(Simi Valley, CA) - For the first time since 2005, the Mt. SAC Women's Golf team has earned a berth into the 3C2A State Championships with a Southern California Regional title at the Simi Hills Golf Course on Tuesday, November 6.
The Mounties achieved back-to-back state championships in 2004-2005, marking their fourth and fifth championship victories in program history. They also secured a title in 2002 and consecutive titles in 1999-2000.
Four players - Kayla Loera with a score of 146 (72-74), Kylie Lau with a score of 148 (74-74), Alana Lo with a score of 165 (85-80), and Kaitlyn Loera with a score of 169 (84-85) - will lead the Mounties into the two-day 3C2A State Championships scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, November 13-14, at Hunter Ranch Golf Course in Paso Robles.
Mt. SAC, which also clinched the Orange Empire Conference Championship by a wide margin, posted a two-day score of 628 (315-313) to secure the first place in the So Cal's. This score was a remarkable 22 strokes better than the second-place team, Moorpark, which recorded a team score of 650 (336-314). College of the Canyons finished 3rd with a score of 652 (330-322), and Fullerton secured the 4th position with a score of 662 (336-326). These results ensure that they will represent the Southern Region at the state level.
Moreover, this marks the 18th time in 23 years that Mt. SAC has had at least one individual state qualifier to represent the Mounties. Their lone individual state champion was Amanda Nave from the 2004 state championship team.
After Day one of the So Cal's, the Mounties had a 15-stroke lead over College of the Canyons, led by Kayla Loera with a one-over Par 72. Kylie Lau also delivered a strong performance with a 3-over 74.
With the final scores coming in on Monday, Mt. SAC coach Art Guevara expressed confidence in their championship prospects, saying, "We are leaders in the clubhouse," and added, "We improved our scores from (Sunday) and are just waiting for the results."
On the first nine holes of Day 2, sophomore Kayla Loera recorded four pars for a 2-over 38, and coming back in, she carded a 1-over 36. Lau, who consistently shot 74 on each day, began with a 2-over on her first nine holes, featuring seven pars, and coming in, she had a 1-over par 37, which included one birdie on the 15th and six pars overall on the back nine
The low medalist for the So Cal's was Fullerton's Cathilyn Lee (70-69) with a 3-under 139.
For additional information, please contact the Mt. SAC Sports Information Office at 909.274.4630.