Redlands Women’s Golfers Finish Second at Inaugural SCIAC Championship Tournament
The University of Redlands women's golf team joined four member schools in the first ever Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championship 36-hole Tournament on Sunday and Monday at Diamond Valley Golf Course in Hemet. A late run by the Bulldogs made for an exciting finish, but Redlands settled for second in the standings with a two-day score of 662, just three strokes behind inaugural champion Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges.
After Sunday's first round, the teams sat in the exact positions that they had entered the event based on the four 18-hole tournaments during the season, with Redlands behind leader Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges. The Bulldogs recorded a score of 334 and the Athenas completed the round at 329.
A valiant, day-two effort by Redlands inspired its lowest single-round score of the spring at 328, but it was just three strokes shy of catching CMS.
While notching the most number of birdies in the field with six, freshman Dalton Meade (Sandy, OR) led the Maroon and Gray with her two-round total of 163, placing her third overall. She hit 12 pars and tied for second in par-three scoring at 3.25.
Sophomore Hannah Durette (Oceanside, CA) and freshman Hannah Purdy (Newbury Park, CA) closely followed at fourth and fifth, respectively, giving Redlands three of the top five performers. Durette recorded consistent rounds of 82, while Purdy made up significant ground during day two with a career-best 75 en route to a total score of 166. Purdy ranked second among the field for par-five scoring (5.25) and Durette tied for the lead in overall pars with 19.
Senior Tracy Saracino (Englewood, CO) finished out her impressive career as Redlands' fourth scorer in the tournament, signing her scorecard with a two-day total of 176 to tie for 11th place.
According to Golfstat.com, Redlands currently boasts a national ranking of 18th among all NCAA Division III women's programs.