SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Record-breaking Cal Poly golfer Caroline Cantlay has been named Big West Conference Women's Golfer of the Month for the second time in her collegiate career.
Cantlay set a record for a single round by shooting a 65 in the second round of the Rainbow Wahine Invitational hosted by Hawai'i at the Kapolei Golf Club on the island of O'ahu earlier this week.
A graduate of Rosary Academy whose hometown is Los Alamitos, Calif., Cantlay finished tied for second place in the tournament with a four-under-par 212 total.
Earlier in October, the junior placed in a tie for 39th place among 60 golfers competing in the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational at Seattle, Wash., finishing with rounds of 81 and 79.
"Caroline has had a steady fall overall in competition," said fifth-year Cal Poly head coach Sofie Aagaard. "She holds herself to a high standard of performance every day in practice and play.
"Going into this last event in Hawai'i, she was a bit frustrated to not have seen her scores come together lower as she was hitting the ball well and executing shots she had worked hard on in practice," Aagaard added. "She wanted a high individual finish before the fall was over.
Cantlay now owns school records for 18 holes, 36 holes (138 at UC Irvine Invitational last year) and 54 holes (206, also at UCI Invite). She has 10 career rounds of par or better, including three in the 60s. She has tallied 11 top-20 finishes and six top-10 finishes in her career.
Cantlay, who also earned Golfer of the Month honors last October after winning the UC Irvine Invitational, posted seven birdies and no bogeys en route to setting the mark of 65 on Tuesday, helping the Mustangs to a third-place team finish.
"It was so great to see it all come together in this last event in Hawai'i and I believe that tipped the scales in her favor for this nomination and award," Aagaard said. "As a junior only, to hold all the individual scoring records for the program is special and we're of course excited to see where she takes her game over the next year and a half. "