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Nick Larson

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After months of tournaments throughout the western part of the United States, the Cal Poly women’s golf team will conclude its season at the Big West Conference Championships beginning on April 19. The Mustangs will head north to El Macero Country Club near Davis, California for the three-round competition.

Cal Poly boasts a trio of student-athletes — junior Madison Hirsch and freshmen Sophia Bergland and Jamie Binns — who have carried the squad. All three have competed in all 21 rounds for the Mustangs, with Hirsch maintaining the lowest average of 76.8 strokes per round. Bergland and Binns are close behind, averaging 77 and 77.5 strokes, respectively.

Though the Mustangs did not finish in first place in a tournament this year, they finished in the top three in half of their competitions. In October, Cal Poly captured back-to-back third-place finishes at the Santa Clara Colby Invitational and at the Cal Poly Invitational, a tournament the Mustangs hosted at Cypress Ridge Golf Club in Arroyo Grande.

In its most recent tournament, the Battle at the Rock at Oak Quarry Golf Club in Riverside, Cal Poly came away with a season-best second-place finish. The Mustangs shot a four-person, three-round each total of 932, 68 over par and 45 strokes behind the first-place finisher, UC Riverside, which blazed through its local course. The Highlanders were the only other Big West team in the eight-team field.

Of the eight tournaments in which Cal Poly has competed, it has finished ahead of Big West opponents seven times, while only finishing behind conference opponents five times. The Mustangs have also finished in the the top half of the field in each competition.

The Mustangs’ season has not been spectacular, but it has been successful and solid. The overall strong finishes are promising heading into the Big West Championships, a tournament in which Cal Poly will be considered a contender.

Schools will take to the tee-box Sunday at El Macero Country Club. The three-day, three-round tournament will conclude on April 21.

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