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Smith, Cantlay Collect October Golfer of the Month Honors


Zach Smith of UC Santa Barbara and Caroline Cantlay of Cal Poly earned Big West Golfer of the Month accolades for their performances in October.

Smith Records Nine Rounds of Par or Better in October

UC Santa Barbara senior Zach Smith (Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley HS) notched his third career Big West Men’s Golfer of the Month honor as he shot par or better in all nine rounds he competed in for the month of October.

Smith shot below par in all three tournaments – Nick Watney Invitational, Bill Cullum Invitational and Visit Stockton Invitational.  The Gauchos finished third overall as a team in the first two tournaments and completed competition with a seventh place showing at the Visit Stockton Invitational.

Smith recorded three rounds of 69 during the month – the first round of the Nick Watney and the first two of the Bill Cullum.  He shot no worse than 72 in any of the nine rounds.

He finished in a tie for 12th with a 4-under 212 (69-71-72) at the Nick Watney.

His best finish came at the Bill Cullum Invite when he carded an 8-under 208, concluding the tourney with a 70 following the two 69’s.  Smith was either in the lead or tied for it much of the final day, eventually settling for a second place tie with UCLA’s Bryan Wiyang Teoh.

Smith’s 2-under 211 (70-70-71) secured a tie for 21st place overall at the Visit Stockton Invitational.

Smith averaged 70.11 over nine rounds of competition.

Others nominated: Tomas Helgo (CSUN); Joe Fryer (Long Beach State); Thomas Hutchison (UC Davis); Ramiz Jamal (UC Irvine); Justin Arcano (Hawai‘i)

Cantlay Establishes School Record For 54 Hole Score

Cal Poly sophomore Caroline Cantlay’s (Los Alamitos, Calif./Rosary Academy) claimed Big West Women’s Golfer of the Month accolades for October on the strength of her first career tournament victory.

Cantlay shattered the school record for lowest score over 54 holes as she carded a 10-under 206 at the UC Irvine Invitational.  The previous record belonged to Sophie Bergland, who had a 212 total at the Bobcat Desert Invitational in April 2017.

Cantlay followed her rounds of 68 and 70 Monday with another 68 Tuesday to win by three strokes over Cameron Lee of San Diego State and Erica Wang of Cal Baptist.  Her 206 score obliterated her previous best for 54 holes by 18 strokes.

She became the school’s 12th individual winner since the inception of the program in 2000.

Her dominating performance on the 6,072-yard, par-72 Santa Ana Country Club course sparked Cal Poly to the team championship, the 23rd tournament title in program history.  Cantlay’s 138 for 36 holes also represented a school record.

Led by Cantlay, the team set school records for 18, 36 and 54 holes.  The 54-hole aggregate of 859 surpassed the old mark of 871 established in the Rose City Collegiate hosted by Portland State on Sept. 25-26, 2017.

Cantlay also competed in one other tournament in October – the Pat Lesser-Harbottle Invitational.  She tied for 30th overall with a score of 230.  She fired a final round 74 to help the Mustangs finish seventh out of 18 teams.

Others nominated:
Pauline Welker (Cal State Fullerton); Haley Tygret (Long Beach State); Christine Danielsson (UC Davis)