Cal Poly Men Fifth, Women Fourth in Firestone Grill Invitational
NIPOMO, Calif. -- The Cal Poly men's golf team is in fifth place after 18 holes of play while the women are fourth following 36 holes of competition in the fourth annual Firestone Grill Collegiate Invitational hosted by the Mustangs on Sunday at Monarch Dunes Golf Course.
Sixteen men's players could not complete the second round of play due to darkness. They will play their final hole Monday morning at 8 a.m. followed by the third round. The women also will tee off at 8 a.m. with 18 holes to play.
Cal State Fullerton leads the women's team standings with a 36-hole 609 total, followed by Seattle at 616, Cal State Northridge at 621 and Cal Poly at 625. There are seven full teams and six individuals competing for the women's title.
Individual leader is Caitlin McCleary of Seattle with rounds of 66 and 77 for a 143 total on the 6,014-yard, par-71 course. McCleary has a six-stroke lead over Cal Poly's Kirsten Locke (73-76--149) and seven ahead of Cal State Northridge's Kylie Kimura (76-74--150).
McCleary's first-round 66 included five birdies and no bogeys.
Cal Poly's other scores were a 77-76--153 by Asia Adell for sixth place, 82-77--159 by Morgan Thomas for 15th place, 82-83--165 by Caitlin Farley for 29th place and 81-84--165 by Alex Phillips, also in 29th place.
Competing as individuals, Giovanna Ascolani recorded rounds of 80 and 82 for 162 and 22nd place, Laura Howard 82 and 81 for 163 and 24th place, and Sorelle Sedej 84 and 84 for 168 and 33rd place.
On the men's side, Cal Poly scored 295 in the first round, sharing fifth place with Utah Valley in the 10-team field. Cal State Fullerton leads at 284, followed by Seattle at 288 and UC Riverside and Cal State Northridge sharing third at 293.
Preston Valder of UCLA carded an opening-round 65 which included an eagle on the 453-yard first hole, six birdies and a pair of bogeys. Valder finished his second round with a 73 for a 138 total and, among those who completed the second round, Valder is three strokes ahead of Jason Semthiti (71-70--141) of UC Riverside and Chase Goodvin (73-68--141) of Cal State Bakersfield.
David Gazzolo (70-72--142) of UC Riverside and Chad Gillespie (72-70--142) of Cal Lutheran are another stroke back.
Cal Poly's top scorers after 18 holes of play were Grant Martens (pictured above) and Chris Satterwhite, both with 73s and tied for 15th place.