Women’s golf starts their season at the RJGA Shootout

The Eagles finished a two-day tournament in Arizona with two top-10 finishers.

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Junior Marcel Manalo completes her swing.

Andi Basista, Sports Editor

Women’s golf traveled to Goodyear, Arizona to compete in the two-day RJGA Shootout at Estrella on Sept. 23 and 24. The Eagles placed seventh out of 18 teams, one notch above their eighth place ranking last year at the same event.

The tournament brought in talent from many other California schools such as California State University, San Marcos, Point Loma Nazarene University and Sonoma State University. Cal State San Marcos brought home the first place tag, with a composite team score of 593. Biola tapped out with a score of 616. The Eagles were the only PacWest team to have two players finish in the top 10.

EAGLES PLACE IN TOP 10

Senior Jules Loibl led her Eagles up and out of the low slot on the leaderboard. Starting in 30th place, Loibl worked her way up to ninth place. She was hot on the back nine, finishing with an even 36. Her final score of 76 was good enough to place her within the top-10 finishers, representing Biola for the ninth time in her collegiate career.

Sophomore Sami Penor matched teammate Loibl’s two-round score of 152, placing her in ninth as well for the Eagles. Penor finished day two with a score of 80, thanks to six straight par putts.

Junior Marcel Manalo record Biola’s second best score of the tournament, 77. Manalo fought her way back into the game with two birdies on the back nine, moving her up 12 slots, earning her place in the top 25. 

The Eagles will return to the green for another two-day event to take part in the Erau Co-ed Invitational on Oct. 7 and 8 in Prescott, Ariz.

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