Mateo earns runner-up finish, Cougars finish fifth


SAN FRANCISCO — Allysha Mae Mateo shot a 3-under-par 68 in the final round to finish runner-up at the USF Intercollegiate as the Cougars finish fifth on Tuesday.

After two bogeys on the front nine, Mateo went on a birdie barrage as she carded five birdies on her inward nine to get to 3-under on the day, 8-under for the tournament and grab a season-opening runner-up finish.

“I am very proud of Allysha Mae and her resilience today especially with a rough start,” said BYU head coach Carrie Roberts. “She was focused, determined and, as we all know, is a great player. I am extremely proud of her for going for it this week and having a very good finish to start the season.”

The 2021 WCC Golfer of the Year opened the 2022-23 campaign with three-straight rounds in the 60’s as she posted 68-69-68—205 over the 54-hole event. The fifth-year senior comes off a season in which she started all 11 events for the Cougars, earning eight top-25 finishes, four top-10s and two top-5s.

San José State (277-297-274—848) fired a 10-under par final round to come from 10-shots off the lead to win the USF Intercollegiate by four shots over UCLA (279-285-288—852), who posted an even-par round on the final day.

The Bruins edged in-state rival Cal (288-278-287—853) to finish second while Pepperdine (282-287-286—855) finished fourth at 3-over-par. BYU (290-288-287—865) rounded out the top-5 at 13-over-par.

Senior Kerstin Fotu earned her first top-25 finish of the season by carding rounds of 72-71-78—221 for an 8-over-par total.

Lila Galeai and Adeline Anderson finished one shot back of Fotu at 9-over. Galeai posted rounds of 77-73-72—222 while Anderson shot 75-75-72—222. Freshman Sunbin Seo, who made her first collegiate start at the famed Olympic Club, recorded rounds of 75-77-75—227 to shoot 14-over and finish tied for 46th.

Following the fifth-place finish, the Cougars will be back in action at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship at Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville, Tennessee on Sept. 19-20.

Individual Leaderboard

PlacePlayerR1R2R3TotalTo Par
2ndAllysha Mae Mateo686968206-8
T-25Kerstin Fotu727178221+8
T-31Lila Galeai777372222+9
T-31Adeline Anderson757572222+9
T-46Sunbin Seo757775227+14

Team Leaderboard (Top 5)

PlaceTeamR1R2R3TotalTo Par
1stSan Jose277297274848-4

*10-Team Field