Cal Poly sophomore Justin De Los Santos earned individual championship honors, shooting a 69 on the final day Tuesday of the three-day Big West Conference men’s golf championship at the par-70 San Luis Obispo Country Club.
De Los Santos’ 69 in the final round joined his first-round 70 and second-round 73 to give him a total of 2-over 212.
“Conditions were tough (the last few days), today was about grinding out there,” he said. “Coming into this week, I was hoping our team would win the Big West Conference title. Hopefully I’ll be able to represent them at regionals.”
The location of regionals will be announce May 4.
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Pete Fernandez placed second for UC Irvine with a 213 total after being tied for first Monday. David Gazzolo of UC Riverside was also tied for first entering Tuesday, but finished in ninth, carding a 76 in the last round for a 217 total. The average for the course was 74.6 over the three days.
De Los Santos is the first Mustang since Travis Bertoni (2005) to win the individual conference title. His highest finish prior to the Big West Tournament was sixth at the Bill Cullum Invitational in October.
UC Irvine claimed its first conference team title since 2010, shooting a 285 in the final round of the event. The Anteaters edged top-seeded UC Davis by a stroke with a three-day total of 860. UC Riverside was third with 871, and Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara tied for fourth with 875. Cal Poly was sixth at 876.
Cam Price (72-73-75) and Jesse Yap (73-72-75) each totaled 220 to tie for 15th place for Cal Poly.
CSU Bakersfield 5, Cal Poly 4
Cal Poly lost a four-run lead over the final four innings in the loss.
Brian Mundell doubled to score Mark Mathias in the first before the Mustangs (19-22) rattled off three runs in the second.
Mathias singled to bring Jordan Ellis home in the second, Mundell plated Tommy Pluschkell on a single and Zack Zehner doubled to score Mathias and give the Mustangs a 4-0 lead.
But the Roadrunners erased the advantage after scoring twice on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh to tie the score at 4 before CSU Bakersfield won on an unearned run in the ninth clinched the game.
Mundell finished 3 for 5 with two RBI, and Mathias went 2 for 4 with two runs and a RBI.
Big West honors awarded
The Cal Poly men’s tennis team came away with four honors as Ben Donovan was awarded all-Big West first team honors in singles and doubles.
Garrett Auproux was also on first team in singles as well, while Corey Pang earned second team in singles and joined Donovan on first team in doubles.
Donovan was 15-9 to earn first-team honors for a second consecutive season, while Auproux was 19-11 overall and Pang was 16-2.
Donovan and Pang were 17-2 in doubles and won their last seven matches together.
The Cal Poly women’s team had Louise Oxnevad earn all-Big West first team honors while also taking home honorable mention accolades in doubles with Dane Joubert.
Oxnevad was 6-13 with three wins in conference play in singles and had three more wins when paired with Joubert in doubles.
TRACK AND FIELD
Namnath named athlete of week
Cal Poly senior David Namnath earned the Big West Men’s Track Athlete of the Week award after finishing second in the 400 hurdles at the Bulldog Invitational at Fresno State.
Namnath ran a time of 52.90 seconds, his fastest time since 2013, when he advanced to the NCAA West Regional quarterfinals.