Claremont-Mudd-Scripps’ Marissa Suehiro finished in second with a 17-over 161 and her teammates Maya Reddy and Lauren Buchanan tied for sixth with a 168, leading the Athenas to a win at the inaugural Women’s Golf SCIAC Championship tournament, and an overall conference championship in the first year the SCIAC’s sponsored the sport.
“We played this season with a phenomenal team effort. When someone was struggling, someone else picked it up,” CMS coach Jodie Burton said, adding that without the support of Redlands athletic director Jeff Martinez and CMS men’s coach Bim Jollymour, making women’s golf the 21st SCIAC sport wouldn’t have been possible. “I’m so proud to be a part of such a great group of women and the first conference championship.”
CMS’ Shaina Raskin finished in eighth with a 169.
The Athenas will wait to see if they receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III tournament — the SCIAC doesn’t have an automatic bid because it has just five teams, two short of the seven required.
Dalton Meade shot a 163 and Hannah Durette a 164 to lead Redlands. The Bulldogs finished second at 662, three strokes back of the Athenas.
Cal Lutheran finished third (759) and Pomona-Pitzer in fourth (831).
Occidental’s Katie Park was the tournament’s low medalist with a 12-over 156. Park shot a 74 on Sunday and an 82 on Monday, with five birdies on the tournament.