Women's Golf Team Holds Tight to Second
News Release Date:
Sunday, October 23
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Sophomores Catelyn Webber and Katie Zajicek shot matching 79s on Sunday as Whitman College held tight to second place as the Northwest Conference Fall Classic ended its two-day run at Heron Lakes in Portland, Ore.
Whitman, which trailed George Fox by seven shots after Saturday's first round, lowered its team score by two strokes on Sunday, carding a 318 to finish with a 36-hole total 638.
Meanwhile, George Fox dropped its Sunday score by a single stroke, shooting 312 in the closing round to win the tournament with a two-day total of 625.
Other teams in the tourney had trouble keeping pace with the top two.
Willamette shot 329 on Sunday to take third place with a 671, finishing eight strokes in front of Linfield and 10 shots clear of Whitworth.
Pacific Lutheran, Pacific, Puget Sound and Lewis & Clark rounded out the field.
The Fall Classic counts for 25 percent of the year-long scoring used to determine the final conference standings.
By placing second this weekend, a resurgent Whitman team is off to a much start than a year ago when it was fifth at the same tournament. The Missionaries then rallied at the two spring tournaments to finish second overall.
Whitman junior Tate Head, who shot a career-best 75 on Saturday, posted 80 on Sunday to take third in the individual scoring with a 155 total. Head finished in a fifth-place at the same tournament two years ago.
Two George Fox players, Megan McGrew and Kelsey Morrison, were first and second in this weekend's individual scoring, posting 36-hole scores of 150 and 152, respectively.
Junior Elaine Whaley elevated her game in a big way on Sunday, completing Whitman's team score with an 80 that was 11 shots better than her Saturday score.
First-year Missionary Sarah Debs, after shooting 83 on Saturday, finished with an 81 on Sunday.
With rounds of 80 and 79 and a 159 total, Zajicek tied for fifth in the final individual standings. She also placed fifth at last year's tournament.
Webber (82-79 161) tied for eighth while Debs finished just outside the Top 10 in 12th place.
The tournament was held on the Green Back Course (5,813 yards) at Heron Lakes.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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