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CHINO, Calif. – Junior Kajal Vitha (Whittier, Calif.) made her season debut over the weekend during the CMS Invite and she made her presence felt finishing 3rd overall posting scores of 77-77 (+10).
The Purple & Gold took seven players to the Invite, which took place over two days at Los Serranos Golf Club.
Saturday – First Round (322)
Following Day 1, the Poets sat in 2nd Place trailing the Athenas of Claremont-M-S by five strokes, while Pomona-Pitzer (326) and Occidental (328) rounded out the field.
The Poets were paced on the afternoon by Vitha and her 77 but she was the lone sub-80 round. The next closest was Madison Crimi-Demichele (San Jose, Calif.) who posted an 81 followed by a trio of Poets at 82 (Taylor Beckwith (Turlock, Calif.), Kainani Ho (Waipahu, HI), Kamryn Marie Garcia (La Mirada, Calif.)).
Sunday – Second Round (316)
Whittier rebounded on day two improving six strokes to shoot a 316. Vitha again posted a 77 for the second straight day to finish in 3rd overall. But this time around she was joined by two other Poets in the 70's. Crimi-Demichele posted her career low of 74, which moved her into a 4th place finish for the invite and Beckwith shot a 78 to tally a 9th place finish.
Rounding out the Top 15 for the field included freshman duo Ho and Garcia who posted scores of 87-88 for 13th and 14th.
For the individuals, Clark improved two shots with an 83 on day two to finish in 12th and Zona moved up three strokes to a 90 (23rd).
Claremont-M-S won the team title with a 303 and Occidental and Pomona-Pitzer (321) rounded out the field.
Whittier rounds out their Fall season in a head to head match-up with Chapman University next week on Tuesday, October 3 at Candlewood Country Club.