Pomona-Pitzer’s Women’s Golf Team capped a brilliant Fall Season with what Coach John Wurtzer called the greatest regular-season victory in program history.
The Sagehens led virtually from wire-to-wire to defeat Carnegie-Mellon, which beat Pomona-Pitzer two weeks earlier in the Fall Preview, by 19 strokes in the Golfweek October Classic at Baytowne Golf Club in Sandestin, Fla.
“The first day, they were nine-under par on the par-5s holes,” said Wurzer, who is in his sixth season as head coach of the Sagehens. “It was, for us, a really amazing performance on those holes and it really kind of separated us the first day. For us, it was really about getting competition. We wanted to come to this event because it was really one of the two best regular-season events in the country — in the Fall for sure.
“We’ve just built toward rising to the level of competition that’s in our conference and they set the bar, and we’ve just tried to kind of reach it and surpass it. Wins like this just show that we have players who have bought in and they’re exceptionally talented. The teams in our conference have pushed us to be great because the only way we accomplish goals that we set is to beat them, first and foremost.”
Pomona-Pitzer, which captured the CA State Intercollegiate and finished second in the Williams Invitational and the Fall Preview earlier in the season, posted a winning score of 286-297-296—879, 15-over-par, while Carnegie Mellon was second at 309-296-293—898, followed by Emory University at 302-309-297—908, Illinois Wesleyan at 304-307-299—910 and Centre College at 309-300-302—911.
Washington and Lee was sixth at 303-309-301—913, followed by Washington University of St. Louis at 314-308-292—914, Carleton College at 309-311-296—916, New York University at 307-308-302—917 and St. Catherine University at 309-314-296—919.
Cal Lutheran finished 24th at 331-323-316—970.
Sydney Kou of Washington in St. Louis claimed the individual title with a score of 76-71-67—214, followed by Katelyn Vo of Pomona-Pitzer at 71-72-74—217, Carter Sichol of Carleton College at 71-75-72—218 and Jessica Mason of Pomona-Pitzer at 69-76-74—219.
Emily Chang of Pomona-Pitzer shot 74-73-73—220 to tie for fifth with Ella Wong of Washington and Lee, who finished at 75-73-72—220, and Kyra Venne of St. Catherine, who wound up at 73-75-72—220.
Nikita Jadhav of Carnegie Mellon carded a score of 77-73-71—221 to tie for eight with Emma Thorman of Illinois Wesleyan, who totaled 74-74-73—221, while Keylin Yeoh of Illinois Wesleyan posted a score of 75-75-72—222 to tie for 10th with Mia Gaboriau of Texas-Dallas, who came in at 79-70-73—222.
Ashley Zook led Cal Lutheran in a tie for 80th at 81-79-79—239.
Rounding out the scoring for team champion Pomona-Pitzer were Eunice Yi in a tie for 12th at 72-76-75—223 and Rachel LeMay in a tie for 33rd at 76-79-75—230.
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