The Cal Poly men’s golf team broke a school record with its final-round 269, but it was not enough to repeat as champions at the Big West Conference Championships at Tijeras Creek Golf Club in Mission Viejo.
The Mustangs failed to defend their championship as UC Irvine, which led Cal Poly by 23 strokes after 36 holes Monday, shot an 852 total to win the title.
Entering the day in third, Cal Poly charged into contention for the lead, finishing three strokes back in second place with an 855 total. Pacific was third at 871.
Helping the Mustangs break its single-round record of 275, which had been previously matched three times, was the standout play of Geoff Gonzalez, David Lewinski, Brycen Wagner and Colin Peck.
Gonzalez led the team with a career-best 65 as he finished tied for fourth on the par-72 course. The freshman has 18 rounds of par or better and seven rounds in the 60s.
Lewinski carded 67 and finished tied for 10th overall. Wagner also finished with a 67 and was 15th overall.
Peck was second in the tournament at 209 after his thirdround score of 70. Brett Lederer from Long Beach State was the individual champion, edging out Peck by five strokes.
Cal Poly’s women’s team did not share the same success as the men. The Mustangs finished last in the five-team tournament after carding a combined 952. UC Irvine was the champion with an 892.
Julia Heath and Hannah Brabb were the top finishers for Cal Poly. Heath shot a third-round 81 to finish 10th at 234. Brabb finished tied for 11th at 235.
Long Beach State’s Kay Hoey hovered around par to finish as the individual champion with a 215.
BY THE NUMBERS 65 Career-best round by Mustangs freshman Geoff Gonzalez 3 Strokes Cal Poly finished behind tournament champion UC Irvine