Women's Golf

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Athenas Top Talented Field, Claim Jekyll Island Invitational

The Athenas shot 913 across three rounds to win the Jekyll Island Invitational by five strokes.
The Athenas shot 913 across three rounds to win the Jekyll Island Invitational by five strokes.

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. – The No. 4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's golf team held off charges from No. 1 New York University and No. 12 Methodist on Sunday to win the Jekyll Island Invitational by five shots over a field of 23 teams that featured 17 of the top 35 teams in the country. The Athenas shot a 310 (+22) on Sunday to finish the three-day tournament with 913 strokes (+49). CMS finished five shots ahead of second-place NYU to finish on top of a talented and deep field.

Margaret Loncki (CMC) led the Athenas on the weekend with a second-place finish in the individual standings. Loncki shot three-over across the three rounds, including a one-over, 73 in the final round to finish firmly in second-place. In addition to Loncki's second-place finish, Emma Kang and Mira Yoo also finished in the top-20. Kang tied for eighth-place at 12-over and Yoo tied for 18th at 16-over.

Day Three – CMS wins (302-303-310--913, +49)

Just as she did all weekend, Loncki led the way for CMS on Sunday. The senior carded a birdie on the par-four fifth and made two bogies on the back nine for her one-over, 73. Emma Kang, who finished tied for eighth-place, turned in the second-best round of the day for CMS. She fired a five-over, 77 with one birdie and a half dozen bogies.

Mira Yoo (CMC) was just a stroke behind Kang with a 78 (+6) on the day. Yoo made a pair of birdies on a strong back nine. After going out in 41 (+5), Yoo carded a 37 (+1) on the back-nine by birding the par-four, 11th and par-five, 17th. She finished the tournament in a tie for 18th with Christopher Newport's Erica Whitehouse at +16.

Kelly Ransom (CMC) and Taylor Hughes (CMC) both turned in rounds of 82 (+10) on Sunday. Ransom finished the weekend tied for 33rd at +21, while Hughes finished at +26 in a tie for 46th.

While the Athenas led at the end of every round this weekend, Methodist held sole possession of the lead during the back nine on Sunday. Methodist held a four-stroke lead, but the Monarch's struggled down the stretch and finished in third (922, +58). No. 1 New York University finished in second-place, five shots behind the Athenas at (918, +54).

Day Two – Athenas in First of 23 (302-303--603, +27)

The Athenas continue to lead the Jekyll Island Women's Collegiate Invitational after shooting a 13-over, 301 on Saturday. Taking on a field of 23 teams that features 17 of the top 35 teams in the country, the Athenas sit atop the leaderboard with a two-day total of 603 (+27). The Athenas bested their Friday score (302) by a stroke on Saturday, shooting a 301 (+13) and now are 11 shots clear of the second-place No. 17 Whitman College Blues (614, +18).

In the individual standings, Margaret Loncki (CMC) followed up her Round One, 72 (E) with a two-over, 74 on Saturday. Loncki still sits in second-place, between a pair of Whitman golfers. Phoebe Nguyen is on top of the leaderboard with a two-day total of 139 (-5) to lead the tournament by seven shots.

Loncki made back-to-back birdies on the third and fourth holes, but gave a shot back with a bogey on the sixth hole. She carded a one-under 35 on the front before shooting a 39 (+3) on the back for a Saturday total of 74 (+2). Loncki was consistent on the day with 12 pars on the card to go along with her two birdies.

Emma Kang (CMC) tied Loncki in the second round with a two-over, 74. Kang's 74 felt nearly identical to Loncki's, as she shot one-under on the front before carding a three-over 39 on the back. Kang also put a pair of red numbers on the card, birdying the par-four fourth and the 447-yard, par-five 17th. After two rounds, Kang is tied for fifth at +7 (151).

Neither Kelly Ransom (CMC) nor Taylor Hughes (CMC) put a birdie on their card on Saturday, but both posted solid rounds for the Athenas. Hughes fired the third-lowest round for CMS with a four-over, 76 in Round Two. She shot a four-over, 40 on the front before making nine-straight pars to end her round with an even-par, 36 on the back. Hughes made the biggest improvement for the Athenas from Friday to Saturday, dropping eight strokes.

Ransom shot a 77 (+5) on Day Two and was extremely consistent, carding 13 pars and five bogies. She went out in 38 (+2) and came home in 39 (+3) to improve her score by one stroke from her round on Friday. After two rounds, Ransom sits in a tie for 18th-place at +11 (155).

Mira Yoo (CMC) is one shot ahead of Ransom in the overall individual standings after a seven-over, 79 on Saturday. Yoo shot a six-over 42 on the front nine, before rebounding nicely on the back for a one-over 37 to finish the day with a 79. Yoo is in a tie for 15th-place at +10 with 154 strokes across Friday and Saturday.

The Athenas will look to hold on to their 11-stroke lead heading into the final round on Sunday.

Day One – Athenas in First of 23 (302, +14)

The Athenas shot an opening round 302 (+14) to sit on top of the leaderboard at the Jekyll Island Women's Collegiate Invitational after the First Round. Their score of 14-over puts the Athenas six shots clear of the No. 17 Whitman Blues, who sit in second-place after a score of 308 (+20) on the first day

On the individual leaderboard, the Athenas have three names in the top 15. Margaret Loncki (CMC) sits just one-shot off the lead after firing an even-par 72 in the opening round. She is behind Whitman's Phoebe Nguyen and her one-under round of 71.

Also in the top-15 individuals are the Athenas Mira Yoo (CMC) and Emma Kang (CMC). Yoo sits four shots off the lead after an opening round 75 (+3) while Kang is just two shots further back, carding a 77 (+5) on Day One.

As a team, the Athenas turned in 12 birdies on the day, the second most of any team in the field. No. 1 New York University carded 14 birdies in the round to lead all teams, but they are tied for fourth after an opening round, 310 (+22).  Loncki, Yoo, and Kang each put three birdies on the card in their opening rounds. Kelly Ransom (CMC), who shot a Day One 78 (+6) recorded two birdies while Taylor Hughes (CMC) put one birdie on the card on the par three 12th hole. Hughes rounded out the Athenas effort with an 84 (+12).

Round Two of the three-day tournament coming up on Saturday with play concluding on Sunday.