Stella Cheng of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps claimed the individual title by five strokes over teammate Esther Lee and led the host Athenas to the team championship by 12 strokes over Menlo College in the Claremont Challenge at San Dimas Golf Course.
The 12th-ranked Athenas, the 2018 NCAA Division III National Women’s Champions, led virtually all the way while recording a score of 283-296—579, 3-over, par, while Menlo finished at 291-300—591, followed by Redlands, which shares the No. 1 national ranking with Emory University of Georgia, at 298-301—599.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps set a school record with its first-round score of 10-under 283.
California Lutheran was fourth at 315-309—624, followed by Hope International University of Fullerton at 318-314—632, Whittier College at 324-325—649 and La Verne University at 339 343—682.
Cheng, a sophomore from Fremont who won the 2021 Redlands Fall Shootout, played bogey-free in the first round and finished with a score of 67-70—137, 7-under, while Lee wound up at 68-74—142, while Kendall Nicholson of Redlands was third at 71-73—144.
Ashley Zook of Cal Lutheran carded a score of 75-70—145 to tie for fourth with Holly Obermuller of Menlo, who totaled 70-75—145, while Catherine Batang of Menlo was sixth at 72-75—147.
Irene Jun of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps shot 73-76-149 to tie for seventh with Isa San Antonio of Menlo, who wound up at 77-72—149, while Lou Deltombe of Menlo was ninth at 72-78—150, followed by Lauren Fue of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 79-72—151.
Jordyn Janert totaled 75-81—156 to lead La Verne in a tie for 16th that included Kylie Sok of Hope International at 76-80—156, while Aleena Mendoza of Whittier finished at 78-81—159 and in a tie for 22nd that included her Poets’ teammate Caroline Valle, who came in at 82-77—159.
Rounding out the scoring for team champion Claremont-Mudd-Scripps were Jeissy Lee in a tie for 11th at 76-76—152 and Lucy Bloomstran in a tie for 16th at 74-82—156, while Ella Chiu shot 75-85–160 to finish in a tie for 25th that included her Athenas teammate Reina Tain, who came in at 77-83—160.
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