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Smith, Scholtes Earn February Golfer of the Month Accolades


A veteran and a rookie claimed top Big West golf honors for their performances during the month of February.

Smith Posts Pair of Top Five Finishes

UC Santa Barbara senior Zach Smith (Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley HS) posted his second straight and fourth career Big West Men’s Golfer of the Month honor as he tallied a pair of top five finishes in February tournament action.

Smith recorded scores of par or better in five of the six rounds he contested.

He finished fourth overall in a field of 59 competitors at the UC Irvine Invitational. Smith shot a 1-under 215. After opening with a 74, he concluded the final 36 holes with a 72 and 69 as the Gauchos placed fifth overall as a team.

Smith then carded an 8-under 208 at the John Burns Intercollegiate in Lihue, Hawai‘i.  The third place finish was his best of the season as he sandwiched two rounds of 71 around a low round of 66.

Smith also completed the fall season as the Big West Golfer of the Month in October.

Others nominated: Tanner Podres (Cal Poly); Derek Castillo (Cal State Fullerton); Hunter Epson (Long Beach State); Thomas Hutchison (UC Davis); Jonathan Kang (UC Irvine)

Cal Poly Freshman Shines at Battle at The Rock

Cal Poly freshman Elizabeth Scholtes (Alameda, Calif./Alameda HS) earned Big West Women’s Golfer of the Month for February as she shared medalist honors at the first spring tournament.

Scholtes shot a 4-under aggregate of 212 at the Battle of the Rock, hosted by fellow Big West member UC Riverside, to tie with USC individual Alyaa Abdulghany for the best 54-hole score. Abdulghany took home the first-place trophy by winning a playoff against Scholtes on the second hole.

In shooting rounds of 68, 72 and 72, Scholtes posted career-bests for two rounds (140) and three rounds (212). The 68 in the opening round also was just two shy of the school record.

Scholtes also finished in a tie for 29th at the Bruin-Wave Invitational, shooting back-to-back 75 in the first two rounds and finishing with an 80.

As a team, Cal Poly finished second at the Battle at the Rock and 11th at the Bruin-Wave Invitational.

Scholtes is averaging 74.6 strokes over 15 rounds so far this season with four rounds of par or better.

Cal Poly competed against five teams ranked in the Top 20 and 10 in the top 50. Outside of the ranked teams, Cal Poly was the top finisher.

Others nominated: Elsa Lundquist (Cal State Fullerton); Kiran Sangha (CSUN); Maria Davis (Long Beach State); Christine Danielsson (UC Davis); Cameron Lee (UC Irvine)