CLAREMONT, Calif. – Last season, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's golf team had a banner year in the program's young history. The Athenas' 2012 season included a SCIAC Championship, along with a 14th place finish at the Division III Championships in Indiana. Due to the team's success in 2012, along with the fact that several experienced golfers return, Golfstat.com has the Athenas ranked No. 5 in Division III heading into the season which begins for CMS with the two-day Super San Diego Championship tournament on Feb. 11-12.
Among the top returners for the Athenas are junior All-American Maya Reddy (CMC), along with three All-SCIAC selections in sophomore Marissa Suehiro (CMC), sophomore Tiffany Su (CMC) and sophomore Shaina Raskin (Scripps). All four participated at the Division III Championships and each finished in the top-11 at the SCIAC Championships. Suehiro at the SCIAC Championships finished in second followed by Reddy (6th), Raskin (8th) and Su (11th). Junior Jackie Ketner (CMC) is back as well for the Athenas.
"They are very talented athletes and very good golfers," said head coach Jodie Burton. "They have the whole package."
While the Athenas do have several key golfers back, the team does have a few holes to fill after losing a pair of seniors in Lauren Buchanan and Brittany Isobe to graduation. Freshmen Caroline Belmont (CMC) and Melody Sue (CMC) each played well for the Athenas in the fall season and are expected to fill the void. Burton likes the duo because Sue is consistent and stays out of trouble on the course while Belmont possesses an excellent short game.
Should the Athenas play as expected, they will be back in the hunt again for a SCIAC Championship and a return trip to the Division III Championships. Despite a 14th place finish in the program's first-ever trip to the Division III Championships, Burton and the team left wanting more and this year's group has the experience and skill to achieve their goals.
"They are putting themselves in position to hopefully compete for another league championship," said Burton. "We are really excited, we are working hard and we are putting ourselves in a place to be successful and I'm very fortunate to have such gifted golf athletes and that are so skilled athletically and mentally, very experienced."
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