Whaley Paces Whits to Second at NWC Women's Golf Classic

News Release Date:
Saturday, March 31

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Junior Elaine Whaley, one of five players to break 80, helped Whitman College finish Saturday's opening round of the Northwest Conference Spring Classic in second place on a wet and windy Wildhorse Golf Course in Mission, Ore.

NWC Women's
Spring Classic


Elaine Whaley

Whaley, a junior, shot a 6-over par 78 and was tied for fourth place with Linfield's Hannah Christianson.

Two more Whitman players, sophomore Catelyn Webber and first-year Missionary Sarah Debs, shot rounds of 80 and were part of a five-way tie for eighth place.

Junior Tate Head carded an 82 to complete Whitman's second-place 320 team score. The Missionaries trail George Fox by eight strokes but have an eight-stroke lead over third-place Whitworth.

Sophomore Katie Zajicek also played for Whitman but struggled to an 87 in conditions that saw a dozen players top 90.

Catelyn Webber

Other team scores start with Linfield in fourth place at 331. Rounding out the field are Willamette 338, Pacific Lutheran 356, Pacific 385, and Puget Sound 419.

Sarah Debs

Kelsey Morrison shot a 1-under 71 to spark George Fox to its 312 first-place team score. Willamette's Nicole Smith is in second place, five strokes off the pace after shooting a 76.

Whitworth's Nicole Lomax shot 77 for Saturday's third-best score.

Results from the Spring Classic count for 25 percent of the season-long scoring used to determine the final NWC standings and crown a conference champion.

Sunday's second and final round is set to get started with the first tee times at 11:30 a.m.

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