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PEORIA, AZ – Two strokes separated the 5th, 6th, and 7th place finishers at the George Fox Westbrook Invitational as the No. 41 ranked Whittier College Women's Golf Team was on the unlucky side finishing 7th with a two day total of 644.
Whittier took part in this invitational for the first time as they played the Lakes Course at Westbrook Village Golf Club. It was a Par 71 and played 5953 yards.
They fell behind Ottawa Uni. (AZ) who finished 6th (643) and No. 9 Mary Hardin-Baylor who took 5th (642). The lone team the Purple & Gold passed up was the University of Redlands who took 8th with a 649.
Whittier even had a shot at 4th as No. 20 Trinity University would total a 638.
The Poets sat in 6th after day one with a 323 and despite improving by two strokes on the second day fell into 7th (321).
Kajal Vitha (Whittier, Calif.) once again led the Purple & Gold posting a two-day score of 155. She went 78-77 (+6), which put her 13th, as she moves up to No. 61 in the National Rankings.
Taylor Beckwith (Turlock, Calif.) wasn't far off finishing 17th with a 78-78 (+7). She currently sits at No. 39 in the National Rankings.
Madison Crimi-Demichele (San Jose, Calif.) was the third Poet finisher and had a tough opening round of 85 but was able to regroup to shoot a 79 on day two moving her up seven spots into 27th.
Ciara Clark (Henderson, NV) had a strong start to the invite with an 82 but dropped nine spots after an 87 on day two placing her 33rd. Jessica Zona (Temecula, Calif.) was the final Poet to score and she put together a 96-88 two-day total, bringing her into 43rd.
No. 2 George fox won the event shooting a 590 and was followed by No. 34 Pomona-Pitzer (611), and No. 29 Texas-Tyler (620).
Whittier returns to competition over the next two days, March 26-27 during the OGIO Bulldog Classic in Palm Springs, Calif.. The two-day event will take place at Indian Springs Golf Club.