Freshman Drew Thomas is tied for 16th place, and Cal Poly stands sixth among eight conference teams after the first round of the Big West Conference Women’s Golf Championship on Sunday at San Luis Obispo Country Club.
Thomas carded a six-over 79, and the Mustangs had a four-player score of 319 on the first day of the three-day tournament’s par-73 course.
Asia Adell, Kirsten Locke and Taylor Yoshitake each shot 80 for Cal Poly.
Madison Hirsch, in a 31st-place tie, carded an 82 for the Mustangs.
Defending champion Bev Vatananugulkit of UC Davis is the first-round leader with a 4-under 69. Three shots off the pace are fellow Aggies player Demi Runas and Long Beach State’s Kassidy Teare.
UC Davis, the three-time defending conference champion, came into the tournament ranked No. 16 in the nation and is in first place with a 3 under aggregate of 289.
Long Beach State is eight strokes back.
UC Irvine (311), Cal State Fullerton (312) and Cal State Northridge (318) round out the top five, and UC Riverside (325) and Hawaii (326) are in seventh and eighth.
Cal Poly is hosting the Big West Championship for the fourth time in five years. Admission is free.
The second round begins this morning at 9. The first Cal Poly player will tee off at 9:40 a.m.
The final round will be held at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.