Individual Performances Highlight SCIAC Golf Championships

The
Pomona-Pitzer men’s and women’s golf teams competed in the SCIAC Championships April 27-29 with a number of strong individual performances. The men finished seventh overall in the competition that
took place at Oak Valley Golf Club. The women had two top-10
finishers on the weekend: Jennifer Kim PO ’17, who finished fourth overall, and Tiffany Gu PO
’16, who finished eighth. The women’s team finished fifth overall.

On the men’s side, the team finished with a total of 993, just two shots behind
Occidental College. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps ultimately
won the team title. For the Hens, Kevin Knox PO ’16 had the best single-day
score with a 77 on the third day, when winds were a huge factor.

“It was the
windiest conditions that I’ve played in where the tournament hasn’t been
canceled or delayed,” Knox said. “I just went out there and tried to have as
much fun as I could. It ended up with me playing well on the last day and
helping our team pass Whittier … in the tournament.”

Knox finished
the weekend with a 248 and a tie for 31st place individually. Finishing
first for P-P was Jordan Fox PZ ’16, who had the best three-day total with a
246 and a 28th-place finish overall. Following closely behind
teammates Fox and Knox was Brian Fong PZ ’17, who shot a 249 and tied for 33rd
place.

Despite struggling this year, the team
has high expectations for next year.

“Our goals for next year are for each
person to improve on their scores from this year, which is definitely
possible,” Knox said. “We also have at least two incoming freshmen who we
believe can make immediate contributions to the team. We hope to perform better
in SCIACs and maybe make it to the NCAA Championships.”

The weekend was quite sentimental for the Sagehens’ female squad, as the team was started four years ago
by captain Allison Boden PO ’14. 

“Four years ago, our captain started the
women’s golf team,” Dani Urman PO ’17 said. “This was [Allison’s] last event, and that made it even more special
for the team. She has been an amazing leader, and over the weekend we learned how valuable she is and how much we will miss
her. Our team is growing closer every time we play, and it’s a great thing to
see.”

After the tournament, Boden reflected on her career and the weekend. 

“Everyone really battled the wind on the final day,” she said. “I was extremely proud of the team for their hard work and determination throughout the weekend and the season as a whole.”

Urman had a solid opening round, shooting
an 84, and finished in 24th place. Boden finished 31st
overall to close out her P-P career.

When asked what she would say to her younger teammates moving forward, Boden said, “Know that you are all amazing golfers and that anything is possible.” 

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