Chino, Calif. – It was a roller coaster season for the Whittier College Women's Golf team but they came up big during the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championships edging Cal Lutheran University by a stroke to take 3rd Place overall.
They opened up the three-day event at Los Serranos Golf Club (North Course) with a 327 that put them 5th. But on day two they bounced back improving by 14 shots shooting a 313 moving them up into 4th. But they didn't stop there; they kept the consistent play going into the final round where they shot a 315, which was good enough to bump them up one more spot into 3rd.
With the solid three-day team score the Poets were able to beat Cal Lutheran (956), Pomona-Pitzer (959), Redlands (968), and Occidental (1018). They were on the heals of Chapman who finished with a 953, while Claremont-M-S won the event with a 900.
Junior Kajal Vitha (Whittier, Calif.) who has been the most consistent Poet all season long led the Purple & Gold over the three days with a 233, consisting of a 79-74-80. She finished in a tie for 8th overall. Sophomore Taylor Beckwith (Turlock, Calif.) wasn't far off finishing 12th bouncing back after an 80 in round one to go 78-78.
Freshman Kamryn Marie Garcia (La Mirada, Calif.) was a spot off of Beckwith in 13th and she too was able to rebound after a tough first round of 83 to go 77-77.
The lone senior on the Poet squad Ciara Clark (Henderson, NV) was the next to come in and opened the Championships with an 86-87 but came up clutch for WC in the third round with a career low 80 ending her career on a high note, while moving her into 30th.
Madison Crimi-Demichele (San Jose, Calif.) was the fifth Poet scorer coming in 34th. She opened with an 85 before dropping five strokes to a 90 on day two action but was able to improve four strokes shooting an 86 on the final day of competition.
Freshman Kainani Ho (Waipahu, HI) despite missing the first round due to classes was able to come in and make an immediate impact over the final two days going 84-82, helping the Purple & Gold in a big way.
The last Poet who took part in the event as an individual was Jessica Zona (Temecula, Calif.) who finished 43rd overall. She was able to see improvement over the three days going from a 101 to 96 to 89.