Bruins Lead Women's Golf, Whitman Second
News Release Date:
Friday, April 22, 2011
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- With four players breaking 80, George Fox University fired a school-record 303 to grab the lead after Friday's opening round of the Northwest Conference Women's Golf Championship Tournament at Columbia Point in Richland, Wash.
Paced by Kelsey Morrison and Jill Westendorf, who both shot 2-over 74 to climb atop the individual leaderboard, George Fox is in first place with a 303 team score for its top four golfers.
Whitman College, which is hosting the two-day, 36-hole tournament, is in second place at 327, two shots in front of third-place Linfield College and eight shots clear of fourth-place Whitworth University.
Other team scores are Pacific University 342, University of Puget Sound 369, and Pacific Lutheran University 370.
The tournament, which concludes with a second round on Saturday, counts for 50 percent of the point totals that determine the final conference standings and NWC champion.
Based on scoring at the Fall and Spring Classic tournaments, George Fox entered the championship tournament with a two-point lead over both Whitman and Whitworth, which were tied for second place in the standings.
Any one of the top three teams, if it wins this weekend's tournament, will capture the NWC title and earn an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III national championship tournament.
Saturday's round begins at 9 a.m.
Other players who broke 80 in the opening round, in addition to Morrison and Westendorf, are Brianna Nap, 76, George Fox; Elizabeth Martin, Whitworth, 78; Brynn Hurdus, Linfield, 79; and Abby Mann, George Fox, 79.
Five more players shot 80: Mandy Cameron (George Fox), Tate Head (Whitman), Katie Kilborn (Linfield), Valerie Kitamori (Pacific), and Natalie Nakamine (Puget Sound).
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; firstname.lastname@example.org