Mt. San Jacinto College shot a 362 at Olivas Links Golf Course, in Ventura, giving them a two day total of 717 to finish in 9th place at the South Coast Classic, on Tuesday, August 29, 2011. Palomar College won the tournament shooting 607 and Taylor Crandall of Palomar College was the individual medalist with a 148 (75-73). Four teams in the ten team field carded scores of 320 or less (80 average or below for each player) and 15 women in the field of 54 fired scores less than 160 (under 80 average).
Co-Captain and Sophomore, Melissa Simpson, led the Lady Eagles improving on her first round score to an 85 (40-45) on the 5,623 yard track for a two day total of 174. Simpson's round included one birdie, seven pars, and six bogeys.
Freshman, Valerie Zulueta, matched her first day score of 88 (40-48) for a two day total of 176. Zulueta's round included one birdie, three pars, and 11 bogeys on the British links style course with Pacific Ocean views and breezes in a 70's temperature environment.
Freshman, Vivian Shoemaker, fell back three strokes from her score on the first day, as she posted a 91 (42-49) for a 180 two-day total. Freshmen, Lexi Moss and Dominique Lombardi, also experienced higher scores on the second day with Moss recording a 98 (187) and Lombardi posting a 119 (220).
The first tournament of the season provided MSJC, consisting of four freshmen, with an outstanding opportunity to experience golf at the collegiate level. Additionally, with nearly every CCCAA Southern California Women's Golf Team at the South Coast Classic, the Tournament provided an excellent benchmark establishing where the very young Lady Eagles rank at this time and the focused and committed hard work they will have to put in between now and the end of the season to successfully defend their Foothill Conference Championship and improve upon their 3rd place finish at the CCCAA Southern California Southern California Regional.
Mt. San Jacinto College is looking forward to last year's Foothill Conference Most Valuable Player and CCCAA All-State Member, Ya-Ting (Tina) Yang, joining the rest of her Lady Eagles teammates and making her 2011 season debut at the Desert Classic, in Palm Springs, when MSJC returns to the links on Friday-Saturday, September 9-10, 2011.