The Lady Eagles began the 4th year of their Program and their 3rd year as a team at the South Coast Invitational, on Monday, August 27, 2012, in Ventura, with a 3rd place finish shooting a 328 (81-82-82-83) in the 9 team field. The Invitational, traditionally a 36 hole tournament, was reduced to 18 holes this year in compliance with CCCAA calendar competitive scheduling rules. The coastal climate temperature in the low 70’s was welcome relief for the young MSJC team, consisting of two sophomores and eight freshmen, who have been practicing in temperatures hovering around the century mark over the past week.
The 328 (82 average) was the best showing of Mt. San Jacinto College at a tournament this early in the season since the Women’s Golf Program started in 2009 and began competing as a team in 2010 and was bested by only Irvine Valley College (309), the 2010 CCCAA State Champion, and Palomar College (319), the 2011 CCCAA State Champion. MSJC was followed by Saddleback College (330), College of the Canyons (339), Santa Barbara City College (347), Bakersfield College (356), College of the Desert (386), and Citrus College (438). The Lady Eagles, who have established a history of getting stronger as the season goes on, are excited about the opportunities that await them and the challenges they will seek to meet with focused, hard work and commitment this season.
Sophomore and Captain Vivian Shoemaker led Mt. San Jacinto College and began her second season playing Lady Eagles Golf with an 81 (38-43) over the 5,653 yard Olivas Links Golf Course. Shoemaker earned the #1 position for MSJC in the season opening tournament as a result of Qualifiers at practice. The San Jacinto High School graduate carded 2 birdies, 5 pars, and 11 bogeys over the par 72 track in route to her tie for 11th place in the 50 women field.
International Students and Freshmen Wan Ling (Iris) Chung and Alice Hiluta both carded an 82 and tied for 14th place. Chung, a Taiwan native who came through the Oak Valley Academy ranks in Beaumont, along with former Lady Eagles and CCCAA All-Southern California and Foothill All-Conference performers Ya-Ting (Tina) Yang (2010 and 2011) and Connie Chen (2010), as well as LPGA golfing great Yani Tseng, had 2 birdies, 7 pars, 6 bogeys, and 3 double bogeys for a 42-40. Hiluta, from Chelmsford, England, found the links style course across the road from the Pacific Ocean to her liking in her college debut as she posted 10 pars, 6 bogeys, and 2 double bogeys for a 40-42.
Freshman Dayna Doidge made her much anticipated debut as a Lady Eagle by shooting an 83 (43-40). Doidge, a graduate of Riverside Poly High School and owner of a very accomplished CIF career, finished her round with 8 pars, 9 bogeys, and 1 double bogey to place 17th.
Freshman Cheyenne Ackerman started out her collegiate career for MSJC with an 87 (45-42). Ackerman, who took a summer detour to Alabama after graduating from Temescal Canyon High School this past spring before returning to play Lady Eagles Golf, made the most of her opportunity posting 6 pars, 10 bogeys, 1 double bogey, and 1 triple bogey to place tied for 23rd.
Sophomore and returning Foothill All-Conference performer Valerie Zulueta also posted an 87 (41-46) to tie for 23rd. The Paloma Valley High School graduate had 1 birdie, 8 pars, 4 bogeys, 3 double bogeys, and 2 triple bogeys.
Freshman and Redlands East Valley High School graduate Amanda Hodgin began her career with Mt. San Jacinto College shooting a 94 (45-49). Hodgin’s play tied her for 34th place and consisted of 3 pars, 10 bogeys, 3 double bogeys, and 2 triple bogeys.
Mt. San Jacinto College will next be in action at the Cactus Open, in Palm Springs, when the Lady Eagles return to the links on the Labor Day Weekend of Friday-Saturday, August 31-September 11, 2012.