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Cal Poly Finishes Third in Rainbow Wahine Invitational at Kapolei GC

Cal Poly Finishes Third in Rainbow Wahine Invitational at Kapolei GC
 
KAPOLEI, O'ahu, Hawai'i -- The Cal Poly women's golf team posted a final-round four-person four-over-par 292 Wednesday, which would be one of the top 15 rounds in the 20-year history of the program.
 
Sacramento State and Brigham Young, however, produced better scores and overtook the Mustangs on the final day of the three-day 54-hole Rainbow Wahine Invitational at the Kapolei Golf Course.
 
The Hornets claimed the team title with a final-round 285 for a one-under-par 863 aggregate, finishing three shots ahead of Brigham Young (281-866). Cal Poly was third with a three-over-par 867 aggregate, the second-best three-round total in program history.
 
On Tuesday, Cal Poly leaped from sixth place into the lead with a school-record 277 total, led by junior Caroline Cantlay's record-breaking round of 65.
 
"All in all, a good tournament for this team with a total team score of three over par," said fifth-year Cal Poly head coach Sofie Aagaard. "We had an amazing day Tuesday when a lot of things went our way. Putts rolled in and bounces were kind. Today we saw putts on the edges, some bad lies in bunkers and a battle to finish off." 
 
Cantlay (pictured above) wrapped up her performance on O'ahu with a final-round 73 for a four-under-par 212 and a second-place tie with Viera Permata Rosada of Sam Houston State.
 
Tess Blair carded four birdies and an eagle in a bogey-free final round of 66 to jump from third place to medalist honors with a nine-under-par 207 total, five shots ahead of Cantlay and Rosada.
 
Mustang Vanessa Wang climbed four spots into a tie for ninth place with a final-round 71 and an even-par 216 total while Elizabeth Scholtes finished tied for 17th after carding a 74 for a 219 total.
 
Two other Mustangs finished in the top 20 as well. Jensen Jalufka and Tiffany Cha, competing as an individual, finished tied for 19th place with 220 aggregates. Jalufka posted a final-round 74 and Cha a 77.
 
"Caroline finishing in second to end the fall season is a great accomplishment," said Aagaard, "especially to follow up her record low yesterday with a strong round today. 
 
"A final round by the team with four over par is solid, but today it wasn't enough for the team title," Aagaard added. "We are now entering the offseason for the winter and will work to improve around the greens and on the greens."
 
Cantlay finished second in par-3 scoring at two under par while Jalufka was third in par-4 scoring at four under par. Cha was three under par on the par-5 holes, sixth in the field of 80 golfers.
 
Wang carded 13 birdies, No. 2 in the field, and Cha posted 12 birdies. Jalufka's 39 pars were one behind the leader.
 
Cal Poly returns to action Feb. 10-11, opening the spring portion of the 2019-20 season at the Battle at The Rock hosted by UC Riverside at Oak Quarry Golf Club.