BEAUMONT, Calif. – The No. 4 University of Redlands women's golf team wrapped up the 2015 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championships on Tuesday afternoon during a blustery and warm round at Oak Valley Golf Club. While playing six and scoring four players as per conference rules, the Bulldogs won the tournament with a three-day total of 934 but more importantly captured the program's first-ever conference title with a seven-round aggregate score of 2,196.
Despite the challenging final round that saw Redlands register a 321, senior Dalton Meade put together an impressive effort that placed her third in the individual standings with a 54-hole total of 229 (75-76-78). This marks Meade's second top-three finish at the SCIAC Championships, following last year's medalist honor.
Margeret Loncki of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps took home the individual title with a total score of 227 (+11) edging out Pomona-Pitzer's Tiffany Gu by one stroke. The top six individual finishers in the tournament were separated by just four shots.
Gu (73-79-76-228), who also earned the SCIAC Sportsmanship Award at the post-tournament awards ceremony, held the individual lead at several junctures over the three days, including a four-shot lead towards the end of Monday's second round. However, heavy winds kicked up near the end of her round, and she played the last three holes at +5, falling from first into second place entering the final round.
As a team, CMS finished in second place with a score of 936 with Redlands ending CMS' three-year run of conference championships. At the conclusion of the three-day tournament Whittier (957) finished in third ahead of Pomona-Pitzer's (959) fourth place team finish. Cal Lutheran (992) and Occidental (1072) round out the field in fifth and sixth respectively.
The women will all await possible individual selections to the NCAA Division III Championships to be held from May 12-15 in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.