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Esther Lee watches her birdie fall on No. 18 for the individual lead through 2 rounds
Esther Lee watches her birdie fall on No. 18 for the individual lead through 2 rounds

CMS Women's Golf Opens Up 10-Shot Lead at SCIACs, Esther Lee Takes Individual Lead

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VENTURA, Calif. - The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's golf team shot -4 as a team, its second straight day in the red, as it opened up a 10-shot lead after the second of three rounds at the SCIAC Championships on Monday at Olivas Links Golf Course.

Esther Lee shot a -4 on her round (68), tying for the second-lowest single round in program history, to move into first place with a two-day score of 139 (-5). Irene Jun also shot in the red on Monday at -2 (70) to move into fourth place for the tournament with a 142. 

CMS now has a 570 after two rounds, which is the best 36-hole score in program history, and puts the Athenas 10 shots ahead of Pomona-Pitzer in second place with a 580. Redlands is in third with a 586, but the Bulldogs are still 21 shots ahead of CMS in the aggregate scoring that includes the four SCIAC regular season rounds, which determines the league title. 

Lee birdied the 18th hole to finish her 68, chipping out of a greenside bunker and putting in from five feet. She got to -4 early in her round by picking up an eagle on the fourth hole, followed by birdies on No. 5 and No. 7. She was at -3 heading into the 18th, but her birdie allowed her to move one shot ahead of Iris Liu of Redlands in the race for individual medalist honors. 

Jun had a steady round to come in at -2, with 14 pars and three birdies on No. 4, No. 7 and No. 9. Jeissy Lee shot even par on the day with a birdie on 18, sinking a 10-foot putt to card a 72. 

The third and final round will get underway tomorrow with the Athenas teeing off beginning at 8:30 a.m.