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Led by Newcomers, Cal Poly Takes Four-Stroke Lead into Final Round

Led by Newcomers, Cal Poly Takes Four-Stroke Lead into Final Round
 
ANACONDA, Mont. — All five Cal Poly golfers finished 36 holes of play in the top 20 and Coach Sofie Aagaard's Mustangs will take a four-stroke lead into Tuesday's final round of the Battle at Old Works.
 
Freshman Jensen Jalufka is in fourth place while junior transfer Madi Daniel is fifth and both Caroline Cantlay and Vanessa Wang are tied for eighth with 18 holes remaining to be played on the 6,297-yard, par-72 Old Works Golf Course near Butte, Mont.
 
Cal Poly posted a four-person even-par 288 in the morning and a 297 in the afternoon for a nine-over-par 585 aggregate. Eastern Washington is second at 589 while North Dakota State finished two rounds of play with a 594 total and third place.
 
There are 10 teams in the tournament.
 
"We had a good morning round today, in calm conditions, while during the afternoon round the wind picked up significantly," said Aagaard.
 
Jalufka (pictured at left) carded a 71 in the opening round with three birdies and a pair of bogeys, then posted a 74 in the afternoon with five birdies, three bogeys and a pair of double-bogeys, finishing with a three-over-par 145 total.
 
"Jensen is competing in her first college event and didn't show her nerves at all, scoring one under par in the first round," said Aagaard. 
 
Daniel (pictured above at right), who transferred to Cal Poly from Oregon, matched par in the morning with three birdies and an equal number of bogeys, followed by a 74 with four birdies, four bogeys and a double-bogey, for a 146 aggregate.
 
Cantlay carded a 72 and 76 for her 148 total while Wang checked in with a 75 and 73.
 
Sophomore Elizabeth Scholtes is tied for 14th place with a 150 total after posting a 73 and 77.
 
"We created lots of birdie opportunities today, but didn't see all the putts roll in," said Aagaard.  "Hopefully we saved some for the final round tomorrow. We are anticipating rain and a high of 57 degrees tomorrow, compared to sunny and 75 today." 
 
Madalyn Ardueser of Eastern Washington leads the 62-golfer field with a 71 and 70 for a three-under-par 141 total and a one-shot lead over Kelly Hooper (70-72–142) of Montana State and Alexa Clark (71-71–142) of Eastern Washington.
 
Jalufka is tied for eighth in par-3 scoring at one over par, is third in par-4 scoring at even par and sits tied for 12th in par-5 scoring at even par. Cantlay and Wang are fourth in par-4 scoring at one over par while Scholtes is seventh in par-5 scoring at one under par.
 
Jalufka is tied for No. 1 with eight birdies and Daniel is fourth with seven. Cantlay's 28 pars tops the field after 36 holes, Wang is fifth with 24 and Scholtes is eighth with 23.
 
Final round is slated to tee off with an 8:30 a.m. MDT shotgun start.