Poets finish 5th at SCIAC Championships; Ciara Clark earns SCIAC Sportsmanship Award

Poets finish 5th at SCIAC Championships; Ciara Clark earns SCIAC Sportsmanship Award

CHINO HILLS, Calif. – The No. 38 ranked Whittier College Women's Golf team wrapped up their 2017 season this past week at the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championships at Los Serranos Golf Club on the North Course.

The Purple & Gold put together a strong first day before slipping down into 5th place where they finished in the final SCIAC Standings.

Junior captain, Ciara Clark (Henderson, NV) led the award recipients receiving the All-SCIAC Sportsmanship Award, which is selected by her fellow peers across the conference.  According to a number of coaches within the SCIAC, she was the unanimous favorite for this recognition amongst their players.

Entering the Championships, the Poets sat in 5th Place overall trailing Cal Lutheran by six strokes for 4th Place.  After a strong Day 1, Whittier sat in 3rd Place and made up four strokes putting them in prime position to jump in front of the Regals in the overall SCIAC Standings.

But that's as close as Whittier would get as CLU would put together their best round of the season on Day 2 to create a gap between them and WC, a gap that was difficult to overcome over the three-day Championship.

Whittier totaled a 991 over the three days, which included rounds of 327-330-334.

Sophomore Kajal Vitha (Whittier, Calif.) led the Poets as she finished just outside the Top 10 posting scores of 79-79-83 (+25).  Freshman Taylor Beckwith (Turlock, Calif.) fell into 15th overall despite posting a team low of 76 on Day 1.  But due to illness (Mono) couldn't put together any Sub-80 round after that as she went 85-81.

Dual sport athlete Madison Crimi-Demichele (San Jose, Calif.) was the third finisher for the Poets.  She had a rough start with an 86 but bounced back with an 82 before finishing with an 85, which put her in 24th.

Alison Nieh (Novato, Calif.), like Madison stayed within a couple shots of each round going from an 86 to an 84 back to an 85 that put her in 27th

Clark was consistent over the three days with an 86 across the board, which put her 32nd and Alexandra Proulx (Blaine, MN) took part as an individual finishing 38th with a 90-96 before having to withdraw due to a bee sting.           

Claremont-M-S took the top spot as a team shooting a 921 and was followed by Redlands (945), Pomona-Pitzer (946), and Cal Lutheran (969).  Occidental, Chapman, and La Verne rounded out the field but due to lack of players were unable to get a final team total. 

Freshman Emma Kang (Claremont-M-S) put together her best performance of the season at the Championships going 75-74-72, which was good enough to beat out two-time Division III National Player of the Year Caroline Ordian (Redlands) who took 2nd with a 74-80-70.