The Cal Poly women’s golf team placed second at the Big West Conference Championship on Tuesday at the Kapalua Bay Golf Course in Maui — the highest finish for the program in 16 years of competition at the event.
The Mustangs led after the first and second rounds before being overtaken by eventual winners UC Riverside in the final round.
UC Riverside trailed Cal Poly by three strokes entering the final round before shooting a four-person 296 on the par-72 course , the best round of the tournament for any team for the school’s first Big West women’s golf title. UC Riverside’s 54-hole total was 914.
The Mustangs recorded a final-round 303 total, their best of the tournament, to finish four shots behind. UC Davis was third and shot a final-round 297, the second best round in the tournament.
Cal Poly’s 54-hole total was 918 and UC Davis followed with 921.
Paige Lee of UC Davis claimed individual honors, shooting a 71 in the final round for a 4-over 220 total, beating out Kassidy Teare of Long Beach State by a stroke.
Isabella Leung of Hawaii was third with a final-round 73 for a 225 total.
Cal Poly was led by Desiree Gillaspy with a final-round 77 and a 228 total, tied for sixth place with UC Riverside’s Hannah Racchini.
Madison Hirsch had the best round of any Mustang, shooting a 73 on the final day to finish eighth with a 229 total.
Sophie Bergland tied for ninth place with a final-round77 and a 230 total, and Jamie Harada tied for 11th with a total of 231 and final-round 76.
UC Riverside will advance to the NCAA Division I women’s regionals, which are held at four different sites beginning May 5.
The NCAA Women’s Golf Championship will be held May 20-25 at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore.