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CHINO, Calif. – The No. 10 ranked Whittier College Women's Golf team opened up their 2019 season over the weekend during SCIAC No. 1 at Los Serranos Golf Club.
Over the two days Whittier shot 668, with a 336 on Day 1 and a 332 on Day 2. They sat in a tie for 5th after the opening 18 holes but dropped to 6th following the second day of competition. They were able to beat out No. 24 Occidental College and the University of La Verne. But saw No. 12 Claremont-M-S (627), No. 9 Redlands (634), No. 7 Pomona-Pitzer (640), No. 28 Cal Lutheran (652), and No. 29 Chapman (656) finish ahead of them.
The Purple & Gold were tested over the two days with the rain and wind, while at the same time playing without their top golfer Kajal Vitha (Whittier, Calif.) who was out due to injury. So this put WC in an early hole, forcing everyone to step up. Junior Taylor Beckwith (Turlock, Calif.) did her job as she got moved into the top grouping, posting a 78-78, which placed her 3rd overall. She currently sits as the No. 29 ranked golfer in Division III.
The next finisher for the Poets was sophomore Kainani Ho (Waipahu, HI), who was put in the No. 5 slot but she came out firing, bouncing back from an opening 87 with an 81 on day two to finish 24th. She moved up three spots after day one, which was the largest movement by any Poet.
Madison Crimi-Demichele (San Jose, Calif.) and Kamryn Marie Garcia (La Mirada, Calif.) finished in a tie together for 28th. Crimi-Demichele, who currently sits No. 95 in Division III shot an 87-85, while Garcia dropped nine spots over the two days with an 84-88.
Freshman Natalie Gonzalez (Norwalk, Calif.) had a tough two days posting a 185. She had an early 89 but dropped six spots following a 96 putting her in a tie for 37th.
Whittier returns to the links, March 16-17 when they take part in the George Fox Westbrook Invite, hosted at Westbrook Village Golf Club.