Nathan Clark eyes his ball after confidently teeing off. CP Athletics | Courtesy Photo

The Cal Poly men’s golf team wrapped up their fall season by finishing 12th place out of 20 teams at the Warrior Prince Makai Invite Tuesday at Makai Golf Club Princeville course.

Sophomore Nathan Clark and senior Nick Engelhardt finished as Cal Poly’s top scorers on the 7,223-yard, par-72 course. Clark started tied for 66th place Oct. 29 with a score of 77 and moved up 20 spots before Tuesday.

Engelhardt ended with 71 on the first day, 70 on the second day and 73 the third day with a final score of two-under-par, tying for 46th alongside Clark.

Fellow senior Jimmy Castles scored third best on the Cal Poly team and ended with an even-par score of 216 and 58th place tie.

The team recorded a season-high on the second day of the tournament Oct. 30, with an 11 under-par score of 277, the ninth-best total in program history.

“We hit the ball a long ways,” head coach Scott Cartwright said. “Unfortunately, when you hit it a long ways it can get crooked at times as well, so we need to work on keeping it on the golf course.”

The Mustangs competed against some of the strongest competition in their league and Cartwright said he was pleased that they beat top teams such as Georgia Southern who are ranked 30th in the nation.

“It was a solid finish for us,” Cartwright said. “It will certainly improve our ranking.”

The Mustangs will now take an almost three-month break before returning to the golf course Jan. 29, 2018 at Saticoy Country Club against the Pepperdine Wave.

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