The Cal Poly golf team had a solid showing at the UC Riverside-hosted Winter Intercollegiate in Beaumont, California. The Mustangs weathered through what proved to be a tough course at Oak Valley Golf Club to post a cumulative team score of +52 over the tournament’s three rounds.
The performance was good for a fourth overall finish for Cal Poly, second place among the competing Big West Conference teams. UC Santa Barbara finished first overall in the event with a score of +32, ending up 14 shots ahead of second place finisher DePaul (+46) and 18 shots ahead of Eastern Kentucky (+50).
Cal Poly’s top individual finisher was junior Justin De Los Santos, who tied for seventh place at +10 overall. The junior was ten shots behind individual winner Brandon Bauman (E) of UC Santa Barbara. Sophomore Jimmy Castles was the next highest finisher for the Mustangs in a tie for 12th, while fellow sophomore Jesse Yap and senior Camden Price followed closely behind with a share of 19th place.
The 7,078-yard Oak Valley Golf Club played very difficult for the 55-player field. Scores for some players reached as high as 90 on the par 72 layout. In the final round on Tuesday, the low score was still two strokes over par, a 74 from Eastern Kentucky’s Jared Brown.
Next up on the schedule for Cal Poly is the Father Higgins Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada on Feb. 1 and 2.