SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Two days after a fifth-place finish in the 53rd California Women's Amateur on Friday, Cal Poly sophomore-to-be Elizabeth Scholtes captured top honors in the Sacramento County Women's Amateur.
At the Mather Golf Course in Mather, Calif., a few miles east of Sacramento, Scholtes carded scores of 72 on Saturday and a blistering 66 on Sunday for a six-under-par 138 total and a three-stroke victory over Karen Garcia and Lexi Perry.
Scholtes was tied for seventh place after the first round, but jumped over the six golfers ahead of her on the final day with six birdies and 12 pars in her bogey-free final round.
"I was putting really well," Scholtes said of Sunday's round. "I made three putts outside of 20 feet. I was also hitting well. I hit 16 greens, so that gave me more opportunities to make birdie."
Last week, Scholtes reached the quarterfinal round of the California Women's Amateur before she was eliminated.
The Alameda High School graduate posted rounds of 75 and 76 in stroke play for a 15th-place tie and a spot in the 32-player match play portion of the five-day tournament.
Scholtes upset the top seed as well as the 16th seed in the first two rounds of match play before falling to Aman Sangha of San Mateo, 4 and 3, in the quarterfinals at Quail Lodge and Golf Club in Carmel, Calif.
As a freshman at Cal Poly this season, Scholtes posted a 74.5 scoring average with five top-20 finishes, including a victory in the Battle at the Rock in Riverside, Calif. She recorded eight rounds of par or better, including a season-best 68 en route to her victory in February.
Scholtes and Mustang teammates Vanessa Wang and Caroline Cantlay will compete in the 89th Ladies National Golf Association Amateur Championship, scheduled for July 29-August 1 at The Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs, Tenn.
UPDATE (August 1): Cantlay placed 37th in the 89th Ladies National Golf Association Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs, Tenn., carding rounds of 73, 77, 78 and 82 for a 16-over-par 300 total. Wang finished 48th with a 302 total (73, 80, 75, 74) and Scholtes missed the cut by one stroke (80-74--154).