Women's Golf

2018 NCAA DIII National Champions; 6 SCIAC Championships

Ransom wins SCIAC Sportsmanship Award, Joined on All-SCIAC First Team by Attiyeh, Yoo, Xue

Kelly Ransom earned All-SCIAC first-team honors and earned the league's Sportsmanship Award (photo by Nick Agro)
Kelly Ransom earned All-SCIAC first-team honors and earned the league's Sportsmanship Award (photo by Nick Agro)

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Senior Kelly Ransom earned the SCIAC Women's Golf Sportsmanship Award in a vote of the league's coaches, and was four members of the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's golf team chosen to the All-SCIAC first team, joining sophomore Emily Attiyeh, sophomore Mira Yoo and freshman Amy Xue.

Head Coach Jodie Burton and assistant coaches Julie Lynd and Margaret Loncki were also named the SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year after guiding the Athenas to their third straight SCIAC title. Freshman Tiffany Hu and junior Emma Kang were named to the All-SCIAC second team, putting all six members of the CMS Championship team on the all-league awards. 

Ransom caps off her four-year career with All-SCIAC honors every season, including three first-team selections and one second-team. She had an average score of 77.71, ranking third on the team, and had 32 birdies on the year, while matching the low round of 2018-19 in the entire SCIAC with a 69 at the second SCIAC regular season championship. 

Attiyeh finished the season strong with a 69 as well at the second SCIAC regular season championship, one day before Ransom matched her, before finishing tied for third with a two-round 148 (+4). She tied for fourth at the SCIAC Championships with a 231, helping the Athenas come back from a 12-stroke deficit after the first day to win by 19 strokes. 

Yoo had the top stroke average on the team during the season, heading into the NCAA Championships in two weeks at 76.12 over her 17 rounds. She also had a team-best 39 birdies, and had a stroke average in final rounds of just 74.88. She came in third in the SCIAC Championships from April 18-20, shooting an even-par 72 on the final round to end with a 230. 

Xue was the individual medalist at the SCIAC Championships, winning the three-round tournament by one stroke with a big comeback from eight strokes down on the final day, shooting a 73 to finish with a 227. She was second behind Yoo in scoring average this season at 77.27, and was the top golfer on the team in par-3 scoring at 3.17. Xue also was the individual medalist at the first SCIAC regular season tournament, winning two of the three league events this season. 

Hu had a strong freshman season, averaging a 78.11 to place fourth on the team and leading the squad in par-5 scoring at 5.04. Her 30 birdies also ranked second on the team, while carding the only eagle of the year for the Athenas. Kang had a 14th place finish in the SCIAC Championships, including a 75 in the second round when CMS made a big move to cut the 12-stroke Redlands lead down to just one. She played in 11 rounds on the year and carded 20 birdies. 

CMS will next be in action at the NCAA Division III Championships in two weeks, which will be held in Houston and hosted by Mary Hardin-Baylor. The Athenas will be trying to defend their 2018 national championship, the first in program history.