VENTURA, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Golf team jump started their 2018-19 season earlier this week at the CA State Intercollegiate finishing 5th with a two day score of 615.
The Purple & Gold who enter the season at No. 33 in the Division III National Polls had a huge weekend upsetting No. 25 Cal Lutheran University and No. 26 Texas-Tyler. They sat in 7th place after Day 1 (313) but improved 11 shots to bump into 5th (302).
The tournament was hosted by Cal Lutheran at Olivas Links Golf Club featuring 12 teams and 62 individuals. The par for the course was 72. The teams played 18 holes each day.
Senior Kajal Vitha (Whittier, Calif.) paced the Purple & Gold with an opening score of 75. She then followed that up with a 78 and finished nine-over for the tournament, which placed her in a tie for 18th.
Junior Taylor Beckwith (Turlock, Calif.) despite shooting an 80 on Day 1 was able to bounce back in a huge way with a team low 73 in round two also placing in a tie for 18th at nine-over.
Kamryn Marie Garcia (La Mirada, Calif.) was the third finisher for Whittier placing 24th. She had a tough first day shooting an 84 but was able to come back with a 74 shooting twelve-over.
Madison Crimi-Demichele (San Jose, Calif.) was steady across two days. She opened with an 80 but was able to shave off three strokes on the second day of competition with a 77. She placed 29th going thirteen-over.
The final Poet to score was freshman Natalie Gonzalez (Whittier, Calif.). She broke out with a big 78 on day one but couldn't improve off of that as she dropped three strokes to an 81 to wrap up her first collegiate tournament. She finished 37th going fifteen-over.
Point Loma won the team title and was the only team to shoot under 300 for both rounds. They finished the tournament at Even with a two-round score of 576 (292-284). George Fox University was second and finished at 24-over-par (300-300-600). Pomona-Pitzer rounded out the top-three with a score of 25-over-par (298-303-601.
Point Loma had the two top finishers individually. Alli Kim took home individual medalist honors at 8-under-par (69-67-136) and teammate Christine Perez was the runner up at Even (73-71-144). Pomona-Pitzer's Sophia Hui was third at 2-over-par (70-76-146).
Whittier has already started preparations for the CMS Invite set to take place next weekend, September 29-30 at Los Serranos Golf Club.