The Cal Poly women’s golf team finished fourth Tuesday at the Big West Conference Championships held at the San Luis Obispo Country Club.
The Mustangs shot a four-person total of 948 at the 6,168-yard, par-72 course, led by Julia Puscheck’s final-round score of 76, which moved her up seven spots into a tie for an 11th-place finish at a 19-over 235.
Teammate Alicia Weber was one stroke back overall, finishing tied for 13th after her final-round 80.
After a rainy start to the day, conditions cleared up midway through the final 18 holes, although steady wind persisted throughout.
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Rounding out Cal Poly’s scoring were Maddy Fletcher (who carded a 238, tied for 18th) and Stephanie Yocum (245, 24th). A year ago, Yocum won the title with a 9-over 225.
Also competing for Cal Poly was Kirsten Locke, who tied for 31st with a 254.
UC Davis won the team championship with a 900 aggregate, led by Chelsea Stelzmiller, the conference runner-up each of the past two seasons. She won a three-hole playoff against Aggies teammate Amy Simanton after each finished at 8-over 224s.
Long Beach State was second at 919, led by Simone Honey’s third-place 225, followed by UC Irvine at 925.
After the Mustangs, Cal State Northridge totaled a 959, trailed by UC Riverside’s 970 and Cal State Fullerton’s 995.
Cal State Fullerton resurrected its program prior to the start of this year. Next season, the Titans will feature former Arroyo Grande High star Samantha Sullivan, who signed a National Letter of Intent in November to play there next season.
UC Davis earned an automatic bid as a team to the NCAA West Regional on May 6-8 at Stanford. Cal Poly will learn Sunday if any of its players were awarded at-large individual appearances to compete there.
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The Cougars (15-16, 6-9 Western State Conference) had three home runs but mustered only two other hits.
Freshman infielder Max Duval, a San Luis Obispo High grad, went 2 for 4 with a double and a home run for the Cougars. The other homers came from Ty Muller and Mitchell Prophet.
Jake Reed (3-3) suffered the loss, scattering six hits and giving up four earned runs in three innings.
Brandon Creath earned the win, striking out seven batters and giving up five hits through 62⁄3 innings. Adam Jones had a game-best three hits for the Bulldogs (19-11, 11-4 WSC).
Cuesta (16-21-1) canceled its season-ending doubleheader at Santa Barbara because of rainy weather.
The Cougars finished in fourth place in the WSC with a 9-7 record.