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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Division III National Individual Rankings for Women's Golf were announced Wednesday and Whittier College saw sophomore Taylor Beckwith (Turlock, Calif.), and juniors Kajal Vitha (Whittier, Calif.) and Madison Crimi-Demichele (San Jose, Calif.) earn recognition.
Beckwith leads the Purple & Gold achieving the highest ranking ever by a Poet coming in at No. 17 averaging a 76.25 over four rounds. She is now the second highest ranked player within the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) trailing only to senior Caroline Ordian (Redlands – 74.20) who sits at No. 3.
This year Beckwith posted a program record low 66 during the CA Intercollegiate, which placed her 2nd overall for the tournament. She has also posted rounds of 79, 82, and 78.
Crimi-Demichele who has moved away from softball and has put her focus into golf has put together her best season thus far achieving her first national ranking at No. 65. She played in four rounds in the Fall and posted a 78.75 average. During the CA Intercollegiate she finished in a tie for 23rd but broke the sub-80 mark for the first time while donning the Purple & Gold as she went 77-83.
But she kept it going as she tore it up during the CMS Invite going 81 before shooting a career low 74, which placed her 4th overall, a shot out of the Top 3.
Vitha is the last Poet to see herself ranked inside of the Top 100. Despite facing illness and not being able to take part in the CA Intercollegiate to start off the season, she was still able to take part in three rounds posting a 79.33 average, which was good enough for 89th.
Her first tournament back was the CMS Invite where she finished 3rd overall posting scores of 77-77 before taking 2nd in a dual match with Chapman with a score of 84.