FOR THE QC
Women’s Golf took a trip to Indio, Calif. for the Ogio Bulldog Classic on March 25 – 26. The team is ranked number 17 in Division Three (DIII) national polls, and five players on the team were ranked in the top 150 DIII nationwide, including fourth-year Kajal Vitha who ranked 13. The score of 324 – 325 between Monday and Tuesday putting them in seventh place overall, beating out Transylvania University, who placed eighth with 653 overall.
The purple and gold had a rough time in the drylands of Indio, a city in east of Riverside near the famous city of Coachella. Although the Poets did place well in the tournament overall, they did face some challenges throughout the weekend. Second-year Jessica Zona placed 47 among the entire 65-player tournament, unfortunately dropping four positions with a final of 86 – 92.
Fourth-year player Madison Crimi-Demichele placed 44, dropping four places after an 85 – 89 run. First-year Natalie Gonzalez was number three amongst the Poets and positioned 28, finishing with an 84 – 83. Kamryn Marie Garcia was ranked number two between the purple and gold and tied for 28 in the tournament. However, third-year Taylor Beckwith finished at the top between the team and ranked 2 overall in the tournament, shooting rounds of 74 – 73.
Beckwith also was Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Women’s Golfer of the Week of March 25 – 26, improving three spots after the first day. Taylor has also received the same award in the previous tournament on March 16 – 17 for hitting 73 – 74 when the Poets traveled to Arizona for George Fox Westbrook Invite tournament, where Beckwith tied for second overall. During the tournament, Beckwith beat out six other competitors who were ranked higher than her. “My performance during the past two Spring Break tournaments was exhilarating and encouraging. I played to my abilities and felt that I put together four solid tournament rounds. As always, there is room for improvement and a few holes I would like to play over again, but, overall, I am pleased with my performance,” said Beckwith.
Beckwith currently sits with a national ranking of twenty-eight. Of course, the accolades does not mean slowing down for Beckwith and the rest of the Women’s Golf team, “My goals for the next two tournaments this season are to consistently shoot rounds in the low seventies and play the best golf I can. I am looking forward to playing the next two courses since I am comfortable on them and know that I can shoot low scores. My goals for the team are for everyone to continue playing their best and that we continue to make memories as a team,” said Beckwith.
The conclusion of the most recent tournaments marks the end for non-conference tournaments for the Women’s Golf team. The team resumes play on April 6 – 7, where they will travel to Ventura, Calif. for SCIAC No. 2. The team will play at Olivia Links Golf Club, hosted by Cal Lutheran University, in their final conference tournament before the SCIAC Championships come around on April 18 – 20, ending the Poets season for another year.