Cal Poly Captures Top Honors in Battle at Old Works

Cal Poly Captures Top Honors in Battle at Old Works


ANACONDA, Mont. — Four Cal Poly golfers finished in the top 10 and Cal Poly claimed its 24th tournament championship in program history Tuesday near Butte, Montana.

Entering the final round of the Battle at Old Works by four strokes, Coach Sofie Aagaard's Mustangs claimed the team title by three shots over Eastern Washington at the Old Works Golf Club.

"What a great feeling to get a win early on in the season," said Aagaard. "This is a great confidence builder for this team to show themselves that we can put up good scores and go wire to wire for the win."

Cal Poly carded four-person 288 and 297 scores on a warm and sunny Monday, and posted a final-round 300 on a wet, windy and cold Tuesday on the 6,297-yard, par-72 layout for an 885 aggregate.

Junior Madi Daniel led the way as the transfer from Oregon recorded a final-round 72 for a two-over-par 218 total and third place, moving up two spots.

Daniel carded eagles on the 497-yard par-5 sixth and 338-yard par-4 14th holes along with a pair of birdies, four bogeys and a double-bogey in her final round.

"A great finishing round for Madi today, battling cold, windy and rainy conditions," Aagaard said. "Two eagles during the final round is impressive!"

Jensen Jalufka placed sixth, Caroline Cantlay was seventh, Vanessa Wang finished in a tie for eighth place and Elizabeth Scholtes finished in a group at 16th place for the Mustangs.

The win comes a week after Cal Poly opened its 2019-20 fall season with a fourth-place finish in the 17-team Hobble Creek Fall Classic at Springville, Utah.

"All in all, it is great to see everyone contributing to the team score during these two tournaments starting off the season," said Aagaard. "There's some depth and when it all comes together at the same time, great things will continue to happen."

Madalyn Ardueser of Eastern Washington claimed medalist honors with a 71, 70 and 69 for a six-under-par 210 total and a seven-stroke victory over Montana State's Kelly Hooper (70-72-75–217).

Cal Poly's 21-over-par 885 total is the sixth-best in program history. Eastern Washington finished at 888 and North Dakota State was third at 899. There were 10 teams and 62 golfers in the two-day, 54-hole tournament.

Jalufka posted a final-round 77 for a 222 total while Cantlay finished with a 75 for a 223 aggregate. Wang's final-round 76 gave her a 224 total and Scholtes checked in with a 78 to finish at 228.

Daniel and Ardueser finished tied for first in par-5 scoring at five under par. Wang was second in par-4 scoring at two over par and Jalufka was fourth in par-3 scoring at one over par.

Daniel's two eagles led the field — there was just one other eagle in the tournament — and her nine birdies were No. 3 behind Ardueser's 13 and Jalufka's 10. Cantlay (39) and Wang (38) were third and fourth, respectively, in pars.

Cal Poly returns to action Sept. 28-29 at the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate, to be held at the Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif.