monday morning, a school record by one stroke, and an even better 281 in the afternoon to lower the record another stroke for a 13-under-par 563 aggregate, a record by 11 strokes.
 
Cantlay's 68 and Wang's 69 are career bests.
 
Cal Baptist and Santa Clara both are 12 strokes behind in a tie for second place. There are 10 teams in the field of the two-day, 54-hole tournament on the 6,072-yard, par-72 Santa Ana Country Club course.
 
"What a great day for this young team!" said Aagaard. "We got off to a great start with birdies early on this morning and finished the first round with a record team low at minus-6. Caroline led the team in the morning with a personal best minus-4. 
 
"As we play 36 holes continuously on the first day, the second round was played without a break in between and this team just kept going, kept making putts and kept making birdies," Aagaard added. "We improved by another two strokes in the afternoon and set new 18-hole as well as 36-hole team records." 
 
Cantlay is alone in first place at six under par, with San Diego State's Sara Kjellker and Cal Baptist's Erica Wang sharing second place at five under par. Cantlay carded four birdies in a bogeyless first round and five birdies and three bogeys in the second round.
 
Wang is tied for fourth place with three other golfers, two shots off the lead, after recording five birdies, a pair of bogeys and a double-bogey in the morning and seven birdies and four bogeys in the afternoon.
 
Muehlbauer is in eighth place with seven birdies and four bogeys over 36 holes.
 
"It is of course very exciting to put up these great scores, and I am happy for this team getting to see their hard work pay off," said Aagaard. "We hit great approach shots into the pins, creating great opportunities for birdies. From our practice round yesterday we had great information on angles to play and where to be positioned on these undulated greens." 
 
Also scoring for Cal Poly were Elizabeth Scholtes with a 75 and 73 for a 148 total and Tiffany Cha with a 71 and 77, also for a 148 aggregate. They are tied for 30th place with one more round to play Tuesday morning. Cha's 71 is a personal best.
 
Competing as an individual, Sienna Scibird is in a tie for 47th place with rounds of 74 and 78 for a 152 total.
 
Wang, Cantlay and Muehlbauer are tied for fourth in par-3 scoring at two under par while Cantlay also was two under par on the par-4 holes, fifth in the field. Wang led the field in par-5 scoring at five under par, thanks to her tournament-leading 12 birdies. Scholtes' 26 pars are second.