FINAL RESULTS (pdf)
MOORPARK, Calif. – Led by a pair of top-20 finishers, sophomore Caroline Cantlay and freshman Elizabeth Scholtes, Cal Poly finished tied for fifth place in the 2019 Big West Conference Women's Golf Championship on Wednesday at the Moorpark Country Club.
Cantlay (pictured at right) finished 13th and Scholtes matched par with a 72 for 15th as Coach Sofie Aagaard's Mustangs posted the team's best round of the tournament and the best round of the day for any of the eight teams, a four-person 296 on the 6,279-yard, par-72 course.
Cal Poly's 54-hole 913 total matched that of Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside as the Mustangs climbed two spots on the ladder. For the second straight year Long Beach State captured the Big West team title after posting a final-round 297 and a three-round total of 886. CSUN was second at 894 while UC Davis claimed third place with a 901 total.
"To come out on the final day today, playing their hearts out and compete even though we were out of the championship, shows what kind of team we have going," said Aagaard. "This team is competitive and hungry for success. Today was challenging as the greens were faster for each day and the pin positions more challenging."
Cantlay posted a 78 and a 72 in the first two rounds and followed with a final-round 77 for a 227 aggregate, sharing 13th place with Holland Shourds of Long Beach State.
Scholtes played better each day, following an 81 and a 75 with four birdies and four bogeys for her even-par 72 Wednesday and sharing 15th place with two other golfers. She was in 26th place entering the final round.
Senior Mallory Muehlbauer carded a final-round 75 for a 230 total and a tie for 21st place with three other golfers.
Long Beach State's Haley Tygret, who started the day two strokes off the lead, birdied three holes on the back nine and carded a 70 for a four-under-par 212 total and a five-stroke victory over Brianna Steger of CSUN. Steger, the leader after the first and second rounds, struggled with a 77 in the final round.
Kiran Sangha of CSUN and Samantha Hutchison of UC Davis shared third place with 221 totals.
Cantlay finished third and Muehlbauer was fifth in par-3 scoring at even par and one over par, respectively. Scholtes was seventh in par-4 scoring at five over par and fifth in par-5 scoring at one under par.
Muehlbauer's eight birdies over three rounds was No. 5 in the field of 40 golfers and Cantlay's 34 pars were No. 8.
Four of the five Mustangs return next year as Aagaard fielded two freshmen, a pair of sophomores and a senior in the conference finals. Cal Poly opened the final round in eighth place and climbed to seventh place in the second round before securing its fifth-place tie in the final round.
Scholtes was named Big West Freshman of the Year and earned first-team All-Big West honors along with Cantlay. Wang earned All-Big West honorable mention praise.
"It is exciting to have three players with all-conference honors," said Aagaard. "It is also great to have another freshman of the year in Elizabeth, following Caroline last year as the first ever Mustang to receive such an award. We will have time to reflect, recover and analyze this season before we get after it again and start planning for next year. We are sad to see Mallory graduate and leave us. She has had such a great impact on this team and she will leave some big shoes to fill behind her."
Long Beach State advances to the NCAA Division I women's regionals, which will be held May 6-8 at Saugahatchee Country Club in Opelika, Alabama; Tumble Creek Golf Club in Cle Elum, Washington; Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Oklahoma; and Forest Akers West Golf Course in East Lansing, Michigan.
The 2019 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships will be hosted May 17-22 at Blessings Golf Course in Fayetteville, Ark.