MSJC's Yang Finishes Third at State Tournament

Mt. San Jacinto College Lady Eagle Ya-Ting Yang made it two years in a row that MSJC placed a golfer itinaforstate.JPGn the top 4 at the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) State Tournament as she shot an even par 74 to finish at 152 in 3rd place behind Tammy Panich (150) of Glendale College and Kayla Riede (150) of Sacramento City College at Los Serranos CC in Chino Hills.  Yang, playing in the group ahead of Panich and behind Riede, was in contention the entire day as she birdied 5 holes, including the 17th hole.  The Freshman and International Student was 2 under par going into the par 5 16th hole, but took a double bogey as she experienced uncharacteristic trouble around the green.  A bogey on 18 eliminated any chance Yang had of capturing the State Tournament title.
Freshman Connie Chen had her poorest round of the season shooting an 88 for a 2 day total of 171 and finished tied for 15th place in the 39 women field in beautiful weather as again the temperature was in the 70’s with a slight breeze and sunny skies over the 5,877 yard course.  Chen, one of the best putters in the Foothill Conference, had a 5 putt on the third hole after being penalized the day before for hitting the wrong ball on the par 5 16th hole where she took a nine.
Mt. San Jacinto College and Sacramento City College are the only California community colleges to place an individual in the top 4 at the CCCAA State Tournament in the last 2 years as Kathryn New, now playing golf at Cal State Fullerton, finished in 4th place at the State Tournament last year in the Lady Eagles inaugural season.  MSJC is optimistically looking to field a competitive team next year as they will lose only Sophomore Katelyn Hardy and have already had several local area high school seniors express that they will be attending Mt. San Jacinto College and joining Yang, Chen, and Melissa Simpson as part of the Lady Eagles Golf Program in the Fall of 2011.
Ya-Ting Yang (pictured) finished third at the California Community College Women's Golf Championships this week recording rounds of 78 and 74 to finish two strokes away from a state title.