The Lady Eagles, in their first competition as a team, took second place in the seven team Cactus Open field four strokes behind Bakersfield College, 635-639, who finished second in the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) State Tournament last year. The remainder of the field was 2008 CCCAA State Champion Santa Barbara City College at 651, 2007 Foothill Conference Champion Mt. San Antonio College at 695, Santa Ana College at 698, Glendale College at 735, and 2009 Foothill Conference Champion Palomar College that competed as individuals only over the 5,547 yard, par 72 links at Indian Canyon Golf Resort - South Course in Palm Springs.
Meanwhile, Mt. San Jacinto College Freshman Ya-Ting Yang earned medalist honors posting a second round even par 72 giving her a two day two under par total of 142 and a five stroke advantage over her nearest competitor, Arica Rodriguez of Mt. San Antonio College. Yang and Rodriguez will have the opportunity to compete against each other head-to-head in 10 conference matches during the regular season and the Conference Finals. Yang, after telling herself on the tee that she was going to birdie the last hole, rolled in a 15 foot putt for birdie on the 18th hole to complete her collegiate debut.
MSJC Freshman Connie Chen heated up, along with the desert temperature, and climbed the leaderboard improving upon her previous day score by two strokes with a 76. Her two day total of 154 secured her a 6th place finish in the field of 33 CCCAA golfers.
Lady Eagle Freshman Melissa Simpson had some tough breaks on the front nine and posted a 48, but she maintained her composure and fired a 39 on the back side for a round of 87. Her two day total of 170 landed her in a tie for 16th place. More importantly, Simpson, following the leadership of teammate and captain Katelyn Hardy, reinforced the mental aspect of golf to play each shot and each hole one at a time without letting prior shots and holes negatively impact the rest of her round.
Mt. San Jacinto College Sophomore Hardy continues to show the maturation of a Foothill All-Conference returner by carding an 88, as she fought through some tough breaks lipping out putts on 4 of the first 5 holes and the frustration of knowing that she is not currently striking the ball as well as she was at the end of last season. Hardy’s two day total of 173 put her in tie for 17th place.
The second and final day of the tournament, like the first day, was under a cloudless sky, with a scorching sun, no wind, and a temperature in excess of 115 degrees. The weather endured throughout the two days of the tournament by the Lady Eagles will prepare them well for Wednesday, September 15, 2010, when they open Foothill Conference play back in the Desert at Woodhaven Country Club hosted by College of the Desert.