CMS Women's Golf Moves up Three Spots into Eighth on Day Two of NCAAs
HOUSTON, Texas - The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's golf team moved up three spots into a tie for eighth place at the midway point of the NCAA Division III Championships, and is in a tight cluster of teams as it sets its sights on moving up the team leaderboard in the third round coming up tomorrow at the Bay Oaks Country Club.
CMS played solid golf over the course of the day and at one point reached as high as fifth, but settled for moving up three spaces into eighth. The nine teams in third through 11th place are all bunched together within seven strokes, as George Fox is in third at +33, with Redlands, Carnegie Mellon and Washington & Lee all tied for fourth at +34, Methodist in seventh (+37), Williams and CMS tied for eighth (+38), WashU one stroke behind in tenth at +39 and NYU in 11th at +40.
Emory used a torrid back nine (-5 as a team, with 12 birdies, after shooting +20 on its first nine) to pull way out ahead of the field at +12. Pomona-Pitzer is in second place at +26, 14 shots back, as the SCIAC has three teams in the top 10.
Irene Jun had the top round of the day for the Athenas with a 73, moving her up 45 spaces and into a tie for 33rd place, the second-biggest jump in the field.
Stella Cheng carded her second 75 of the tournament after a solid back nine with nine straight pars, and now stands in a tie for 17th place at +6 out of 151 golfers. Grace Lu added a 75 as well for the Athenas, closing strong at -1 over her final five holes to take some momentum into Thursday's play.
The third round will get underway tomorrow morning, as CMS will try to make a move up the leaderboard and hope Emory comes back to the pack, as it tries to win its second national title in its last three trips to the NCAA Tournament, after finishing first in 2018 and fourth in 2019 prior to the pandemic.