The Lady Eagles opened up Foothill Conference play with their third trip to the Coachella Valley in six days on Wednesday, September 16, 2009. However, this time the site was Woodhaven Country Club, home course of the College Of The Desert Roadrunners, on the other side of the Valley in Palm Desert. Although the temperature was lower, the scores were higher.
Medalist honors went to Palomar College Comet Beth Sellers, a transfer from the University of Colorado, who tallied a 73. Sophomore Kathryn New, coming off of 78-75 over the weekend, shot an 86. Although New had back-to-back birdies on hole numbers six and seven to get back to two over and went into the turn with a 39., she experienced the optical illusion of the narrow fairways at Woodhaven coupled with the relatively fast greens and had a double and triple bogey on the back nine. Although New was disappointed with her performance and is anxious for another shot at the course, she still managed to finish 7th in the field of 25 women.
Freshman Kaitlyn Hardy’s progression from her play over the weekend was not to her satisfaction as she shot a 103 over the Woodhaven track. The sand traps and greens that Hardy had handled so well over the weekend at the Indian Canyons South Course became a great nemesis to her at Woodhaven. Hardy too was disappointed in her performance, but her competitive attitude never wavered and she battled through the final hole to finish 16th out of the 25 women field. Meanwhile, Lady Eagles Assistant Coach Stan DeMarco carded a two over par 72 and won the Coaches Division to follow his Coaches Division victory over the weekend in the COD Frank Garcia Desert Invitational.
Although the third time in the Desert was not the charm, there is a silver lining for the Lady Eagles who will never back down from a challenge. They head back to the “Woody” next Monday, September 21, 2009 for their final visit to the Coachella Valley this season and they welcome and are looking forward to the opportunity. In fact, the words of COD Coach Joe Simonds after the play on Wednesday were, “There are a lot of ladies out here that want another crack at this golf course. Tee time is at 11:00 a.m.