Martina Edberg becomes the first Cal State Fullerton women’s golfer to compete at the NCAA Championship since the program was reinstated as her second-place finish at the NCAA Albuquerque Regional advanced the senior to the final week of collegiate competition.
The national championship is slated for May 19-24 at Rich Harvest Farms, in Sugar Grove, Illinois, hosted by Northern Illinois University. The final three days of the championship will be televised live by the Golf Channel.
Edberg shot an even-par round of 72 in the third and final round at The Championship Golf Course and remained in second place, finishing with a total three-round score of 3-under-par 213.
The native of Glumslov, Sweden was one of six individuals competing at the Albuquerque Regional, and was the top finishing individual to advance claiming one of the three spots along with Gonzaga's Bianca Pagdanganan and Campbell's Nadine White.
Stanford's Albane Valenzuela topped the leaderboard with a three-round score of 6-under-par 210 while Pepperdine's Tatiana Wijaya finished with the same score as Edberg.
Also competing as an individual at the Albuquerque Regional was UC Davis’ Paige Lee, who shot a 2-over-par 74 to finish in a tie for 38th place. She shot a three-round total of 226 during this week’s tournament, putting her career stroke average at 74.30 – second in school history only to LPGA Tour player Demi Runas.
Cal Poly wrapped up play in its first NCAA women's golf regional Wednesday on the 6,637-yard, par-72 UNM South Championship Course, finishing 16th in the 18-team field. The Mustangs posted a four-person 315 total in the final round for a 71-over-par 935 aggregate.
Second-round leader Stanford claimed the team title with a two-over-par 866 total for 54 holes, seven shots ahead of runner-up Duke. Pepperdine, the leader after the first round, claimed third place, another six shots back.
Cal Poly’s top finisher was Jamie Binns with rounds of 77, 74 and 79 for a 14-over-par 230 total and 62nd place. Mallory Muehlbauer finished 73rd with rounds of 74, 80 and 80 for a 234 total while Desiree Gillaspy was 79th with a 77, 79 and 79 for a 235 total.
Also competing for Cal Poly were Jamie Harada with rounds of 80, 79 and 77 for a 236 total and 83rd place and Sophie Bergland with an 81, 82 and 81 for a 244 total and 90th place.
Cal Poly qualified for the postseason after capturing its first Big West Conference championship in the 17-year history of the program, the Mustangs' fourth tournament victory of the 2016-17 season. Cal Poly also finished second in three other tournaments.