The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) women's golf team, fresh off an NCAA Division III national title, were tabbed first in the 2019 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Preseason Poll as voted on by the league's member head coaches.
CMS racked up 60 points in the preseason poll behind five first place votes and a pair of second place nods. The Athenas secured 2128 strokes last season - nearly 100 points better than the second place team. CMS fired scores of 619 and 609 in the two-day SCIAC No. 1 and No. 2 events, and then carded rounds of 299, 294, and 307 at the three-day SCIAC Championships. In the NCAA Division III Championship, the Athenas battled Williams in a pair of playoff holes with CMS eventually clinching the championship.
Pomona-Pitzer received two first place votes and four second place marks and finished with 55 points in the preseason vote. The Sagehens finished second a year ago with 2223 total strokes. After finishing sixth a year ago, Redlands notched a first place vote and 46 points, and was tabbed to finish third this year. The Bulldogs carded 2310 strokes in 2017-18.
Whittier, who finished just ahead of Redlands in the standings last season, were voted to finish in fourth in 2018-19 after collecting 34 points in the preseason vote. The Poets logged 2279 total shots a year ago.
After finishing third in the ranks last year with 2272 strokes, Chapman is slotted to finish fifth this year after securing 33 points in the preseason voting. The Panthers edged sixth place California Lutheran which tabbed 2273 shots last year, and 29 points in the poll leading up to the spring portion of the 2018-19 season.
Occidental was picked to finish seventh this season with 23 points in the preseason vote and an overall mark of 2384 a year ago. La Verne rounds out the preseason poll in eighth place.
In the latest Women's Golf Coaches of America (WGCA) Top 25 Poll, Pomona-Pitzer is ranked seventh, CMS 10th, Redlands 11th, Whittier 12th, and Occidental 21st, while Cal Lutheran is receiving votes.
SCIAC Women's Golf Preseason Poll
1. CMS (5) - 60 points
2. Pomona-Pitzer (2) - 55 points
3. Redlands (1) - 46 points
4. Whittier - 34 points
5. Chapman - 33 points
6. California Lutheran - 29 points
7. Occidental - 23 points
8. La Verne - 8 points