P-P Women's Golf Upsets in SCIAC 2 Tournament

Andi Chaloult PO ‘20 sets up her stroke at the SCIAC II Tournament on April 8. (Courtesy of Sam Porter • The Student Life)

The Pomona-Pitzer women’s golf team followed through in their play this past weekend at the SCIAC II tournament in the South Hills Golf Course in West Covina. The Sagehens finished second overall with a score of 612, 20 points behind Redlands, and narrowly beat their Sixth Street Rivals CMS by just one point.

Sophia Hui PO ’19 led P-P by shooting a 78 and a 75 for an overall score of 153, and finished in fourth place at the end of the weekend.

“After the first round, we already had a small lead over CMS; however, we all knew how fickle golf was, so we couldn't get ahead of ourselves. All we could do was just focus on our shots and aim to improve, even by just one stroke,” Hui wrote in an email to TSL. "That was how I played the entire day, so I didn't even think about scoring or beating CMS. It was a nice surprise when we found out that we did end up beating them by one!”

Valerie Wang PO ’20 followed close behind her teammate, as she tied for sixth place, with scores of 81 and 76 for a total of 157 overall. Catherine Lott PO ’19 also putted her way to a top 20 finish with a round one score of 83, a round two score of 81, and 164 overall to tie for 18th place. Jennifer Kim PO ’17 scored an 84 and an 81 for a total of 165 and a 20th place finish.

The team was rounded out by Andi Chaloult PO ’20, who finished in 21st with a 77, an 89, and an overall 166.

As for their great play this weekend, Hui wrote that team spirit on and off the golf course is essential.

“Since we are such a small team (we only have 6 girls on the team this season), it is even more important for all of us to support one another on and off the golf course … During an entire 5-hour golf round, we may only see each other once or twice, but it is always a great feeling to know that no matter what happens, your team has your back and will shower you with unconditional love and support,” wrote Hui.

As they prepare for SCIAC Championship Round 1, P-P is ranked third overall in the SCIAC standings, trailing CMS in first and Redlands in second.

"We are definitely going to be hold[ing] each other more accountable for practicing and to make sure that each practice is valuable, whether it is playing more on the golf course or creating fun little competitions within the team," Hui wrote. "However, at the end of the day, golf just boils down to your mental state and confidence on the tournament day. Therefore, we will also be focusing on building confidence that we have what it takes to play well as a team.”

The Sagehens will hit the links again on April 23 at 8:00 a.m. for the first leg of the SCIAC Championship Tournament at Los Serranos Golf Course, where they hope to take down the Athenas.