Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's golf team is set to compete in the NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championship conducted at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston. The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and Harris County-Houston Sports Authority will serve as hosts.
The SCIAC Athlete of the Year, junior Caroline Ordian from Redlands was selected to compete as an individual.
The championships will consist of both team and individual competition conducted concurrently. Following 54 holes of competition, the field will be cut to the top 15 teams and top six individuals not on one of those teams to compete the final day. In the team competition, the lowest four scores from each team for each day will count in the team’s total score. The tournament course is set at par 72 and features 5869 yards of play. It features four par-5 holes with the longest coming from the 16th hole at 470 yards.
Margaret Loncki, Kelly Ransom, SCIAC Newcomer of the Year Emma Kang, Cara Brinster and Taylor Hughes will represent the Athenas. Loncki was named All-SCIAC First Team this season after finishing tied for seventh at the SCIAC Championship. Ransom finished the SCIAC Championship at 236 and earlier this season won the Jekyll Island Classic at 230. Kang won the conference individual title after posting a 75, 74, and 72 over the three days. Brinster had her best showing at the SCIAC #2, in which she finished tied for 12th at 161. Hughes had a great SCIAC Championship putting four birdies and going 73 on the first day before finishing fourth overall.
Ordian, the defending 2016 Division III Individual Champion, will look to defend her title as she was selected as one of the six individuals to compete at the championship. She was named the SCIAC Athlete of the Year after averaging a 76.0 in seven SCIAC rounds. She posted the lowest round of the SCIAC Championship with a 70 in the final 18 holes. She also recorded the only eagle in that tournament. The junior won SCIAC #2 by six strokes with a 145.