Women's Golf Opens 2010 Season

The Lady Eagles opened the 2010 Season in the 36 hole South Coast Classic Golf Championship hosted by Santa Barbara Community College in Ventura.
Freshman, Connie Chen, led Mt. San Jacinto College with an 83 over the 5,412 yard, par 70 Buenaventura Golf Course. Chen was at 2 over par at the turn, but was unhappy with her overall play as she posted a 46 on the back nine.
Sophomore Katelyn Hardy finished her round with a 91 on a beautiful sunny day with the temperature in the 70's and an ocean breeze that increased as the day went on and generally played in the face of the golfers due to the layout of the golf course. Hardy closed out the front side with a 44 after hitting out of bounds on the 9th hole by inches and taking a double bogey as a result.
Freshman, Melissa Simpson, carded a 98 in her collegiate debut and first competitive round of golf in over a year as her high school, Valley View in Moreno Valley, disbanded their girl's golf program last year. Simpson's round consisted of numerous penalty strokes and good shots that went unrewarded because of her unfamiliarity with the golf course providing her with numerous opportunities for scoring improvement entering the second day of the Tournament.
Freshman, Ya-Ting Yang did not make the trip due to being under the weather from an injury she suffered last weekend.
Mt. San Jacinto College closed out the 36 hole 2010 South Coast Classic Championship with mixed results at the 5,797 yard Olivas Links in Ventura against eight other California community colleges from throughout Southern California.
Connie Chen again led the Lady Eagles with an 84 for a two day total of 167, which placed her tied for 11th out of the 47 women field. Chen's day was mixed with good and bad results both off the tee and on the putting green.
Katelyn Hardy, playing with an infection from blisters on her fingers throughout the two days and a thorn in a finger over the last two holes as a result of helping a. competitor in her threesome find her ball, posted a 97 for a two day total of 188. Hardy finished the Tournament in 31st place.
Melissa Simpson improved six strokes from the previous day on a more difficult course on a sunny and less windy day, but with substantially cooler temperatures. Simspon's 92 gave her a two day total of 190 and a 33rd place finish.
The Lady Eagles did not compete as a team due to the absence of Ya-Ting Yang. However, with the expected return of Yang this week, Mt. San Jacinto College looks to compete as a team, as well as individuals, this Friday when they travel to Palm Springs to play in the Cactus Open.