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Esther Lee is one of three players tied for the lead after the first round
Esther Lee is one of three players tied for the lead after the first round

CMS Women's Golf Has Six-Shot Lead After Opening Round of SCIAC Championships

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VENTURA, Calif. - All four scorers for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's golf team shot even par or better as the Athenas took a six-shot lead over Pomona-Pitzer with a 286 (-2) after the first round of the SCIAC Championships on Sunday at Olivas Links.

Stella Cheng and Esther Lee each shot -1 on the day to tie for first place with Hannah Jugar of Redlands. Irene Jun and Ella Chiu, meanwhile, each came in with an even-par 72 to give the Athenas a team score in the red after the first round. Pomona-Pitzer is in second at 292, with Redlands in third with a 299. 

Cheng started on the tenth hole and began her round with two straight birdies to quickly get to -2. She dropped a stroke in the 16th, but then finished with a steady 11 pars in a row to get into the clubhouse at -1. 

Lee birdied her second hole of the day (No. 12), and added birdies on No. 14, No. 2 and No. 4 before coming in with a -1. Jun had 14 pars on her round, and picked up a big birdie on her 17th hole of the day (No. 10) to get back to even par. 

Chiu, meanwhile, had a team-best five birdies, showing great composure after a 7 on her third hole put her at +3, but she was able to get all the way back to even par with a birdie on her 17th hole (No. 12) to finish one shot off the lead. 

CMS came into the SCIAC Championships with a big deficit after the first four rounds of regular season play, but made up 13 shots on league-leading Redlands, closing the gap from 37 to 24. The Athenas are also now just 15 shots behind Pomona-Pitzer in second, after coming in 21 shots behind, while stretching their lead over fourth-place Cal Lutheran from nine to 28. 

The second round will take place tomorrow, with the third and final round on Tuesday.