Cheng, Lee, Tain All Shoot CMS-Record 67s on First Day of California State Intercollegiate
VENTURA, Calif. - Stella Cheng, Esther Lee and Reina Tain all tied the program record with 67s (-5) on the first day of competition of the 2023-24 season at the California State Intercollegiate at Olivas Links on Monday.
Cheng and Lee both shot 67 for the second time in their careers, with Cheng accomplishing it last September at the CMS Invitational, while Lee did it on the third and final round of the SCIAC Championships, which was also held at Olivas Links. Tain, who was playing as an individual and doesn't factor into the CMS team score, had the low round of her career, starting off her senior season in impressive fashion.
As a team, CMS finished the day at -8, breaking the program record for an 18-hole score by three strokes, and placing the Athenas two shots behind Pomona-Pitzer heading into tomorrow's second round. Redlands is third at +4, while Westmont is +10 and California Lutheran is +12 to round out the top five of the 10-team field. Cheng, Lee and Tain are in a four-way tie for first on the individual leaderboard, along with Jizelle Robledo of Redlands.
Cheng started her round off, and her season off, with an eagle on the par-4 first hole. She got to -5 with a birdie on the 11th, suffered her only boget on the 14th, but capped off the round with a birdie on the 18th to come in with a 67.
Lee took the turn at even par, after an up-and-down front nine that saw her register three birdies and three bogeys. On the back nine, though, she caught fire, carding five birdies, including three in a row on the 15th, 16th and 17th to finish with her second straight 67 at Olivas Links, including the SCIAC Championship last year.
Tain stood at -4 through the first 10 holes, then had a hiccup on the 11th to slip to -2, but she bounced back in a big way, earning birdies on No. 13, No. 15 and No. 16 to pull into a tie for first.
The second round of the California State Intercollegiate will get underway tomorrow at 7 a.m.