The women's golf team finished eighth in The Gold Rush Invitational hosted by Long Beach State this weekend. | Mustang News File Photo

The Cal Poly golf team had its best tournament of the season this weekend at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate, finishing fifth overall among twenty teams. Playing at the acclaimed 7,322-yard Classic Club in Palm Desert, California, the Mustangs led all Big West Conference schools competing with a final team score of +14 through three rounds at the par 72 golf course.

The top individual for Cal Poly was Jesse Yap, who finished in a tie for ninth place while posting an even-par cumulative score of 216. The sophomore squeaked into the top ten after a final round of 70 (-2), moving up six places on Sunday.

Yap’s final round was the lowest score recorded by a Mustang on the weekend. His tie for ninth place was a career-best finish.

Junior Justin De Los Santos managed his own climb up the leaderboard on Sunday as well. The reigning Big West Conference individual champion moved up nine spots in the tournament’s final round with a round of one-under 71 to claim a tie for 14th place overall. De Los Santos leads the Mustangs this season in scoring with seven rounds of par or better thus far.

The tournament also touted some pretty stiff competition in nationally-ranked opponents Texas Tech and Kansas. While the Mustangs failed to beat those two teams (Kansas took the title with an overall score of +2 and Texas Tech finished in third place at +6), Cal Poly managed to finish 20 strokes ahead of the nearest Big West Conference school (UC Irvine at +34).

The Mustangs continue their busy season next weekend at the Del Walker Classic, held at the Virginia Country Club in Long Beach, California.

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