Strong Finish to Golf Season for MSJC

Mt. San Jacinto College Sophomore Kathryn New concluded the Lady Eagles’ season  by climbing up the leader board carding a 79 to finish 4th in the field of 34 women on the second and concluding day of the 2009 Women’s Golf State Championship of the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA).  New captured 4th place outright on the first hole of a sudden death playoff over Erika Salinas of Sacramento City College (who won the State Championship as a team) by making an 18 foot eagle putt on the 448 yard par 5 1st hole.  New had three putted the hole earlier in the day for a bogey.  Lynne Cowan, of Sierra College, was the State Tournament medalist with a two day total of 152 (77-75) over the 5,976 yard par 73 track of Kings Country Club in Hanford, California. 

Lady Eagle Coach Gene Stillman stated, “Heading into the Foothill Conference Finals we committed ourselves to a 3 week plan to work on our short game and the putting green, as well as our mental approach to the game, rather than just playing rounds of golf for practice and putting pressure on ourselves to have to score well to qualify for post-season play without a focus.  The result has been that both Kathryn and Katelyn Hardy achieved great progress in their mental approach to the game and their play on the putting green and in their short game that translated into both of them making the Foothill All-Conference Team and qualifying for the Southern California Regionals with Kathryn qualifying for the State Tournament and putting an exclamation point on our inaugural season by finishing 4th and being named as the only Foothill Conference representative on the All-State Team.”

New’s round of 79 consisted of a 2 over par 39 on the first nine holes encompassing 1 birdie, 4 pars, and 4 bogeys and a 4 over par 40 on the second nine holes that included 1 birdie, 4 pars, 3 bogeys, and a double bogey on the last hole prior to the sudden death playoff.  Additionally, New’s two day total of 160 (81-79) earned her All-State honors, along with Lynne Cowen of Sierra College, Kayla Riede of Sacmamento City College, Nicole Rivera of Irvine Valley College, Erika Salinas of Sacmamento City College, and Katherine James of Bakersfield College.

Coach Stillman concluded “We are very proud of where our Program has gone in it’s first year.  In just the first 100 days both of our players have been recognized as top players in the Foothill Conference and Southern California; Kathryn New has been recognized as one of the top golfers in California; Katelyn Hardy will be one of the top returners in the 2010 Foothill Conference and is already receiving interest inquiries from golf programs at four year universities; great opportunities are on the horizon for Kathryn next year; and interest from high school seniors in Lady Eagles Golf is up 800% from last year.

The 2010 Lady Eagles Golf Team tees off next August 15.