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Yoshitake Leads Cal Poly on Final Day of Big West Championships

Yoshitake Leads Cal Poly on Final Day of Big West Championships


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Taylor Yoshitake shot a 4-over-par 77 at the San Luis Obispo Country Club on Tuesday to lead the Cal Poly women's golf team to a sixth-place finish at the Big West Conference Championships.

It was the second day in a row during the three-round event in which Yoshitake, a junior, carded the best score for the Mustangs. Cal Poly finished with a total of 950, just one stroke back of fifth-place Cal State Fullerton (949) and 10 behind fourth-place UC Riverside (940).

Yoshitake (right) birdied the first and second holes amid foggy, damp conditions Tuesday morning before doing the same on the 14th after the weather had cleared up. She finished the championships tied for 17th place individually, with a 15-over total of 234.

Also for Cal Poly, Madison Hirsch had birdies on the first and seventh holes Tuesday on her way to shooting a final-round 78 on the 6,196-yard course. Hirsch finished in a 26th-place tie, with an aggregate score of 239. Kirsten Locke posted an 80 for the Mustangs, coming in 25th place at 238, and Asia Adell added an 82 to end tied for 28th place with a 242 total.

UC Davis won its fourth consecutive Big West championship, finishing 5-over as a team for the tournament, with a 29-stroke advantage over runner-up Long Beach State (881-910). Aggies senior Demi Runas, the No. 13-ranked player nationally by GolfStat, claimed medalist honors by posting even-par for the second consecutive day to finish at 1-under (218) altogether.

The Aggies also monopolized the next three spots on the leaderboard, as Andrea Wong finished the championships in second, at 1-over (220); Bev Vatananugulkit was 4-over (223) for third; and Amy Simanton placed fourth at 5-over (224). Simanton had the lone eagle across the layout Tuesday, on the par-four 13th hole.

UC Irvine finished third as a team, at 46-over (a 922 total). Cal State Northridge (which shot a combined 954 for seventh place) and Hawai'i (957, eighth) rounded out the team scoring.

The 40-player field averaged a 78.03 card Tuesday, the best overall round during the three days. NCAA West Regional competition will be held May 9-11 at on-campus sites yet to be announced.