NIPOMO, Calif.— In the first tournament of the season for the CSU Bakersfield women’s golf team, Malea Miller (Jr. Bakersfield, Calif., Bakersfield College) finished in a tie for eighth place with a 75-78-74—227 at the Firestone Grill Cal Poly Invitational at the Monarch Dunes Golf Course on Tuesday. Patrick Bell (Sr. Manchester, England, Reedley College) led the way for the CSUB men’s golf team, tying for 18th place with a 73-72-73—218 at the same tournament.

Miller was tied for fifth after Monday’s first round, and after splitting the second round between Monday and Tuesday because of darkness, along with Tuesday’s final, third round, fell to a tie for eighth. Also finishing in the top 20 for the CSUB women were Lauren Holbrook (So., Bakersfield, Calif., Liberty HS), who tied for 15th with a 79-79-77—235, and Jordanne Barr (Fr., Bakersfield, Calif., Frontier HS), who tied for 17th with a 85-78-73—236.

"They started slow due to the weather conditions, but finished strong," said CSUB head women's coach Tony Bernardin. "They worked well together as a team in tournament preparation."

Bell was the only Roadrunner to finish in the top 20 in the men’s tournament. He shot rounds of 73-72-73 for a 218 to tie for 18th. That gives Bell two top-20 individual finishes in as many chances this season. Daniel Richardson (Surrey, England, Reedley College) turned in the next lowest score for CSUB with a 75-77-76—228 to tie for 40th.

“We played a little bit better today, but we still struggled out there,” said CSUB head coach Dave Barber. “We have a lot of work to do on chipping and putting and that’s what we will be working on until the next tournament.”

Overall, the CSUB women finished in fifth place out of seven teams with a 321-323-311—955, while the ‘Runner men’s squad placed ninth out of 10 teams with a 303-303-298—904. Cal Poly won both the men’s and women’s titles with scores of 847 and 901 respectively.

The CSUB men’s golf team will be back in action Oct. 22-23 at the Cal State Northridge Cullum Invitational in Semi Valley, Calif., while the Roadrunner women’s squad will tee off again at the Santa Clara Colby Invitational Oct. 22-23 in San Jose Cailf.