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The Athenas celebrating another top 10 finish
The Athenas celebrating another top 10 finish

CMS Women's Golf Earns Top-10 Finish (Ninth) at NCAA Championships

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HOUSTON, Texas - The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's golf team earned a top-10 finish at the NCAA Championships for the fourth straight year by coming in ninth after the final round concluded on Friday afternoon at the Bay Oaks Country Club.

CMS also finished eighth in 2017, won the national title in 2018 and finished fourth in 2019, before the two-year shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Athenas had no players left this year who had competed at nationals before (Tiffany Hu was an alternate on the 2019 team as a first-year) and were able to maintain the program's tradition of finishing in the top 10. 

Emory ended up running away with the team title by 26 strokes, finishing at +23, while Redlands was second at +49 and George Fox third at +51. The Athenas ended with a four-day score of 1226 (+74), just edging out WashU for ninth place, which finished at +76. 

Stella Cheng was the top individual finisher for CMS, ending up in a tie for 30th place (out of 151 golfers) with a +16. Irene Jun was 40th at +20, with Hu right behind in 41st place at +21. Grace Lu finished in 47th at +25, and Jeissy Lee was 48th at +26, as all five Athenas earned positions in the top 50. 

Lee had the best final round for the Athenas on Friday, carding a 74 (+2) on her final round of nationals, including an eagle 3 on the par-5 seventh, her 16th hole of the day after starting on the tenth, as well as birdies on the 3rd and 16th holes.

The Athenas closed well, shooting -3 as a team on the back nine. Jun also had three birdies on her back nine (-2), and Hu closed out her collegiate career birdie-birdie-par on the 7th, 8th, and 9th holes to shoot -1 on her final nine holes. 

CMS will be in strong position to build off the 2022 season with five of the six golfers who competed in the postseason back next year (in addition to the five at nationals, Reina Tain also played at the SCIAC Championship), as the Athenas will lose only Hu from this year's postseason roster.