Athlete of the Week: Women’s golf’s Sami Penor

A freshman has taken the wheel to a surging Biola women’s golf team, and her name is Sami Penor.


Kyle Kohner, Copy Editor

Women’s golf has stormed out of the gates early, and at the forefront of it all is first-year standout Sami Penor.

Positioned with the chance to earn an automatic bid into the National Christian College Athletic Association National Championships out of the west region, which are played later this month, the Eagles hosted and defeated Ottawa (Ariz.) University in a 36-hole playoff on Oct. 1.

Quietly dominant, the Eagles came out on top by outshooting the competition by a ludicrous margin of 44 shots.

Prior to the Oct. 1 competition, Biola women’s golf had never tallied two rounds of sub-300 play—now the team has two. The first round saw the Eagles put up a score of 298 and 292 in the second, for a grand total of 591. The Eagles’ two-round score is a program best and they have Penor to thank. The Henderson, Nev. native led the record-breaking charge with an individual score of 145 (+1).

There have been only four rounds of golf played this season, but Penor has placed first among the team in both tournaments and just last week was named PacWest’s Women’s Golfer of the Week after finishing tied for 16th place overall out of 98 players in her first ever collegiate tournament.

While she impressed by going three over par in her debut, she followed it up with an awe-inspiring display on Monday by finishing first overall. For her striking performance on Monday and a torrid start to the season and career, Penor has earned the Chimes’ Athlete of the Week award.

STATS: 10/1: 1st place finish

Rd.1: 71, Rd, 2: 74, Total: 145 (+1)

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