The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) women's golf team clinched the program's first-ever national title following a thrilling playoff on day four of the 2018 NCAA Division III Championship at the Mission Inn Resort at El Campeón Golf Course in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. on Friday.
Trailing by four strokes heading into today's final 18 holes, Williams shot a team total of 313 to register 1261 over the four rounds and force a playoff with CMS for the team championship.
CMS's Margaret Loncki shot a 79 on Friday, and 303 over the four championship rounds to securing individual medalist honors for the national championship. Loncki led the Athenas to a team score of 317 on Friday, and a combined total of 1261.
Mira Yoo tied for the low round of the day with a 74 and finished sixth overall with a collective score of 311. Emma Kang carded a four-day score of 323 and finished tied for 27th overall, while Emily Attiyeh (333) and Kelly Ransom (335) placed 48th and tied for 52nd respectively.
To break the tie, all five players from both CMS and Williams teed off on the 18th hole with the best four scores determining the national champion.
Trailing by one stroke after four rounds of playoff action on hole 18, CMS bogeyed, and Williams converted a par to force a second playoff.
In the second playoff, Ransom, Attiyeh, Kang, and Yoo each made pars for the Athenas, while the Ephs posted two bogeys, a par and a birdie to even the score heading to the final pairing. From there, Loncki, the 2018 SCIAC Athlete of the Year, shot a par to clinch the national title for the Athenas.
George Fox finished third on the team leaderboard with a four-day total of 1272, while New York University (NYU) was fourth with a combiend score of 1278. Carnegie Mellon placed fifth with a collective score of 1286.
NYU's Navika Kuchakulla finished second overall with a total score of 306, while Wittenberg's Jane Hopkinson-Wood (307) was third on the individual leaderboard.
Redlands' Caroline Ordian finished 17th overall after carding a round of 77 on Friday and 318 over the four rounds of the championship.