Missionary women golfers finish second

Monday, Sep 24, 2012

BANKS, Ore. — George Fox and Whitman, generally regarded as the teams most likely to represent the Northwest Conference at the NCAA Division III National Championships next spring, finished 1-2 here Sunday in the Pacific University Invitational women’s golf tournament at the Quail Valley Golf Course.

The Bruins won the team title with a 615 score for 36 holes and the Missionaries were second with a 649 tally. Willamette shot 668 for third place and host Pacific came fourth with a 423 score.

The Bruins’ Kelsey Morrison was the medalist for the tournament as she shot rounds of 70 and 75 for a 145 winning score.

Three Missionaries finished among the top eight players in the field.

Senior Tate Head (Bellingham, Wash.) led the way with rounds of 76 and 80 for a 156 total that was good for third place. Junior Catelyn Webber (Bellevue, Wash.) shot 79-81—160 to finish seventh and sophomore Kelly Sweeney (Enumclaw, Wash.) carded 85-77—162 to place eighth.

“It was exciting to see Kelly Sweeney bounce back with a very nice round,” Whitman coach Skip Molitor said. “She had only 28 putts and carded no score higher than a bogey through her round.

“Tate Head knocked in a wedge from 100 yards out for an eagle on a par-4 and missed her personal best two-day total by only one stroke. And Catelyn Webber hit 11 fairways and 12 greens, and her ball-striking continues to be good.”

Whitman’s other counting score was senior Caitlin Holland (Edgewood, Wash.), who followed up a first-round 83 on Saturday with an 88 Sunday to finish 13th with a 171 score. Freshman Alyssa Maine (Spokane) shot a non-counting 87-90—177 and was 33rd overall.

“We were in pretty good shape at the end of the front nine Sunday,” Molitor said. “With a 38, a 39 and a pair of 41s, we were on track for a round of 320, which is always an accomplishment.

“However, we stumbled a bit on the back and fell victim to a good team playing an outstanding round. George Fox’s 615 two-day total is the lowest score I have seen posted by an NCAA Division III program this year.”

George Fox entered the weekend tournament ranked No. 7 among Division III programs. Whitman was ranked No. 14.

Whitman will play in a tournament at the Spokane Country Club this coming weekend. It will be the Missionaries’ final tuneup before the Northwest Fall Classic Oct. 27-28 at the Tri-Mountain Golf Club in Ridgefield, Wash., which will conclude the fall portion of the women’s schedule.