ARROYO GRANDE, Calif. - Last year's champion of Cal Poly's Women's Invitational, Santa Clara University's Balbina Guajardo (Monterrey, Mexico), nearly made it two-straight titles at Cypress Ridge Golf Course in Arroyo Grande, Calif. The team's senior scoring leader was just 1-over par for the tournament and finished one shot off the lead.
"I knew I was going to be close if I could finish around par," said Guajardo. "I started off slow but was able to get four birdies througout the round and finished really strong. My short game was really good and I am happy with how I putted. This was a nice way to close out the fall season."
Junior teammate Brooke Stephens (Durham, Calif.) posted an impressive 2-over par 75 in opening round action and true freshman Sadie Strain (Bakersfield, Calif.) posted consecutive rounds in the 70's to finish tied for 25th.
The event wraps up the Broncos 2012 fall schedule. Following the winter break, Santa Clara will tee it up in tournament play February, 11-12 at Yorba Linda Country Club in Southern California.
SANTA CLARA RESULTS
8 Santa Clara Univ. 314 315 629
T 2 Balbina Guajardo 73 74 147
T 25 Sadie Strain 79 78 157
T 30 *Brooke Stephens 75 84 159
T 42 Casey Briggs 79 83 162
T 50 Taylor Camany 84 80 164
T 60 Meghan Shain 83 83 166
COMPLETE TOURNAMENT RESULTS
2012 Cal Poly Women's Invitational
Dates (Site): Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 29-30, 2012 (Arroyo Grande, Calif.)
Host: Cal Poly
Tournament Field (16 teams): UC Riverside, Cal State San Marcos, Northern Arizona, Santa Clara, Weber State, Cal State Northridge, Point Loma Nazarene, Cal State Monterey Bay, Southern Utah, Idaho State, Sonoma State, Seattle, Dixie State, CSU Bakersfield, Utah Valley, Gonzaga
Details: 36 holes: Each team will field a team of five players, with some teams also fielding non-scoring individuals. Sunday, Oct. 28 -- Check-in (11 a.m.) and practice round (12:30 p.m. shotgun start) … Monday, Oct. 29 -- Round 1, 9 a.m. from first and 10th tees … Tuesday, Oct. 30 -- Round 2, 9 a.m. shotgun start … Luncheon and awards to follow.
Course: Cypress Ridge Golf Course, Arroyo Grande, CA
Course Number/Address: (888) 781-GOLF
780 Cypress Ridge Parkway, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
Results: GoPoly.com (following each round)