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Athenas Stand in Second after Day One of SCIAC Women's Golf Championships

Emily Attiyeh had four birdies to help CMS finish in second after day one of the SCIAC Championships (photo by Rachel Roche)
Emily Attiyeh had four birdies to help CMS finish in second after day one of the SCIAC Championships (photo by Rachel Roche)

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PASADENA, Calif. - The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's golf team is in second place after the first round of the 2019 SCIAC Women's Golf Championships, which was held on Thursday at Brookside Golf Club.

CMS trails Redlands by 12 strokes after the first day, with the Bulldogs pacing all teams with a 306 (+18) after the opening round. The Athenas are in second with a 318, while Pomona-Pitzer and Chapman are each one shot behind CMS with a 319 apiece. 

Freshman Amy Xue and sophomore Emily Attiyeh had the top round for CMS on the opening day, each carding a 79 (+7) to tie for ninth place. Nobody came in under par in the entire field, as Annie Hay of Redlands has the individual lead after the opening round with a 73 (+1). 

Sophomore Mira Yoo and senior Kelly Ransom are currently tied for 12th on the individual leaderboard after coming in with an 80, one shot behind Xue and Attiyeh for the team lead. Junior Emma Kang (21st) and freshman Tiffany Hu (25th) are also in the top 25 and will try to make a move tomorrow in round two. 

Attiyeh led the Athenas with four birdies on the day, including back-to-back on the third and fourth holes (both of which were par 5s). She also birdied a pair of par 3s on the back nine, carding a 2 on the 12th and another on the 15th. Ransom also had back-to-back birdies on the third and fourth holes. 

Both Xue and Attiyeh settled in and played stronger as the day went on, each shooting a 37 (+2) on the back nine. Xue had six pars in a row on the 12th through 17th holes to move up the leaderboard on the back nine. 

CMS came into the SCIAC Championships with a 16-shot lead on Redlands for the SCIAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Touranment after the league's two regular season tournaments, but has seen that gap close to four strokes with two rounds still to play. Round two of the SCIAC Championships will get underway tomorrow morning from Brookside, with the final round on Saturday.