College Roundup: Cal Poly women’s golf team wins local tourney

Mustangs’ Hirsch claims individual title at Firestone Grill invite in Nipomo

sports@thetribunenews.comSeptember 22, 2013 

Cal Poly’s Madison Hirsch shot a 3-over-par 74 to win the individual title at the Firestone Grill Cal Poly Invitational at Monarch Dunes Golf Course on Sunday in Nipomo, fueling the Mustangs to the team championship.

Hirsch followed her program-record 66 from Saturday with a 74 to beat a pair of Mustangs teammates by 10 shots for individual medalist honors with a 2-under 140 total. The sophomore led the tournament with eight birdies.

Cal Poly’s Asia Adell and Taylor Yoshitake shared second place with 150 totals, and teammate Morgan Thomas split fourth with CSU Bakersfield’s Malea Miller at 151.

The Mustangs won the team crown with a 301 total and a four-person, 36-hole total of 591.

Cal Poly’s “B” team posted the best four-person total Sunday with a 298 but settled for second place with a 618 total.

On the men’s side, Cal Poly squandered a six-stroke first-round lead as Claremont-Mudd-Scripps surpassed the Mustangs with a four-person round of 284 to win the team title with a 5-over 573 total.

Individual honors went to Kethan Reddy of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps with rounds of 66 and 67 for a 9-under 133 total.

Brandon Shaw was Cal Poly’s highest finisher, carding a 72 for a 144 total and a tie for fourth place.


Cal Poly 3, Yale 2

Senior forward Mackenzie Pridham scored on an assist from Chris Bernardi in the 99th minute to give the Mustangs an overtime victory in front of 1,336 fans at Alex G. Spanos Stadium.

Connor Drechsler and Matt LaGrassa scored in the second half for Cal Poly, which was forced to rally from a 2-0 halftime hole against the Bulldogs (1-5-0).

“We dug ourselves a hole today by giving away an early goal and then gave away a second on a counter attack,” Cal Poly head coach Paul Holocher said in a news release. “But we kept ourselves level-headed and talked at halftime about having more quality and moving the ball around the entire field to find our chances. We trust in our way of playing, and we know that it sometimes takes 90 minutes to reap the rewards.

“I would rather lose trying to play this way than win in another way. I think our fans appreciate how we get things done as much as the outcome.”

Bernardi had two assists, and Chase Minter added another assist for the Mustangs, who improved to 6-2-0.

Cameron Kirdzik and Peter Jacobson scored for Yale.


Seattle 4, Cal Poly 0

Stephanie Verdoia, Ava Ames, Jacqui Wallis and Julia Besagno scored one goal each to power the Redhawks (4-2-2) to a rout of the visiting Mustangs (4-4-0) at Championship Field.

Seattle owned an 18-7 advantage in shots, including an 8-5 edge in shots on goal. Elise Krieghoff led Cal Poly with two shots on goal.


Mustangs hire Barclay as pitching coach

Cal Poly announced Sunday it has hired Chelsey Barclay as its pitching coach.

Barclay served as an assistant at Marshall from 2011 through 2013, helping the Thundering Herd compile the nation’s No. 34 NCAA Division I team ERA at 2.25 last season.

“We’re excited to welcome Chelsey to our coaching staff and the Cal Poly softball family,” Cal Poly head coach Jenny Condon said in a news release. “She brings experience as a player and coach at the highest levels. Chelsey helped coach an NCAA Tournament team at Marshall, so she’s a proven winner. Her passion and competitive attitude will help fuel our program as we head into the 2014 season.”


Cuesta takes third at tourney

Cuesta College’s wrestling team took third place at the Sacramento City College Invitational late Saturday.

Cuesta’s Michael Clemmenson went 4-0 to win the 133-pound tournament title, and teammate George Sakkas (125) was second with a 3-1 record.

Jason Newcomer (165) was third for the Cougars, and teammates Julian Purdy (141), Jacob Purdy (149), Josh Cortez (157), John Sinclair (165) and Jeff Merker (197) each placed fourth.

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