Whit Golfers Sit in Second, Shoot for NWC Titles This Weekend

News Release Date:
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Whitman College women's and men's golf teams will be at separate courses this weekend in the Tri-Cities, but both squads sit in second in place in the season-long standings and have a shot at Northwest Conference championships.

The 36-hole women's tournament is set for Saturday and Sunday at Columbia Point in Richland while the men's competition takes place the same two days at Canyon Lakes in Kennewick.

Catelyn Webber
Scott Martin

The Whitman women's team, after finishing second to George Fox at both the Fall Classic and Spring Classic events, needs to win this weekend's NWC Tournament to either share a conference title or win it outright.

The NWC determines its golf champions by cumulative scores based on results of the NWC Fall Classic (25 percent), NWC Spring Classic (25 percent) and NWC Tournament (50 percent).

The Missionary women earned seven points at each of the classic tournaments for a total of 14 points. George Fox is in first place with 16 points while three teams -- Willamette, Linfield and Whitworth -- are tied for third with 10 points each.

If Whitman wins the women's tournament this weekend and George Fox places second, both teams would finish with 30 points and share the NWC title. By winning the final tournament, Whitman would claim the NWC's automatic berth in the NCAA DIII national championship field.

 NWC Men's
Tourney Webpage

The Whitman men's team, after placing third at the Fall Classic and second in the Spring Classic, is second in its point standings with 13 points. Linfield is first with 15 points while Puget Sound (12), Whitworth (11) and Pacific Lutheran (9) are also in the hunt.

Teams at both weekend tournaments enter five players and count their top four individuals in the team scoring.

 NWC Women's
Tourney Webpage

The Whitman women's team is a young one led by juniors Tate Head and Elaine Whaley with sophomores Catelyn Webber and Katie Zajicek and first-year Missionary Kelly Sweeney filling out the roster. Webber was the medalist last Saturday in a three-way match against Whitworth and Pacific.

The men's team is a bit more experienced, although freshman Scott Martin has the team's best season-long scoring average. Others playing this weekend are juniors Geoff Burks and Peter Clark and sophomores Andrew Welch and Jonathan Standen.

The first Saturday tee times are 10 a.m. for the women and 1 p.m. for the men. First tee times on Sunday are 7:30 a.m. for the men and 9 a.m. for the women.

A year ago, the Whitman women placed second at the NWC Tournament and finished second in the season-long standings, capping the best year in program history. Meanwhile, the Missionary men's team was fifth in the final tournament and fifth in the final standings.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu